My goodness . . how can I go from thinking I am staying home ALL day to leaving before 9 a.m. and getting home at almost 4 p.m.??
We thought we were going to get Vince’s car today so I planned to drive Vince to the garage, drop him off and then I’d come home and he could do whatever shopping he wanted to do.
Vince’s car isn’t ready (having trouble getting parts – no big surprise!) so we ended up not having to go get it. Then Vince said he wanted to go to IHOP for breakfast. I’m not a pancake fan, and I know they have other things but I’m also not much of a fan of chain restaurants. There’s a place we pass sometimes on the outskirts of Joplin (Sami’s) and it says “breakfast served all day” and there are always a lot of cars in the parking lot. We always talk about how many cars are there but we never stop so I suggested if he wanted breakfast out, we could go there.
I got the Western Omelette with hashbrowns and toast.
Vince got some kind of omelette that’s served over biscuits with gravy and sausage. That food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Vince said “I think I have a new favorite restaurant!” They serve walleye on Wednesdays and that’s Vince’s favorite fish so I think we’ll be going back some Wednesday soon.
Then Vince needed to go by Walmart to get his glasses adjusted. I ran over to the grocery side to pick up a few things. After Vince got done with the glasses, he went shopping and we came home with new exercise equipment. Vince never has his phone with him so when he found these, he found a Walmart employee who let him use her personal cell phone to call me to come look at it. That man!!
A NordicTrack treadmill.
And a NordicTrack exercise bike.
Brought those home. Vince drove around to the downstairs garage to unload them. I went in to feed Rita and take her for a walk. I came back in and I heard voices. Hmmm . . I wonder who’s here. I figured it was a neighbor who walked over to help Vince unload the heavy stuff out of the back of the car. Then I saw that there was a truck in the back yard so I went outside.
Out with the old, small propane tank and in with the new larger tank.
The guy helped Vince get the heavy exercise equipment out of the car, then he took out the old tank, transferred the fuel to the new tank, put the old tank behind the shrubs so it’s out of sight . . took the small tank away and everything looks as it did before he started.
The old tank held 350 gallons. The new tank holds 500 gallons, though they don’t fill them all the way up. In Texas, we bought our tanks. Here, they rent the tanks. I think it’s $50/year for the 350 gallon tank and $60/year for the 500 gallon tank but, with just two fireplaces and a gas stove, we shouldn’t have to full the 500 gallon tank more than once every two years. Last year propane got down to 85 cents per gallon during the summer. I doubt it goes below $1 this summer but last time we asked which was about two weeks ago, propane was $1.95 per gallon so not having to fill up when the price is high will definitely cover the extra $10/year rental plus I won’t be as concerned about checking the propane level. I’ll watch it a few months to see how much I use with the gas stove, then we’ll judge based on how much we use the gas fireplaces and try to always fill it when prices are low.
Once the propane guy left, Vince wanted to ride out in an area north of here and see what the land looks like and see what the chances are of finding something for sale. Land was beautiful and, as expected, nothing for sale.
Now . . after 4 p.m. and I’m going to hope to get some stitching done!
Where are the treadmill and bike going – the man cave?
My sister & I gave Dad a bike, but he rarely used it. I “inherited it” and I rarely used it because I don’t like the seat. So, I bought one of those cubii and I like it since I can sit in any chair and use it. It’s by my bed so I can wake up, sit down and exercise while watching the morning news as well as get a few steps in before bed. It’s amazing how 15 minutes at a time helps with the knees.
Re the small restaurants – when I took a trip in upper Michigan, I stopped at a lot of small restaurants with lots of cars in the lot. Always asked for the fish of the day and the local beer. Wonderful memories!
If Vince finds his small acreage in the woods with stream/lake – would you consider letting Chad be a part buyer in the venture? I would think that Chad would help with the maintenance of the place, take the family there, and everyone would enjoy it. All you would need are two bedrooms and a bunkroom (for Addie and friends). And maybe a spare room for arts & crafts!
Stay safe tomorrow – the winds have been crazy today with one small limb falling off a tree, but many other ones looking close to crashing. I may need to start trimming a few sections to get them all to come down. But, it is creepy to be out in the back yard with the high wind. The dry line is still in the panhandle area. Where it goes – who knows?
Judy Laquidara says
The exercise equipment will probably go into the downstairs shop for now. It’s heated and air conditioned and we can put a TV in there if Vince wants it.
No, we wouldn’t want to add Chad as a co-owner. He’ll end up with it eventually and he could use it and help with maintenance if needed but we’ll never be “partners” with anyone on anything. Too much risk – you never know what can happen down the road.
It has been crazy windy here today but it is supposed to be worse tomorrow. We didn’t get to pick up Vince’s car today and I was hoping to get it home safely in the garage and not have to be going out tomorrow but who knows when they’re going to be able to get the parts needed to fix it.
Wow, after I got a look at that smothered omelet with accompaniments, I almost felt the need to go out for a treadmill and bike myself! Looks like Nordic is trying to break into the Peloton interactive market so it will be interesting to hear how it goes.
Judy Laquidara says
It does remind me a lot of what I’ve seen of Peloton. Based solely on the price, I’m sure there’s a world of difference.
Donna in KS says
This sounds like a wonderful together day to me. Simple, but wonderful memories!