Friday, September 24, 2010

SMALL AND QUIET " I MISS IT "

Last night we were watching a movie " NELL" acted by Jodie Foster and Liam Nison with his late beloved wife.There was a simple statement that Jodie as " Nell "  was stating at the court during the last part of the movie were she tried to defend hersef. Nell told the witnesses. Don't worry about Nell. She said you are used to "big" like big things, big world (as i understood it ), Nell used to small like small place,small house, live just by herself and she is used to it.You are used to being loud,Nell is used to being " quiet " like a quiet place (as i understood it ), in short " we miss quietness, and small things  in our lives ".This woman lived somewhere in the mountain of North Carolina " in the wild ". Quite a distance, there's only a small community.The movie was heart warming,sentimental,a life learning  for me, but the two words at the last part which i was struck about : small and quiet.She won the case and moved back to her own small place and after 5 years, Liam and her wife with their little daughter this time visited her and i found out that evenually she found a real home,place,friends, and most of all she learned to speak (watch her talk with the little girl at the end part).

It's true somehow, or maybe that sometimes things get complicated because a person use to think big,big,big,things, like big house,big salary,big place,big community,big car,and people end up broke in many areas or aspects in life. Nell live a lifestyle which is the opposite around which for me I never knew, she was able to cope it up despite her language or different kind of language (which they guess she might be a victim of some kind of violence at first but at the end they found out that she was scared of going out to the real world because her mother used to read her a story about guardian angel and devilish kind of world, so she got stuck in one place and she could hardly let go off  her twin sister that died too long ago).after that she simple say  " quiet " word,  where I miss so much here in the States.Americahas a lot to offer yet it drives you away from the real beauty of life if you let the offers control you,it's a fast forward place...I cried, because I knew that it qiuetness you will hear God's voice, you will see the beauty of  life in quietness.

So, this morning after a I waxed our floor,made my morning coffee, read a christian book for my morning inspiration : GOD'S ROAD MAP FOR MOMS...I read about  forgiveness and letting go of the past.Jodie in the movie,there was a scene where she let go off her sister , it was her missingness of a lost twin sister.It was hard for her to let go,tears were in her eyes.After she let go off her past,the following day which was the court hearing that's when shes " able"  stood up, talked, fight for herself, and defend her friends (Liam and natasha).I never knew in my  morning coffee table, I would also be reading about forgiveness and letting go.when Jodie let go of her past, she gained strength and courage for  herself where she let the people knew that she is a survivor,she survive of what happened to her life and even her own life people doesn't understood it,but thats what  her life is all about.Her life was normal for her if you would know her well and understand her own distinct and unique language.

My resolution for myself today, in my coffee table is that, Lord, I will try to live a " small " amount of lifestyle like i dont need a lot of things, like women like a lot of bags,shoes, lots of make ups,and more, and Lord , i don't need to have a lot of activities I will involve myself and my kids for what is just enough and considerable in our schedule.Small yet the outcome is big progress.Then, quietness. I should end my day earlier or start my day earlier (either way ), so I can spend " quiet " time with my God, because thats what the outside world is lacking this time.The world i full of noise, and full of big things absorb in their minds, which sometimes, it will just end our lives tired, burned out, deppressed, and losing what we invest in. A person will forget  the beauty of " small things " and most of all " quietness " in life.I do.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BUSY WITH eBay

So, far if the School will not call me to sub, then, I know my income will stop. It would still be better to earn extra income, to help my hubby's income stream for the family.So, several days I was busy posting items on eBay.In less than a month I have posted 80 items.I am hoping to post more, but i still need to balance my other activities.Well, eBay is doing good for me and I will continue doing it.

I have found a new niche to sell, and it's selling well. Buy cheap, earn big. I put everything to fixed price, most likely, i get the right amount after the item get sold.One of the best items this month that got sold was my VINTAGE OLIVETTI LETTERA TYPEWRITER made in Spain.I bought this item for a few box, then got sold for $80.00 and the buyer is from Australia.

Indeed, it's worth it,I mean the labor and a little bit of patience will help progress life each day.Still, I would say, it's also best to trust so well in God's provision,eBay is just one.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MIX-MATCH WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

California is one of the States that have been  hit by serious economic crisis due to the Financial budget that has been mess up for a long period of time until now.Other States may have start recovering, but here in California, lay-offs is still going on, cutting of budgets still going on as well.My hubby's wwork is still even planning to cut more workers.Me, I'm a product of a "Budget Cut " School teacher like I work as an On Call for 5 months now.It's hard to look for a full time job.

Obviously, if I'm at home,if not called to work, of course I need to work  home like cleaning the house,arranging, changing mats, rugs, etc. When I badly needed a new set of rug at home, well it's not my best idea to buy a new one.It's not that expensive but it will basically add more expense.

What I did, I went to my favorite Thrift Store, and look for a slightly used bathroom rug. I found one new set, and I placed it in our Suite room and i bought it really cheap. But the other one is not matched.The color is off- white the one that you will put under the bowl. You will see it in the picture.Then, I just used my flower rug on the side -which is obviously not matched but the color is quite close to each other.The center of the flower is colored off -white though and the flower is pale pink.I just arranged the bathroom floor really well and put some decoration to accentuate the place and clean it up,dis-infect, and that's it. I have a clean, fresh bathroom.Mix-matched within your budget is in, at this time of crisis. It's on how you play around whatever you have at home.

Yes, even if it's matched everything yet it's a messy area, still it doesn't look good, rather than it's mixed-matched but its all arranged, and well decorated with simple accents to add beauty in your bathroom, it will make a difference interms of the " looks " in your bathroom.

This is just one tip for one simple budget,yet worth it to try and explore!

Goodbye, Bottled Water

It's been a while I never bought any kind of bottled water.I drink tap water for quite sometime now.Maybe because I get use to bottled water, it's hard to get back to an old style of drinking - our own tap water.I found a way to make it taste good, or somehow have a fresh non-artificial flavor.I just put a lime, or lemon cut into half or unripe green orange and cut into half and just simply put in the water with ice.It taste good to me, it has a fresh flavor without any sugar. I never squeeze it.Now at home me and my family drinks in our own faucet. We always try not to buy bottled water outside, not unless if we have no other choice.

It's a little change in my daily lifestyle,but it helps cut our expenses.If I buy a box of bottled water weekly, and one box is worth $4.00 including tax, multiplied by 4 (4weeks) = $ 16.00 each month, multipled by 12 months = $ 192.00 which means this is the amount I can save for a year without buying bottled water at all.

You can try it.It has pure Vitamin C.

Alternative For Flowers For Tables

It's been a week a ran out of flowers. Every time I went to Safeway to buy my carnation flowers the bucket is empty. Of course, I love putting something on my tables, anything that can make the home alive and warm, anything that can accentuate my tables. Here's my simple solution. I like playing around my collections of big and small sizes of glasses like i have in the pictures as you could see it.The bottom one is a recycled glass from a candy filled jar.The tall one, I bought it at the Thrift Store for 99cents only.

Yesterday, when we arrived  home from the grocery, I had a hard time looking for something where I could put my orange fruit.I remember my big tall glass is empty.So,I went to my front yard and harvest my green unripe oranges and put it at the bottom of the glass. Then I placed the ripe oranges on top of the green unripe oranges which i will be using for  my tap  water in the glass pitcher later with ice.

It's simple, but it accentuate the table.It gives freshness around the dining area.Additional tip, for beautifying your table.You dont need to buy new things to do it. Those crystal candle holder and the candles were bought at the Thrift Stores. It's really cheap, doesn't hurt your pocket, that if you really want to do something at your home, and your budget is too tight.If you have no budget at all to buy, try to play around whatever is in your house, I know you can find one.

The wide big glass at the bottom, I placed it at my kitchen close to the wall, and it adds freshness too in my kitchen.

This is just some simple alternative.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BEST BUY, BEST SOLD ITEM ON eBay

This is a " Phantom of the Opera " 18K coated gold ENAMEL Trinket Box. It has an authenticity card with it. Ever since I got here in the States, I love " Thrift Stores ". I got a job as Preschool teacher after a couple of months I got here. Down the road on the way to the place where I was teaching, I found these two Thrift Stores.I was new here. I did not want to bother my hubby to buy me expensive things, because when I was in the Philippines, he already bought a lot of things for me and that was enough. I knew he worked so hard for me and my son at that time, so I did not want to add more burden on him, it terms of clothes, shoes, Jacket, jeans for winter.

One day, after work, i was driving I dropped by at this one best Thrift Stores I have ever known. They have great products either new or pre-owned (used ones).It has become my Mall ever since, until now.I never know, as years go by, I will make extra income from that Thrift Store.

Then, I was already selling on eBay a year ago, while browsing the different categories on eBay, I saw these collectibles and trinkets.I looked for it and read the description.After that, I ask my hubby to upgrade my cellphone and put an internet connection, so when I go to the Thrift Stores, if I see a nice sellable item, I will search it on ebay through my cellphone.There!it made a good blast!

I saw this one new Phantom of the Opera trinket box.It was in the box, with authenticity card, and the trinket was so fine and really I knew somebody would buy it.

Finally, I put it on auction sale on ebay and I started it from $100.00, for 7 day bidding. There was one person who bid it. That person won.You know how much that trinket box worth when I bought it? I only bought it for  only $ 12.00 at my favorite Thrift Store.This trinket box is sold already.This is just one of my BEST BUY, BEST SOLD items on eBay.I was curious who bought it, so, I searched the buyer,then I found out the buyer is a PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Collector.

I have never expect in my whole life that one day  the Thrift Store that I use to go, would become  my source of income especially in this time of financial crisis.Though, I believe that this is just one way of how God have showed me His own way of providing my own income.

$1.00 Arabic Neclace Bought at Flea Market sold at $15.00 on eBay

Two years ago, I went at the flea Market.It's one of the best places to buy my eBay products.Buy Cheap earn big.One day, I bought a lot of $1.00 summer neclaces.But one of those neclaces I bought are very unique.

I love the neclace, the hook locked.It's the bling-bling that made the neclace looked gorgeous.Why ? its because of the " Arabic Engraving." I loved  to collect it,but my purpose of buying it was because of my eBay business.I need to sell it. I was in doubt to sell it because, it has no Brand Name but the Arabic engraving is the one that looks gorgeous in that item.

After two years of keeping it.I decided to sell it on eBay for 30 days in the amount of $15.00. If I bought it for a dollar and sold it for 15 box minus the eBay final value and listing fee, let say I will get $10.00 from it.Still the net is more than the amount when i bought it which is only $1.00.I just sold it on eBay.

This is just one of my best buys and best sold items on eBay.

LOOKS WINTER HERE IN THE BAY AREA TODAY

This summer here in california doesn't really look like summer to me.It might be sunny but at the same time it's cloudy.We just experienced over a hundred degrees just last week or two, which is quite late.It's September already, not so much with the fun in the sun.

Today,before six in the evening, it's already getting dark.It should still be sunny.Well, I am hoping that before the official Fall will come I could still enjoy the sunny part,there's still an Indian summer though.Well hopefully.

While browsing in the internet this late afternoon,looking outside my window,the weather doesn't seem right.It looked like winter to me,breezy,cold, dark, gloomy.I only see it during winter time.

Well,even if the weather doesn't seem right to me,I would still acknowledge God, and praise Him even the weather is against my mood today.He knows what's best for us, He knows the weather around the world.So, I will end up night thanking Him for the " winter like weather ."

Friday, September 3, 2010

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