Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Double Vision

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I didn't purchase these through Amazon.

I didn’t purchase these through Amazon.

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? ~ Winnie the Pooh

Have you ever purchased a book that you already own? Before I started reading on a Kindle, there were times when I purchased a book that was already on one of my multiple bookcases. Thankfully, Amazon is kind enough to bring my memory lapse to my attention, so it doesn’t happen nearly as often…when purchasing books for my Kindle.

Unfortunately, I shop for jigsaw puzzles in the store. Although the clerk at the Dollar Tree knows me well, she can’t keep track of the puzzles I’ve purchased. I’ve mistakenly purchased at least ten duplicate puzzles over the years. Fortunately, Derek’s brother-in-law is a big puzzler, so he is the beneficiary of my forgetfulness.

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Have you ever mistakenly purchased something that you already own?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

101 thoughts on “Double Vision

  1. This really had me pausing to think, Jill. What happens to me is I lose my grocery list and forget at least two things I don’t have, rather than duplicates. I think that living in my little space I am more aware of what I already have. Great question and can’t wait to read comments later in the day! xo Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

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    • Hi Robin! I’m the same. It I don’t have a list, when I head out to the grocery store, I typically don’t buy what we need, but double up on things we don’t need. I make a point of never going without my list. Have a great weekend! xo

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      • I do have to laugh a little, since I know you spend hours with puzzles you put together, for your still buying duplicates, Jill! 🙂

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      • Well, I’m not completely losing it, Robin. When I’ve purchased duplicate puzzles, they’re puzzles we haven’t worked. They’re in our puzzle cabinet. The number of puzzles we have stockpiled, is a post of its own. 🙂

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  2. Yes! [I’m tempted to write just that and then run away and hide!] Two days ago I received some art supplies in the mail and was looking happily at one long yearned for item when I had that sudden ill-feeling that I had actually done this before and looking in the storage box saw I was now the proud possessor of two ………… This is the problem when you buy stuff and tuck it away and don’t use it straight away…… You cannot know how happy I am that you do this too 🙂 Hugs from me, bounces from Siddy and a dignified nod from Orlando xoxo

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    • Ha ha! You’re right, Pauline, buying something and stashing it is the major cause of double purchasing. As for your art supplies, you can always create double the beautiful art work. 🙂 Aw…hugs to Siddy and Orlando. I’m thrilled Orlando gave me the ‘dignified nod.’ Enjoy your weekend! xo

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  3. Hahaha. This duplicate buying seems to hit me in the food department. I’ll duplicate and sometimes triplicate many items. 🙂

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  4. All the time, Jill, all the time. A long time ago I bought a scanner and database to try and keep track of all of our books, in part to make sure we didn’t duplicate any of them. Too much work … lol. Knitting needles and crochet hooks is the other place where I’ve tended to duplicate. I have so many sets of the same size needles. I’ve actually given a lot of them away because it was just too annoying to have 5 pairs of #6 needles when what I needed were 1 pair of #7 needles. Good thing there’s other puzzlers in your family 🙂

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    • I’m thrilled to be in such good company, Marie. 🙂 Keeping a database of your books does sound like a lot of work, but it might be worth the effort. Perhaps you can take your extra needles to a nearby assisted living facility. 🙂 I’ve donated many duplicate books to the Disabled Veterans and the Kidney Foundation. Enjoy your weekend! xo

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  5. (SMILE) I thought it was only me …. 😉 When something is stored in my “i must remember to get that” part of my brain it seems to stay there for some time!

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  6. I have done this with both books and DVDs. Humbling, isn’t it? 😉

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  7. Jill, how about if I tell you that I’ve bought items on purpose that I already own? I have about 3 pairs of black pants of the exact style. Why? The fit is good! I also buy blouses and dresses of the same style in different colors. Why? Again, the fit is good:) I’m sure I’ve “mistakenly” bought items that I already own.

    Have a lovely weekend. I’ve already decided that I will have a fabulous one!

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    • That’s wise, Elaine. I’ve done the same thing with clothes. If it fits well and feels good, buy it in all colors. I’m totally with you on that. 🙂
      Yes! I’m glad you’ve decided to have a fabulous weekend…enjoy! xo

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  8. Looks like I’m in good company, Jill. 🙂 Yes, I’ve bought duplicates of books and knitting needles and food. Does it count if I intentionally buy another black or white v neck t-shirt (short and long sleeves)? I wear them all the time with jeans, shorts, skirts. My sister thinks I have too many, I think I have just the right amount.

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  9. Managing our stuff can be overwhelming and discombobulating. The less I have, the easier it is to keep track of it.

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  10. This usually happens to me on RedBox. There is no reminder and I end up with a movie that I have seen. (which comes to me three minutes in)

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  11. Unfortunately yes, Jill. I have two copies of The Three Musketeers by Dumas, Persuasion by Austen, The Wind in the Willows by Grahame, Guards, Guards by Pratchett, and Jane Eyre by Brontë. 😦 I’ve bought duplicate puzzles and DVDs. I took some duplicates to Half-Price Books.

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  12. Hope you have a good weekend and don’t wind up purchasing something you already own. 🙂
    I’ve watched some Hallmark movies that I would swear I’d never seen only to get halfway into them and realized I’d seen them before.

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  13. I have Jill and I have started reading the same book I’ve already read, I put it down to information overload 🙂

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  14. I’ve done this so many times, and I’m so grateful Kindle has stopped me from doing it so many more times! But I’m even more excited that someone else loves to do puzzles! I hoard the ones with snow on them because I need some cold weather any way I can get it! 🙂 Great post!

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    • Hi Anna! Thanks for stopping by. Yes! I’m a puzzler. Aside from reading, it’s something that keeps me still and focused for hours. I should send you our polar bear puzzle. It’s beautiful, but all of the white, will drive you crazy. Happy Weekend

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  15. I have purchased books I have already read/owned. As you mentioned, the Kindle solved that problem. I can really buy too much canned foods… green beans, soup, pinto beans, carrots. I do the shopping list by writing down what we need when I use the last of whatever it is and I usually don’t check before I head to the store.
    Good Morning!

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    • Hi Pix! Yes, thanks to the Kindle…it’s save me a lot of money. Perhaps in the winter, you can break out the crock pot and turn all of those canned veggies into soup. 🙂 Like yourself, if I don’t take the list with me…forget it.
      Have a great weekend!

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  16. I don’t even know where to begin. Gifts! I buy gifts in advance and forget where I put them or even worse, forget that I bought one. Yes on books, yes on food. Sometimes I leave my list at home and “wing it” only to find out that my memory also includes some items from last week that I already bought. I have become organized (sort of) and try to track my book and movie titles, not buy based on memory, etc. Looks like you struck a note in many of your readers!

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  17. I do that with books all the time! And like Kate – I have multiple gifts for the same person (stored away where I forget them). Well, at least duplicate groceries (most of them) can be explained away as hoarding for an emergency. Ha! I love your post Jill. 🙂

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  18. Haha…yes, but it happened one Christmas, when I didn’t coordinate with the family and we all ended up buying each other the same CDs, books and movies. We had such a laugh over it, and now I seem to have become the Christmas shopping overseer of everyone to prevent it happening again! Have a great weekend Jill, enjoy the sunshine, I’m off to the bloggers bash tomorrow, yikes! Will keep you posted… 🙂 xoxo

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    • Ha ha! Christmas can certainly pose a problem if everyone doesn’t coordinate with each other. I think your family picked the right person to prevent future duplication. You all should buy gifts for Nate! Good luck at the bloggers bash, Sherri. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Sorry I haven’t had a chance to reply to your email. Enjoy the weekend! xoxo

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  19. Oh yes, I’ve often gotten that feeling after a page or two – read this before… My speciality though is online race entries. I can easily enter a 10k and a week later sign up again. Better than missing it completely I suppose.

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    • Oh yes, missing a race,, that you’ve paid for, would certainly not be a good thing, Usually, I can look at the cover and realize the book is on a book shelf somewhere in the house. Have a great weekend!

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  20. Yes, I’ve been saved by Amazon/Kindle from double-purchasing many a time. My extra purchasing usually centers around pantry items: “I think we’re almost out of Ketchup, better buy a couple bottles.” Unfortunately, I had already done that a few weeks earlier … Oh! I have that Grammar Desk Reference book as well – I only purchased it once. 😉

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  21. Yep. I find it easy to make the mistake of buying a John Sanford book in the “Prey” series. I find it difficult to keep track of the ones I have and haven’t read! As a result, I have a couple of duplicated titles on my shelf.

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  22. You have just relieved me of a great burden. I thought something was wrong with me. It’s only books that create that phenomena. I have done it so many times I’ve used the excuse that I buy extra to loan out or give as gifts. I have a spread sheet but books come in so fast, I don’t keep up with the spread sheet. Maybe in the winter. I’m much more careful now and often photograph a book I’m thinking about buying and check to see if I already own it. Yes, Amazon is wonderful to keep track of books I’ve already purchased. I buy embroidery patterns for my machine and the company I purchase them from lets me know I already own a design if I try to buy it again.:) I feel quite sheepish about it all.

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    • You’ve relieved me and others, Marlene! I thought it was only me. I’ve never kept spread sheets on the books that I’ve purchased, but I do keep a journal on books that I’ve read. Of course, there is room for error with that method. I’m happy to hear that the company where you purchase your embroidery patterns, has a good method to avoid double purchases. Don’t feel ‘sheepish’…you’re among friends. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  23. I, too, am thankful for kindle’s reminders! I’ve been known to attempt to purchase the same book on more than one occasion!

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  24. That’s the second time this week I’ve seen a Pooh quote 🙂 Rather boringly this tends to happen to me with food, Jill. Quite often I wrack my brains for what items we need and when I’ve had my eureka moment discover it’s already on the shelves when I get home. All the things that I really needed aren’t though 😦
    Happy weekend!

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  25. I’ve done that a lot with books and you’re right, Kindle does help with that problem. But I’ve purchased books for my kindle that I already own in hardback just because I love them and read them over and over. I did buy a dress recently that I already owned…now that was pretty silly. lol. xo

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  26. I double up all the time on foodstuffs. I always think Ive checked what we need – or what we DONT need, but somehow I always manage to duplicate bagged salad.

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  27. I’m also guilty. I’ve also purchased duplicate magazines and given them away to friends or family. At the moment, I have three bottles of olive oil in my pantry. 😀

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  28. Oh yeah. My wife’s just gotten into pickling recipes and several times now, we’ve bought one kind of vinegar or another which already sat in the back of our pantry. That’s just a recent example, of course. I have several duplicate books and DVDs. I guess this is just going to get worse as we get older… 🙂

    Have a great weekend Jill!

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    • The good thing about vinegar is it can be used for cleaning too, Phillip. 🙂 Like Marlene mentioned, this is something I’ve been doing for years. It might not be an age thing. 🙂 Happy Weekend to you and your family!

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  29. Reading your great post and all the following comments has been great therapy for me. Thank-you Jill! I don’t buy duplicate books but I do buy duplicate food and cleaning products. My husband can’t understand why or how I do it and gives me one of ‘those’ looks when he finds the evidence in the cupboard. I used to try to hide the third bottle of toilet cleaner and forth packet of rice in places where I thought he might not find them but he always did! He wasn’t sure what to make of the weird woman who keeps boxes of cereal in her wardrobe. I now try to brazen it out. There are worse things I could be doing!

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  30. Many times, sweet jill! Know the feeling! ♥

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  31. Jill I must say I have not if it involves my own books etc. But for the kids I am guilty of the odd DVD etc. Have a great week.

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  32. When it comes to books, I have limited myself to a list that I take with me, if the book isn’t on said list I don’t go near it unless it is so totally random as to be unique like goat milking in Nepal or something like that.

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  33. Yes, I’ve also done this, Jill. Groceries are the worst. There must be a part of the brain that thinks ‘I need that’ and it doesn’t switch off once you get the thing – lol 😀

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  34. In the days before Netflix I once rented the same movie three times… the worst part is I was halfway through the movie each time before I realized it!

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  35. Mostly grocery items when I don’t have a list. 😄
    Good that you can gift your duplicate puzzles.

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  36. Sometimes I manage to purchase them twice even on Kindle. If the cover changes, I’m totally thwarted. Yikes!!

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  37. LOL. I have a couple duplicate books sitting right here on the shelf. It’s so frustrating! Then I never find time to go back to the store and they are never books anybody else even wants! Grrr.

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  38. Unfortunately, Jill, my most recent mistake was just the opposite. I THOUGHT I had purchased a copy of a wonderful book for my cousin for her birthday. Well, actually I did purchase it; I just THOuGHT I’d mailed it.
    I hadn’t.
    When I found it in the guest room, still in the sack from the book store, it was 3 1/2 weeks after her birthday.
    Enough said…

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  39. LOL! I double up on books all the time but mostly on purpose because we’ve moved a lot and some were lost or given to friends only for me to realize I can’t live without a hard copy of that book so I rush out and get one. One of those books that I always seem to have a ‘fresh’ copy of is ‘The Hobbit’. There are many many others….

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  40. I just bought Paige Shelton’s newest mystery in paperback and Kindle. Forgot I ordered the paperback and got the Kindle too. 😉

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  41. Jill … I can relate to this. I bought a class set of Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” – only to discover later that I already had a class set. I kept both. I’ve also purchased double copies of some movies, books and music. I need to get organized so I don’t repeat this. 😉

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