It’s Time You Saw My eBay Corner! Now With BONUS Edited-In Post Office Picture!!! And FREE shipping on this blog post! :)

Ass Kicking | Posted by Jannie on 20 July 2012 @ 5:04 PM 37 Comments


a.k.a. Evolution Of An eBay Corner.


So THAT’s Where Jannie’s Been.


60 gallons of 100% recyclable packing peanuts in that big black bag on the desk!!


Sometimes I get little eBay corner visitors.

With all my selling lately and all I plan to do…


I sure appreciate the packing and shipping help!


Let’s go back in time now, shall we…

to when I had less shelves,

2 weekends of yard sale treasures ahead of me, and a blue guitar still only dreaming of its Big Adventure…


Now, back even further, to my eBay corner turning point…


Shelves!!  Repurposed from another room.

I’d come a looooooong way from my humble beginnings at a desk Kelly no longer used.


Thank you, Kelly!

And thank you, Jim — for all that woodwork fashioned by your own two hands  from c. 1996 to 2000.

(Where that archway is… was once a wall!)

Thank you, thoughtful lady for the surprise gift of Mumford the Penguin (top photo) we’ll always cherish.

And thank you, Universe for giving me eBay and all the beautiful people who buy FUN stuff.

Anyhoo — enough BLOGging about it, and more actually WORKing at it…


To photos, descriptions and weighing packages I go!


And a photo edited-in at 10:18 A.M. TEXAS (& Tulsa?) :) time Tuesday, July 24th, 2012….

Took this at the P.O. yesterday!! :) Those 11 packages were MINE, whooooohoooo.

Sooooooo proud of me!!


Maya Angelou On Independence & Success

Ass Kicking, Photography, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 3 July 2011 @ 11:55 AM 29 Comments


Child, everybody knows you popped out about as independent as a kid gets

but there’ll be times on your journey you’ll need a peptalk, as we all do.


And who better to pep you up than Maya Angelou, whom I fell in love with

forever about as deeply as I fell in love with and will stay in love with you.


Dr. Angelou advises…


“The most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”

“To those who are given much, much is expected.”

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

“If you are not good to yourself, how can you expect anyone else to be good to you?” *

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

“Live as though life was created for you.”

“Whenever you decide something with an open heart, you usually make the right decision.” **

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

“When you get, give. When you learn, teach.”


Dr. Angelou also advises the following, but please don’t read until you’re 12, due to mild language.

In fact, don’t read any of this blog until you’re 12, okay. Thanks!!

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.

Those old enough to read this blog, I hope Dr. Angelou’s wisdom enriches your journey today.

I know she has mine!!

With love from Jannie-Mom.


(2 iPhone pix from about a year ago)

* and ** were actually written in first person, but I changed them to “you,” because I’m quite the rebel, as you know.

Baubles & Blessings

Ass Kicking, Beauty | Posted by Jannie on 31 January 2011 @ 10:39 PM 43 Comments


A tray of mirror-ball baubles graces our dining room table.


More baubles and such good gawd adorns the corner table.


Got some golden spirals too.

(All loot for 25 cents on the dollar at Michael’s.  Love those after-Christmas sales!)


And what’s all that glitz for?

Why, for the 30 centerpieces for the concert / gala school fundraiser.

This weekend I decorated 12 of the 30 pots.

Jim calls the centerpiece bases “lovely.”

Kelly calls them “weird.”

I call them “Freaking Done!!”

And I think they’re kinda cute, (if I do humbly say so.)

The 8″ flower pots I scored from garden center recycling bins, whooo-hooo.

Then stapled brown satin and stuff on them.


The general artistic plan is to stand a tree branch and several golden spirals in each pot, held in place with stones.

(Branches and stones FREE from nature!)

Then hang varied whimsy in the glittered-up be-sequinned branches.

And see what happens.

With tealights in votive holders on the tables, I think the whole effect will be quite adequate.

Tomorrow I’m heading out to the wild with my branch loppers!  Wish me luck.

Friends are coming over Saturday for bauble hanging.  TG for the posse!


A tray of mirror-ball baubles graces our dining room table.

18 more bases await my loving creation.

And all is well.

Posted with love by a blogger who is about to hit the hay.

P.S.  If YOU have any suggestions for this first-time centerpiece creator, now’s your time to let loose!


10 Major Blog Improvements I’m Working On (or at least thinking about.)

Ass Kicking | Posted by Jannie on 5 October 2010 @ 7:15 AM 44 Comments


1. In additon to this “Now Playing” main page, I’d like separate blogs within this blog for…

a. “Daily Photo”
b. “Give-Aways”
c. “Ass-Kicking.”

Just kidding on the Ass-Kicking.  Actually, I’m trying to mend my cussing ways, as ass is not an appropriate word for my daughter to read until she’s older. She told me so.

That’s why I haven’t used this category in a while — out of motherly guilt.

But I’m suspending the guilt just for this post.

Because after all, I am attempting to kick ass here.  Well, just a little bit of kicking.  :)


2. Also a songwriting blog-within-a-blog here, for me to post videos of new songs in progress. Would you like that?

3. Upgrade my hosting.

4. Offer free MP3s of new songs in exchange for you signing up for my FREE occasional e-mail newsletter.

5. Wonder how the hell one goes about setting up a newsletter scheme like that.

(Sounds like work!)

6. Drink more beer.


7. Have the scent of your choice waft from your computer whenever you log onto my site.

Aromas my science department and I are currently developing…

a. piney woods
b. new-mown hay
c. wild rose
d. 1960 Jaguar XK150 leather interior.
e. Gee, your hair smells terrific.
f.  volcanic ash with twist of lemon
g. margaritas
h. guitar maker’s woodshop.

7. Keep blogging!

8. Keep taking photos to share with you, like ones above I took last week at a rowing dock here in Austin.

Plus, keep digging up older photos to share with you, like this one from when she was 4…


9. Keep $aving up for that good ass-kicking digital camera.

10. Keep kicking ass (in the nicest way, of course.) 


Sound good?

Any other suggestions for this blog, or for additional wafting scents, feel free to share in the comments!

Thank you!!




Jazzercise Advice & Something I Can Only Confess In A Poem

Ass Kicking, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 12 May 2010 @ 12:11 PM 57 Comments


(Yep, that was our Kelly, almost half her life ago)

Jazzercise  Advice

The only hitch

with Jazzercise

is it can be hard

to get a good spot

on the gym floor

where you won’t

be buffeted about

by the cavorting.

So, newcomers —

arrive early, best

15 minutes before

class! And at least

25 minutes early

your first session,

to allow plenty of

time to fill out the

registration in your

finest hand-writing.

Claim a good spot.

Off to the side works.

Back corner is primo!

(Any spot, IMHO,

without a backpack

staking its owner’s claim,

is more than fair game.)

Yes, the veterans may

give you the stink-eye

if you’re in “their” spot.

But they’ll get over it,

and will lead productive

lives again. Eventually.

So be swift and stalwart!

And wear good shoes.


Something I Can Only Confess In A Poem

I felt a little bit like crap

before I wrote the above

Jazzercise poem. I needed

a laugh, because it appears

one of my Perfect New Songs

I have such great all-knowing

hopes for quite probably has

the verse melody too similar

to one part of “Under The Sea”

from Disney’s Little Mermaid.

So, back to the melody drawing

board for me. My chorus is still

good tho!  The challenge is how

to nest it silkily beside a new

verse melody. One little voice in

me goes rah-rah that “Let’s Drink

Up The Stars” will be good, and

this is A Valuable Life Lesson.

But another  little voice in me

nags that I’ll never write a

decent song again, my dream

of winning Kerrville Newfolk

will forever be out of reach

and I’ll belly flop through life

depressed and always with

my shoes on the wrong feet.

So, I am hereby telling that

nagging voice to take a hike!


(end of poems.)


This post has been inspired by Jingle’s Poetry Rally, week 18.  If you like poetry — Jingle is The Great Connector.


With love from Jannie, who is no longer depressed and is about to go blog hopping for the first time in 2 days!! Whoo-hoo!!!!