The Cowboy makes runs to the dump–at $7 per pickup bed load, it’s much less expensive to take the materials than to rent a large dumpster. Here is the math–a 30 yard dumpster would cost us $450/month, the company would empty the dumpster twice per month and we would pay the tonnage at the dump–end cost, probably approximately $700 per month. The local trash transfer site is open three days per week. If we take a pickup bed load (and the bed of the truck can be piled high) on the twelve days per month the dump is open we are spending $84 per month–we think it’s worth it to load and unload the truck!
Thursday I went to chair yoga (a new but enjoyable experience for me) and the Cowboy started pulling shingles from one side of the guest house roof.
I’m not a roof person–even though this roof is not steep. There is just something I don’t like about taking that last step from ladder to roof. The Cowboy was there to hold the ladder and my hand making it a little
easier. This section of the roof has water damage and as we were going along pulling shingles and nails, my foot went through one of the sheets of plywood–sure was awfully glad I was sitting down at the time!!! As we pulled the shingles we threw them into the truck bed–next dump load being created!
After lunch Thursday the Cowboy decided the time was as good as any to make our credit card groan and we were off to Sierra Vista and Home Depot. And my goodness, did our credit card ever groan–our load was so large Home Depot is delivering the stuff sometime next week! We had the good fortune to meet two very knowledgeable and cheerful young men in the Home Depot Pro Contractor department–seems if you are spending enough to make your credit card groan you can purchase through the Contractor department and receive discounts for volume purchasing. These guys helped us so much and today Luis called to say we had ordered WAY too much roof coating to the tune of we were getting a $2400 credit–our credit card was happy as are we!
Today the Cowboy fixed the two goat head caused flat tires on the mower. This tractor mower came with a huge vacuum system and running it over the areas surrounding the house seems to have significantly decreased the goat head population–a very good thing!
My chores for the day–motorhome is clean as is the jeep and truck. The UPS man-Paul-managed to find us for the first time. I’m not so sure he was happy to hear what Amazon fans we are!