Sunday, April 10, 2011

Swap meets, broken purchases, and gardening

That's about the extent of my life at present.  Yesterday we wanted a destination for our motorcycle ride, and there was a swap meet sponsored by an antique tractor club at Platte City; seemed like a good idea.  
Friends, if your husband messes around with old tractors and is going to a swap meet sixty-five miles from home, do not ride your motorcycle.  There were all kinds of "man toys" there, most of them pretty big and heavy.  
Cliff bought an older drill motor, which was no big deal; it fit in the trunk of the motorcycle.  And then he found a big electric hoist and started salivating.  
"How much do you think it would cost?" I asked.  
"Oh, around $500 at least."  
About that time the owner of this particular batch of junk approached, and Cliff said, "How much for that hoist?"  
"Well, there's a story about that," the guy said.  And he went on to explain that it didn't quite work right, and said he'd take a hundred bucks for it.  
This is the sort of challenge Cliff loves because he might be able to get it working; although at $100, it's somewhat of a risk.  Of course there was no way of getting it home on the Gold Wing.  So Cliff gave the man some money to hold it and we'll go after it today in the car.; you know, because gas is so cheap and all.  
I'm not griping; stuff like that comes out of his tractor fund, so it's neither here nor there to me.    
I've put up fence for the peas to grow on, and I risked planting two short rows of corn, mainly because Cliff noticed some farmers already planting corn.  It's early yet, but it might not get killed by frost.  I'm going to risk setting out a couple of tomato plants in a few days, too.  
Yesterday I ate seven grapefruits, all by myself; I'm not even a bit ashamed about it.  I've already had two today, and I plan to try and surpass yesterday's record.  
Trees are getting leaves, flowers are blooming, and birds are singing.  I now await the arrival of my first hummingbirds of the year.  

6 comments:

Margaret said...

I love grapefruit, but seven? I've gotten addicted to Ruby Tangerine juice--yummy. I'm not even sure what a hoist is; does it pull the engine out of a vehicle? ;) You see that those machinery parts would be safe from me!

TARYTERRE said...

Sounds like spring has sprung there. ENJOY. Have fun picking up the hoist. I can't believe you ate 7 whole grapefruits. WOW! I guess you can't get too much of a good thing.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Grapefruit are wonderful and I do love them and the fresh ones you have must be wonderful. One is my limit a day...no fresh ones here.

Your Cliff must have had a grand time at that meet yesterday. Enjoy the ride today, it is really nice out here.

Ora said...

oh Donna...talking about those Grapefruits...I am headed to the store...like you I just peal and eat the insides...throw the rest away...no sugar...so good...and as for blogging or not reading..I think we all are in the "in between" times...too early to plant for fear of a late frost...but itching to get our fingers nails dirty LOL...and weather is good...LOL..hugs from Lexington....where it is sunny and beautiful...and yes I have been outside...just taking a break and a drink!!!!!

Mrs. L said...

You made me hungry for grapefruit. So I went to the store and bought a quart of fresh squeezed juice. Too lazy to deal with the entire fruit. Thanks for the nice weather btw.

Lindie said...

Hate to say it, but if I ate that much fruit I'd spend the day in the bathroom!!