One of my projects this summer is cleaning out our basement again. It’s a never-ending project. My goal is to eventually just store what we use and get rid of the rest. For example, during this year’s crusade to purge and pitch, I found that we owned eleven coolers! I know that there are only eight coolers in the picture, but they just keep showing up. The only coolers we have used in years are a large one with wheels and a smaller, lighter one which will hold a few drinks and maybe a couple of sandwiches.
The reason why we have eleven coolers is that dearly departed Joe was always in search of the perfect cooler. If we passed a garage sale, his eyes immediately went in search of the igloo logo. I understood this because I have spent my whole life searching for the perfect purse, and my closet reflects my failure. I ran an unofficial Facebook survey, and so far, the average number of coolers is about three. This number, however, includes several people who don’t even own one cooler. As hard as it to imagine owning eleven coolers, it’s even harder to imagine not even owning one. They are so handy and easily stored. Don’t worry though, I have offered to help out any friends that don’t own a cooler—all they need to do is ask for my help. My cooler is their cooler. I’m generous that way.
Why am I going on and on and on about coolers? Because it’s 97 degrees in Chicago at 4:00 p.m., and I am trying to think cool thoughts. In case you haven’t already figured it out, the other reason I’m hanging out in our basement counting coolers is that the basement is cool.
While I was weeding through the basement, I also found a bag of Cole’s colorful soccer shoes that he has outgrown. I’m not sure why I saved them. Maybe I planned to grow flowers in them, but in any case, there was a bag full of them, and I was attached to them for reasons I do not understand. I was at a loss as to what to do with them, and even a quick search on Pinterest didn’t help much, but then I had an idea — YARD ART! I did have to venture outside to hang them, but when the temp dropped a few degrees on Saturday, I had my hammer and wire at the ready. Cole told me I hammered like a girl — the nerve! Here is the finished result. I think it turned out kind of campy and fun.
Do you have a basement? Do you have a cooler? Do you have any other yard art ideas for me?
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Here is another fun post about about a boy and his shoes! DO THESE SHOES MAKE MY FEET LOOK BIG?