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.