Throw Away Nothin’

A metal trash can with papers flying in the air.

I recently completed a project to remedy a space problem in my tool shed.  I have a push lawnmower and a yard vacuum.  The yard vacuum was acquired back last summer and is used to dispose of the many leaves that float down on our yard during the fall.  Well, anyway, setting in my shed side by side took up a lot of my valuable floor space.  With a little effort I was able to design a platform that would let one sit atop the other.  Now I have enough space to accumulate a lot of other stuff.  When I transition to the other side I will be looking down (hopefully) with pity for those poor souls responsible for sifting thru my collection of things I just had to have. My motto is “throw away nothin’ “, if I do, I will need it again within days.

The temp has dropped around here.  The days are in the low to mid-forties and the nights drop down in the low-thirties, with a wind chill in the twenties.  The birds have been hitting the feeders hard and all the animals in our backyard are using the bird bath for their water supply.  Jerilyn noticed that our big bird feeder was being depleted rapidly and we suspected it was the raccoon that hides under our shed during the day.  The other night around 6:45pm (it gets dark here around 5pm), she turned on the outside light and, sure ‘nuff, there he was, hanging from the feeder munching away on the sunflower seeds.  I retrieve the big 9 volt flashlight and shine it on him through the window, but he ignores it and keeps on eating.  Finally, Jerilyn goes to the back door, opens it and yells for him to leave.  He does immediately and now we take the feeder in at night and put it out the next morning.  Poor guy, if he wasn’t so piggy we would be glad to share it with him.  The squirrels do the same thing, but they eat a little and leave.  We have a couple of possum’s somewhere around here, but I haven’t seen them lately.

Our family room looks a lot better now.  The wallpaper was stripped, the walls and ceiling were painted and new carpet has been installed.  It doesn’t look like the same room.  When I suggested to Jerilyn that we move the furniture to different places , i.e. move the TV to another corner of the room, etc, she would have to no parts of that idea.  She will replace things, but not with something different.  She has a strong dislike for change.  If I force a change on her, like getting a cell phone, she will eventually adapt and accept the change, but she will not do it willingly.  I try not to do too much forcing.  It is never good for a relationship.  She is much the same way with me.  I guess it’s the old give and take thing.

I have been busy during the cold weather trying to convert some VHS tapes to DVD.  I have the necessary software & hardware to do that, but it does take quite a bit of time.  Right now, I am converting the class of 1957 high school reunion (in 1987) for a very close friend.  I know a lot of people on that tape because I graduated from that same school in 1959.  Everyone in that tape was in their late forties and now they are in their late sixties.  What a difference 20 years makes.  I imagine the next 20 are going to be the toughest for me.  My mother-in-law is ninety and I look at her and say to myself, “In twenty years I’m going to look like that.†  I’m sure my kids look at me and say the same thing.   Wrinkles, gray hair and creaky joints sure are hard to get use to.  I just hope I don’t get cranky.

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The gas prices in our neighborhood are down to $1.69/gal.  I never thought I would see gas prices that low again.  A barrel of oil is currently selling for $54, down from a high of $147  in July.  There are 42 gallons of oil in a barrel and that will make 23 gallons of gas, the rest is used for jet fuel, lubricants, etc.  I just hope the lower prices do not encourage us to continue buying large vehicles.  All the car companies are offering big incentives.  I hope we all resist the urge to buy cars that get poor gas mileage, thus, forcing them to come up with better MPG vehicles.

Herewith are a few select quotes I thought you would enjoy:

“We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant, so we buy ice cream.â€â€¦â€¦Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.â€â€¦â€¦James Dent

And finally, “Eat less cottage cheese and more ice cream.â€â€¦.Erma Bombeck

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

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“Paradise is here or nowhere: You must take your joy with you, or you will never find it.” ….O.S. Marden