Sunshine and, wow, no vehicles in for repairs.
For you a sunshiny day may mean it’s time to head to the beach or hop on a bike or motorcycle. As for me — today anyway — it meant a good day to dry laundry. By 9 o’clock this morning the clothesline was laden down with freshly washed bedding and towels. Then I played around inside the van, planning where I will put things. Such fun! It’s the adult version of playing dollhouse. This made me hungry, so off I went to Keba, my favorite sandwich place!
I realized I was in the mood to shop.
I picked up two large plastic storage bins ($6.47 ea.) and some supplies to get the Honda Odyssey ready for sale and to maintain the van. A two-pack of Armorall cleaning wipes and protectorant wipes ($6.50), a two-in-one scrubber sponge ($2.97), and a spray bottle of wheel cleaner ($4.67) When I got home, I jumped into action, working up a sweat, wiping and polishing, scrubbing and . . . well, no. I went into the house instead and got online.
I was just getting warmed up. Time to shop some more!
I went to CSNStores.com and bought a Midwest Pets folding exercise pen ($54.95). No, not for me, for the dogs (wiseguy!). The pen is constructed of 8 black wire panels, 24″ x 30,” that link together. Ground stakes come with it. I did the math: diameter = circumference divided by Pi (impressive, huh?) so I could visualize the size when it is set up. Five feet across — not very big. However, if I like this pen I will get another one to make a 10-foot diameter enclosure. I want to see if I need to buy the one that has a gate, so I held off buying the second one.
Why stop there!
Next I picked out a Paws Aboard dog life jacket ($25.95). It’s neon yellow with a handle on the back for easy rescue or if you want to carry your dog around like a pocketbook. Spike and Bridget wear the same size (medium rotund). Again I’m not buying the second one until I see if I like this one.
I want to take the crew out in my inflatable canoe.
I know they will love it. When I inflated the canoe in the living room, they jumped in and waited for it to take off! Spike did a pretty-good-for-a-dog impression of Leo DiCaprio at the bow of the Titanic.
Hmm-m-m-m-m . . . What else do I need?
Ah, I know! A canister vac to keep my new Casita travel trailer and Chevy Express van clean and dog hair free. Clicked on over to WalMart.com and found a Dirt Devil Vision Breeze “12 amps of power” vacuum for $81.54. Add that to the cart!
Clicked on camping gear and discovered a Coleman SUV Air Bed ($23.98). It’s the perfect size for the back of the van. See, the crew and I are going to “car camp” in state parks on our way to Texas this summer to pick up the Casita from the factory. I diligently read forty thousand reviews recommending this air bed for comfort, sturdiness and value. Add that to the cart! Check-out! These items will be delivered to the local store for pick up. Free shipping.
You may be thinking, “Hey, isn’t this supposed to be a simple living blog?”
This shopping mania doesn’t sound like the work of someone who goes without heat or air for six years to save money. Well, this is what I was saving for, so I can go cash-and-carry, all along the way.