My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Musings 4/13/2011

Are you tired of the teeth and the foot by now? I am! So on to better things.

I've been reading a lot the past few days and since I can't get out of the house easily it's just about the only thing I can do. So tonight I thought I'd share a few more thoughts.

Several years ago on eBay the shabby chic decor was a hot item. I'd never sold before but when I saw some of the going prices I jumped on the band wagon with pillows, sachets, birdhouses and other fanciful things. I sold a few things but not much. I thought they were on par with the other sellers and at much better prices, but, alas, many others didn't I suppose and I had many things left over. The little sachet below is one of them.

There were a few sellers who were commanding high prices—such as $500—for those little sachets! Yes. I couldn't believe it but mine went for $10 if they sold at all. Well, there were a few buyers who paid such ridiculous prices but one buyer was scamming the sellers. It then got ugly.

This particular buyer was paying astronomical prices for items from just a handful of sellers and then didn't pay or was paying with her boss' credit card. A scam. We're talking thousands and thousands of dollars here. It was a bidding war to see who could buy a tiny sachet or pillow and command the highest price. Honestly, I couldn't begrudge any creator their high price but that was ridiculous in my estimate. Hundreds of dollars? The sellers fought to get their money back and even created a group on eBay for the sellers who were scammed by her. And it got uglier!

For some of the sellers it got downright nasty. I've never seen such vehemence in my life. I helped in that group with the technicality part because I was proficient in eBay groups and computers in general, but I left after a while because I just couldn't deal with the vehemence. Yes, I believe those women should have definitely gotten their money or merchandise back and all the associated fees, but dwelling on it wasn't solving the issue.

Hence, I gave up selling on eBay, at least my homemade items. I was a flop as a seller. :-( I'll sell a few items now but they're usually things I'm trying to get rid of. It was a devastating thing to know I wasn't much of a seller. :-) But such is life.

The other day I saw this story and just couldn't believe it. I'm a pro-life lady, converted about 20 years ago. Seeing my beautiful grandchildren and great granddaughter, Miss Caroline, I just couldn't imagine something like them being aborted for the sake of convenience. This baby is 21 weeks old in his mummy's womb and a very talented doctor opened her up via a c-section, opened the womb and operated so this less than 5 month old baby boy wouldn't be born with spina bifida. And it worked! He was healthy. The story said that the moment the baby grasped the surgeon's finger he froze, was totally immobile and stated that it was the most emotional moment in his life. I can see why. He gave that little guy the gift of a normal life and his parents are beyond thrilled. I must say, however, that the doctor was tucking his little hand back inside as it flopped out. That does not take away from the fact that it's a baby. I think the little boy is now about 11 years old but this story didn't get much coverage at all in the papers or television. I thank God for the talent of the surgeons who save these tiny angels.

I think I've said enough for today. Maybe I'll participate in Pink Saturday this week...if I can get around enough to photograph some pink stuff.