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A good day for cleaning

January 3rd, 2015 at 10:48 am

In the interest of full disclosure, housekeeping is not my thing. I love having a neat and tidy house, but cleaning up around here is not often top priority, and so I do a somewhat "slap dash," cursory job of cleaning up.

We're due to have a "wintry mix" arriving here around 3 pm today, and oh wow, it's already started snowing.

I had been wanting to go to the Downton Abby Tea at the library today, but it was just a popular event it's completely filled up. I KNEW I should have signed up for it (it's free) but I often don't like to "commit" myself, and this is what happens. Sigh.

But anyway, somehow this morning I got involved in cleaning out certain kitchen cabinets. I think it started as I was putting away some Christmas decorations. Also, becus I bought that really very nice set of new dishes for $23, I decided to donate to Good Will my set of blue dishes that I think I got from HSN maybe 6 or 7 years ago. I packed up all the dishes in a box along with 5 or 6 coffee mugs I don't like or need, and I also decided to offer back to my neighbor a used bread machine she'd given me a year or so ago.

So doing all this I rearranged stuff in my kitchen cabinets and created quite a bit more space.

I was debating whether to keep some of the stuff for a tag sale next year, but decided against it. Things like dishes and mugs don't sell that well and it's SO much work for negligible $100 or so profit.

Today FedEx delivered something I ordered from One Kings Lane before the holiday. It was a set of 2 turquoise ceramic "foo dogs," in the style of ancient Chinese foo dogs that guarded the palace gates or whatever. I like Asian stuff and the color would be great in my family room, which i'm redoing in gray, turquoise, silver and white. The foo dogs are a good 12 inches high.

I noticed the delivery guy was in and out of my driveway very quickly. Perhaps the tinkle of broken ceramic when I picked up the box was a clue why he high-tailed it out of here. And yes, while the box inside a larger box appeared well packaged with air pacs on the sides, there was no cushioning above it, and sure enough, one of the foo dogs was completely shattered, too much so to glue together.

Fortunately, altho One Kings Lane prominently states all over its website All Sales Final, NO Refunds, the rep quickly told me the full refund would be charged back to my credit card. She didn't require the return of the broken piece or the pix I'd taken, so I was very happy with that since I still get to keep the one foo dog.

6 Responses to “A good day for cleaning”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    More space is always good. Glad you got a refund.

  2. starfishy Says:

    PS - would you please explain the photo posting process? i can longer get it to work. thanks and very cool that you got the refund for the broken dog!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh man .. a DA tea? That sounds so uber cool. Too bad you didn't get to go.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I haven't seen the series yet becus i don't have cable, but i have heard so many good things about it...i know i will see it eventually. It did sound like fun, but it is an annual event so i will make a point to go next year. Some people dress up in period costumes, too. Smile

  5. snafu Says:

    Sorry you missed DA tea at your library. What a delightful idea. I wonder if ladies went in period costumes.
    If you've not seen the series, check with your library, they likely have series 1-4 on DVD. Series #5 is scheduled tonight on PBS.

    Foo Dog is great, will you order another as they are traditionally pairs. Do you follow Fung Shui? It really doesn't have religious overtones but it's very helpful in housekeeping routines.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    What a shame about the broken foo dog! But it was nice the way the seller handled it.

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