Cleaning out the Shed

A small green house with a porch and chair.

I have spent the last week cleaning out the shed and I am amazed at what I found in there (things stored long ago and long forgotten).  I decided I would put down something to cover the floor since all that was there was subflooring and it absorbed everything.  I went to Lowe’s and they had 19½ X 19½  rubber tiles.  Each box had 8 tiles and the sign on the stack of boxes said $4.88.  I quickly deducted from their chart that I needed 6 boxes and we had a $10 coupon.  The amount came up as $234 and we told the girl the boxes were $4.88 each.  She adjusted the total.   so we paid about $20 for the tiles.  After installing the tiles I had just about enough left over to do the work bench.  I needed two more tiles, so several days later we stopped by Lowe’s and I picked up 3 boxes (they were so cheap).  When I checked out the cash register rang up $118.  “Whoaâ€, I told the checkout clerk, “something’s wrong here, the sign on the stack of boxes says $4.88â€.  “Wellâ€, says she, “the computer says differently.  You need to go back and talk to someone in that areaâ€.  Sure enough, as it turns out, the tiles are $4.88 each.  So, I buy two and leave the store.  My rationalization is that I paid Lowe’s each time what they said I owed them.  But, I know that I paid $30 for what should have cost me $250.  Will I go back and pay Lowe’s the difference?  Probably not.  But, I know in the bottom of my heart, when I die and go up to meet Saint Peter, he will turn to a page on my record that is headlined “LOWE’Sâ€.   And I know I had better have a good answer.

I started taking Vytorin for high cholesterol a few weeks ago and had to stop it on July 4th.  My hips started aching quite badly, so I decided to stop it for a few weeks to see if the pain would go away.   The pain has stopped after only 5 days.   I will start it again next week and see if the pain returns.

Well, the roofers finished today, collected their tools out of our driveway and left.  We are quite pleased with the results, although a little poorer than when they arrived several weeks ago.  Our next task is to paint the trim and then have new gutters installed.  After that, a local company will reinstall the gutter guards and everything will be complete.  If I were a betting man, I would wager that it will not be completed until Labor Day.  Probably, would be finished sooner, if I set things right with Lowe’s.

The big boat was supposed to be sold to a fellow by July 1st, but he failed to come up with the money.  I’m thinking about listing it in our local paper and see if there are any takers.  The sad thing is, I have let half of the boating season slip away, waiting on this sale to take place.  As they say, “live and learnâ€.

I read in the paper the other day that Al Gore’s son (age 24) received a ticked in California doing 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway in a Toyota Prius.   I was unaware the Pius could do 100 mph.  The deputies said they smelled marijuana and searched the car. They found less than an ounce of marijuana along with Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, which is used for attention deficit disorder.  He was arrested on a drug charge 3 years ago also.  Sounds like the young man needs some serious help and not just a slap on the wrist.  Hopefully, Mr. Gore will not try to use his considerable clout to get his son off the “hookâ€.

I removed our bicycles from the shed last week and parked them in the garage.  Jerilyn and I have decided to run three times a week and ride our bikes one day a week.  This will give us a total of 4 hours exercise for the week.  Well, I sure hope the next 1 hour session on the bike is a little better than the first.  I have blisters where I have never had blisters before.  We went up and down every street in our neighborhood and those of neighborhoods close by.  We went early on Sunday morning and I was surprised by what we saw.  One fellow was out washing his vehicles, a woman was out raking her yard, men and women were out jogging, another fellow was sitting on his front porch reading his paper and yet another guy was painting his steps.  There are so many things you do not see while driving your car.  I think this is a new and exciting way for me to find out about my neighbors and my neighborhood.   Hope those blisters heal soon.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer, or whatever season it is in your part of the world.  Thanks for reading my weekly missive.


“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”