Dear readers - I need your help.
Several months ago, when we were finishing up our efforts to clean out the storage building, I found a giant red ball and metal stand that was clearly some sort of yard decor. Although I only had the one ball and the one stand (as opposed to a pair or a group), I stuck it out in the front yard. It immediately drew comments.
What was the ball? What was the significance of the ball? Why was it in the yard? What did it mean?
All I heard in my head was Bonnie Raitt singing "Let's Give Them Something To Talk About." Seriously.
I mean - it wasn't a huge deal. It was random yard decor and I could either keep it in storage (what's the point), get rid of it, or put it to use. So I put it to use decorating the yard.
I have had it out there for 4 or 5 months and had sort of forgotten about it until...
...Today. I am in the pasture mid-dance (read: feeding ritual) with the goats while Marty is in the house on a conference call when a nice couple in a Mercedes CLK 430 convertible pull into the driveway. They wait patiently for me to get to a stopping point in the routine at which point I exit the pasture and approach them (looking rather disheveled I might add).
Will I sell them the gaze ball in the front yard? Oh - so that's what it's called. A gaze ball. I seem to remember my mother-in-law having a number of them scattered throughout her yard when she lived here and apparently this couple collects them and they have never seen one so large. So again - would I sell it?
Wow. On the one hand, my mind is focused on finishing with the animals and my barn chores. On the other...potential profit for a random item I found in storage and did not spend a single penny on.
We go to examine it up close. The man comments that it needs a paint job. I agree. He offers me $40.
I hesitate. I just don't know. Suddenly - now that these people want MY gaze ball, the value seems to shoot up in my mind. Is $40 enough for this conversation piece? I ask if I can have a day to think it over. He raises the offer to $50. Again, I demure. My mind is swirling in 400 different directions. I just don't know.
So - I ask you dear readers - what would you do? Would you sell this for $50?
And if that ain't country, I'll kiss your...
2 days ago