On one of my craigslist searches I found some reclaimed pine decking for sale. It was $3/board which was much better than the $8-12/board at the HD but my budget this week could only be stretched to get half if I received a response from the seller. So... Thursday night I sent an inquiry email to "Lisa". Friday morning I got a call from Lisa and after a checking to see how many boards she had and make sure they were at LEAST 12' long she told me she had to get the lumber moved and if I could move it that day she would sell them for not $3/board but $1.50 per board for lumber. I dare you to check out the HD or anywhere else and not also do the happy dance with me. Well I was prepared to leave work and drive the almost 2 hour drive to get the deal. It fit the budget and I told her that I would be there, whatever it took! I went into strategic planning mode....and then she called me later in the evening after I was fully committed to the late night drive and load. Lisa informed me that she was given more time to clear the demolition site that the wood was salvaged from. I didn't need to make an extra to the farm on Friday. Since I was going to the farm anyway early Saturday morning with a farmer friend I made my plan. I picked up my farmer friend Jeremiah at 6a, and we headed south and stopped at the HD to get the handy rental truck (see other posts...I could be the Home Depot truck spokesperson!) We transferred all the tools and equipment that we might possibly need for the day (cordless circular saw, a few batteries from a friend, drill and oh yeah snacks!). It was pouring rain...but I was determined. My farmer friend was coming down to give some input on farm operations and talk about some upcoming farming projects onsite. I informed him of the fabulous find and of our side trip on the way to the farm...a great conversation starter at 6am on a Saturday morning. "Oh by the way, we have to make a pit stop in Perry, Georgia to get 100 boards of 15' long reclaimed lumber and fit them all into the 8' pickup truck bed...in the rain!" Well it rained until we got 2 exits from our pick up location and happily there was NO rain!
But the best part of the story was meeting Lisa. Lisa was a petite (ladies you'll understand...a size zero petite) woman with work boots. It was a joy to meet Lisa today. We talked and her appreciation for life and the blessings that often come our way if we are watching for them was a joyful experience at so early in the morning. She had a joy about life in spite of having weathered the storm of the economic down turn. I promised to invite he to the farm once I had a deck and she invited me down to swim in her crystal clear lake at her farm in Florida. Sometimes in life you meet people that just encourage you! Lisa was my encouragement today. Oh and we got all 100 boards and the rain held out until we were driving away (literally!). I was able (with the extra pair of strong hands from Jeremiah) to get the wood safely to the farm and unloaded and under the tarp (a gift from Lisa) before the rain set in for the afternoon!