Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it.
I didn't get out of bed until 8:30 today. Rare for me. I just hurt too much to move. It's 9 now and I need to clean the birds' cage before I start working on my auctions and stores.
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Yay! I have my first listing in my new webstore. Lots more to come!
http://webstore.com/~quingem
Great. Twitter is down ... can't advertise!!! I'm really getting annoyed with Twitter! It's slowing down my work!
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Wow. I got quite a few things listed on both my Webstore and Listia. And, Twitter finally came back up.
I have lots of labels listed and a few vintage things. Will put more up tomorrow. I'm enjoying this, so hopefully I haven't wasted my time!!
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6pm
Well Christmas dinner is over. We had a game hen, cranberry dressing, sweet potato, biscuit and bean salad. I'm stuffed. Will have Straus eggnog later.
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Got rid of a bunch of files on my computer. Not nearly enough, though. I barely made a dent!

Friday, December 24, 2010

December 24, 2010

My back went out the other day, so was not in the mood to play on here for a few days. I'm still hurting bad.
But, I have also been busy working on my online stores. I just opened a storefront at Webstore.com. I really like Listia, but I am spending more money than I can afford with shipping so much. I'll still put some things on there, but I am going to give this webstore a try, too. Etsy is slow and not sure what all I want to do there right now. I know I will put my crafts on there when I start completing them. I just really don't think I want to get back into eBay at this time. I'm still really leery of that site, for some reason.
The beautiful horse picture that I won on Listia arrived today. I was really surprised at how big it was and such great condition.
Well, I must clean the fish tanks before I do anything else.
I got that done. Earlier, I also went to the post office and got 2 loads of laundry done.
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I caught up with all my surveys. Now I need to respond to a bunch of emails. It's already after 3pm. Where has this day gone!
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I just shared and deleted a bunch more Incredimail stats. I'm down to 848 stats in my stylebox and about half of those are my own creations that I am keeping. I hope to get all the others gone over the weekend. Not going to snag any more. But, will still create and share my own stuff.
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Starving. Having fried shrimp with veggies and orzo mix.
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I have a LOT of listing I need to get done tomorrow. Vintage jewelry and TV tubes mostly. And, a lot of labels and other printed stuff.
 Other than that, I only really need to do more laundry and clean the bird cage.
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I think I will probably re-open my QuinGem's Qurap Yahoo group tomorrow and close the group that is dead. Darn lurkers.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010

I'm pissed. I have some idiot buyer wanting her credits back on vintage earrings she received. We already gave positive feedback to each other. Now she says she didn't realize the size of them and doesn't want them now. The size was clearly stated in the description. I hate ignorant people.
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The lunar eclipse is tonight. I doubt it can be seen here this time with all the rainclouds.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 19, 2010

It is pouring down heavy rain! Love it!
I'm loading more thing onto Listia and a couple of things to Etsy this morning.
http://www.listia.com/profile/auctions/174106
http://www.etsy.com/shop/quingem
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I just won a mini camera tripod on Listia!! In hopes my pictures won't be so fuzzy from shaking! I have spent all but 5 of my credits! Hope to get a lot more when my auctions start ending on Wed.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 18, 2010

noon
Been busy this morning.
Did 3 loads of laundry; cleaned the dove cage and let them fly around for a bit. Wish I had the camera with me. They were teasing Candace! Then, I walked to the mailbox during a lull in the rain. Got some good stuff from swap groups. Then, I strung more string along the ceiling and put in another hook. The pothos grows wild in here.

And ... I sold Papa's black silk tie on Etsy. $20!
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I can't believe it ... in a few minutes we may find out if DADT will finally be repealed. It should have never been enacted in the first place ...
WooHoo! It's repealed!! Just needs Obama's signature and it will be law! Gays can now serve honestly and openly in the military if they so choose! Now let's get rid of DOMA!!!
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Just cleaned out my bathroom closet and straightened up under the bathroom sink. Found a bunch of things I'm going to put on Listia. Doing that now.
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Did some cross-stitching. Finally finished the dark cornflower blue color. Will start another color tomorrow.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."
― Jane Austen
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It started raining overnight. I was hoping it would hold off until this afternoon, but will have to drive in it.
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I didn't work today. But, I went to the store so we would have enough milk for the weekend. Went to the P.O. and to JoAnn's. Found feathers for my dream catcher, so I don't have to dye dove feathers this time. But, they didn't have any conchos! I think I'll have to buy those online ... :(
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Time to add some things to my auctions.
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Great. The ignition is not working on the gas stove. Having to light the burner with a match. Not good. Looks like it needs a new igniter. Will have to wait until next month when I have more money. The part is over $40 online. If I can find it locally cheaper next week I will get it. Until then, it's wooden matches.
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I took a couple of pics of the Christmas tree the other night. Here's one of them: http://tinyurl.com/2bhfb4b
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Cleaned the glass in the fish tanks and topped off the water. It evaporates so quickly. Had to change Blush's filter, too. 
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Going to go spackle another section of bathroom wall ... then will cross-stitch for a bit.
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I need a bigger magnifying glass or something for this cross-stitch I am working on. Had to give up for the evening. Hope to get more of it done tomorrow. I want to finish the cornflower blue.
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Time for bed. Too tired to stay up and watch Supernatural ...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010

Huh. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, we're supposed to have a total lunar eclipse on the 20th for the Winter Solstice. I doubt I'll be up to see it, though.
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noon
Didn't feel too great this morning, so I didn't work. But, I did buy a new space heater and electric blanket for my mom. And, some craft stuff to get started on the dream catchers I want to make.
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Listia is so slow again tonight. More than 5 minutes to update after a win.
 I've won some fabric appliques tonight.
Great, now Listia has crashed! I have some other auctions I want to bid on!! Sucks.
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Blake Edwards died today. Great director. The original Pink Panther is one of my favorite movies.
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I know it was cold the past month, but enough to nearly double my utility bill! I don't think so!
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I keep getting distracted and miss out on bidding for things that I need for my craft projects! Just missed out on a bunch of assorted ribbon! BUT! I just won a bunch of silver beads!! Now, I just need to find the silver conchos I want and dye some of my doves' feathers black and I will be ready to make my first dreamcatcher!
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Somehow, it seems most of my crafting supplies are migrating from the craft room to my office ...
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I will be closing one of my current yahoogroups and re-opening an old one by the end of the year. I'm re-opening the one this blog is named after.
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I'm bored ... there's a lot I want to do right now, but it's too late ... but, too early for bed. Guess, it's fanfic time!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010

I won a bunch of wooden beads on Listia overnight. But, got outbid on some other things!. I have a bunch of auctions of mine ending this afternoon.
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It's very foggy this morning ... not sure yet whether I'll take the Old River Road or the dangerous freeway ...
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I love Phil Lempert's new product reviews. Here is this week's:
Phil Lempert PhilLempert VIDEO: New Food Product Hits & Misses | 15 Dec 2010 http://youtu.be/a4jwLRQJi4U
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OMG! I won a beautiful framed picture of a mother & foal in a pasture on Listia! Can't wait to get it. I am shocked. I put in a bid this morning before I left for work. Amazingly no one outbid me! 
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Really good tip from Kovel's:
Always rinse your silver before polishing it. The rinse water will remove any abrasive dust particles.
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I am shocked! House passes DADT repeal bill, 250-175! Now, we'll see how badly the Senate screws things up ...
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Bill Pullman has been cast in season 4 of Torchwood! I've always liked him. Good actor.
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Wow. I will have a lot of mail to send tomorrow. I have a lot of winning bidders on Listia!
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Listia is soooo slow in updating the pages after wins ...
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6pm
The neighbors just backed their car into their steps! Dumb kids.
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Feels like the storm front is moving in. Getting colder. It's 42F now and rain isn't supposed to start until Fri. night.
I'm going to bed early and get under the electric blanket!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 14, 2010

I missed out on a good bead auction. I got up 5 minutes too late to make a final bid and it ended ...:(
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The upcoming Criminal Minds episode, Corazon, looks like it will be really good. Spencer will get sick ... I can see lots of fanfic based on this one in the future! Can't wait to see it air.
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Rained hard overnight, but don't think we'll get much more.
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My loan payment finally showed up on my bank account - nearly a week after the other bank received the payment! Now, I need to find out why my car insurance payment has not showed up. I need to stop at the insurance office after work. The money should have been pulled last week.
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Got the car insurance cleared up. Called them. Their computer billing thing messed something up. It should go through tomorrow. If not, I need to call them again ... At least it wasn't my mistake!
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Chris Colfer is adorable in this interview:
Chris Colfer chriscolfer I love you @kristindsantos! I don't know how you kept a straight face when @msleamichele snuck up on me. http://tinyurl.com/29vugx3
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I just won 2 auctions on Listia for lace to use on my crafts.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

I was only able to get one store serviced today. I had to wait around for nearly an hour for them to even scan my product in that's been sitting in their back room for over 2 weeks! So, I was in the store for well over 2 hours ... Then I went to Whole Foods and spent way too much money on real food ... I got my oil check today, so at least I still have some money.
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Wil Wheaton (@wilw) recommended a really cool ebook site I didn't know about: Feedbooks They have a free ebook section too!
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Trying to work on my main website and my page-building program has decided to keep freezing! Need a new page-building program. I am so frustrated. It just won't save anything I am doing. Can't even get the banner to change. I give up for today.
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Well, it took me most of the evening, but I finally got a web editor to work! I have finally updated my main website: http://quingem.com/ is back in action and without all the busy clutter! I still may put a few other pages in and I need to put the Amber Alert ticker back in, but that can wait until the weekend.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12, 2010

I'm not sure what's up with my bank lately. My house payment (through BillPay) took 3 days longer to get where it was supposed to go, and it still doesn't show in my balance. And, I still see no sign of my automatic car insurance payment that was due 12/7!
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Added a bunch of new stuff on Listia!
http://www.listia.com/profile/auctions/174106
Will be adding more after lunch and also a vintage necktie or two on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/quingem
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Going to watch a few episodes of Magnificent Seven this afternoon.
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I want to finish that brown color on the cross-stitch I am working on today, too. Just not enough hours in the day to do all I want!
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Right now, I'm waiting on quesadillas my mom is making for lunch.
And, waiting to see if I will win some glass beads on Listia. Next week I need to get a few metal hoops and some suede strips to start making some dreamcatchers to sell on Etsy and eBay. Need to start making some money!
I won the beads!
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I've finally finished reading Summer Knight, the 4th Dresden Files book. I started on Death Masks, the 5th book. I like this series of books, but I really preferred the TV series that was based on it more.
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Tomorrow when I get home, I hope to finally get my quingem.com site updated. Going to revamp all I have on it, so it points to all of my shops and get rid of most of the useless affiliate links I had on there. I need to find my ftp thingie ...
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I made a minestrone-type soup in the crock pot today for dinner. Time to see how it turned out!
It wasn't too bad. I need to remember to put the pasta in last, maybe 10 minutes before it is ready ...
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I didn't get ANY cross-stitching done. It is too late now ... too dark in here. :(

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11, 2010

I can't believe it's been a week since I blogged! I've been sick all week, but I did work 3 days this week so I wouldn't get too behind in my stores. Viola helped me one of those days. My mom is sick now and cancelled her dr. appt. that was scheduled for Thurs. She got a new appt. for next month. I'm feeling a LOT better than I did. My ear seems to have healed up that burst, the ear ache is gone in the other one. My head isn't clogged, the headache is gone. If I could just clear my lungs out, I'd be fine. But, they will never clear out completely; they've been messed up for too many years.
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I have more auctions up on Listia and will be adding more:
http://www.listia.com/profile/auctions/174106
And, am adding some more old jewelry and address labels on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/quingem
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I'm going to do some cross-stitching for a while before I start working on my auction sites. I haven't done any for more than a month, I think.
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Michelina's Lean Gourmet Flatbreads are yucky. I think that was finally the last "TV dinner" type of food in the freezer. Won't buy any again.
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I spent nearly 5 hours cross-stitching. Still didn't finish the brown ...
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 4, 2010

It's been a nice day. I was able to break into my shed - hacksawed the lock - only to find that the keys weren't in there! So, they are still missing. Traded the birds out to the other cage. They are much happier. They flew around in the house for about 30 minutes. Got some good exercise. Hosed off the green cage. Will get it put in the shed tomorrow.
My mom and I got some of the decorations put up. I got all the outside ones up. And, she got the tree unboxed and the branches straightened out. We'll put the lights and ornaments on it tomorrow.
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I won some shell beads and abalone beads and some yogurt coupons on Listia earlier today. I need to go through some more jewelry tomorrow and see where I want to list it. Found another lock-box I had forgotten about with lots of old jewelry and also another with old coins and paper money. Probably should list those on Etsy or eBay ...
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I have a terrible ear ache that started last night. It's much worse now. I hope this ear drum doesn't burst like the other one did.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010

Being sick sucks. I'm still sick. Haven't felt like blogging or doing much of anything the past week. I finally had to start taking antibiotics. I started working again on Wed. 1 store each day. Hopefully, next week I can get back on track.
I received the peace pipe I won on Listia today. I like it. I have it on a shelf right now, but will eventually hang it on the wall. I am waiting on the bow and arrow I won now. And, I won another dream catcher today that has chimes on it.
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