When we bought our house last year somebody told me that the secret that new homeowners quickly learn is that you don’t live in your house, you only sleep there. You actually live at Home Depot or Lowe’s. There’s a lot of truth to that statement.
We are constantly doing things around the house to upgrade it and make it fit us better. Some of these have been small things, like a new screen door and lamps, and others have been big items, like furniture, all new appliances, and the new air conditioner that we had installed in September. Another recent project was adding a couple more electrical circuits to the garage, and installing a motion detector light on the outside of it.
One of the things that we have wanted to do is paint the inside. Let me clarify that; one of the things that we wanted done was to have the inside painted. Of all the things I don’t like to do, and believe me there are a lot of things I don’t like to do, painting rates at the top of the list. I’d rather take a beating than paint anything.
Fortunately, Miss Terry seems to enjoy it. I’m not sure if there was some kind of oxygen deprivation when she was born or what, but she likes to do a lot of things that I consider work. Truth be told, I’m not nearly as clumsy as the whole world thinks I am, but she doesn’t know that so she thinks it’s easier if she just fixes things instead of letting me screw them up first.
Terry’s parents are coming here for a visit in a couple of weeks so she wanted to at least get the guest bathroom painted. So the other day we made a trip to the Lowes in Port Orange to pick up some goodies for a couple of projects around the house, including the paint.
There is a Home Depot in New Smyrna Beach, which is a lot closer, but I have found that the help there isn’t much help at all when you have a question. The folks at Lowes, on the other hand, are always happy to offer advice and point out products that might work best for whatever we are doing. Lowes also gives a 10% discount to veterans year-round, while Home Depot seems to do it on a spotty basis from store to store except on Veterans Day. I appreciate the discount, and I like to support businesses that support veterans.
Besides the paint, we also bought several roles of Reflectix foil insulation, which is going to go on the walls of our garage. It’s a metal building, and conducts both heat and cold. There is some insulation in the roof, but the walls are just bare metal. Hopefully with the Reflectix and then more insulation on top of it we can get it a little more comfortable in the garage on hot or cold days.
While we were in that area, we also stopped at Harbor Freight because I wanted to get a digital inspection camera with a long flexible tube. These things can let you see in places you can’t get to with the naked eye, and are very handy.
Of course, I try to turn anything I do into a reason to make somebody laugh. Or at least to make them wonder what the heck I’m talking about. When the woman at the checkout counter said, “You must be working under the dashboard of the car or be trying to find something behind a wall” I told her no, then nodded my head at my friend Jim Lewis, who was standing next to me in the checkout lane and said, “My buddy here doesn’t have health insurance, so I’m going to give him a colonoscopy.” She thought that was really funny, although Jim is still not convinced it’s a good idea.
Painting the bathroom was Terry’s project yesterday, and it came out very nice. When we bought the house there was a tacky medicine cabinet with a mirror above the vanity in that bathroom, so she took it off and ordered a large mirror from a local glass shop. In the next couple of days we will pick the mirror up and she will mount it on the wall.
Knowing that the best way I can help anybody who is actually working is to stay out of their way, while she was doing that, I was busy at my computer and knocked out 3,000 words or so on my new John Lee Quarrels book.
Before I forget, I want to share something with you that I saw on my friend Jimmy Cullipher’s Facebook timeline. Is this not the perfect redneck sendoff!
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