Good deals on open boxes

open box (free clip art)

open box (free clip art)

When Jeff was telling me that he was getting a great deal on a new mockingbird guitar he confided that the great price was because it was an “open box.” The term “open box” scares me a bit, and let me explain why. A few times I have purchased things at local stores at a reduced price because it had been an “open box.” I was assured that everything was there, in good working order.

However, I was also told “all sales final.” When I got home and actually unpacked what I had purchased, there were parts missing. Going back to the store with the box, asking for the missing parts, I was turned away. I was not even given the chance to purchase the missing parts because they did not have them – they would have had to open another box to give them to me, and they would not do that! And no refund, no exchange, no satisfaction of any kind, either! So, when someone tells me that they are getting (or got) a good deal on an “open box” item, I always hope (for their sake) that they are actually getting all the parts they need, everything is in working order, and that the warranty is valid!

Flowers for Mom

Mothers Day (free clip art)

Mothers Day (free clip art)

I love to send my mother flowers for Mothers Day. I also like to send her flowers on her birthday, and on my birthday too. When I was younger I wasn’t able to send her flowers because she had terrible allergies. But a few years ago she started having experimental allergy shots and now I can send her flowers anytime I want to! So I like to send her flowers a lot, to make up for the many years when I couldn’t give her flowers!

I’m thinking I’ll have the flowers sent to her office the Friday before Mother’s Day so she can enjoy the thrill of having flowers delivered to her office. I can imagine the expression on the faces of her co-workers when the flower delivery person walks into the office with the vase of flowers in hand!

I’m planning on having her come over to my house for dinner on Mother’s Day. She lives a couple of hours away from here, and since I have to get up early the next day I invited her here instead of going to her place. Besides, I want to cook her dinner for a change! 

Money is tight, so it will be a simple meal, just spaghetti and garlic bread, with a salad. I’m thinking about ice cream for dessert. But we’ll be glad to be together, and that’s what counts!

Cheap enough

Humbucker to Single Coil Pickup Conversion Ring

Humbucker to Single Coil Pickup Conversion Ring

When James told me that he needed a humbucker to single coil conversion ring, I had no idea what he was talking about. When he saw the confused expression on my face, he laughed and told me not to worry, it was something for a guitar, and it would only cost a few dollars. He showed me online a photo of what he was talking about, and when I saw it was less than ten dollars, I offered to order it for him, using my credit card.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter (free clip art)

Happy Easter (free clip art)

I have had the week off of work this past week, and it has been really nice to be able to get a few things done around the house. A little bit of spring cleaning that is very overdue! Especially since I found out last minute that my whole family was going to come over here for Easter! Of course I’m thrilled to have them, and especially glad that I had the week off to get the house nice and clean and have extra time to plan a nice menu and decorate and cook!

Well, I don’t have much time to blog, I’ve gotta get cooking! Happy Easter to everyone!

April Fools Day

April Fools Day (free clip art)

April Fools Day (free clip art)

Watching the Today Show on television this morning – they did some “make-overs” on audience members. They let the family think that the make-overs to going to make the subject be more attractive, but they did the exact opposite. The reactions of the family members was really great! One poor lady was mortified, and just could not get over the make-over. I would say she has a poor sense of humor, which is really a shame…..