Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A nice sunny and warm day.
We decided to begin our shopping early. First on the agenda was the Habitat ReStore.
Well it is closer in town than I thought but had a sign out"Closed until January 3". We will go back just to see what they have. It wasn't a very large building.
Next back north to Lowes. They only had three gas ranges and only one with convection which I want to try. We settled on a Frigidaire SS model. It was about $1000 cheaper than the model we had looked at at Sears. I checked the knobs first thing and the manager even called the company to be sure. I didn't want anymore pressed foil over plastic! These are heavy cast. Of course if the oven door fits well I shouldn't get all that heat from the oven anyway. This one has the center grill/grate feature. The deal breaker was the price and she arranged it to be delivered an installed tomorrow! I am so excited and nervous.
I am having them haul off the Jenn Air. If someone can get some use out of it, great. We live out in the country and didn't want to have to mess with people coming to look then having no way to haul, etc., so DH said get rid of it! Of course, I used it yesterday and it worked like a charm except it takes about 30 minutes for the oven to preheat.
I also decided to get a larger counter-top oven. My sis has a Hamilton Beach she drug up from the basement when I told her it would be cheaper cooking for just the two of them to use it. She cooked her frozen biscuits beautifully and didn't even have to use foil to keep them from burning. It is way larger than my little one and has two racks. I found one on Amazon. It should get here tomorrow too. I am trying their Prime deal for 30 days to get the 2-day shipping free. I will cancel before the 30 days is up.
While at Lowe's I checked out their swing-arm lamps for bedside reading and they had what I wanted. What a different world we live in. The last one I had cost maybe $10, and you just mounted it on the wall and plugged it in. This one had to be assembled, a mounting bracket installed on the wall, then the lamp mounted on that. Then came the rod to cover the cord. That was in 3 or 4 pieces. The cord had to be inserted through it and then the plug attached. It took me some time and I had to gather up the drill, the level, a screwdriver to get started. DH stood by and watched (for a while). I am the family handyman inside. I don't mind, in fact, I kind of like doing it. I just hadn't done anything for a while and am way out of practice. I don't know who writes up the instruction, but I am either getting very dense or they have very sorry instructions. I had those darned screws in two or three times before I figured out what was right.
I love the lamp though. I set it up pretty high because I read sitting upright and didn't want it to touch my head at all.
Here she is in all her glory:
I used it last night and it is perfect!
I got a lot of garden catalogs over the last two days. I vowed not to even look, but did....Two very high dollar ones were White Flower Farms and Burpee. I have ordered a good bit of stuff from White Flower over the years and they are a good company to do business with. Burpee is just way too high priced when you compare to others. I love Jung Seed Co. and will probably order some shrubs from them and 1 or 2 other things.............blast! I love the new hydrangeas they are showing, especially the new Annabelle. Four inch pots means I will do a nursery row in the garden so I can remember to take proper care of them.
When we got home from all that buying, the propane company truck followed us in the drive and left $775 worth of LP! Isn't that always the way it is.