Day 30 in Villisca

Yesterday was cloudy.

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Even so, we tried another trip to Red Oak to get the drywall to finish the bathroom. It was sprinkling on the way there, so when we saw that True Value was having a massive tent sale we decided to kill some time.

Tent!

Tent!

What could they possibly be selling, you ask. Just everything I’ve bought in the last two weeks only hugely, hugely discounted – like 50% or more off. Like I bought a 22$ light fixture for the porch the other day which they had at the sale for 10$. But then I suppose they would have to have stuff I’d bought because they had pretty much everything.

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Epic mustache!!

Epic mustache!!

 

 

They even had retro items.

I was tempted for the tape player

I was tempted for the tape player

Insects

Hello

Hello

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I’m just hanging out with the scented garbage bags

And even self defense items

Stakes. get it?

Stakes. get it?

 

Anyway we bought a garden hose, the cabinet closures we needed, a drain we needed, and for 20$ enough floor tile to do the kitchen. It’s not my first choice on pattern but at that price we can rip it up in a year without guilt and meanwhile it’s better than the crap that’s there. Especially since one of the tiles came up the other day.
After that it was still raining so we went to the shopko sale to buy some plastic totes to put Christmas decorations in. (The basement is dampish and if they want to store stuff in it we need plastic. Eventually that dampishness will get fixed, but in the meantime…). They had some pretty flowers for sale.

Looks like butterflies

Looks like butterflies

Like tropical

Like tropical

No idea what this is

No idea what this is

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A hardy hibiscus

A hardy hibiscus

Yes, I used to have a hibiscus

Yes, I used to have a hibiscus

But my hibiscus died over the long, long winter.

But my hibiscus died over the long, long winter.

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No idea on these either

No idea on these either

I resisted buying any plants because I want them to live.
Another interesting feature at shopko seems to be the cart arrangement. Inside one expects to find a bank of shopping carts, but not so. We and another family behind us had to scramble around to find them. They ended up with one that was outside near the doors and we got one from a lady who was finished shopping. It just seems to me that leaving customers to search for carts is a bad idea. I know I’m more likely to buy stuff if I have a cart to put it in. Just saying.
By the time we left it was still raining.

Rain, rain, go away. We want to get drywall today.

Rain, rain, go away. We want to get drywall today.

So we did some grocery shopping at hy-vee.

Pillsbury doughboy is ready for baseball!

Pillsbury doughboy is ready for baseball!

Another plant I let live by not buying it.

Another plant I let live by not buying it.

And we bought some candy.

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They used to make these – sans the candy crush affiliation – when I was a kid so I was excited to see them. Alas they don’t taste like those of the bygone era. These are made from that generic chocolate that tastes almost fruity. Blah.
It was still raining, and it was late afternoon by this point, so we gave up and headed home. Drywall would have to wait.
On an interesting note, it has been so cool that the leaves are starting to turn.

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I can remember it did that in 92 or 93 (the year of the flooding) as well.
We got home to find a visitor.

Dad days hi

Dad days hi

Which was just as well because it’s so cold and damp that our plaster from the day before was still wet! As was the caulk and even the paint on the stuff in the garage was sticky still. So after dad remembered that the Chicago Bears were playing on TV and took off to try to catch the game, I cleaned on the pantry, the brother finished scraping the kitchen wall, and hubby worked on cutting boards for the laundry room floor project. It was exciting.
Around eight we visited Mordor and finished hacking up another bush.

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While we were doing that a guy stopped and chatted with us. He had also tried to buy this house but had run into so many problems with the Nebraska City realtor (listing agent) that he gave up and bought another one further down the street. (Half of the town is for sale. Cheap. Nice houses. Just saying). He said while he was looking at it they told him that someone else was too and that was part of his hold up. It made me wonder is that was us Lol! Hubby took it as a sign that we were meant to get it.
After he left we hauled branches to the compost field. I tried to take a picture but it didn’t turn out. However you can get the gist of the terrifying tunnel on the way.

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It’s not really a tunnel, more the underneath of the overpass for the railroad, but the brother’s truck is so wide that it makes it a scary experience.
When we got home it was pitch black and dinner time.

Another Barilla pasta

Another Barilla pasta

It wasn’t too bad – the dessert was extremely tasty, and no, I did not get the whole package of cinnamon pull apart bread. Just two pieces.
Then it was two episodes of Yuyushiki and bed time. Yay! Hopefully we can get drywall today and get on with life, LOL!
Have a good one!
Jo 🙂

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About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at http://JoleeneNaylor.com or drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com

2 responses to “Day 30 in Villisca”

  1. tiff says :

    that first light purple flower is ” Russian sage” it smells sooo good attracts mainly bees n butterflies, dries nicely and the stalks look like silver sticks for winter I believe the other ? is also in the sage family doesn’t smell as nice though

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