One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure

One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and that means its the start of the Tag Sale (yard Sale) Season. Here in New England we take our yard sales very seriously. As the title implies, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Tag Sale, Yard Sale, Garage Sale, Estate Sale

A yard sale by any other name is still a sale of your old discards. You’ll clean out your basement, attic, closets and garage. Drag it all out to your front yard and price to sell. Your neighbors and the professional pickers will go through your things, bicker over prices and take away your cast offs. With any luck you’ll maker a buck and get your home emptied out too. Your things go from unwanted junk to treasure.

What’s in a name?

What is the difference between the most  common sales?

1.  A Garage Sale is a sale of someone’s unwanted household items. Most often held in somebody’s garage or driveway, garage sales sell cookware, utensils, smaller pieces of furniture, children’s cast off toys and clothing, old tools, etc. Garage sales can often yield treasures when households are selling things from the attic or basement that belonged to their parents or grandparents. Garage sales can be very unpredictable in the kinds of items they have and can yield terrific things for very little money. A variation on the garage sale is the Yard Sale which usually has more items for sale than a garage sale so it spills out into someone’s entire yard.

2.  A Moving Sale usually contains the partial and sometimes even the entire contents of a home. Moving is expensive and many people sell a large percentage of their possessions rather than move them. Moving sales can yield terrific pieces, often large pieces of furniture that would be very costly to move.

3.  An Estate Sale is easily defined: it is the sale of the goods from an estate; i.e., someone who has passed. Estate sales often yield the greatest treasures of all because they contain the collections of a lifetime. Possessions being sold may have belonged to an elderly person, which sometimes includes the property of that person’s parents and grandparents. Estate sales often yield terrific antiques that are coming on the resale market for the first time. As a rule, Estate sales are run by professionals, who have been contracted by the family or by the estate’s executors. These estate sale professionals will go through all of the departed’s possessions, appraise its value, clean the items, then arrange, display, and price everything that will go into the sale. Furthermore, they will absorb the expense of managing the actual sale itself (including difficult tasks like crowd control & security).

4.  A Tag Sale is sort of a hybrid between a Garage Sale and an Estate Sale. This is usually a sale of someone’s property (who is living). Its of  higher quality than what you’d find at a garage sale. Generally tag sales are managed by professionals and will contain quality furniture and collectibles and often important antiques. (Except for Connecticut and some areas of New England where a Tag Sale is a Yard Sale is a Garage sale.)

Shop till you drop.

So if you are looking for a way to spend a some time and possibly your hard earned cash, welcome to the Tag Sale Season. It started Memorial Day Weekend along with the back yard Barbecues.

A Time to Remember on Memorial Day 2017

It’s Memorial Day

On Memorial Day there are parades and cook outs and family get-togethers no matter the weather. Many folks have a day off from work WITH PAY!  Do we really understand how lucky we are?

The World Is Still Violent

Are we humans just a cruel, violent species? Are we destined to fight and scrabble among ourselves until we destroy each other and our world? Our veterans gave their all for peace. They have come home damaged emotionally and physically and too many paid the ultimate price. Yet we still hear of horrible acts of brutality every day. Look what just happened in Manchester England! Or what about the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, and the Fort Lauderdale Airport? And these are just a few examples. I could go on!

Our Brave New World


Security is tight. We use plastic see-through bags so everyone can see that we’re not carrying a weapon. We suffer through metal detectors and have our bags searched. I’ve even been swabbed for gun powder residue. This is the world we live in now. No one is truly safe. On this Memorial Day I can’t help but wonder what would those who died for our freedom have to say about it? Would they feel that their sacrifice was in vain or that we’ve squandered the chances they have provided to us?

Proud and Sad

I am so proud of our service men and women, so overwhelmed by what they have done and continue to do to protect this country every day. But I am also sad. Sad that there is so much hate and violence around the world. I’m very sad that in a country built on immigration and acceptance that there are still incidences of prejudice and evidence of hate crimes. Somethings just don’t seem to change, just the victims.

Honor our Fallen With an Open Heart

Its Memorial Day and while we barbecue and wave our flags, stop and think about the real meaning of this day. Think about those in our military today and the many who have served our country bravely. Open your hearts to the principals they stood for and many died for – Freedom; freedom of speech,  freedom of religion, freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness for all! Say no to prejudice and discrimination. God Bless America!

Is Lake Sabbatia a Paddling Option

Is Lake Sabbatia a Paddling Option?

As I looked over the Norton Reservoir I thought of another option for a quiet paddling location. Lake Sabbatia is even closer to me than the Norton Reservoir. I pulled out of Tang’s parking lot and headed back to Taunton. Along the way even more possibilities ran through my head. There’s Watson State Park and Lake Rico to check out too.

Watson State Park

As I headed over to Lake Sabbatia I had to drive right past Watson State Park. Even though it hasn’t opened for the season, cars were lining the side of the road. It’s a very popular place in Taunton in the summer. Only about 10 acres it has a playground, 300 ft beach and picnic area. Non-motorized boats are welcome. I expect it will open up Memorial Day weekend.

The Launch Area, Lake Sabbatia

Just past Watson State Park I arrived at the boat launch for Lake Sabbatia. It was really busy today! Dogs and people milled about. The parking spots were taken up with pick up trucks and boat trailers. While I was there several more trucks arrived with kayaks on board. They off loaded and lined them up at the side of the launch area. After the trucks were parked each paddler picked up their kayak and into the water they went.

Time to Leave

I watched a good size recreational boat  get pulled out of the lake. It was clear that I was in the way.  I’ve dropped by this spot many times and never seen it this busy. It must be the excitement of the  first nice weather of the spring/summer season.I took a  couple of pictures of a particularity cute dog, part pug , part frenchy, and it was time to go.



The Sunday that Almost Got Away

The Sunday that Almost Got Away

I lost Saturday and  now Sunday almost got away from me. My own fault. I was slow to get the laundry going so other resident’s of my condo got ahead of me. Consequently I didn’t get my weekly laundry done until close to 12:30! The day was half gone. I’d planned to look for Doane Falls in Royalston, MA but with such a late start that wasn’t an option any more.


My backup plan was to check out the Nemasket Kayak Center. Based on their web page they offer paddling lessons, have a retail outlet and rent equipment. I’m still not sure a kayak is right for me with my bad hip but kayaks are far more affordable than canoes and I think more light weight. That would make them easier to handle on my own. They have 4 locations. Not all of which are open yet.

Norton Reservoir

In the end I opted to check out the Norton Reservoir. I drive by it everyday on the way to work. There are fishermen, kayakers, swans and geese. I want to see how hard it would be to put a small boat or kayak into this calm body of water.

An internet search said the most common place to put in was next to Tang’s restaurant. I know exactly where that is so I was off. When I got there there were a lot of trucks and a few SUV’s. A fisherman was just leaving. He said that there are 2 places to access the reservoir. Here off Rt 140 and off Juniper Rd. I don’t know where Juniper RD is so for now this will have to do.

A few facts about Norton Reservoir

The Norton Reservoir is a body of water within the towns of Norton and Mansfield located in southeastern Massachusetts. The Rumford River empties out into the reservoir.

Another Saturday Gone

Another Saturday gone

Sounds like a good title for a country song to me. Its hard to believe that another Saturday has slipped through my fingers and I haven’t done anything interesting to talk about. Who knew that finding topics of interest to share would be so hard?

Where did the Day go?

So let’s see, where did the day go. How did the time get away from me?

  • 8-11 am  Wait for the Fire Department to come by for our annual fire inspection.


  • 10:20 take Rocky to the Vet for his annual wellness check. He’s a senior kitty now so this is even more important. Besides he really needed a “mani/pedi”.

His claws were turning into samurai swords!

  • Lunch and a hair cut.
  • Top off the gas tank and get the car washed. Get all that sticky tree sap off the hood.
  • Stop off at Walmart and Big Lots to see what kinds of boats/kayaks they have a how much they cost.

By then it was 3:30 so I checked out cat trees for Rocky.

Why does Rocky need another cat tree?

My silly kitty won’t go on the old cat tree that he used to share with Smokey and Buddy.

He hasn’t been on it since Buddy passed away. I’ve tried catnip spray, hiding treats on it, toys but he just sniffs it and hops down. I thought I’d get him a new one to see if he’d have any interest in something with no other cat scents.

I’ll set the big one on the porch for now.

Weekend Project

With Memorial day Weekend coming up I have decided to complete the long side tracked catification of my back porch/ deck. I have the lattice work to set up and just need to pot some catnip. It will serve to entertain Rocky and keep the mosquitoes away at the same time. Maybe after 10 years of living here I will finally be able to use my deck.