Okay, so more like nine and a half hours…

Nothing went wrong, in fact it was a relatively stress-free trip. Just took forever is all. I had my eye appointment, which ground on and on, and then we had a 45-minute lull which was just enough for a lightning trip to Wal-Mart, which no longer carries my favorite fire starters which were the principal reason I wanted to go. Then we made it to Neighbor D’s knee appointment which lasted almost two hours. A side trip to run an errand for L, then a late lunch, then a ruinously expensive trip to Lowe’s where I scored…

*all the pipe I need to fix the Lair’s sewer
*a new and hopefully more predicable thermostat for the bedroom heater
*hopefully enough lumber to finish the addition’s exterior trim
*four sheets of rigid insulation for the addition’s floor, which I really should have done before winter. Not that it mattered much given how mild the winter has been.

…and not one bit more than that. I had it in mind to buy the interior trim, but learned to my utter shock how much that stuff costs. I don’t know how you guys do it, I really don’t. Interior trim may be a more gradual process than originally planned.

The ophthalmologist visit was neither as scary nor as expensive as planned, I’m happy to say. Interocular pressure is up quite a bit, which I expected given that I stopped taking one of the prescribed meds several months ago. Discussed why I stopped taking it: If it’s raising sores on my eyelids, what’s it doing to my eyes? Got the prescription changed. They didn’t run me through all the rigmarole I expected given that it’s been nearly a year since they could shake out my pockets, so I still had a little jingle when I left. Might even have enough for those new glasses I want to replace the current functional but scratched-up pair. I’ll be trying mail-order again. What’s the name of that on-line glasses place? I can’t remember.

Anyway, Little Bear probably slept through the day but then dinnertime came and went and there was NO DAD!!! And I really expected I’d be paying a price for that, but he was a very very good boy. He just had an extended meltdown when I finally got home.

I ditched the hardware in D’s workshop, and it’s too late and I’m too tired to go back with the trailer right now – and D made it clear he was done for the day as well. So LB will get an enhanced Jeep ride in the morning. I’m gonna have an adult beverage and go read myself to sleep now.

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13 Responses to Okay, so more like nine and a half hours…

  1. David Johnson says:

    I use zennioptical.com, and I’ve been happy, once I figured out what size frames I need. I made some mistakes at first, getting frames too small for my face. You should be able to measure existing glasses to compare sizes.

  2. coloradohermit says:

    I’m so glad to hear that the eye doc was better than expected and hope the new meds make a good difference.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Zenni opticaland eyebuydirect.com. Don’t go for the cheapest one as they break easily, but the beefier frames hold up pretty well. Welcome home!

  4. Judy says:

    Yup, Zenni – loved the ones I got from them.

  5. Andrew says:

    As to trim, if one of your desert mates has the following; a planer, a router, a bandsaw, then you can make some nice trim out of palletwood, if you select for oak only. It will take some work, but you can make it look as rough (as long as you remove the splinters) or as finished as you want it.

    If not, then look at using regular wood (1×3 or 1×4) instead of the trim pieces. Sand, or rout off the sharp edge on top. It will look good, and cost much less than that damned trim crap they sell.

    Yeah, it will take more work than just buying that crappy trim, but it will be cheaper, look as good or better and fit in with the whole ‘craft house’ theme you have going on.

    I’ve even seen some nice trim ripped out of that T11 exterior plywood. Slice it longways at the thin sections, flatten off the bottom.

    Good luck with the glasses.

  6. R Brown says:

    Fire starters: Have you thought of getting some blocks of parafin, and heating it up and mixing the sawdust you have around the lar, and pouring into a mould?

  7. John says:

    What Andrew said.
    If you’ve access to a router with table. It’s sorta fun and you can play artist. Little mistakes are “character”. Bigger ones, higher labor fire wood.

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  9. Bill says:

    Mixed reviews on Zenni optical, Youngest Daughter and I have had good luck with them. Oldest Daughter not so much, I agree about knowing frame size and getting a tad more costly frame. You might consider their sports frames. I’ve dug up an worked on my septic in the past….I’ll never begrudge a Plumber his living. What a job!!

  10. M says:

    I don’t know if the “big city” has a Habitat for Humanity. We’ve found Windows, trim and flooring at our closest (about 60 miles away). Less expensive than new, but still a budgety kind of thing.

  11. I will second the 1X3 or 1X4 lumber for trim. I use that just painted white for the base of stacked baseboard mouldings to match our Victorian house. The PVC stuff is far less expensive, but fragile. Don’t feel bad, I have more than half of my house untrimmed, after we did a gut and replace to the plaster walls(with drywall) in order to add insulation to the exterior walls 18 years ago…

  12. LB says:

    M is right, Joel. Our local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store has a limited selection, but prices are dirt cheap. They have limited hours, too. I think ours is closed Mondays.

    I used rx-safety.com when I bought my shooting glasses. They were fast, accurate, and much less expensive than my optometrist.

  13. Check out thejoyofmoldings.com. Great series of posts on doing your own, with patterns for building different styles.

    He does pretty much everything with MDF I’ve done both bathrooms and am finishing up my kitchen baseboards and will start on crown molding for the kitchen soon.

    After some primer, sanding, and paint you won’t know the difference from expensive stuff (only the DIYt may actually look better) and it’s literally pennies on the dollar.


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