My Friend Nina at Work, whose also Moving, but clear to another State, is in the throes of what I'm going thru too. So we commiserate about the Stress of it and doing it mostly Alone. She Gifted me some Lovely Treasures for my Cabinet Of Curiosities Dia de los Muertos Collection and I was so Touched by the Generosity of these Friendship Gifts! I'm really going to Miss her but we plan to keep in touch. I just Hate it when Friends move away, it's happened far too often and so few now are still in Arizona. The Skull Bead Necklace was one I intended to Buy from her but she insisted it be a Gift instead, Bless her!
Look what happens when you pull the string of the little Cadaver in a Coffin, he pops up to the Window! So Cute and it makes me Smile every time I do it!
This Vintage Jack O'Lantern she had noticed I'd Showcased in several Blog Posts... a Clue that I was kinda diggin' him and Attracted to it! *Winks*
So, now he's mine too! Ain't he Adorable? It's so difficult to even find Vintage or Antique Halloween merchandise so she knows how much I Appreciate her Collections of it, gleaned over a Lifetime of Sourcing such things. I don't know how she Lets Go of so much of The Good Stuff? I'm on the Path to doing that, but it's hard to Let Go of the REALLY Good Stuff from your Collections, isn't it?
Now, Nina and I joke about the lengths we go to try to Save Money on our Moves... she knows I've been Haunting the Liquor Store Recycle Bins for Boxes to use for packing. You'd think that a Family of Alcoholics lived here now by how many Liquor Boxes I have stacked to the rafters, but packed with my Stuff! *LMAO*
Especially at the Holidays it's Interesting to see the unusual Liquors the Boxes represented and we're getting a kick out of that... some of the Graphics and Offerings of Holiday Booze and Beers! *Smiles* The Young Men at the Recycle Bins I frequent often just cart out the Boxes right to my Truck so I don't have to Dumpster Dive for them, which is Sweet. Helping the Old Dreadhead Lady who comes for the Boxes out... *Winks*
If we ever have a Break-In during this period of Transition, someone might assume they just Scored the Motherlode of Liquor and Craft Beers... and be disappointed as Hell at what the contents really hold! *Bwahahahaha!* But speaking of Scoring the Motherlode... it can happen when Dumpster Diving for Recyclable Boxes behind Liquor Stores especially... because... they really want the Boxes empty and for Recycling for those specific Bins. And sometimes they have full Boxes of what they must discard... and if I'm willing to take it away Boxed Up... well... I get The Hood Hook-Up... since most of the Liquor Stores I frequent are in Da Hood! *Winks*
Especially at the Holidays they often give out Promo items and Samples to Customers but don't manage to get rid of them all. So imagine my Surprise when I'm coming for mere Boxes one day and get The Hood Hook-Up of a Lifetime! Of Three heavy full Boxes of Promo Liquor Store Candies in adorable Lucite Box Containers and a plethora of Liqueur, Beer, Wine or Champagne inspired Candies!!! *Gasp!!!*
Now, being a Diabetic and also not eating Chocolate, this meant that I didn't intend to eat nor keep any of this. But rather than have them need to just waste it and throw it out of the Boxes, which would have seemed Sinful given the Quality of these Candies... I accepted them to give out to Friends and Family. So Nina and I were joking it would take The Edge off Packing to partake of such things as Single Malt Scotch Cordials, Tequila Cordials, Maple Bourbon Caramels, Sparkling Rose' Gummi Bears, Corona Gummi Bottles, Limoncello Cordials and such! *LMAO*
There's about a 20 Variety Offering of everything from Martini Olive Almonds to Champagne Gummi Bears! This is just what one Box contained and I relieved them of 3 full Boxes that were going to the Bins! *Whoop Whoop!* Yes, I will be giving out Gift Baskets until they're all gone, since I don't Need The Man overdosing on Single Malt Scotch Cordials and such... especially since neither of us drink so we're total lightweights! *Bwahahahahaha!*
Princess T looked at them with scorn, since she isn't allowed to partake, not that she even wanted to... being they are what she called the nasty Adult Candies that probably taste awful and make people act Weird!?! *LMAO* Why did you agree to take all this crap she said? Well... Why NOT... you know how Gramma abhors Waste of Good Stuff, right?!? She couldn't Argue with that, she knows how I am. *Winks* And YES, it does chap my hide how much wasteful practices we have here in America and what is thrown out and not just Donated!
I'm sure at Nursing Homes and Homeless Shelters the Adults would be Appreciative of such a Treat, especially at the Holidays! I know my Friends will be, even with the hilarious Story of how I came to have so much Candy I don't even really want and wouldn't be eating... so Help a Sista out... and accept your Gift Basket of Hood Hook-Up Goodies I may present to ya! *Winks* I'm thinking that I want to Save some of these Lucite Containers to protect some of my Cabinet of Curiosity Specimens when they're empty too. So... you know what Bowls of Treats my Thanksgiving and Christmas Tables are likely to hold, right?! *Bwahahahaha!*
Blessings, Love, Light and Laughter from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian