Admittadly, some of my “firsts” may lack points on the scale of “How exciting is this?” But in a previous post, I did mention that I am challanging myself to do something new each day. Some days it’s easier than others to rack up “first” points.
About two weeks ago, after wasting way too much time on my smart phone looking through Face Book, text messages, emails (my lap top email was malfunctioning) and bidding on stuff on Tophatter I stumbled upon a first. If you have yet to discover Tophatter exercise caution. It may be habit forming.
Tophatter came to my attention through FaceBook. You know how sometimes an ad pops up while you are scrolling through all of the new posts on FB? Well the item being offered caught my eye. Click. Click click. Click click click. Scroll. Oh. This looks interesting. Click for more details. Bidding now open. Press to confirm bid. Winning………outbid! Get the picture? Many of the items start bidding at one dollar. Bids increase in dollar increments. Shipping price is provided on the screen.
At this point, I have seen the “congratulations you won” box so frequently that I don’t even recall what item I first “won.” Most of the time I set a total limit of $20 (including shipping). On many items I may pay more for shipping than the winning bid. You can also “shake the hat” to win discounts. Now I can keep myself off the site if I get nothing when I shake the hat. Shopping on Tophatter* was a first for that day. I am still waiting for some Indian print fabric to arrive; I hope to be able to wrap it around myself appropriately as a pool cover up. I think I may have “won” three different patterns.
Last week the temperature dropped so low no one showed up for water aerobics. ..this was confirmed later in the week when it warmed up a bit. The pool water is heated, but the air feels colder when one is wet. And it rained. It was stormy so I didn’t want to log on to my computer. I needed a haircut and had NO idea where a SuperCuts would be found. I searched via my phone by entering my zip code…love that. As it turns out within less than a mile and a minute I found what I needed. Their website said “no waiting” for a cut. Another first, I registered on line.
My appointment was in fifeteen minutes. I jumped in my car. During afternoon rush hour traffic I found the place, parked and walked in the empty shop. With time to spare I was in the chair. I wanted a color and a cut. The only stylist was a newbie, not certified for color yet, but she could cut. We conversed with no language barrier (not always the case in my previous SuperCuts in Miami). My next visit she will be color certified. Not a problem this visit. I had a box of Clairol** at home and did it myself – as I usually do.
After my haircut, I found a healthy alternative to fast food on the other side of the mall. I may return. I will recognize it but don’t remember the name so no plug. It may be a franchise. I’ll pay more attention the next time and provide a link if appropriate.
The rain storm a few days ago left us without power for four hours. My phone needed to be charged. I figured I would charge it in the car. I drove to the closest mall…not long enough to charge my phone but I did charge my card. Stein Mart was having a sale. I have never been in a Stein Mart before. What the heck, I needed a first for the day. My first look at any clothing store is always the sales rack. As it was, the Stein Mart sales racks marked 50% or 30% off were still a little pricier than I usually pay. The quality of the items is good. I carefully selected items. I had decided a few days before that I need to purchase some light weight bermuda length shorts or capri pants for the summer months.
I really don’t know why, but I often buy without trying on in the store. When I did try on at home a couple of the pants were not keepers for different reasons I won’t divulge. They were returned yesterday. At this point I have decided I am not a SteinMart regular shopper. Unless I win the $7,000 a month for life from Publisher’s Clearing House.***
Yesterday, I decided it was time to take a look at the nearby county park, Phillipe Park.**** It was a pleasant surprise. There is a place to launch small boats and an historic Indian Mound in the park. The park boarders old Tampa Bay on one side and hammocks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammock_(ecology) on the other. Count Phillipe was the first non-native permanent settler in Pinnelles county who introduced citrus growing and cigar maker to the area. The park was part of the Phillipe plantation, some of the original citrus trees are still there. The county acquired the park in 1948 making it the oldest park in Pinelles county. I saw one man standing in the bay fishing. Other folks were enjoying the walking trails.
Today’s first invloves one of the items purchased through TopHatter. It’s a ring that says, “Mom” instead of the letter “O” there is a heart shaped encrusted with either crystal chips or some other variety of non-precious clear stones. It is a nice bauble. I wear it so that Mom is easily read if someone is looking at my hand. When I look at it, it reads, “WOW.” I like to think of it as a reminder of how comfortable I feel in this new home and locale; how amazed I am that I am regularly dedicating blocks of time to rewriting my very long time-work-in- progress project. How great it feels to be taking time for me.
Also a first today, I posted an opinionated response on FB. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict/War. I usually refrain from any political statements of FB or any where but I felt obligated to thank the group of people who served during that time. Upon returning home they were generally under appreciated and almost shuned. They deserve respect, gratitude and benefits.
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