With only a high of 91 expected today, and the morning temperature at just about 70 I decided to get a few things accomplished. I tucked my t-shirt into my shorts, checked that I was modestly zipped and buttoned as befits an old granny, and set off for Home Depot. I need to buy several bags of small rock to cover some bare patches in my yard. What I need is to have a large load delivered, but then I'd have to buy a wheelbarrow, shovel, and rake to deal with it! Plus have all the mess on my driveway and park my car over in the laundry room lot.
Home depot had a few bags each of red and black lava rock and that was it, so I drove to Lowe's. The bagged rock is way in the very back of the outdoor garden center, where of course there is no one to help you. There were two sizes of rock that I could use, but the way they were stacked I couldn't even lift one bag off the pile to see if I could manage carrying it. Why they stack them overhead I'll never know. Being frustrated I decided to walk through the indoor part of the garden store to look at rakes and such. Went back to the rock supply and decided to just leave without it.
Both Home Depot and Lowe's have employees who seem to walk the store to ask "Did you find everything you were looking for, Ma'am?", but they only appear when I'm on my way to the door. If you ask me, self service is highly over-rated, and the self checkout lanes are the worst part of it. Soon there won't be anyone offering service for anything, and a machine will take your money. There is a real old-fashioned hardware store over in Fair Oaks, the kind where you can buy three nails if you like rather than have to purchase a package of 100, but I'm sure they don't carry rock.
Yesterday was just about unbearable at 108, so when Joe called me and wondered if I'd like to come over for hamburgers cooked on the grill, I decided to go. I came home before dark and heard the noise of the fireworks being set off all around. What really caught my eye was a planet or probably at least two close together in the sky - I couldn't really tell much looking through binoculars, but I believe it was Venus and maybe something else. I hope a reader can enlighten me as to what's up. This mobile home park is extremely difficult to determine directions because of the diagonal pattern of the streets, and the fact that the lots run diagonally off the streets. I think Venus? was in the west. I have a backpacking compass somewhere but can't remember where I put it.
I'm still enjoying the Patrick McManus book, and still laugh out loud at all his stories. Now should I read for a while or should I go back out looking for rock?
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