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Just another day in the junk business!

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Today is April 2nd, and I managed to get away yesterday with a fool-less day. April Fool’s Day was a day I hated while teaching. The students thought their jokes were funny and they were anything but, nor were they ever able to fool me. The only person who almost got me was our police officer who came to tell me that a bus hit my car. My eyes got huge and I started to walk out saying, “if this is a Fool’s joke I’m going to hurt you”, and he started laughing. This was the first year I was teaching and my classroom was right in the front entrance and office. When I think about it now, I’m struck at how stupid he was about to lead me out of my classroom with my students unattended. Can we say lawsuit anyone? He eventually stopped working there because they made all the officers take a test, and he couldn’t pass it….go figure.

Today Speed and I are starting the Fast Diet. I downloaded the book, by Dr. Michael Mosley, to my iPad over the weekend. Since I’m kinda just sitting around selling junk it was easy to read so quickly. The medical research that has been done on fasting is pretty fascinating to me. The diet breaks down like this, for two days out of the week you eat only 500 calories that day, men eat 600 calories, and for the other five days you can eat whatever and how much you want. You can choose what days you want to do this, so you don’t ever have to worry about dieting on a Birthday, Holiday, or special occasion. Ever again!! Now when eating the 500 calories you still want to eat mindfully. Meaning, you still don’t want to have a donut for breakfast, because you’ll be hungry like crazy afterwards. What you don’t want to do on your fast days is to get your blood sugar up. So you still want to stay away from starches, and you can still eat bread, just have whole grain. This is when the glycemic index come into play. Eating that donut would spike your sugar, which is what you don’t want on fast days. This morning I had one egg scrambled with a tablespoon of 2% milk, 109 calories, two slices of bacon, 84 calories, and a half cup of 2% milk, 60 calories. Speed had the same thing, but he added a slice of whole grain bread, 80 calories. Tonight I’ll be boiling shrimp, 5 jumbo boiled shrimp is only 70 calories! I’m planning on having a bunch. The part about this that makes it so awesome is knowing I don’t have to weigh all this shit out tomorrow! I can go back to eating whatever I want and used to eating! Only having to do this two times a week, and not having to give up something ever again! That was the one reason why quitting smoking was so hard for me, knowing that when I say “I quit _____” I can never have ______ again!!! EVER!! That sucks!! The only thing I foresee that will make it hard today is the smell from the nearby taco stand! El Charro T!! I gave up liquor for lent, so I’ve been craving their margaritas, and then they were closed on Easter Sunday! (How dare they! LOL!) But since yesterday was so slow, I did’t bother to get one, and today I can’t since it’s my fast day. I usually don’t smell the deliciousness from the taco stand, but the wind is coming from the north today, therefore wafting it’s salivating smell over to me! Oh dear, I hope I can hold on!! I can have that great smell tomorrow. I’ll let you know how this goes……hopefully well! Once we reach our desired weight, then we only have to fast one day out of the week to reap the benefits. The way I see it, is we’ve got to do something, and this seems WAY easier then having to give up my favorite foods and not making the fantastic recipes I find on Pinterest.

Today is kinda crappy weather. We need the rain though, big time. Today Marburger Farm opened up. This is a big area with many tents that sell antiques, but they charge to get in. It’s on the north side of Warrenton, where we are on the south side. We’re hoping that some of those people leave eventually and come down here. Yesterday wasn’t great, the slowest day that we’ve had. I think it’s a good day to leave and look for a dress to wear on Thursday night’s Junk-o-rama Prom. It’s definitely a good day to leave and finally go shopping and some of these booths!!

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Junk Among Us

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I haven’t written since November and a lot has happened since then. The only main thing that’s affected me was the sudden death of my beloved Cleo. She was hit by a car at the end of January and it’s still too painful for me to talk about it, so I won’t be going in to any details. During Thanksgiving the dog that lived with our neighbors across the street came over and pretty much never left. Her name is Annie, and around Christmas they asked if we wanted to keep her, since she was always over and having such a great time. They are trying to sell their house and would be needing her to stay somewhere, so we were the likely choice. She’s a real sweet dog, and Coco has gotten accustomed to her. Last Thursday another dog showed up at our doorstep. Annie and Coco were barking like crazy, and I thought there was something outside for them to chase, so I opened the door, and there he was. He was very skinny that’s for sure! His poor ribs were showing. We then saw him running around with the horses. Well I decided to give him some food, and that did the trick, because I don’t think he’s leaving. Especially once I put bacon grease on his food. I don’t think he’ll be an inside dog. He’s much too energetic, and when he starts to play with Annie they have no boundaries and have knocked over several outdoor lights. Yesterday they ran off to an abandoned house down the road and across the street which is NOT ok. I don’t want to have to deal with another dog being hit by a car. That was brutal! After the antiques week I’ll get around to making him an appointment to make sure he’s healthy, and consider getting him neutered. So far we named him Bo, mainly because I wanted a name that ended in an “O”, I suggested Hobo, since he was a lost dog, and Speed said Bozo, since he’s so crazy. That’s how we got the name Bo, which can get confusing since we take care of a horse with the same name.

Speaking of Antiques week, this is crazy! http://www.antiqueweekend.com will give you all the information you need to find out what is open, when, and if it costs money to get in. Many years ago in Round Top, Texas a woman starting selling her antiques, now it’s a huge, insane, way bigger than she probably ever imagined, Antiques and Junk selling mecca. Anything you are looking for, I’m pretty sure you can find it here. Speed and I only live 25 miles away so we commonly ride through the area.There were plenty of signs stating that there were vendor spaces for rent, and we called one up that was in Warrenton, Tree Park Antiques, and they had an opening right up against the street. They also had a RV area where we could park our travel trailer. So now we have a place to go to the bathroom, make something to eat, or just hang out. Which is nice, however I haven’t been really able to “hang out” since I’m usually the only one here. Speed and I usually drive out here, set up, and then he leaves. He can’t sit for long periods at a time. I can however. As long as I have my gadgets..iPhone, iPad, and some decent service then I should be alright. I’m worried about when more and more people get here, the service won’t be as great as it has been and I’ll be utterly bored!

Speed has a warehouse full of junk and he wants to finally get rid of some of the stuff in there. Start to clean out and decide what’s worth keeping, throwing away, or selling. It was surprising to go through it, because there was a lot of good junk! One of the cool things he found was his grandmother’s door to her house, it had the handle in the middle of the door and a bunch of detailed work. I told him there was no way we were going to sell that! I want that door on our future house. (When I say future house, I’m not talking anytime soon, it’s just a wish that we have, to build another house on higher ground of our property.) But there were plenty of other doors to sell, along with shutters and windows. We have a plethora of things. Burlap sacks, Coca-Cola signs, tea boxes, wire baskets, dishes, armoire, vanity, outdoor furniture, food grade buckets (that you can store food in for the end of the world), some of Speed’s old furniture that doesn’t fit in our house, wood burning stoves, and a boat. You name your price you can have it! I wish I had some business cards made with my email address on them. That way I could give them to my customers and have them email me their creation out of what I sold them. I’d like to see what they do with my old junk. I just thought it would be a neat way for me to interact with other people. When I told Speed he thought I should do it so I can see what they make and then we could start doing it and selling it too. That’s typical of him. Lately he has been ordering signs for the candy factory from a man down the street from us. He gave us a welcome sign that he had that someone was to buy but didn’t, so Speed is going to ask him to make another sign using some of his scrap materials that will hang underneath the Welcome sign, it will be Junk Among Us. I think it sounds like a dinosaur name. And I wonder if it should be hyphenated, Junk-Among-Us, hmmm maybe not. I think it was brilliant on Speed’s part, but of course I’m not going to tell him that. He thinks he’s doing me a “favor” by “letting” me sell his junk. He told me he was doing this so I would have a “job”. Isn’t he so kind? Well, whatever, I’m having a good time, meeting and talking to new people, the awesome stuff there is to see, and I really can’t wait for the Junk-o-rama Prom on April 4th by the Junk Gypsy sisters http://www.gypsyville.com. I bet there is a whole underground network of parties that I’m not tapped into yet, and I’m going to figure out a way to get in!!!