Making Do

Net Stash Reduction Goal for 2008 – 150 yards
Net Used to Date – <49.25 yards>
Net Yards To Go – 200.25 yards

Living in a small town is so different from living in a larger town. I’ve never lived in a real “city” — something big like Houston, Dallas, Louisville — those type cities. I’ve lived in cities like Lake Charles, LA, with a population about 75,000; Owensboro, KY with a population in the county of about 55,000 and now we’re living here with a population of about 8,400. The closest city of any size is Joplin, MO, with a population of about 45,000, is about 60 miles away. These figures came from the internet so don’t blame me if you live in one of these places mentioned and think your city is larger or smaller than I’ve stated.

Small towns aren’t for everyone but I love it here. Just last night Vince and I were talking about how much I love living here. Vince isn’t nearly as thrilled with small town living as I am though so I have little hope of getting to stay here forever. I love this town! I love my house, I love that I’m right here in the middle of town but feel like I’m out in the country. The neighbors aren’t real close and I have empty land on three sides of me. There’s no traffic. There’s little crime. Everyone is friendly. OK . . who wants the number for the local realtor? Truly, this place has to be the best place in the U.S. for raising kids.

Remember my Honey Do List? When I have a list of things to do, I keep that list til everything is done. Vince looked at the list, tried to get things done and then the list is history, even though three of the four things aren’t done.

The drawback to living in a small town is that it’s sometimes hard to find things we need. But that isn’t a problem at all since we have the internet. Thanks, Mr. Gore!

I never knew but the local hardware stores, Ace and Do-it-Best, have websites and anything on the website, they can get delivered to their stores with no shipping charges.


First thing I ordered was the half gallon jars. I ordered those from Ace. The web page shows them “in stock” so I ordered 10 cases on Sunday but when I went back to check something on the jars on Monday, they’re no longer on the website. My order doesn’t seem to be going anywhere so I went to the Do-it-Best website and they show that they have something like 75 cases in stock so I ordered 10 cases from them. They’ll be here a week from today. I suppose there’s a chance I’ll end up with 20 cases but if so, that’s fine too.


Hey, that was easy! Maybe Do-it-Best has clothesline poles too! Yep. They’ll be here next week too.

Everything I could possibly need without  having to leave town.


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    Your small town sounds wonderful to me. Tim and I are looking for that when he retires….population 300 and 2. 🙂
    I love shopping online….I’m not a shopper….spending all day running from store to store is not my idea of a good time.

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    Karen L says

    Hey living in Tim-Buck-Too is the only way to go. I’m fortunate enough to live in the country where my nearest neighbor is a mile away. I love the privacy. Years ago before the internet, we just learned to to without probably because we didn’t know stuff was available. But because of technology, we don’t have to miss out on anything, life is just a click away.

    Karen L

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    Evelyn says

    I often order things from the hardware store – can’t beat the no shipping charges! Internet shopping is hard in Canada if you order from the US with shipping/import/duty/etc. But that hardware store sure is great! Oh, and the pharmacy has the BEST shoes within a 3 hour radius … then again, I live in an area of under 2000 so some of the stores have inventory that you typically would not expect! I saw those wide-mouth canning jars in a gift shop in New Hampshire with layered dry cookie mix in them, tied with a ribbon… for $8. There was a bus there and people were buying them!


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    Isn’t the internet great?

    I’ve lived in small towns so I can relate to having to drive a ways to get to everything….I much prefer Minneapolis. It’s such a nice city but not too big.

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    pdudgeon says

    i lived for a year on a small island once (no not hawaii!) it was great. the men went from house to house or down to the local store on their riding lawnmowers and waved as they went past. LOL

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    I’m jealous! Well, maybe not about the canning jars, or even hanging clothes out, but the small town life is calling to me!