I was on the computer writing blog posts. I was waiting for pictures to load and flipped over to Facebook to see what was new.
I saw a curb alert post…Yahoo!! Karl was on his way home and would be driving right past it. If you don’t know what curb alerts are, it’s when people put stuff out on their curb and it’s free for the taking!
I texted Karl the address and told him to stop.
There had been pictures in the post…I sent him these two. I hoped he could get the washtubs and the base for them…
…and I hoped he could get this pressure canner.
I’ve never had a pressure canner. I’ve only done water bath canning. I’ve never wanted to fork over the $130 for one even though I’ve always thought of getting one.
I was hopeful but I didn’t know how long the post was up or if someone else would beat him there.
Well, Karl came home and guess what he had with…The pressure canner!!
Now I was hopeful that there was actually a pressure canner in the box. There was and LOOK!! I don’t think it ever came out of the box! I am so excited. SO EXCITED!!
I looked this brand up and it was between $130 and $150 depending on who was selling it.
Karl was SUPER excited. They had a “growler” jug from one of his favorite breweries. Karl said, “MOM, why didn’t you tell me this was there??” I guess I had my sights on the pressure cooker!!
Karl also got snowshoes. He’s excited for those too. He loves trying things like this.
He also found a dusty record player. There wasn’t a cord but he’s sure one of his here will work.
Guess what else?? He got the set of washtubs.
There were other things there…he just had his car and that was enough really.
But…the story continues. After Karl got home all night all he could think of was the bikes that were there. He knew of a place that takes old bikes and refurbishes them, then gives them away for free.
Karl is a great guy and cares about the needy…and cares about his carbon footprint. So he asked me if he could take my pickup in the morning and go see if some bikes were still there. I said sure! I love that he wants to help others.
Many of the bikes needed tires pumped up, are missing a seat, or have something that makes them “not quite perfect”. There was one bike in the bunch I had my eye on…
Karl was so sweet. He pumped up the tires and let me take it for a spin. Oh my…I was in love.
I have an old 10 speed that belonged to one of our kids, that was given to a different one of the kids that was left here when they all moved out. It wasn’t the best but for the amount of bike riding I did, it worked.
I really enjoy taking Rosie on a bike ride. I hook her to the leash and hold the leash while I ride. She runs along with me and we both really enjoy it.
This is definitely a “grandma” bike. The tires are wide. They have fun white sidewalls. It’s single speed and the only way to stop is pedal backward…but for the bike riding I do, it’s perfect!! It rides so much better than my old bike. Seriously, I’m thrilled.
The handlebars are a little rusty, you can see that in the first picture) but Karl is going to fix that for me…and he did!!
He put my bike basket on but then had a talk with me that he thought I should get a brown basket to go on the bike. I use a bike basket a lot as I ride over to Kalissa’s and bring things back and forth. He said, “I’d take your black basket if you bought yourself a new brown basket”. I fell for it and ordered this…
It’s the same as my black basket, which I love, only brown. You can find them HERE on Amazon.
I got the basket when I had my foot surgery and was using a knee scooter. I couldn’t carry anything from place to place and it was PERFECT for the scooter. I did childcare while I was laid up and the basket was a Godsend. I’d load up all the condiments for lunch and serve them from my basket. It made putting away groceries doable too.
Anyway…back to my bike. Karl is going to hit up the bike shop and get me a reflector for the front and a rearview mirror. Then I think I’ll be all set. I’m so excited!!
Karl gave the bike to me and said “Happy Birthday Mom”. We had the best night fixing it up. I’ll be donating my bike to his cause.
All I can say is that someone’s curb alert sure made mine and Karl’s day!!