It’s Not Even Tuesday

House Style, Just Good Stuff | Posted by Jannie on 16 January 2014 @ 6:08 PM 26 Comments


It’s not even Tuesday
and I’m posting a poem
to show you improvements
we’ve made to our home.


I’ve been storing / selling
some stuff for a friend,
seemed those boxes
would never-ever end.


But an angel came over
and helped lug ’em out.


Then with my broom
i danced all about.


I covered the old garden
with a perfect-sized rug,
put the blinds up myself,
then gave me a hug.


With a fine shipping table
and lots of bubble wrap,
shelves, then inventory
that was pretty-much that!


The view from there
is this one you see…


where here at my
laptop i usually be.


No more of this now
to haunt me by day…


just a tidy little nook
for my growing eBay.

~~ end of poem


Posted with love to all my buds.

~~ Jannie

P.S. All construction here (including stained glass install) built by Jim’s own 2 hands, 14? 15? years ago, an addition to our house.

He helped my store-nook dream come true by ply-wooding over that big square in the floor which once housed an indoor garden that had waned over the years.

The indoor garden was not making me money so it HAD to go!!

Speaking of eBay — back to it, Baby!!! I had a slow Dec. but January is picking up.


xoxo again.

And here’s a photo edit-in on Friday Jan. 17th, at 3:21 p.m. Texas Time.

Shipping Desk cat “Clue” KNOWS he’s not supposed toΒ  be up there, naughty boy.


(We recycle old swimming pool noodles as cushioning material to help pack delicate items. Sometimes people just give them away at the yard sales where we get a lot of our eBay things to sell.)

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  • 1

    On 17 January 2014 at 2:48 am

    kaykuala said, 

    It is a headache that finally eased off. Storage space can never be clear for poets. One is sensitive and sentimental that one never will dispose of the knick-knacks that filled the kitchen floor even.It must have been such a relief now.Well done Jannie!


  • 2

    On 17 January 2014 at 9:25 am

    Lynn said, 

    What an AWESOME ebay nook! Don’t you love that space??? And you get to watch beautiful gymnastics at the same time.


  • 3

    On 17 January 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    That’s impressive. And such a nice space! As you may remember, I heartily approve of shelves. They make organizing so much easier. To my amazement it’s not only that. They also make it possible to simply get more into a space. Looks like your business is booming. Cool.

  • 4

    On 17 January 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Hank, some of those boxes are still here in another part of the house, but yes, getting culled and sorted through .Bit by bit, it is all coming beautifully to order, got my zen back here in my work spaces. :)

    Lynnie, I know right!? And I still have room on the end for one more of those tall shelves, I’m keeping Jim on the look-out for 1 for me at yard sales. Built-ins would be best of course, but I think have made it a practical and presentable nook, for now. My plan is to eventually hang a long rod under the beam, and put up a couple nice tapestries as curtains, to camouflage the area when we start throwing our wild parties again — as soon as the kitchen floor reparations are finished and the archway trim boards on again, which Jim is working at these days. Oh yes, I get to watch the most fabulous gymnastics shows as I tap away here. And a singing gymnast, at that!!

    Hey Dear Alice Audrey… do you like it? Really?!! :) I LOVE it!! Yeah, I am so lucky with the high ceilings there — I can go up with my storage. Still not where I’d like it, will get another big shelf and then perhaps shelves-within-those shelves, to maximize every inch of space. Well, eBay is the way I pay for a lot of our bills. And I’m so grateful for it! Dec. was slow — people like to buy brand-new stuff for others for Christmas. Jim and I sell mostly pre-owned (AWESOME) items. (HIS eBay account storage is 20 times what I have in my little nook.) Luckily, people are starting to buy for themselves again now, yay!

    Hey — something tells me it’s way past lunch time!!! Oh yeah, my grumbling tummy…


  • 5

    On 17 January 2014 at 3:56 pm

    G-Man said, 

    You are a wordy wench.
    You need to get back to sharpening your skills with a few 55’s
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End anyway….G-Daddy

  • 6

    On 17 January 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Looks like you have it all organized and shipshape now, Jannie! You are lucky to have such good helpers. πŸ˜€ I hope you have a nice weekend. xoxo

  • 7

    On 17 January 2014 at 11:38 pm

    brian miller said, 

    wow nice job jim on the construction…impressive…as is the organization of the space now jannie…probably makes it a bit easier as well to maneuver around….

  • 8

    On 18 January 2014 at 12:27 am

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest G-Man, i believe this poem originally got up to 37 words and did mention 55. Then I kept finding the pix on my iPhone 3GS, and so it went. And so it is, and always will be, world without end, and full of good friends. πŸ˜‰

    Ya know, my lovey Daisy, after I got the table and shelves in, my Martha Stewart-ism kind of fell by the wayside, :) life and love taking my time away again, as happens. Fits and spurts on the organization, but getting there. “petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.” (little by little the bird builds its nest.) :)

    hey Bri-Bri, yep, Jim the man of awesome wood-working. I have actually recently aquiesced to him building a bigger shed in the back yard. The great Shed Wars of 2013. :) He was hell-bent on uprooting the palms & pittosporums my parents helped me plant back in 1998. Then… in my infinite wisdom, I showed him how there still is The Great Corner of our backyard undeveloped, for s shed some day. My palms are growing so tall and happy!

    Well folks…..

    Kelly’s got a meet in the morning! She is fast asleep and has been for a while. I know she’s gonna do great tomorrow. Down in San Antone!

    My official bedtime is not for another 36 minutes, whoohoooo.

    I think I’ll go eat a banana and have a cup of tea.

    xooxoxoxo to all ye cyber wanderers. :)

  • 9

    On 18 January 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Caity said, 

    Wow! That is such a significant improvement in that little nook! What a fantastic job you all have done! I love your little space! Wow, look at Kelly on that beam! She’s a star!

  • 10

    On 19 January 2014 at 11:54 pm

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    I’m glad January is picking up on ebay, I found December a bit quiet too which surprised me a bit, not that I sell all the stuff you do! I have a small modest pile of crap in one corner of my studio! I have shelf envy now!

  • 11

    On 20 January 2014 at 1:08 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Dear Caity, yep a transformation I am grateful for! Kelly is doing awesome, yes!! Even tho she fell on her back handspring at the meet yesterday, she still got a 9.1 on beam! And 9.1 on vault and 9.175 on floor. Fantastic!! She’s not competing bars yet, but is doing hundreds of “giants” daily for practice in the strap bar,I hear. She’ll get it!

    Hey Joey, I am caught up in a bit of shelf coveting myself, won’t be entirely happy until I get a 3rd one in my nook. I think spray-painting them all off-white would look nice. Or all black, probably the latter. THEN I’ll really start getting my stock organized, and will take some posed pix. :)


  • 12

    On 20 January 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Talon said, 

    The open shelves are perfect. Not only can you see your inventory, but it keeps the area full of natural light. Looks awesome, Jannie! Happy selling! xxxooo Oh, and Kelly is looking like a future Olympian. :)

  • 13

    On 20 January 2014 at 1:13 pm

    claudia said, 

    ah it is cool when things are sorted out… clearing up is always kinda soul soothing for me as well… i built a shelf for my painting stuff just lately (all by myself..ha) and i’m so happy…makes life easier and i can walk on the floor again…smiles

  • 14

    On 20 January 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I recommend a second story on the storage. It looks like you have the overhead for it, and that the shelves are high enough. If I’m right, and the shelves go above your head, then just put some boards across from the top shelf of one rack to the top shelf of another. Be sure to leave access points every little way so you can get in with a ladder. You can put some of the bulkier things like lamps up there. We do this at our storage unit and gained a huge amount of storage space that way.

  • 15

    On 21 January 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Talon, yes, and since the neighbors cut down the big willow last year this whole end of the house is super bright and light. I put up some shades a couple months ago on the highest windows to keep the direct sun off my delicate complexion. :) Nice for photos on that table too. I’ll pass that on to Kelly, thanks. She sure has improved so much and we are all so proud of her!! xooxox

    Dearest Claudia, that is so awesome about you improving your creative space! And I really meant what I wrote over at your place — your autumn grove painting is really really beautiful! Kelly is asking for canvases again, so I’m getting her art corner refurbished. She’s been sketching and painting a lot lately, getting really good too! Gives her a nice creative outlet and rest from school and gymnastics. xoxoxo

    Dearest Alice, UP with the shelving! Up with the zen!! I’ve actually got a lot of space in there I can still make use of. My plan is to stack bigger things on the coveted 3rd shelf to access them from this side. I do have a lovely little ladder — 3-steps, painted yellow, made of wood — perfect for my nook. And it doubles as the chair at that table. xoxoxo

  • 16

    On 21 January 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Dr. J said, 

    I have an older home! They require plenty of TLC, lol!

    Love all the large windows and light! Mine is that way too :-)

  • 17

    On 22 January 2014 at 5:37 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. I’m going through your dusting and sweeping broom routine – having a good tidy up and clear out – just so wish I could get the impetus to finish!!

    Your white pile of units is great .. lovely idea … and now the home looks like a home, with a working lady in situ .. or an occasional visit by dear Hubby.

    So pleased Kelly is doing so so well – that’s excellent news … cheers Hilary

  • 18

    On 23 January 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Sara said, 

    It’s nice to read one of Jannie’s poems again. These always bring a smile. My lips anticipate the smile as I begin to read:~)

    You’ve done a lot of work in organizing. Like Talon said, I agree about letting the light in and how bright your work area is. I also love the young lady practicing balance beam in many of the photos and the once napping kitty sitting up on the desk.

    I hope January has jumped up to your expectations and the upcoming months will keep you e-baying with great success!

  • 19

    On 24 January 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Linda said, 

    Hi Jannie, I hope your ebay business is picking up. I suspect Spring will bring a big boost in yard sale finds. Love the kitty on the table, but what really drew my attention was the painting over the fireplace opening…?

    How’s your weather this winter? Are you guys in the deep freeze? Anyway, have a great weekend.

  • 20

    On 24 January 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hello lovely Peeps.

    Dearest Dr. J. Is your old house an antebellum? Or a pro-bellum? groan. :) :)

    Dearest Hilary, how is your dusting and sweeping going? Never-ending, eh? :)

    Dearest Sara, and I almost posted another poem yesterday, but it will have to wait until next week I guess. I think it will make you smile! how is married life going?? Any different than pre-married?

    Dearest Linda, yep business is picking up a bit indeed. Yes, that Raphael print ended up there in a quick fluke, as often happens I get arranging things, items just fall into place themselves. It was a summertime whimsy, but today could use the fireplace. FREEZE here, yes freezing rain, no school! Perfect on a Friday. How ’bout you??


  • 21

    On 25 January 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Sounds like you’re all set to roll.

    Thanks for visiting! So many beautiful comments from you all at once. I saw them there when I went to post this week’s Jack and Jill. What a treat!

  • 22

    On 25 January 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    Ah, “swimming pool noodle” is the technical term for those devices — I always thought they were weapons, or some kind of soft weapon substitute either to prevent kids from hurting each other or to facilitate fencing training. In other news, I’m happy to know that you were able to move all that stuff, and I hope the person you were storing it for gives some of it back to you to expand your ever-growing eBay empire.

  • 23

    On 28 January 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Linda said, 

    We had snow today to the tune of one inch – more or less depending on where you are. So cold the flakes were teeny tiny. Not really a pretty snow, but it covered the the yard (barely). Better than nothing, I say! :)

  • 24

    On 29 January 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Alice, how are you today? I enjoy taking a break from my eBay to visit your blog.

    Hey Chris, yes my dad uses those in his fencing, but it never seems to keep the cows out of the corn fields. :) I keep telling him wood poles would be best!

    Hey, Linda and I heard Atlanta had 2″ of snow and it was mayhem, a bunch of elementary kids were stranded on a bus all night… Terrible. And just so happened yesterday was another freezing rain day here, no school again. But luckily had melted find by afternoon and Kelly was able to train gymnastics!


  • 25

    On 31 January 2014 at 2:08 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Nice job on the nook n all the descriptive, rhyming lines! I was here about 3 times already having loading page issues- but here it is! Good job Jim n Kelly too.
    At least you didn’t get all the snow n excitement there- n your authorities were smart enough to cancel school!

  • 26

    On 18 February 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I’m hanging in there. I started another etsy store. This one’s selling much better. So now, like you, I face the post office.

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