Monday, March 31, 2014

What Is This? Springter!

It seems March is as bad as February and January were. More snow yesterday afternoon and through the night. We woke up to snow covering everything once again. I was so looking forward to seeing grass! And the raised beds were poking their faces out from under the snow. This morning all I saw was white snow.

This little bridge, called High Bridge, is near our house. It lives up to its name, because it is up pretty high. A one lane bridge over a creek. It is over Ludlow Creek which flows from Lake Ludlow and is one of the cleanest lakes and creeks in our area.

Our road was not plowed due to the mud underneath. The highway department is trying to keep big trucks, especially the logging trucks, from driving on it right now. So I think they didn't want to damage it any further.

This is a little church not far from our house. It is historical and has been here since the 1800's. A lot of people in the area attend this church.

New York is anything but flat. As you can see, lots of hills and mountains in the distance. I love it. And I guess that is why I am still here, suffering through the cold winters.

Another one lane bridge we have to drive across quite often. It is over the Chenango River which is up pretty high today. Spring time flooding is common here due to the rivers in our area. I hope it doesn't flood this year, even though it does not affect us. But friends and family live in those areas.

Have a good homesteading day!

Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My New Business Of Selling In An eBay Store

Warming up!

After one of the worst winters, we have finally had our hopes of spring in the air. New York normally has cold, snowy winters. That is not unusual. What was unusual is the below zero temperatures for days in row. We would have below zero nights, many times. But not for a week or more at a time. That is how it was for us this winter. I, for one, got really sick of it (Can you tell?). My husband, too. He had to shovel snow and do many outside chores, while he was freezing doing them. Come on spring!

Lots of snow!

One of my projects during the winter was to open an eBay store again. katlupe's Shop is the name of it. I really do enjoy the process of listing the products and making sales. Like my husband always says, "It's making money while we sleep." What can be better than waking up in the morning to some sales you have to package up. I have greatly improved my sales there, by reading every eBook on selling on eBay that is sold in the Amazon Kindle shop. What am I selling? How did I start without buying the inventory? I started by selling all my extra stuff. Now I have done that before. But I had some stuff that was hard to get rid of. For sentimental reasons. But now is the time!

I used to go all out for Christmas while my son was growing up. I would have two Christmas trees and decorate the whole house. My family always came to my house for Christmas. It was a house full! The food I spent days preparing. I loved it! After my divorce, and when my son went out to live on his own, I never quite celebrated Christmas the same. It wasn't the same. Not for me anyway. I have not decorated my house in years, or even had a tree. So time to re-home my decorations to someone who will appreciate them. Now why can't I give them to my son? Well, he doesn't stay in one place for long. And doesn't take care of things, that are fragile so well. If you know what I mean.

I have been going through them slowly and will list them in my store. Maybe someone might want something new for next Christmas. It is hard to part with your things, but as you age, you see the value of them going to someone who really wants them. Besides I am in a new period of my life. I want to be a "Minimalist" if I can. I hope to sell a lot this year so I can start going out to look for new things to sell. Not new as in brand new, but going to garage sales, estate sales, auctions and thrift or antique stores. That makes it even more fun!

Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole