Last week, on the morning before my my birthday, I found a Craigslist ad for a darling garden shed, partially finished, only $50. I told Rog I REALLY wanted it for my birthday. He rolled his eyes, but sent off a message to the lister, and so did I. I checked my email hourly all day, but no response, so I was certain it was already gone.
The next morning Cadence and I delivered chickens to be harvested, then did errands. It was noon when I got a call from Rog asking if I had seen the message that the garden shed person had already been overwhelmed with over 50 responses (who, besides me. is looking for a garden shed between Xmas and New Years?!) and was going to be there from 1 to 3 p.m.; the first person with $50 in hand could have the shed. Well, it was a 40 mile drive, so I hopped right back in the truck and took off.
When I got there, the lister said she had now had over 70 responses. I was the first person there, by perhaps 5 minutes. (To Carol, who I learned was on her way, driving from Rochester, I am sorry I beat you to it... but also happy.) The shed is small, only 4 x 8 by 7 feet tall, but has big arched window openings (the seller's ex-husband removed the windows) and a cute roofline and is really sturdy. Yes, really sturdy and heavy. I had three $20 bills on me and she had no change so, feeling lucky, I happily paid $60. Now I had to figure out how to get it home.
Thank you so much, Don, Tristan and Rog! The best birthday gift ever.