My wife has a lot of doctors appointments each week now that she’s six months into her pregnancy.
- Whenever I drop her off at one of the physicians’ offices, it gives me a chance to go shopping wherever I like for an hour or longer.
Some days I head down to the music store to try out various guitars, amplifiers, and effects pedals. Just so the owners don’t go crazy, I always make some kind of purchase when I go in, even if it’s just a pack of strings. Other times I’ll buy some picks, or if I have enough extra cas—an electric guitar effects pedal. With inflation raising prices on literally everything these days, it’s getting harder for me to spend money like I used to on my music hobby. Since it just makes me desire things that I simply can’t have, I’ve been avoiding the music store lately in favor of the hardware store. At least the hardware store is full of essentials that we need for our house, especially like air conditioner filters, rock salt for our water softener, or potting soil for the vegetable garden in the backyard. Yesterday I got lost looking at air conditioners in the HVAC aisle in the nearby, big-box hardware store. I have always wanted a ductless mini split air conditioner to put in my tool shed, but it’s a cost that I simply can’t afford to budget when I have a new baby on the way. I can put up with just using a fan whenever I’m busy working in my tool shed. Leaving the door and window open allows for a generous cross breeze to get inside, making it much more comfortable opposed to hot stagnant air.