You wouldn’t expect to things to turn around in a day, and you’d be right, but yesterday was better than the day before.

If you had thirteen days in the “How Long Can Paulie Go Without Purchasing From Amazon” pool, congratulations, you have won! In my defense, I made an effort to buy the straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back locally, even for $10 more than the one I purchased from Amazon, but Lowe’s has failed me again.

What was it already?!?!
An expensive mopping bucket.


I now have more floor to mop with the newly stripped basement floor. Given that this is going to be the last bucket for mopping that I am ever going to buy (I’ve reached the age where I am going to start buying things for the last time…), I wanted a proper bucket for mopping. I spent $55 (!) for a bucket with wheels and a wringer pressed with a lever. Think of the type of bucket that you have seen inside stores for their use. The only downside of my purchase through Amazon is that I won’t be able to do some of the chores in the basement until I mop, and now I won’t have a bucket for doing so until sometime tomorrow.

Yesterday the rain tried to thwart my productivity and won to some degree.

After work, but before dinner, I suited up and went down into the basement and removed almost all of the drop ceiling tiles from the future “work area”. There are three tiles remaining, two that have air vents in them, and one that is pretty-well glued on; I didn’t feel like ripping that one apart. While taking down the ceiling tiles I also pulled out some speaker wire and some tv antenna wire that runs throughout the house. The ITP Estate’s previous owners must have been some real audio/video nuts because they hooked up speakers and TVs all over the house. Huh, that sounds like someone else I know, but he lives in the age of (poor) wireless communication… By the end of March this space will be complete. You should probably start a pool for when I actually get it done. 🙂

Satisfied with my progress and dusty, I headed upstair for a thorough shower and then filled the tub with recently-purchased liquid laundry detergent in order to wash the clothes I was wearing.

For dinner I treated myself to half of a $2.75 Aldi frozen pizza amended with fresh jalapeños… and a beer.

The rest of my evening was spent watching YouTube videos on my iPad, and then picking up my Kindle (to recharge the iPad’s battery) in order to finish off the book I was reading. The book is called “Leonard and Hungry Paul”, and is a story about two middle-aged losers. I’ll give it 3/5 stars, but wouldn’t recommend you read it.

Today’s plan was to beat the sunrise this morning and get into the yard to do a couple of hours’ work prior to starting my 9-5. The rain that passed through East Atlanta overnight persuaded me to change the plan. Instead I am “at work” now (6:00am) and will attempt to get put in some work prior to plopping down with the iPad for a virtual Top Chef night with Betsy.

Finally, I’m trying to figure out how to make an inexpensive cold frame, into which I can put plants outside before the weather is guaranteed to be warm enough not to kill them. Any ideas?

Hope you are remaining well. The Atlanta area is supposed to be miraculous later this afternoon. If you have the ability to get outside, go out and make it a great day.

Days Without an Amazon Purchase = 0

I will not be restarting the clock, even though I am going to attempt to limit the number of purchases I make from Amazon.

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21 Responses to 2021-03-03

  1. steve says:

    Well, you tried. I looked up when Easter was… this is going to be a long Lenten fast.

    A follow up at the dermatologist yesterday. The sample taken a few weeks ago had come back “pre-cancerous” so she did a bit more freezing and it should disappear.

    Rode for a bit. Zwift has a calibration routine built in and I have tried it several times and could not get it to complete. “Please ride at 23 mph”!! That’s fine for a few minutes, but it would never say enough!! I found the Saris app and calibrated with it. After finally getting connected, it was a snap. “Ride at 22 mph” Hold it, then coast. Done.

    Games BoD meeting last night. “We” presented the new layout and got everyone’s thoughts. A few good ideas, but not much we hadn’t already considered. I think it will be a work in progress right until showtime.


    • It’s always forty days from Fat Tuesday, no?

      Yeah, I gave it an honest effort so I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

      Good on you! I need to get back on the bike. If not for this pesky thing called “a job” I’d get out today and/or tomorrow. I did manage to steal five minutes and go outside to stir the compost (not a euphemism).

  2. Bonnie says:

    My embarrassing expensive purchase this week was an $89 Kuat RackDock. https://www.kuatracks.com/product/rackdock/ While overpriced (heh, like the bike rack) it will make storing the bike rack a lot easier when it’s off my car. Currently it lives on the ground in hopes that we don’t run over it. Yeah, there are many DIY ways to hang a rack on the wall for a lot cheaper… Once we figure out the rest of the bicycle storage plan, I suppose we’ll hire someone to install everything. We don’t even own a drill. Anymore. The battery died in Memphis and we decided to give it away.

    Hopefully I can convince the husband to eschew some chores and we can get out today. I haven’t exercised the past two days but I can’t blame the weather 100%…

  3. steve says:

    You don’t own a drill? Oh, you city kids…

    It already looks beautiful outside. The cancelled this mornings hunt last night- I don’t know if they thought the rain would still be here or the footing would be shite. Probably the latter.

    • It’s muddy in the Wee Little / Ten Finger Farm, but walkable. My rain gauge caught about 0.5″ of rain last night.

      The battery for my cordless drill died a few years back and I never replaced it. However, I have two corded drills inherited from my father, so each is probably a good forty years old (or older).

  4. barb says:

    we have lots of drills – I know that shocks you.

    hi from Marietta – work is insane these days – I’m so exhausted.
    the entire transportation system is just so screwed up, I’m not surprised that any stores have anything to by, of course you they do not have what you are looking for. I’d guess DSG stores are half empty – as I can’t find containers, or drivers to move freight.

  5. The USPS has just taught me a new phrase — “Money Mule”. In an ad in today’s email it says:

    “Money mules are people who receive and transfer money obtained from victims of fraud. Transferring money/valuables on behalf of others only benefits criminals and may lead to serious consequences for you. DON’T be a mule.”

    The more you know… 🌈

  6. I am feeling incredibly antsy today and finding it very hard to stay glued to a computer screen.

  7. Scheduled the 1-800-GOTJUNK people to come out tomorrow and give me a quote for taking away the carpet and drop ceiling tiles.

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