When he left, he took all the tools he could and locked the rest up so that the boys and I had no way to access them.
In those first few months, I was able to scrounge up an old hammer and a flathead screwdriver. That’s it. He easily had $20,000 in tools. I never asked for ANY of his tools, yet he requested half the China, half of my Longaberger baskets and half of a few other *girlie* things. My lawyer was perplexed and assumed that he must have wanted these things for the other woman. “This is very strange. No man even knows what a Longaberger basket is and I’ve not known any men to request the wedding China!” she said.
Why am I writing about tools today? Because I just bought a Sawzall yesterday and a coworker asked, “Is that your Father’s Day gift to yourself!?” That sounds great! Happy Father’s Day to me!
I have been building my own tool collection over the last 2 1/2 plus years. I’ve learned a lot and completed some great projects along the way. Usually, I have to complete projects out of necessity, but some I’ve done for fun. Necessity: the time a storm took down my apricot tree. I bought a small chainsaw and got it and my cherry tree cleaned up. I’ve gotten a circular sander, pressure washer, shop vac, a drill, a weed eater, putty knives, paint brushes and painting tools, a battery charger, and a small air compressor. I also bought a set of jumper cables because he took all three sets of jumper cables we own when he left. I’ve had to get tire pressure gauges and other such things, because he took them from the old car he left me with, too.
He took the staple guns, nail gun, table saw, The very large tool box he kept locked so that the boys and I couldn’t use any of the tools? He took that when he picked up his stuff he left behind, once the legal battle was over. He took the pressure washer, hammers, saws, screw drivers, socket sets, wrenches, the shop vac, on and on. He took it all.
I’ve come a long way, baby! From fixing the old lawnmower that was left behind to small home repairs, I’m doing it!
Happy Father’s Day, y’all!