Sunday, January 12, 2014

On The Unflappability Of Home Depot Associates

He asked what kind of adhesive I needed.  I told him that I had no idea, but that it had to be able to securely stick a rubber frog to a plastic lily pad, outdoors.  He chose a tube from the wall of possible options and handed it to me without so much as a batted eyelash.  

(A new princess-themed geocache is in the works, let me hasten to add.)

We have no internet connection at home today, a state of affairs that leaves me more than slightly twitchy, so I hope the serviceperson coming tomorrow can remedy whatever problem we are having.  In lieu of my regular escapes into the Web, at least I was productive: a pot of my grandmother's spaghetti sauce from scratch, three batches of roasted vegetables for lunches, and a pot of my mother-in-law's veggie chili as well. The house smells spectacular.

Speaking of my grandmother, I think she visited me in spirit this afternoon, while Thing One and Petunia and I were helping to put away the Christmas decorations at church.  At one point, I was vacuuming up the pine needles scattered hither and yon, and commented jokingly to the other woman working with us that my grandmother would ghost me good if I left a mess in church.  At that very second, the vestibule door blew open--no doubt my grandmother vigorously emphasizing the point.

The end of another week is upon me: now, to take a deep breath before the next one rides in.


  1. My BFF is a Home Depot Associate, and from the hours of listening to her tales - strange request is totally fine, especially if done by a person being nice. they get so many really rude people who cannot explain what they really want.

    Very funny about your grandmother.

    And I want recipes! What vegetables do you roast and how? I'm a huge fan of roasted cauliflower (it's on my grocery list for my friend to have stocked before I arrive in Oregon) and "sweets and beets" (sweet potatoes and beats with onions).

  2. M: I roast sweet potato chunks, broccoli, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, asparagus (whatever looks good) separately in the oven with a little kosher salt and the herb-infused olive oil that my MIL makes. I mix them in whatever combination with a little cheese and scrambled egg whites (and often a little hot sauce) in a tortilla or just in a bowl for a quick healthy meal. Will send you the other recipes when I have net access on something other than my phone again!!

  3. Yum! Let's continue this conversation when I return to the colds of Oregon and have access to vegetables and oven. :)


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