A Life of Varied Endeavors

Reds: glass vase and a new wheelbarrow

The sun was shining in through the French doors today, and giving sparkling illumination to a vase with some dried flowers from our garden (brought in before the first snow in November – they are saved to remind me of the last chance we had to get flowers in.)  I was captivated.

Red Etched Glass Vase

Red Etched Glass Vase

Hard to believe, but on this same day we finally got a new wheelbarrow.  Our old and trusty wheelbarrow has more than 25 years of experience, and was a little worse for wear.  It had some holes in the bottom patched with duct tape, a significant crease on the front edge, and over the years had become a little unstable –such that I sometimes had to straddle the handles to keep it upright while shoveling from it.  When I forgot, and it fell over and a whole load of mulch, or weeds, or something, spilled out of it, I never blamed the wheelbarrow – just me for forgetting.

 

A couple of years ago, we started looking for a replacement.  None to be found.  They were either too big or simply non-existent.  Like many things these days, I guess you can only buy them “in season”.

 We were sitting in the house the other day and heard a loud pop – almost like a bird hitting the window, but we knew it wasn’t.  Later, David was working outside, and discovered what the pop was.  The tire on our wheelbarrow had simply exploded – a large gash showing on its perimeter.  Needless to say, searching for a replacement tire, or even a new wheelbarrow, was an adventure.  A new tire was available only at Ace Hardware, about $25.  A new wheel with tire was available for $32 at Lowes and Home Depot, and a new wheelbarrow was available at Lowes and Home Depot (the same wheelbarrow) for $35.95.  But at least there was finally a wheelbarrow of the right size: 4cu.ft.  The only thing was, it was plastic. We didn’t think that would hold up in the long run (say, another 25 years.)  So we went back to Ace Hardware where David thought he had seen another wheelbarrow, but where he knew there was a tire. 

We were totally pleased to finally find a 4cu.ft. METAL wheelbarrow, for $37.95 ($36.95 self-assembled.)  Though we like the idea of repairing and spending less money, we were amazed at the cost of repairing versus buying a whole new wheelbarrow.  We bought the new (and assembled it).  It’s red and shiny, and balanced differently; you have to bend down quite a bit lower to reach the handles. We haven’t used it enough yet to fall in love with it, but I hope we’re set for the next couple of decades!

Our New and Old Wheelbarrows

Our New and Old Wheelbarrows

I used to hate red.  I’m finally making friends with it, little bits at a time.  “Little bits” is one of the keys!

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