Day Eleven

I love hardware stores. I’m like a kid at the video store. Vice grips on clearance? I need them. Fancy flashlight on a bendable hose? Want.  The Christmas season was torture for me. All of those special buys.

These days I waste more time wandering through hardware stores than I do the mall. Part of the reason is that I bought my own house last summer and it needed work. Of course, that was part of the reason I bought the place to begin with. I love the creative process involved in fixing things and decorating a house. And when you can’t afford to hire someone to do the work for you, you have to figure out how to do it yourself. I’ve lived through many home remodels, some involving complete demos and redo’s, so I’ve learned how to use power tools and get my hands dirty. When I first moved into this house I went to Lowes at least a couple of times a week. I was there so often, the workers began to recognize me and wave hello. On one particular trip, I spotted a Bostitch air compressor kit on clearance. It came with three nail guns. It was only on clearance to make room for a different set. I didn’t need it for any particular project, but I had always wanted an air compressor…

Today I was thankful I had bought it.  I was able to redo the tv console that was bothering me by making a new top and reconfiguring some unused furniture for the bottom part. Instead of spending hundreds on a new cabinet, I spent thirty dollars on a few boards. And now it’s exactly the dimensions I wanted.  It doesn’t get better than that!

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