Friday, May 8, 2015


It was warm and sunny on Thursday morning. It was supposed to get hot today (82 degrees F.?)

Before I left, I forgot two important things: Vicky’s “dinner” container (I washed it last night and had it set out) and to turn the thermostat to A/C. Dammit!

I walked outside in the morning and it was beautiful! I really didn’t want to go back inside.

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch and got the #5 special: a cup of beef vegetable soup and a mini-Greek salad. Both were excellent.

Then I went to Kohl’s. I had a coupon (starting today) with both $30.00 “Kohl’s bucks” and 20% off my next purchase. So, I bought five lightweight golf shirts for Puerto Rico (I don’t really have any clothes geared for the tropics).

Then I went back to work.

I got the new latches and the butterfly hinges for the old uppers (I had them shipped to work rather than take a chance on them disappearing from my porch).

I had planned on saving the hardware. Nicole Curtis (the “Rehab Addict” on HGTV) said to put them in your crockpot in water on low for an hour and all the gunk would come off. But, she didn’t mention four or five layers of paint (probably lead) and she never mentioned if you could use your crockpot afterwards.

But three of them were broken. And, when you got the paint off, they were chrome. The kid wants gold hardware. So, I went on the hunt. I found them at Home Depot (the Martha Stewart collection, online only) but they were solid brass and cost, like, $13.00 each!

Sidebar: She wants to flip the house, not “restore” it, so that was crazy.

I finally found a plated reproduction at House of Antique Hardware for, like, $3.50 each. So, I ordered them and the butterfly hinges. I showed her the old, versus the new, and she was pleased.

I walked outside in the afternoon, but it wasn’t as pleasant as the morning. It was HOT!

The first thing I did after getting home was to turn the A/C on (I was going to do that in the morning, but forgot). It was 77 degrees in the house when I got there. Then I treated Caley and changed into shorts and a t-shirt.

I skipped watching the news and headed out back. I got the tractor out of the shed and cut the back lawn. My next door neighbor, Rick, is having his father’s wake this Saturday and I don’t want to embarrass him (or me).

Speaking of Rick, he called me over to the fence and said he had some left over 4x4’s from one of his construction jobs. He gave most of them to a buddy. But he still had eight of them and asked if I wanted them. I said, sure!

Sidebar: Where the hell am I gonna put eight 8-foot 4x4’s?

When I got done cutting the lawn, I put the tractor away, locked the shed and then got the line trimmer out. I trimmed the whole back yard (not an easy task and something I only do a few times each year).

I got inside at 8:30 p.m. I was hungry and beat. So, I made myself another liverwurst sandwich and ate that, trying to get interested in some TV. I couldn’t find anything interesting, so I went to bed.


  1. Glad you were able to take care of your yard! You can give the wood to Jake :)

  2. @ Carla: No, he'll just make them into another incredibly heavy crate for something!
    @ GPF: Nope! You'll just cut them up and burn them next winter.

  3. Ask if he has any angle brackets.

  4. I don’t really have any clothes geared for the tropics

    Linen is your friend, as well as shirts like Columbia's PFG (Performance Fishing Gear).

  5. I'll have to check them out!