Sometimes you can find free stuff…How you ask?
Well I use to take my car into the coin operated car wash place down the road from me to get all of the winters grime removed. But, the car was always left with residue that I needed to get off at home. Once, I was waiting in line to move forward for a good wash and noticed cars and trucks ahead of me with much more sand and grime on their vehicles.
Hum….We were all using the same soapy brush the owners of the car wash provided ~ you know those long handles with a lever. Well…then this old brain of mine got to working overtime ~ rarely, but it does happen from time to time… 🙂
My vehicle is 18 going on 19 years old, and I’ve always had it in a garage. (A major prerequisite for buying the home I’m in at the moment.) So, if there was the littlest scratch I’d use the car paint I bought from the dealer at the time of purchasing my black beauty.
I bought the lifetime protection for paint and rust as well at the time of buying said vehicle, and I was responsible for touching up any scratches. Well, taking care of an expensive vehicle is not a chore, since you’ve spent your (almost) last dollar on it. So, I treated my vehicle almost (and I mean almost) like one of the family…
Fixing the scratches, feeding it fuel, giving it a bath, taking it in for its checkups…You see not really unlike caring for family members or pets too….
Anyway, as usual I have gone off track telling you about freebies….The car wash was out for me, since I began noticing hairline scratches from using the car wash brushes that were really, really sandy… I might as well be washing black beauty (Yes… I gave my vehicle a name) with sand paper along with the suds and water.
So, before the counsel-men decided to put in water meters I used the old fashioned way and hauled out my handy dandy hose, (here’s the hard part) crawled underneath shelving that was built with a clearance of around 4 feet for the bottom shelf, and the rest of the shelving goes almost to the ceiling of the garage…
This is very handy for totes with tons of stuff in them that I need to use a ladder to reach… (Remember I’m tad pole height.) This is where the outlet for the hose is. Yes…I kid you not! There’s not one outlet for the water on the front outside of the home. So, now you see why the car wash at first was my go to for cleaning the vehicle.
Then they installed the water meters into all of the homes in my town, well I was not going to use the hose and thankfully I could now say goodbye to crawling underneath the shelving to reach the outlet, and do my part saving the planet by watching my own water usage.
What’s an old gal to do I ask you? She drives her winter dirty car around until the first day the free water arrives ~ Via the nice gentle rain of spring. If, there is a lot of salt on the car I genuinely wait for a hard down-pouring of rain combined with wind to get the sides all nice and shiny. Ta-DA! a nicely bathed car for free.
So, you see there are at times free stuff….A free car wash for me, and doing my part for this globe we live on.
Take care and have a carefree day and evening