Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Interesting day

Cliff and I had just gotten back to the house after taking our morning walk when the local Walking Horse trainer/trader drove up. In times past, it seems he always wanted some favor or other; but this time he was trying to give away an old mobile home he's been renting out that he no longer needs. We have one junkie mobile home to rent out, thank you very much. We suggested he offer it free on Craigslist.

He also wanted to boast about how many rich old ladies he's teaching to ride, and how generously they pay him. Oh, and how one widow just bought the modular home next door to my daughter for $10,500, and is moving it next door to him. That's why he's trying to get rid of the 30-year-old mobile home that's been on that lot.

Feeling generous, I asked him if he and his wife like butternut squash; he answered that they certainly did, saying, "I never turn down free food!" Then we told him to help himself to what's left of the tomatoes. Geesh, he was like a kid in a candy store. Cliff thinks some rich old ladies are going to be offered some squash soon.

Then Cliff and I took some pictures of farm implements and such that he doesn't use much, to put on Craigslist. His tractor fund has been taken down to nothing, and he'd like to build it up somewhat. He listed a two-wheel trailer, the old John Deere square baler, some tractor wheel weights, and other odds and ends. Oh yes, and he re-listed the 520 John Deere.

Craigslist is a wonderful thing, but you always have to deal with what Cliff calls "the talkers" (those who only want a phone conversation and have no intention of buying), and the "lookie-loos" (those who love to come and see what you have, but have no intention of buying).

We had all of the above.

So when three elderly folks came to look at the John Deere (obviously with no intention of buying), Cliff, having noticed my generous mood and the effect it had on the local horse guy, asked them if they'd like some butternut squash and some tomatoes. I wasn't there when he made this offer, but I'm fine with it.

When I went out, though, I noticed one of the old gentlemen had a handful of my bell peppers.

"You're welcome to a couple of those," I told him, "but I'm freezing them, so take it easy."

Cliff later told me he hadn't offered them the peppers; I guess they just figured it was a free-for-all.

So he's had several calls on his ads, but so far it's just talkers and lookie-loos.

On another note: Cliff always has a pair of pliers with him, wherever he goes. He feels almost crippled without them. Lately, he keeps losing his favorite Sears Craftsman pliers. It isn't his fault, it's the way his clothes are designed.

One pair of jeans has a hammer pocket that he keeps thinking is a pliers pocket. Of course, the pliers fall right through. Another pair of jeans is designed so that when Cliff sits in his recliner, the pliers fall out; I find them a few days later when I vacuum (I'm sorry, flylady). And then there are the times that he simply forgets to remove them from a pocket, and I find them when I wash.

Pliers aren't that expensive, so I figured out a solution: I ordered ten (count 'em, ten) pairs of pliars from Sears. I let Cliff take one; I have the other nine pliers in safe keeping.


patsy said...

get ready you are gowing to get wet in harrison saturday.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

kcmeesha said...

you need this, Just tie pliers to it.

Donna. W said...

Thanks a lot, Mike. Meanwhile, I found some folk website today that has a bunch of Russian music.

Lisa said...

I can just see that one trying to take off with the bell peppers. LOL
Lisa in Kentucky

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

Now you are going to have to put signs up so they don't take the wrong things in your garden. I can just see those folks coming back for more and bringing their friends too. Those pliers should last a long time now. You do keep your hubby happy!

MissKris said...

My hubby usually can take a computer or leave it but a few months ago he really got into a traditional archery message board site. He was like a kid in a candy shop and went crazy posting stuff for sale or trade. He got so frustrated with "lookie-loos" that once he finally got a trade worked all the way thru and began wondering if a bow he'd bought was ever going to arrive, he lost interest really fast, ha! Now my computer is mine again. I loved the bit about the pliers...aren't we long-married women smart when it comes to our men losing stuff? I am that way with duct tape...I have to know where it is because I use it for everything. I'm like a dog worrying a bone when I misplace a roll because I never know when it might come handy. It works great for those minor plumbing disasters! In a house as old as ours - almost 100 years - it comes in handy a LOT.

Muhd Imran said...

Interesting day indeed. You are so nice to share the abundance you have. You make such good neighbors.

Helen said...

Sounds like an interesting day to me. You and Cliff were very generous giving your produce away. Good thing you stopped the man on your peppers or you might not have had any left. Helen