A Day In The Life

Relaunching Soon!

Nope, we didn’t get abducted by aliens… If you’re stopping by my blog after 4 (really? 4?) years, we’re still around. Life has kept us super busy, but now it’s time we start focusing on the fun stuff again.


So, you’ve waited 4 years, hang in there for a few more weeks. I’ve got new ideas for the blog that I can’t wait to start working on. Your support means the world! Thanks for Keeping Up With The Kirklands!


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Well, Help Me Jesus!

“This was the worst idea ever.” ~~ Me, Yard Sale Day 3

At about 12:20 on Friday afternoon, I remembered why I choose Goodwill over Yard Sales. Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that THE Yard Sale started at 12:00.  The weekend was successful in that I managed to make some extra cash for the upcoming vacation. It was also successful in reminding me that air conditioning is a miracle straight from God. There’s no way a mere mortal came up with this idea on his own.

Temperatures hovered right around the 102 degree mark all weekend. Apparently this was high enough to disintegrate the majority of those little old ladies that scavenge through yard sales like buzzards circling a carcass. The “big rush” happened at about 11:40 Friday morning. By rush, I mean a crowd of about 8 people.  I was rushing to haul stuff out. They were rushing to grab it out of my hands and fondle it for a second and through it on the table. That was all fine since I made the bulk of my earnings in that first “rush”. People go loco for Power Wheels and Longaberger baskets around here.

For the next two and a half days, I waited. “Is that a car?” Nope. “Oh, look! They’re stopping!.” Nope, just window shopping from the comfort of their air-conditioned vehicle. I played this game all weekend. There were a few diehards that straggled in and actually found some junk treasure. I love those people. They’ve helped pay for our vacation.

Yard Sale Jesus

“Well, Help me Jesus!”~~Disgruntled Bargain Hunter

You know who I don’t love? The lady that called upon Jesus when I wouldn’t come down to $2 for $11 worth of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I can cut a bargain. But I’m not an idiot. From this point it was all downhill. I’m not a complainer, so I won’t. I called it quits 3 hours into the day on Sunday. NOT ONE customer today. I’m not in to self-torture, so THE Yard Sale came to a successful, yet uneventful end. Go ahead and mark your calendars and be on the lookout for Kirkland Yard Sale 2019!

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Cakes and Yard Sales and Road Trips, Oh My!


A cake due in two days, a yard sale seven years in the making and yet-to-be-decided vacation in two weeks~~What better time to create a blog!
As has become my routine for the last several weeks, I’ll head home from work this evening and grab the fondant and buttercream and create a masterpiece that anyone would be proud to eat.
I’m no Buddy CakeBoss (yes, that’s his real last name) or Duff AceOfCakes, but
I do love to sling some buttercream. I’m working on my fourth cake for the month of June. “Fourth? That’s nothing!”, you say. “Fourth! What the hell was I thinking?”, I say. Four cakes on top of one full-time job, one part-time job and a not-yet-financially rewarding “career” as ScareFest Administrator. So yes, things at the Kirkland compound are a little chaotic right now.
Since the four hours of sleep at night seems to be overkill, let’s plan THE yard sale! It’s been seven years since my last one. That means seven years worth of “junk” or “another man’s treasure” to sell. Vacation is coming up and we could all use a little more cash for the road. The next three days are forecasted to be the hottest yet in 2012. Ingenious! I’ll have THE yard sale then! Another one of those “what the hell was I thinking” moments. So, the junk another man’s treasure has been sorted, priced and prepared. Location is set. Fluorescent poster board & magic marker signs have been created. No doubt, the youngest of The Boys could have written neater than I did on them. Newspaper ad has been printed. This should be fun… I’ll keep you posted.
In the midst of all this, we’ve got two weeks to plan our family vacation. But, I’ll save that for another day.

So, what’s your plans for the next couple of days?

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