Several months ago I started getting unwanted emails offering me things like: free credit scores, dating for people 50 and older, how to make $600 a day from my home and auto deals. Instead of simply deleting these emails – because I was afraid they would multiple if I did – I careful opened each one and politely unsubscribed – both to the company offering the deal and the company sending the email.
And thus started a feud I’m still having with spam email – and I am not kidding, and you won’t be surprised, when I tell you spam email is winning. However, I’m too invested –and too stubborn – to stop.
A week ago I went 24 hours without receiving an unsolicited email and was a very happy person – only to find three in my inbox the next morning and I was bummed and irritated. You know what bugs me the most? The fact that usually on the bottom it says, “This email was sent to you because you requested we contact you about updates and promotions” (no, I did not!) and after you unsubscribe it often responds that your request will be processed in 8 to 10 business days (what the? isn’t it all computerized and can’t you immediately delete my information?). Grrrr….
Mid-growl this morning I looked up from my laptop and glanced out into the back yard and my eyes landed on a red oak tree I received as a birthday present from my husband and kids about four years ago. Though still smallest – it’s easily 25 feet tall and its leaves have turned a deep red/brown color and with the sun shining on it, it’s simply magnificent! There’s a bird house in its branches that Michael and I bought on a quick 25th wedding anniversary trip to Door County two years ago and there are birds flying in and out. Sigh – lovely.
I can focus on my frustration around unwanted emails, computer generated, that no one cares if I’m upset or not about – or – on other, nicer things (which there are, thankfully, plenty of in my life – if I only see).
There’s a Tanzania proverb that goes, “I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger.” which I heard many years ago and it’s always stuck with me. Obviously, it didn’t stick quite well enough though!
Well, let me point out some of the amazing – and we have a ton of amazing – furniture we received for donation this week. Remember, we’re open Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4.
this evergreen color sofa is soft and comfy and oh so touchable and priced $85
lovely square glass top table with four chairs (upholstery on chairs needs to be spot cleaned) priced $135
sweet desk – issue with front part of top that sorta curves up – priced $35
super nice armless side chairs in excellent condition priced $125 each (last photo is an up-close of the pattern)
gorgeous Ethan Allen dining set includes: glass top table and six chairs for $425; matching lighted china cabinet could also be used alone as a curio cabinet priced $395; buffet priced $175
this amazing set is by Drexel Heritage and includes table, two leaves and six chairs (two have arms) for $495 (photo shows table with both leaves in it); fantastic, huge, two piece lighted china cabinet priced $395 (it’s a gorgeous piece – love)
then look at this fabulous dining room set by Richardson Brothers Co. which includes an oval table with FOUR leaves and six chairs for $395; matching two piece lighted china cabinet for $295
wonderful baker’s rack priced $175
fun wicker framed sofa (upholstery needs to be completely redone) priced $30 (back is also upholstered)
nice Pennsylvania House sofa for $135
Lane cedar chest for $85
fantastic side chair for $95
flash on, flash off – neither photo captures this way cool wicker chest priced $145
though these love seats look white – they aren’t – but rather a cream and tan stripe pattern – priced $75 each (some spot cleaning is needed)
green wrought iron table with four bouncy chairs for $85; umbrella and umbrella stand for $40
lovely outdoor tile top table with six chairs priced $125; umbrella and umbrella stand for $60
gorgeous lighted three piece Drexel Heritage bookcases/storage – one part is a drop down desk – priced $245 for all three (which is a steal)
lovely table and four chairs for $225
very nice Pennsylvania House sofa – in a southwestern pattern – priced $195
this is an amazing McCreary sofa – soft floral pattern in gray/rose and green – excellent condition priced $345
gray sleeper sofa on wheels – priced $50
this leather/pleather love seat reclines on both sides and is browner in real life – priced $125
amazing hard maple swivel stools by Meubles Canadel (a Canadian company) priced $150 for all three
Though I know myself well enough to know I won’t give up trying to eliminate unwanted emails – I also promise you, dear reader, to see the stars more often!
More stars, less finger tip. Got it.