stupid pool pump

i'm married to a pack rat and i'm massively anti-clutter. he saves everything and i throw everything away. it's an interesting marriage, but we make it work. recently, i was excited that he started cleaning out the barn -- no nagging, just spontaneous cleaning. woohoo!


a few years ago HomeBase went out of business and had an extreme clearance sale. Hubby bought all sorts of things that he might need some day. I bit my tongue and stacked the stuff at the back of the barn.


our pool pump died this morning. $499 to replace it! ugh! so much for tiling the bathroom this week. Clean pool is more important than replacing the carpet in the bathroom. *le sigh*


Hubby shows up at the house with two (count them, TWO!) pool pumps in thrashed, very dusty boxes. You guess it! He had purchased them for $5 each at the HomeBase clearance sale. AND...one of them fits exactly. AND...it actually works!


and, so while I'm excited to have saved $499, I'm not exactly thrilled to have his pack rat tendencies reinforced. He'll never finish cleaning up the barn now.


i'll choose to file this under a blessing.....but that might change if the barn starts overflowing into other storage areas. *grin*

10 comments:

  1. My husband is a bit of a pack rat too. In fact, we have two storage units, and they are mostly for his stuff. Drives me crazy!!

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  2. I love when that kind of stuff happens! Too bad it doesn't happen every once in a while tho. Never fails--once you get rid of something you're sorry that you did--us packrats are at least! LOL

    Your sweater might be appropriate today after all.....weatherbug forecasts a high of 69 today. :)

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  3. Ack---the 2nd sentence in my post was sposed to read, "Too bad it doesn't happen more than every once in a while tho..."

    This is what I get for trying to operate on just one cup of coffee! LOL

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  4. HA HA!!! Justification for us pack rats!!lol Now, see? If you'd cleaned all that out and thrown it away, it would have cost you $499! Sorry, when I see a pack rat succeed, it's exciting.. since we have SUCH a bad rep..lol

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  5. Don't you just love a bargain? now you can get your tile.

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  6. LOL, but I'm glad you had TWO different pump sizes on hand. :) Hey, love the new "might enjoy this" widget!

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  7. @angie: isn't it a fun widget? i saw it on a couple of blogs last night and just had to try it out.

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  9. Great story. I am glad the pool was saved! And at such a bargain.

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