It, the cookbook, was described as clean, unmarked in the margins and in good shape. I read the eBay description of good. This person lives right here in my town, so I asked if I could just "buy it now" and meet at Starbucks and let me get it without paying the postage which was more than the cookbook. She said yes. I could not skip the postage (I should have thought of that) and so as an added attraction, he husband dropped it by into my mailbox.
I was tickled until I opened it. Nasty stale horrible cigarette smoke came out of the package and book as though it was an empty (or not) butt tray! The cookbook stinks so badly I have it in a large thick plastic bag. There is writing in it and it is not clean. I could return it but I won't. I put it down to the first bad experience I have had on eBay. and I'm not out that much money. Besides, they know where I live as it would have had to be sent through the mail as you know. Don't want a flaming bag o' poo on my porch.
By the way, this is not an attack on smokers. Smoke if you want to. I certainly did till I quit cold turkey 15 years ago and never looked back even once. But I did not subject folks to the smell, even before the trend to smoking outside became THE thing you had to do...I had never smoked in my home. Not once. The smell, the tobacco staining of the walls and light fixtures, but most of all the smell that everything reeks made me not even tempted. I didn't smoke in the house because of the children.
I recall the house next door when I still smoked was horrible to be in. The couple smoked constantly and when the door was opened (I didn't go there much unless it was to sit on the porch) a thick gray cloud just roiled and rolled out of the door. I smoked, and I couldn't take it. I finally told her. So we sat in her screened in porch.
The sciatica is 99% gone. A bit of muscle pain remains but that is from walking in a strange way while this was going on. Too long a post.
On Thanksgiving, had I been here most of the time I would have written a Thankfulness blog. For all of you. You have been with me through good times and some very bad ones. My gratitude is real for each of you in my life. I am all better from both afflictions and I feel that I am finally able to look over the top of the fence and see some sunshine in a manner of speaking. XooX
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