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Way over 40 and the most fit of my life - Who would have thought??

This weekend, I went skiing for the first time in 21 years. Is skiing like riding a bike? Can you take years off and go back to it with no problem? According to my younger sister, the answer is yes. But she has always been athletic and is a good skier. I was apprehensive because it had been so long and, truth be told, I was never good at skiing. I used to ski every winter as a child but I spent the whole time trying not to die. It was always a scary and out of control experience for me. I went for the last time when I was 22 and I remember going down on my butt for most of the hills. Not impressive. So when my sister came into town and said she wanted to go skiing - I was nervous. I was going again after all these years and we were bringing along 4 kids who had never skied before. How was I going to manage it all? Swimmingly - it turns out.  Because a lot has changed in 21 years.  I went down sort of wild the first time, but not too bad.  Then I breezed down the hills like a champ. I e
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Vintage Weird Stuff For Sale - a list of cool and funny things to buy on ebay, amazon and more!

Weird Wild Stuff To Buy Online - all the things you never new existed and you didn't know you wanted  Every so often, we will put up a list of the craziest oddities, the wild, weird, creepy things you can find online. These are things you may never see in real life. They are rare and unique. Sometimes stupid. Sometimes surprisingly useful.  We find them for you - you laugh and gasp and maybe buy some of them! Hurrah! Let's dive in to some of the weird and wild stuff for sale this month. #1.Vagina Underwear How else can you describe this. These are underwear that look like you aren't wearing any. They look like the female anatomy - exposed! Yowza. Who is buying these ? Or who can you buy them for and have a roiling laugh!?? #2.Paper Christmas Carolers Not quite as wild as the last entry, but still quite odd. Do you want paper people on your mantel? Apparently you do, at the time of this article this item had 8 watchers #3.Real Human Teeth We are back to the crazy and creepy

Using the RotoShovel for planting bulbs, trees, flowers, and garden vegetables - a review and opinion

We have been digging in the dirt for over 4 decades. Through clay, sand, frozen ground, rocky gravel, and wet muck. It never gets easier, but the right tool can make the job so much more enjoyable. We have been gardening in clay for the last few years, and only recently bought a farm in the sand plains. It is so much easier to dig in the sand, but after the 100th tree or 1000th bulb, it still gets tiring. And the sand can be surprisingly difficult when roots, lawn, grass, and compaction get involved. Shovels and a hand trowel garden tool made up our tool kit for a long time. Then we discovered the a bulb planter . We have a short and long handled bulb planter. As stupid as they look (and so simple!!) that tool was a game changer. The right tool can make such a difference. We recently discovered the rotoshovel - an electric auger and shovel all in one! A power spade shovel! It just may be the BEST BULB PLANTER. We were super excited to give this automatic electric shovel a try - then wi

One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich Analysis & Quotes - Why everyone should read this short story by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand a man who's cold?  This is the key essence of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book "One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich," and one of the main issues facing our world today. As I write this, we are just days away from a very passionate and utterly ridiculous election in the United States of America. As usual, we have been presented two unacceptable candidates and are forced to "choose" between two crooked and unforgivable creatures. But are we expected too much from our goverment officials? Are they not equivalent to the royalty of old? Kings and queens who gave kingdoms, property, knighthoods, and other positions of power to their offspring and delinquent relatives are no different than the crony system operating today. How can we expect them to understand the plight of the average American when they have never experienced an average life? How can we expect a man who's warm to understand a man who's c

Are Vintage Christmas ornaments worth money?

Are Vintage Christmas Ornaments Worth Money? The short answer is YES. There is a market for almost everything these days. Thanks to the internet, most of the 7 + billion people on this planet can reach each other in one form or another. There are a zillion platforms for reaching your potential buyer, and with the right search words, the person that wants your homemade reindeer ornaments from the 1980s can be found! Having said that - there are a few types of ornaments that are more popular than others. Really old ornaments If you can prove your ornaments are really old, say early 1900s or even 1800s, then there is definitely a market that would be interested. These are most often handmade or produced in short quantity so having them would be rare indeed. 1950-2000s Most of us are likely to come across more recent "vintage" ornaments. The 1980s are really hot right now, especially the brassy mid-century modern retro decor that flooded the 80s. Recognizable characters like the

How to find, identify and buy Vintage Costume Jewelry Online

Remember the good old days, when you had to visit flea markets and estate sales in the hopes of finding vintage jewelry and other treasures? Those days are gone or rather, they have been enhanced. If you like the thrill of the hunt, you can still stop by the sales and hope to find something amid the fray. But thanks to the internet, you no longer have to trudge through the huge bulk of goods or rely on luck to find "that one piece."  Now there is ruby lane, etsy, facebook, craigslist, mercari and so many others. Like check out these gorgeous KJL clip on vintage earrings .  I found these quickly - just by searching on ebay. I wanted clip on earrings for my mom - turquoise and rhinestones. She's a fan of KJL. A few clicks and they were found. Vintage jewelry can be worth a lot of money. Most people  don't know what they have in their jewelry drawer. Oh, that's just some old junk. No, it's not. It's worth something - maybe a lot, especially to collectors. Her

Gorgeous - Vintage 2003 - Nativity Snow Globe

Check out this beautiful Nativity Snow Globe. Traditional styling. Small enough to fit on a shelf but large enough to make a statement. Find it on ebay.  Comes in original box and features the Holy family plus the 3 wisemen (the three kings.) Nativity snowglobe Video will open in a new window Using the mobile app? Copy this link into your browser: The links in this post may be affiliate links and products are often received for review purposes. Read the full disclosure and the privacy policy.