Monday, July 30, 2018

Friday Night With Friends

I know there is a stitching linky party with that name, but that's not what I mean here. I have friends that I've known for years, some from grade school. We go on trips together every year and try to get together for a weekend here and there too. Friday night, one of them started a group text that went on for a couple of hours. It was so much fun and was almost as good as being together. Thanks to autocorrect, we added a few new phrases to our store of private jokes too. If you ever hear someone say they had a paucity attack, you may get to meet me or one of my friends. What is a paucity attack? Well, it could be that stressed feeling when you open your mouth to say something, and the words just aren't there.

I haven't been doing much of anything for the last week. I've been taking it easy, although I did put up a little insulation. It's been hot here and the drought continues. Farmers around here are baling everything over two feet tall, and cotton is shriveling in the fields. This morning, it looked like a big storm was headed our way, but just south of Dallas, it stalled, backed up a little, and then moved east. We got a little outflow wind, but not a drop of rain. August is generally a dry month, and usually the hottest month, so I don't expect the drought to end any time soon. I just hope we get some relief in September.

Last Thursday and Friday, I had some thyroid tests but no results from them yet. On Friday and Saturday, I felt better than I have in a long time. I wonder if the slight amount of radioactive iodine had anything to do with that, or if it was the green smoothies and healthy diet? Whatever it was, it's gone now. But we did eat birthday cake all weekend (Hubby's birthday) and that is never a good thing.

Hubby is an auction nut. But not in a bad way. We used to go to live auctions a lot, but now he does most of them online. Thursday afternoon, he got a notice for an appliance liquidation auction. We looked at it, and it was an auction for high end appliances like Viking, Asko, and Bertazzoni. It was ending at 7:00, just a few hours away. No time to go preview the appliances in person, only by the photos online. We talked it over and decided to roll the dice on a few of them. We were high bidder on an Asko dishwasher, a Bertazzoni induction cooktop, and Viking oven, warming drawer and vent hood.

We picked them up Saturday but didn't get to inspect them until we got home. They were all unused, but some were several years old, and there was a reason the store was auctioning them. We just had to find what it was on each one and see if we could fix it. The dishwasher worked perfectly when it was plugged in. It is white though and that may be why it was at auction. I can deal with the white later. The cooktop is an older model and has a scratch on the top corner. Works perfectly though and began boiling water immediately. The vent hood has a dent on one side but I think it will be covered by the cabinet next to it. The oven and warming drawer both had problems opening and the warming drawer is blue. The oven's problem was a stripped screw so will be an easy fix. It worked fine when we plugged it in. It is an older model but that's exactly what I liked about it. The warming drawer's frame wasn't attached at the bottom. Once that was attached, it opened right and worked fine. And since Hubby works in the business, he can easily get the front powder coated to match the oven. Total cost was $1368. I'm stoked.

Today's agenda includes tackling Mt. Laundry, and cleaning the trailer, anything to put off the pile of paperwork on my desk. Or maybe I should do that first and get it out of the way before I start cleaning? Or maybe I should ignore everything?


Sandee said...

I'd ignore everything. I do that often. Then I get on a get it done spree. Thank goodness for that.

You really scored on the oven/cook-top and vent. Wow, You rock. It's good that hubby is in the business.

Have a fabulous day and it's good to have you back. ♥

Marti said...

Thank you Sandee.

Grandma K said...

Great to hear from you again!! I hope things are getting better with regard to your health. This heat and dryness is terrible, but I surely don't want all the rain at once as happens here too often. That high that sits over Texas in the summer is a mixed blessing. It keeps the hurricanes away, but bakes us in a hot, dry oven!

You all made out like bandits I think with your appliances. Great move. Being unused, it isn't a biggie (to me) that they are not the newest models. An induction cook top - jealous!!

Take care and don't over-do in this heat.

diamondc said...

Okay Marti: What a great deal just the dishwasher would have been more then 1300.00 dollars, you both did well.
We used to go to auctions, now not at all we have all we need but I do like to see what is out there just for fun.
Happy Birthday to your husband, eating cake is really a good thing since we do not do it very often.
I hope and pray you get rain and very soon.


Angie said...

Glad you found some great bargains - you have a greater risk tolerance than I do - I could not have spent any kind of money without being sure of the quality - good for you! We are still in Norway at the moment, visiting my niece, but we just looked at the forecast for back home since we return Wednesday - 99 and 100 by the end of the week - and not a drop of rain in sight - yikes!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marti great buying ,it's great getting bargains,my husband loves going to auctions too,hope you have a lovely week my friend xx

Marti said...

Thank you. I've missed hearing from you. Yes, the high that usually sits over us is a mixed blessing. What do the meteorologists call that, a cap? Now that a few weeks have gone by, the grass has turned green again everywhere, and farmers around here are going to get a second hay cutting. I think the cotton is toast though.

Marti said...

I know, even if just one of the appliances worked, it would have been worth it. Soon after I posted this, we had a wonderful week of rain and now everything is green and growing again. Thank you for your prayers.

Marti said...

Norway in summer sounds wonderful. I didn't know your part of the country ever got up to those temperatures. Maybe you'll have to stay in Norway a little longer until it cools down at home.

Marti said...

I hope your husband shows more restraint than mine. "We" have bought a few unknown lots that have absolutely nothing of value in them.