Murphy Rules!

If Murphy were a Bigger dog, he’d probably rule the world. He’d chase it round the universe and bite it as it twirled. He wouldn’t care for politics, he wouldn’t care for war. He only cares for playing, for that’s what dogs are for.

The Knowledge! (advanced yard sale techniques) + Yard Sale Finds for 2011

Last year, I made a substantial amount of money at yard sales. Certainly not enough to quit my day job, but enough to provide seed money to various other projects that I have been involved in. Over the past several years yard sales seem to have gotten much better, the quality and selection have improved … Continue reading

Cat in the Sock Closet

Among our menagerie of cats and dogs, we have a little Manx cat named Ruby. She is an other worldly creature who chases invisible lights on the wall and stares intently into space with owlish eyes. For some unknown reason, she has taken to hiding in the closet, behind the socks, where she waits in … Continue reading

The Door In The Garden

It is still winter here in the great Northwest. The garden is a sodden wreck, the ground saturated and most of the plants are either dormant in the earth or stripped bare of their foliage. My banana trees are still wrapped in their winter cloak of black plastic and fiberglass insulation, and this most recent … Continue reading

A Cornucopia of Yard Sale Treasures

This is about two years of amazing things found at yard sales, from 2009 to 2010.To me, what is most amazing about this eclectic collection of crazy stuff is that every item has a story. There was a meeting, there was bargaining, laughter, jokes told, gardens admired, recipes exchanged, and above all… There were people. … Continue reading

The Green Dog

I will admit that doggerel is one of the lowest forms of communication, even when the topic is (appropriately), dogs. Unfortunately I have a weakness for the form, which coupled with a fairly juvenile sense of humor creates some rather interesting outcomes. I get these silly ideas and can hardly restrain myself  from playing them … Continue reading

Da Wife…

My wife, who although I am profoundly lucky that she still puts up with me, admittedly often holds a place of honor in my various jokes and anecdotes. Love her as I might, her giving and trusting nature tends to make her the perfect foil for silly stories told to coworkers around the proverbial water … Continue reading

The Half Blind Devil Dog

Murphy is something of a trouble maker. If no one is watching, he will go after the cats… If it is cold or rainy he will do his business where he should not although he is quite tricky about it and will blame the other dogs. He can climb fences, squeeze out through windows onto … Continue reading

My Teaspoon House

So I had that big pile of spoons that I found at yard sales, like a group of friends. Each one unique in its own way. Fat ones, skinny ones, long and tall, short and squat. Each one with a different grain, made from different kinds of wood and with a different style. Some with … Continue reading


New Spoon Project!

So, some of you know that during the summer I am somewhat obsessed with going to yard sales. I love meeting new people in their own environments, I love talking to them about their gardens, looking at different neighborhoods, and of course finding amazing and eclectic treasures. You probably didn’t know that I’ve always had … Continue reading