Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Shelves, I try but fail

I tried to install the new Closetmaid wire shelving in my kitchen. At the end I gave up for the day. For four hours my day went kinda like this:

  • Set the ladder and drag myself up. I was afraid the ladder would tip over.
  • Remind myself – do not, for any reason, step back to admire my work
  • Ready to mark the drill holes – drop the pencil
  • Down the ladder – retrieve the pencil
  • Up the ladder – mark the holes – the pencil lead is broke – reset pencil lead
  • Down the ladder – get the drill
  • Up the ladder – try drilling pilot holes – drill is set wrong and bit too small
  • Down the ladder – drop the box of small parts – find the right bit, pick up parts
  • Up the ladder – re-drill holes
  • Down the ladder – get the hammer and wall anchors
  • Up the ladder – wall anchors too large for holes
  • Down the ladder – change drill bit
  • Up the ladder – re-drill holes – drop the hammer
  • Down the ladder – pick up hammer and get the screws
  • Up the ladder – hammer in wall anchors – try putting in the screws
  • What the heck???? The screws won’t go into the wall more than half way
  • Down the ladder – look for different screws in the kit – there aren’t any

Now really. I should have noticed that the 6 inch screws included in the kit were way too long. At most they should be 2 or 2 1/2 inches which is how far they went into the wall. I had to order new ones. I decided to get easy install anchors with screws included. I believe these are reusable if I ever want to move the shelves to another room. Ha! After all this frustration, these shelves are not going to be moved anywhere else.

Just in case someone is interested I made a video – cropped down to 17 minutes – of my attempt. Watching my own video I finally figured out what my body type is – I’m an hourglass with loads of extra minutes.

After my legs have a few days to rest and recover I’ll give this another try. Next time I’ll be a little better prepared for fewer trips up and down that scary ladder. I think a new ladder is needed. I’ll start a change jar savings for this one from amazon.

I hope everyone is staying safe and staying happy. Hugs from Kentucky

22 comments on “Shelves, I try but fail

  1. Tracy
    May 4, 2021

    In my work the CEOs ( like the US government ) have stopped short of requiring vaccinations for all who can, so it looks like the masks are here to stay. That makes singing kind-of difficult for me! I’m starting an online degree course in July to give me access to more jobs and training in case the situation is ongoing.

    There’s walk-in free access to vaccinations all across Texas now. Personally I think it’s the way to go, but apparently a significant number of people disagree; ironically the same population who didn’t want to wear masks last year.

    But it feels very much that the end of the pandemic is within sight in the US.

    I still haven’t been out to eat, I’ve been thinking about it as I have some gift cards to use up.

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    • Anita
      May 9, 2021

      Yes it looks as if the vaccinations are working to bring the pandemic to an end in the US. More training is always a good thing to have even if not needed. Singing?

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  2. Selena
    April 30, 2021

    The odds of getting the best type of screw/fastener with a product are not in the favor of the consumer. Even if the right length/strength, often of poor quality.
    Once you get your new ladder, be objective with your old one. IF it is safe for someone else to use, re-homing it is okay. But if not safe, it is probably best recycled if possible – use for “vining” plants/flowers/foliage for example. Better for it to end up in the landfill than for someone to get hurt.

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    • Anita
      April 30, 2021

      Thanks Selena, good suggestion. My ladder is only unsafe for myself with my limited ability. It just scares me that’s all. The ladder should be fine for a younger person with better leg muscle strength.

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  3. Texasilver
    April 27, 2021

    I’m glad you are feeling better & energetic enough to take on this task. It sounds like the cold winter & the lockdown was very hard on you.

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    • Anita
      April 28, 2021

      Yes, the winter, actually whole last year, was difficult for me. Way too many cloudy, rainy days plus being in lock down was very depressing. Spring sunshine is making me feel better. I’ve lived here five years now and thought it about time I finished unpacking and got on with my life. How have you been? Did winter give you the blues too?

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      • Tracy Pace
        May 2, 2021

        Wow, has it really been five years Anita?! Time flies when you’re having fun… : )

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        • Anita
          May 3, 2021

          Yes, five years of peacefully quiet living here in this little cul-de-sac.

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  4. Silver
    April 26, 2021

    Gosh, you have the patience of a saint, I would have been so cross if that was me!

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    • Anita
      April 26, 2021

      Oh, believe me, I said quite a few craps and dang-its and not agains that got edited out. 🙂

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      • Silver
        April 26, 2021

        I don’t believe that for a moment! ❤

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  5. Linda in NE
    April 25, 2021

    Sounds like you need a tool belt as well as a new ladder. I wish I had one of those ladders. It looks so much more stable than anything we have.

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    • Anita
      April 26, 2021

      Ooo, I hadn’t thought of that. A tool belt should be easy to sew from some of my quilting fabrics. On that ladder, I like the wide steps and the side handles for climbing. It has some good reviews too.

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  6. oldfashionmama
    April 25, 2021

    Lol that sounds about how my projects go when I try something like that. I hope you are able to get them up.

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    • Anita
      April 26, 2021

      I knew we were kindred spirits. 🙂 I don’t really give up. I merely step back to re-think the process.

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  7. Jean Bontrager
    April 25, 2021

    Hi Anita,
    This is great! You do such a professional job of this video! Yes, new ladder and cordless drill! I think I have an extra one at work! Email the address and if I put my hands on it I can send along! It is a DEWALT. Let me know if it would be welcome!
    Jean

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    • Anita
      April 26, 2021

      That would be fantastic and very welcomed. I’ll email you.

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  8. Bobbie Henderson
    April 25, 2021

    Oh, you poor thing! Jobs like this are really two person tasks. One to stand on the ladder and one to chase and “go-fer”. They always look so simple…but aren’t.

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    • Anita
      April 26, 2021

      I agree but covid said for me to diy.

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      • Tracy
        May 2, 2021

        I love DIY projects Anita but I am giving my stepladder ( and most other tools ) to my son later this week- with the Charcot arthropathy it’s not safe for me to balance on ladders now. The apartment maintenance guys will come and do anything I need. It’s a lovely little apartment and really doesn’t need a whole lot of upkeep either.

        Life is getting happy again ( thank you than you thank you! ) I just took down my ‘thank you essential workers’ flag, for those of us vaccinated the pandemic is over here for now. I’ll still social distance and wear my mask indoors in public for a while.

        Not that I go many places! I’m happiest in my little home with my little dog.

        Hope all is well with you.

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        • Anita
          May 3, 2021

          I’ll still be social distancing while out in public until more people get vaccinated.

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