Terry was feeling much better yesterday, so after a quick breakfast of toasted bagels we hooked our cargo trailer to the truck and drove into Northport to go to Lowe’s. We’ve been trying to decide what to use to enclose the bottom of the office area now that we have it insulated, and decided to get some 12 foot long metal roof panels. Since the opening we have to cover is 12 feet on the sides of 24 feet on the front, that works out good as far as length goes.
They are just over three feet high, and will have to be cut to fit because the house is built on a slope and the openings are not the same height from one side to the other. To accomplish that, Terry bought a Dewalt Metal Shear/Cutter that connects to an electric drill or impact driver.
According to Lowe’s website, they had 96 of the metal sheets in stock, but when we got there we could not find any. As it turns out, they had them, but they were all in a back storage area surrounded by other merchandise that had been unloaded from a truck, and there was no one at the store who could move things so they could get to them. The employee suggested that we come back today, but it’s more than a 20 mile trip each way and I really did not want to do that.
Fortunately, the Tuscaloosa Lowe’s also had them in stock, and a telephone call from the service desk said that they were available. Since it was only a few miles further, we drove over there. You can imagine how ticked off I was when I got there and they didn’t have them on display there, either. However, they did have them on the top of a high shelf, and a couple of nice employees got a forklift and got them down for us.
The metal panels come in several colors such as Deep Forest Green and Sahara Tan, but the only thing they had at either store that I saw was either the green or silver. We decided on the silver because Terry says she can treat the outside and then paint them with a color to match the house. I felt like a real dunce when I looked at the stack of panels they took down and said I liked the color of the top one and asked if they had any more of those. Terry had told me that was dust, but I thought that was the name of the color. Nope, it was dust, as the perplexed employee pointed out to me, swiping his finger across it. As I dictate this, Terry is on the other side of the room laughing her butt off at me and I’m pretty sure as we left with our panels I heard the employees laughing too. You know me, I try to spread joy and laughter everywhere I go.
Something that was not a laughing matter was at the Northport Lowe’s, where some low class clod had let their dog take a dump in the store and left it for other people to walk in. It’s probably one of those people that says they need their animal with them at all times for emotional support. It’s not the poor dog’s fault, but if I would have seen it happen, I would have been tempted to rub the owner’s nose in it. I guess about the only good thing we can say about this is that the shit didn’t hit the fan.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to Mr. Chen’s, our favorite Chinese restaurant in this area, so on the way home we stopped there. I sure have missed it! We were able to park the truck and trailer on the outside edge of the parking lot without being in anybody’s way. By the time we left it was dark, and since my night vision sucks, Terry drove us home.
We’re supposed to have some stormy weather starting this evening, with lots of rain and high wind. I’m hoping we can get at least part of the area under the office closed in before it hits.
Congratulations Selene Montgomery, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her Northstar Angel’s series. It’s a contemporary Western romance about a woman who returns to her roots, desperate for the tranquility of the secluded valley and plagued by memories of her dead boyfriend and the advances of an obsessive former friend. When her over-protective uncle sends Patrick O’Neil “on vacation” to keep an eye on her she is annoyed, but finds herself irresistibly drawn to the haunted man with a kind smile and sad eyes. He may just be the best thing to ever happen to her…if she can convince him to stay.
We had 25 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Today I will work on not hating myself. I will hate everyone else instead.