Monday, May 16, 2016

Stratcat Online Is Back!!

Any future postings will be done at:

StratCatOnline


Yep, the original blog is back!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Yard Sales!

Spring is here and CC and I are finally starting our yard selling.  We don't sell, but love going to them.  If you're someone that sells and really want to have a successful one, may we suggest the following:

1.   Stained and overly worn clothes are a no-no; these are trash.  You obviously don't want to wear them and neither do any of your buyers.

2.   Don't expect the price you paid for the item.  If you're looking for top dollar, then sell on a FB Yard Sale site; Craigslist; Ebay; Auction, etc...

3.    Longaberger.   Remember like 15 years ago when no one could get enough of those Longaberger baskets and pottery?  Remember when they convinced us how those items would go up in value? Remember how we all over bought thinking it was a good investment?  Yeah, well we all know that didn't happen.  And guess what?  No one wants Longaberger and they really don't want it if you price it for what you bought it for - it's no longer worth that.  As a matter of fact, Longaberger is worthless....so if you really want to get rid of it, you need to price it cheap.  CC and I hit several sales yesterday with Longaberger cheaply priced...the buyers still weren't buying it.

4.   PRICE YOUR ITEMS!!  No one likes yard sales where nothing is priced!  How lazy are you?  Don't hang "Make An Offer" signs either, because you won't accept the offer anyway.

5.   Watch what you're talking about, buyers listen.  CC and I were once at a yard sale, where a truck drove down the street.  The lady began telling her friend about the guy that was driving the truck...how he had done bad things but had really overcome everything and got his life together.  Unknown to them, one of their customers was the guy's wife.  She left without saying anything but within minutes he was at the yard sale to say he didn't appreciate them talking about him (yes, what a big tough man he was verbally attacking 2 women - and yes I say that sarcastically).  Anyway, once he realized the "talk" was more about how great it was he had overcome everything...it ended nicely. But keep in mind - your customers are within ear shot of your conversations!

6.   If you're prices aren't negotiable, don't hang signs that say they are or make announcements that they are.  I once was looking at a wine rack priced at $5.00.  Prices were negotiable, so I offered $3.00; yeah well the woman could not let that go for less than $5.00 she had paid a whole lot more for it and the $5.00 was actually a steal.  So the price wasn't negotiable then right?

7.  Clean the items - dust them off; no one wants to feel like they need a shower after leaving your sale!  I've been to sales where there are dead bugs laying in dishes

8.   Nothing is worse than seeing signs or an ad that says "Community Yard Sale" and 95% of the community are not participating!  It's not a community yard sale....just saying!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Walking Dead

I'm a HUGE Walking Dead fan....I mean H U G E !!!

Once the TV series started, I also dove into the comics when a friend bought me 2 issues.  I've never turned back.  Though the comics are great...I'm partial to the TV series as that's where I started.

Let's talk this season's finale:

Like just about everyone....I hated the way it ended.  Let's kill someone, but not show you who...we'll save that until next season.  A cliffhanger!


I didn't hate it because it ended with a cliffhanger; I hated it because to get the total impact from that particular death, you needed to complete the scene.  I'm rather thinking by October; the tension and emotions the audience was feeling will be gone and well, the death won't have as much impact as it should.

Besides that though, I LOVED the episode.  I hear lots of complaints about the episode; but the complaints are pointless because they were pretty much explained, pay attention people!!

1.   How did The Saviors know that anyone would be leaving Alexandria?  
   
Where were you the week before?  Remember that Glen, Daryl, Michonne and Rosita had ventured out and been captured; Daryl was even shot and injured.  Sooner or later they knew the rest would come looking for them.  But, Maggie got sick (which I believe was just a tool used to have her in the final line up).  There's rumors among fans that the Enid is a Savior spy and gave Maggie poisoned pickles so they'd have to go out; but that seems a little far fetched to me.  If Enid were a Savior; Negan and crew would of showed up long ago.  (When the Wolves were the enemy, rumor was that Enid was a Wolf....she can't be everything).

2.  How did they know when and where they would be?  How'd they roadblock with logs in such a small amount of time?  How'd they get them to an exact location?

The Saviors have been watching Alexandria, we know this because on the episode where Dwight kills Denise; he tells Daryl and Rosita what a nice place Alexandria is.  Also, when Carol meets the truck of Saviors on the road; they know exactly where she came from and tell her so.  So they've been watching and learning (something Rick failed to do).

 I seriously doubt that the log roadblock happened overnight; remember The Saviors live in the area and know it well plus they control the whole area.  I think the logs have been there for sometime; an obstacle they use to keep track of who's coming and going - make it difficult.

There are lots of Saviors, much more then you can imagine; so they can be everywhere.  Every time Rick and crew hit a roadblock; they had to back up, pull out a map and find another route.  In the meantime the Saviors kept blocking them in...even if they had turned around they'd of been blocked from getting to Alexandria.  So they blocked them, maneuvered them and got them right where they needed them to be.

3.  If there are so many; why'd they waste so much time on capturing Rick and crew?

Again, pay attention.  Negan told them it was "Career Day" and he wanted to show them exactly what he was capable of doing.  Plus it was a tool to break them down, play with them, let them feel the fear.



4.  They played up Negan so much until his reveal; but he came across as comical.

That's Negan - he's exactly the same as in the comics.  Negan is bigger than life and I think on The Talking Dead they described him as "The Star of his Own Movie"....that would be accurate and if you re-watch the scene, it was like watching a play.  We got the audience there and all in place and then we swing open the door and "here's the man" - TA-DA!


And isn't  Jeffrey Dean Morgan GORGEOUS!!!  What a great Negan!  It's going to be hard to totally hate him; he's too sexy!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

See Ya Soon!

Yes....it's been a long long time.  I bet you thought I was never coming back - quite frankly, I almost didn't.  I've never been a "good" blogger, but I tried!  Anyway, I thought I'd give it another whirl...

Anyway, I'm hoping to get some regularly posting up....I may start with doing a theme to keep the ideas coming.

See ya All Soon!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 TOP TEN

As I've done the past few years.....here's the past year in review (the good, the bad and not in any particular order):



10.
BABY MILES!  In March we were blessed with another grandson and we love him to the moon and back!


9.
We lost our baby Keyser to cancer this year.........   :(


8.
We added Morgan to our herd; I don't want to get back into all those pigs again; but I do love the hairless and they are hard to find!



7.
With no artistic ability what-so-ever - I discovered Paint Nite!  And discovered, though not perfect, I can be a Picasso (wink, wink):










6.  

We added Dexter to our herd: 



5.
One of the worst thing that can happen, happened......we lost my nephew Chris on November 14th.  Much much too young to go, it is the most heartbreaking thing I've ever been through:

Chris was an artist and we planned to do a Paint Nite together in January.  :(


4.
Weight loss is a constant thing I struggle with; but it was back to Weight Watchers and their new program - Smart Points.



3.
Movies, movies, movies.... I saw so many movies this year - I lost count!  Thanks to CC for being my partner in crime, not only with movies but weight loss as well.



2.
A successful Pet Drive and a successful Canned Food Drive.  I love doing these - thanks to all my co-workers and friends for making it happen!



1.
Learning how to do day by day without a loved family member; that's the ongoing challenge.



For past Years in Review:







Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sigh......

Today was my nephew's birthday, he would of been 33.

I took flowers to his grave.......




Friday, December 4, 2015

And Now It's December......

Yep, missed the whole month of November.......

November was terrible.

November 14th my 32 year old nephew died from an overdose.  He was found sitting next to his bed. It was determined he had been dead for 12 hours.

Everything gets hazy after that.

I loved that boy (yes, I realize he was a man, but always a boy to me); I loved everything about him and it hurts so much to lose him and I guess it'll hurt forever.....