Friday, May 22, 2009

Power tools? We don't need no stinkin' power tools. Well ok...maybe we do!!!

This weekend is the big garage sale. (fanfare)

I'm a garage sale junkie....but I have to say, putting them on is the pits. :-(

My sister is signing on a house next week, so she wanted to have a garage sale to get rid of the excess stuff you find when you're packing up those boxes.

(Granted, after talking to her last night, she's packed a total of maybe 4 boxes.....nothing like waiting till the last minute, eh?)

Love you, Inny!!!

The two of us used to do a garage sale every couple of years in our home town. They were legendary!!! But since moving to Omaha, we've not had the time (or the energy).

Believe it or not, I have everything I'm taking to her place all boxed up, priced and ready to go. In fact, my car currently contains the first load of items I'll drop off at her place after work. (I work almost right down the street from her house.)

We've got tarps and plastic drop cloths ready for the rain we're supposed to get. It's not Memorial Weekend without constant rain showers, is it? (They've been forecasting rain all week, and we've get to see it. I imagine it will ALL show up on Saturday...figures!) :-)

Robin and I have been trying to figure out what we're going to do for signs. You can't just tape or staple signs to posts like you can in a small town.

We've got the cardboard and such ready, but we were lacking stakes to put in the ground.

In a moment of genius (well, at the time we thought it was genius) Robin asked our shipping guys what they do with their old pallets. What better stakes could there be? I mean, it's like, right?

We loaded three of them into the back of Switch's truck during work, and Robin arrived at my house a little before 7:00 to start dismantling them.

We started with crow bars, wonder bars, and hammers. After getting half way through the first pallet...I decided it just wasn't going to work. We'd be there all night.

o I set my tools down and walked into the garage in search more appropriate to the job.

After an evening of taking pallets apart, I'd like to give you a few pointers, should you decide to do the same thing.

#1 That smaller sized circular saw in your hubby's DeWalt set works PERFECTLY for taking apart pallets.

#2 Sunglasses may not be "safety glasses", but at least you're trying to protect your eyes.

#3 No matter what your father or shop teacher taught you....flip flops are approved power tool using apparel.

#4 A refreshing beverage, preferably alcoholic, makes a project move along that much more smoothly.


Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

Gotta love the power tools! Great thinking!

Nej said...

We'd have been there all night. :-)

mo.stoneskin said...

The last time we put one on I was reluctant. The missus insisted. For all our effort, lugging the stuff in and out of the car etc. we only just made enough to cover the entrance cost before it rained and everyone fled.

Anonymous said...

OMG i really did NOT need to see a picture of you using a circular saw within 9 inches of your foot .. .. IN FLIP FLOPS... ohh thank god I don't respond to my own neighborhood. Love ya chic


PS those appear to be my sunglasses...

Nej said...

No...they were my sunglasses...and Robin was using her own...thank you very much!!!! :-) :-)

Love you too babe!!! :-)

Do you need me to send you your password, Mr. Anonymous? :-)

Amy said...

I love the flipper floppers myself..have passed that love on to my boys. They have had lots of feet boo-boos because of it-drives my husband bizerk. Just noticed you have a love for St Bernards...I had one as a child. Her name was Freckles...she was a sweetheart.

Nej said...

@ mo - I keep telling myself this will be the last one I do. But I'm sure she'll talk me into it again in a couple years. :-)

@ Amy - Mine was Brandy. I loved her to death!!!!! Want to have another one soooo bad! Mot knew her, but she wasn't around very long after I'd met him. When I see one on the street, or in the park, I just melt! :-)

Anonymous said...

password smashword no need I will just forget it again, and yes we will have a beast dog to go along with our lab.. :D


Anonymous said...

hey Nej,

love ya .. and well.. I am eating your pringles as we speak :D LOVE YA


Nej said...

Lay off those Pringles Mot, or I'll cut you! (hehehehehe)

People are really going to think we're violent and unloving towards each other. :-) :-) :-)

Girl Interrupted said...

Woohoo, Nej! Girl power (tools)! :P

Slyde said...

flip flops and power tools?

im just glad this story had a happy ending..

Nej said...

OK, I admit...probably not the best idea. :-) :-)

Lyvvie said...

Shriek!!! Power tools and flip-flops do not mix!! I'm not clicking over if you do that again...can you imagine what it would be like to walk without any big toes. ACK!

Lyvvie said...

Awww...I love Jan's picture! I think greyhounds are super pets.