Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just going along for the ride.

Over the river and through the . . . .

to the steel supply company I went with the blacksmith today. That is the wide Missouri River at Jefferson City.

I sat in the jeep while he had the steel cut small enough to fit on the trailer.

There I saw this small rack full of various sizes of steel. I wonder if this is to a blacksmith like a fabric store is to a quilter? I'm sure there was tons (no pun intended) more inside the huge building where he was.

After this stop, we pulled across the street to TNT, a builders supply markdown warehouse. If you have OCD this is not the store for you. You had to dig for most anything you wanted. They had new cabinets, drawer pulls, ceramic tiles, carpet squares, wallpaper, oak trims, office chairs, window stripping, tape, paint, you get it, everything under one roof. Oh did I mention they had a water leak. So in one area there was a big green plastic tarp made into a chute. A chute to move the water into a barrel.

While shopping we talked about replacing the area rug in our bedroom. After 17 years it was showing some wear. We dug until we found one that measured 8 by 10 feet. It was it enclosed in a heavy plastic bag and looked perfect. So did the price, it was 20% off. Total cost $48.

We also found a package of gloves for the blacksmith marked $1.98, it rang up 98 cents minus 20%. What a bargain.

BT loaded our rug just as it started to sleet. Luckily it was just a 12 mile ride home and the rug stayed dry.

We moved it to the bedroom, vacuumed it and admired our nice, new, clean rug!

The rest of the afternoon, I sewed some more of the autograph blocks, made chicken and rice, baked brownies, made panhaus, and boiled some chicken for soup stock.
The blacksmith worked on making a utility trailer to pull behind the 4 wheeler.
The grand kids came just as we finished dinner. Today was their Mother's birthday and Jeremy was taking her out for dinner. Happy Birthday Lori!!
Now we wait to see if the bad weather will hit us as predicted.
(Zoey, see how I put my ironing board under my sewing machine? And I use an office chair to turn from side to side. Works great when paper piecing and ironing every piece.)


Flat Creek Farm said...

I love that picture of the bridge! Sounds like a truly fun day to me. The warehouse sounds like maybe what was formerly Hoods? Great rug & price! -Tammy

Rural Revival said...

Wow, you were busy! I like days like that. I love the photo of the bridge too. : )

Be well ~Andrea~

Nezzy said...

Yep, I went to the auto salvage junk yard with Hubby one time and he shopped and got a little this and one of those....I said it must have been the ultimate Man Mall!

I just wanted to thank ya for poppin' in and hoppin' on my blog. I sure hope ya'll enjoy the ride.

Ya'll have just a beautifully blessed day!!!

Rita said...

I remember Hoods in St. Louis. Hubby, Bob, and I went there quite a bit back in the '70's! What a jumbled up mess, but always full of bargains.

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

I keep forgetting to snap a pic of the MO River. I could even run take some on my lunch hour. Some days I just like driving around for lunch.

Sara said...

ahhhh, I could totally smell how delicious your house must've smelled. I could go for some homemade chicken zoup.
I like the rug color. It would never survive my crew, but I love the color.

Zoey said...

That is a nice set up, Patti. Swirling around with the office chair would be a lot easier than getting up to iron like I do for every piece.

I think our store aisles full of colorful bolts of fabric are much more interesting than all that iron. . . :)

Nice rug and what a good price!