Monday, August 24, 2015


Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything. There has certainly been quite a bit I could have posted about, but for some reason I just haven't gotten around to it. I finally got out of the south and made it to the farm in MN about a month ago. I had hauled the camper up here earlier in the summer for my youngest daughter to stay in while she was planning her wedding. She has been living in my house in TN for the past 4 or 5 years but she and her man both grew up in this area, and they were married in Sioux Falls the beginning of August. After a honeymoon in Cancun they returned here to pick up their dog that I was babysitting, and they headed to Utah where he has been living. I have all her belongings loaded up in the cargo trailer and will be taking it out to her later this week.

Last week I stopped to check out a secondhand store I hadn't been to before, and found a vintage Craftsman 100' tape in the original box for a dollar. I was pretty happy about that, since my old one disappeared several years ago. This one doesn't look like it has been used, very clean, no rust anywhere on the tape.

This morning I took the truck to Sioux Falls today to have the windshield replaced, I had a rock chip that started to run when the weather got warm this spring and it was getting pretty bad. On the way home I drove through a small town and saw that the Sears store was closing, "huge discounts/ liquidation sale" the sign proclaimed. Of course I had to check it out. Today was the last day they were going to be open, and most of the store had been cleaned out but I managed to score some hand tools along with oil, fuel filter and air filter for the mower, a box of water filters, and a case of WD-40. Not bad for $160. The larger set of ratcheting wrenches are normally $129 alone.

Of course tools weren't on my "Buy It Soon" list, but I figured for the price I would go ahead and get them. It's all things I will use, and it will be really nice to have the right size wrench or socket when I need it. Seems whatever size I need, that's the one that's missing. I swear these things have legs.


  1. Tools are ALWAYS on my buy it now list. You cannot have too many unless you are planning on backpacking with them :)

    You got some damned fine deals there.

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  3. Since I live in a 20' camper it's almost like I'm backpacking. lol I originally just bought the oil and filters, would have bought mower blades and chain saw chains but those were sold out. I got about 5 miles down the road and turned around and went back for the tools. It's money that I should have used to pay down my remaining debt but I couldn't pass up the low prices.
    I'm also perilously close to pulling the trigger on a solar setup.

  4. It's good to hear from you again. Don't let anyone know you have new tools and they might not walk away so fast :-)