Aug 142011

Ever have one of those weekends where you don’t feel like you’ve accomplished a damn thing?  Yeah, welcome to my world.  But the thing is, I did do stuff.  You know, weekend stuff, like laundry.  OK, so I technically only did 1 thing.

BUT, I did take off from work on Friday and cleaned my house, because I knew that my cousin Dee was going to be up in the area and you know, the house hadta kinda look a little clean.  Tackling dust bunnies is no easy feat, letmetellyou!

Anywhoo, not knowing what her schedule was going to be for the weekend, Rick & I decided to attend an auction on Saturday (yes, becoming our new guilty pleasure) that was about a mile from the house.  This particular auction featured mainly tools and such that brought a slight drool to Rick’s carpenter side.  But being the wonderful supporting wife that I am, I went along because, you know, I might find something that I have always wanted for little or nothing.

It happens.

In the middle of the auction, my cell phone gave me a jingle and it’s Dee on the other end.  Problem with cell phones up here in the Northwoods is that the reception can be really crappy, so it took like 4 calls to complete a conversation.  The last call I got from her was that she was parked in my driveway, looking at my house.  They agreed to come and pick me up and I was able to give them the nickel tour of the homestead and visit for a little bit.

We decided to do away with the Larson traditional picture of “standing as far away from each other as possible while pretending to enjoy the moment.”  Because, you know, we actually wanted to have our picture taken together.

Isn’t she a cutie!!

Her hubby Neil and their 4 legged friend Sadie came along too!  What a beautiful couple.  They also have beautiful kids (which I haven’t technically met other than via a certain social media site which will remain nameless… ).

They were nice enough to drop me back off at the auction as they headed off to explore more of the area.  And it appeared that Rick had been pretty busy in the short time I was gone.

Another. Radial. Arm. Saw.  This makes 3 folks.  All from auctions over the last 2 months.  Oh, but that wasn’t all!  He also got another table saw and a bunch of wood.  Good thing it was close to home, because once again we didn’t bring the trailer so he had to run and get it.  It took us 3 trips to get everything home (2 just for the wood).

Did he spend too much?  Nope.  Everything worked and will find a happy home either with us or somebody else.

This weekend actually turned out to be a double header for the auction game.  While Saturday’s was mainly Tim the Toolman heaven, today’s featured lots of furniture and household items.  And we finally smartened up by bringing the trailer with us.  I just knew that we were going to need it.  And was I right!

This is my score of the day.  A solid oak dining table, with 4 chairs.  This is butcher block solid.  I virtually stole this puppy.  Just look at the sleigh style curving on the ends! *sigh*

Can’t say I’m crazy about the chairs, but that can be remedied easy enough.

Oh, and Rick bought a gun.

Yep, Ma & Pa Rooney are really packin’ now with their own BB gun.

It’s a sweet little thing.  And yes, I shot it.  AND hit my target.

Those squirrels better behave this winter if they know what’s good for ’em.*


*Don’t worry, I would never harm a squirrel unless it attacked me or I was gonna eat it.  (They are quite tasty… try it sometime.)

  13 Responses to “The Double Header”

  1. Go figure with Dad! 3 radial arm saws now? Wow… But, I do love the new table and chairs! Nice score on that one! 🙂 And glad you got to visit with Dee this weekend, yay!

  2. Aack – camping hair. Oh well – at least YOU look great! I love it that I look so tall standing next to you…all 5.5 of me.

    Thanks for giving us the tour of your home – I LOVE all the wood in it! And that kitchen counter…..WOW. So glad we were able to connect with each other – and YES – all thanks to Facebook!

    Oh – and by the looks of it, you guys will have to move into a bigger home if you go to any more auctions! HA!

  3. He just can’t help himself when he sees tools at such a good bargain.

    The table looks so great in the kitchen and matches the decor perfectly!

  4. Oh gawd, girl, you look fantastic towering over me! Next time you come up (hoping there is a next time… hint, hint) we must spend more time together!

    Bigger home will only be for all the grandkids we have, not auction items 😉

  5. Pahahahaha Go Dad! 😉 Glad you guys had a great time together! And Dee, don’t worry about towering over Mom….I’ve been doing it for YEARS! 😉 <3

  6. Hi Dee, Neil, Sandy, Christine, and (baby of the Family) Nichole!!!

    Sorry I missed ya Dee and Neil. I just got hooked on auctions this summer. They have been local, and tools are quite the addiction. I mean how can I pass up a compound radial arm saw for $40 dollars? I always admired the way they could cross-cut, mitre, and rip wood from a single standing location. Almost every lumber yard I ever visited as a kid and young adult had one. The “to die for” piece of equipment. A Drill Press for $20 dollars, not a drill, but a drill press , worm-gear Skilsaw, Dewalt 12″ planer, Rockwell Contractor Table Saw, vise-grips, sockets, bench-grinders…… and best part of it all is that it all fits in my garage….lol.

    Besides, I can give them to my Son’s in law when I get tired of them. Hint, hint….

    But I am glad Sandy got to be with you for even a short while. She really enjoyed it.
    I promise not to miss you next time your in the area!

    Yes Nichole, 3 radial arm saw’s. One is for Corey. Don’t tell him. But next time you come up, or when we come to visit….better bring a truck to haul it in….LOL

    Christine, I bought the B-B gun to get a feel of Erik’s thrill of gun ownership. Your mother got the biggest kick outta it when she aimed for the mailbox and hit it! Now to move her up to a .22 long rifle, then a 50 caliber pistol….

    Oh and Thank you Sweet Heart, for coming with me to these auctions. Kinda feels like I am on that T.V. show, Storage Wars……..

  7. Oh Honey, I’m just glad to spend time with ya on something we both enjoy. And thanks for not mentioning that I missed the mailbox the first 2 times I aimed for it. You’re the best!!

  8. Enough bragging there girlie. I still have the chair I can use 😉

  9. Pahahahahaha Good thing I live so far away, eh?! 😉

  10. Dad, I seriously laughed WAY out loud when I read what you wrote! You guys are such a hoot!

  11. Hoot? Must be something we inherited from our children……….

    Love ya darling…


  12. Mom with a .50 cal…THAT would be something to see!!!!!!! (Especially when the kick knocks her on her but 10 feet away from where she would have originally been standing…) hahaha Love you guys!:)

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