Remembering Pops

It’s been 4 years since dad’s been gone. Not gone gone, just physically gone, because every morning I smell his cigarette smoke by the east window of our bedroom before I head downstairs. I’ve asked him to say hi to me with his smell of old spice instead, but that hasn’t happened. Then again, he was always that kind of ornery.

Dad enlisting in the navy 1958

Dad was on the USS Oriskany (nicknamed the mighty O )and the USS Kearsarge during his 4 years of service. He was what they call a ships oil king, aka boiler technician responsible for making sure the fuel and water levels were always consistent.

Pops was a bit of wild child back in his day, the judge “encouraged” him to join the military

I look at this picture and wonder what he was thinking, what everyday life was like for him on the ship. He didn’t tell many stories of his time in the military, or much about his life at all… he loved a good joke, a delicious pie and his family but he was never one to talk about himself. I tell you though, I loved how amazing he was at just letting things go and no matter where he was, he was 100% himself.

The one story I remember him telling me was about being on the ship and keeping post at night. He said that the best way for him to stay awake through the night was to put a lit cigarette between his fingers down near the knuckles and so if he dosed off, the cigarette would burn down and when it got low enough it would burn his fingers and wake him up.

You ever have those moments when a fond memory rushes back into your mind as if you were just there? That happened to me a while back, vivid as day. I came downstairs and the memory of Pops frying eggs and making pancakes at this very stove swept over me so much I could smell the bacon.

I can’t believe I never took a picture of him cooking breakfast at this stove!

Mornings were his favorite time of the day. I would come down the stairs and open the door into the kitchen. Standing at the stove, minding his artfully crafted breakfast would be Pops and he’d give me the most love filled and happy to see me, “Hiya baby girl!” And the follow up would always be the same, a good morning hug and kiss on the cheek, as if he hadn’t seen me in weeks.

Dad had many chapters through his life, but my favorite are the ones he shared with me.

Years have passed, but the love he gave me has never faded. The greatest honor was caring from him when he got dementia and being there for him till the end. Thankfully the sorrow of him passing has lifted, time has given me a chance to focus on all the blessings I was given with him in my life and not wallow in my loss.

This photo was taken 2007 while visiting him in Oklahoma

I have peace knowing I’ll see him again, in God’s time, but boy do I miss his hugs. If you still have your dad here on earth would you give him an extra hug today for me?


Check out my videos on how to account for the cost of goods when reselling, if you need some tips… or if you watch the first one for a couple minutes you’ll at least hear my favorite joke!



Hope you all are doing great and we are praying everyone is staying healthy and this new year is the best yet!

How To Issue A Refund to Buyer on EBay Managed Payments

FEBRUARY 15, 2021

When a buyer doesn’t open a claim, but they reach out to you wanting to work out a compromise because the item isn’t as described or whatever the case may be this is how you get to that place to do what you need to do. I spent the last hour trying to figure it out and want to save you all the time 🙂

select –my ebay (far right corner

select- selling

under the category titled orders (on the upper right of the page)

select- see all orders

now scroll down until you find the item sold requiring attention

next to that item is an little box with the words leave feedback


next to that is an arrow that points down

select-that little arrow

and tada there are tons of options and one is to…



I hope you all find this as useful as I will in the future because I know me and I’ll be coming back this time and time again.

until next time,

Happy treasure hunting

DIY Adjustable Ring Light

In the world of sharing knowledge and putting yourself out there, we made a “how to” for those of you who use a ring light and find it frustrating, having to always move it around. you could use this idea for a variety of items… like what if you had a super awesome snack and you didn’t want to go into the kitchen to get it… you could just create a platform, use the pully system and have it above your recliner! Ummm… Think I’m getting hungry..

Shazam, now that’s amazing 🤩

If you do use this idea,we’d love to hear from you 💕 (especially if it were for snacks, haha)