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It has been a dry summer where I live. Whenever rain is predicted, it will get a little cloudy and then blow over without as much as a drop of rain. My lawn now has a nice straw color. Pretty sure a cigarette could cause it to burst into flames. Luckily, I don’t smoke. On the upside, I haven’t had to use the lawn mower since the middle of June.
Last year I had a bunch of dying bushes pulled out and replaced with some nice new landscaping. Cost a few thousand dollars so, while I am good with the grass withering away, these bushes and plants need to be kept alive and healthy. That means watering them everyday, maybe twice a day when it is really hot. The new landscaping is in the front but my faucet is on the side on the side of the house. That means dragging out 100′ hose everyday.
There is one thing that I am finding is bringing me some joy this summer, more than it really should, that is my . . . hose reel? I know it sounds stupid, but I can now reel up the whole hose in seconds, just by turning the handle. Sure, that is what it is supposed to do, but for years I had a cheap plastic hose reel. With a heavy hose and a light plastic reel, things never seemed to work. The handle was small and if turned it too fast the whole thing would pick up off the ground. I had to hold it down with one hand and crank with the other. And then, since the reel part wasn’t all that deep, the hose would often get off track and wrap around the handle.
The thing is, I would have kept the crappy old one if it didn’t start leaking. My new metal one cost me about $125 when a new plastic one was selling for $35.99. Buying the metal one seemed like a waste, but I did it anyway and I am glad I did.
This leads me to two questions and the first one is more or less rhetorical.
If I have reached an age where well-made garden tools add to my overall happiness level, is it safe to say that I am officially “old”?
The second question is, what little things are there in your life that don’t seem all that important but help to make your life a little easier? What are the under-appreciated items that you wouldn’t want to do without.Published in