Consignment and sprinklers!

Tagging a boatload of stuff for the consignment sale.  I took at least five 18-gallon Rubbermaid tubs of stuff to the sale last week.  Only came home with two tubs of unsold stuff (on to the next consignment sale in a few weeks!). 

This is what happens when you shop ahead.  I have tubs of stuff.  Kids sizes 2T-16.  All boy sizes, some girl stuff (to size 9).  It’s not really excessive, it’s just clothes take up lots more room in bigger sizes!

A pressure canner I came across on craigslist.  The gal claimed it was only a few years old, that she bought it from a gal last year and never used it.  Riiight.  This thing is at least 20-25 years old, minimum.  That little column on the right?  It’s a petcock.  All American hasn’t used the petcock on it’s pressure canners in forever.  They went to a vent pipe and weighted gauge.  So yeah, I wasn’t going to pay $200 for this sucker when I could get one (with a warranty!) off Amazon for the same amount.  I’ll wait for a better deal, thankyouverymuch.

A project that made it to the top of the list for this summer.  Anything look a little off?

That’s right.  The evil lava rock needs to go away.  We (okay, hubby) have to dig out a ton of that rocks and dirt in order to do a tiered something or other there instead.  Aka, friendlier and less wobbly with less sod pressure on it.  And less lava-rocky-y.  The bummer?  That corner there?  Is where our water main hooks up to the house.  So digging by hand, gently, is on the menu.  Sigh.

Isn’t he cute?  He’s totally been soaking up the sun and daylight and yard time.  I really, really, really like having the backyard fence.

The older kids were out front playing with the water.  It was “hot” at almost 80*, in April.  Usually we have snow flurries this time of year.  So you bet I let them go bonkers in the yard.

I’d seen a fancy little carwash idea on pinterest – you take PVC pipe, hang ribbon with sponges on them, and kids can drive their ‘cars’ through the car wash.  I showed that to the 8yo like two months ago. 

And he re-created it with things he had available to him.  These kids and their creativity.  It just blows my mind sometimes.

They totally had a blast.  I even took an old kitchen sponge, cut it in half, and gave it to them to scrub the stubborn dirt spots on the cars.  They thought that was the bees knees.

And even before that, I got a nice box of Usborne books.  Yay!

Anytime the UPS or FedEx or USPS truck comes it’s like Christmas for mommy.  I got a few books for school, some for fun and gifts, and others for later.

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