Saturday, July 26, 2014

There's a Hole in My Bucket, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

Who remembers this song? Click to hear it.

Jessi Gage here. Hello romance readers!

I loved the "Hole in My Bucket" song as a kid. Now, as an adult, I am beginning to associate holey buckets with conflict, and not the romantic, page-turning kind.

After viewing a on building an AC-in-a-bucket, I decided to give the DIY project a try. Surely, just like the video suggested, the project would be quick, easy, and cheap.

Sounds like your typical DIY project, no? No.

You'd think I would have learned by now, what with the emergency pool-patch project and the fix-the-lawn-chair-with-a-jump-rope project. I guess I'm one of those people who never learns :).

For "The $20 5-Gallon Bucket Saga" Part I and Part II, click the links. Warning: frustration driven humor and cursing. There's also an update on my blog homepage right now that is nothing but cuteness. But here, I will simply say...

I DID IT! I'm queen of the WORLD! I totally ROCK!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen (are there any gentlemen here?), I have completed the AC-in-a-bucket project and am now sitting cool on my couch.

I began the project two weeks ago and just finished tonight thanks to the bucket liners coming by UPS yesterday. The project itself was not difficult or time consuming, but gathering all the necessary materials took a bit of doing.

The bucket liners were the sticking point. I could only order them online in a package of 3, and shipping was an arm and a leg. I felt like a cryptozoologist seeking footage of some weird monster (I've got cryptozoology on the brain after reading Mae Claire's Solstice Island, but that's completely beside the point).

Furthermore, the $20 budget does not include purchasing two hole-saw extensions for your drill, which ran me $18 a piece.

The point is, SHE IS FINALLY DONE!

Without further ado, here she is. I call her: Chilli Baby:


While you're psyching yourself up to make your own AC-in-a-bucket, pick up a copy of my latest release PASSIONATE KISSES BOXED SET for just $0.99.

It's a perfect way to while away the sticky summer days. There is something in this set of ten contemporary novels for every romance reader. And you can't beat this bargain.

Leave a comment below, and I'll enter you in a drawing to receive an advance copy of my August release, Jade's Spirit. I'd like to know if you're idea of a fun summer day is a DIY project or reading a book...or both!

Thanks for stopping by The Romance Troupe! Here's to romance, entertainment, and staying cool!


  1. maeclair.netJuly 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    First off, congrats on completing Chilli Baby. Hoorah!!! I've been following the sage from Part I, and despite the ups and downs you went through, loved reading (and laughing) through every word of it! And I loved seeing cryptozoology and Solstice Island making an appearance, LOL. When it comes to a fun summer day, give me a book by the pool. I'll leave the DIY to DH, and bow to you as the Lady Queen of do-it-yourself! :)

    1. JessiJuly 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Aww, thanks, Mae! Glad you stopped by! You might have to write a book about an elusive foam bucket beast.

  • Bea FersonAugust 12, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    I saw 5 gallon liners for sale at Bass Pro Shop for $8 a piece, unfortunately they were out of stock when I looked :/

    1. JessiSeptember 24, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      Oh no! That's one of those I-wish-I-had-bout-it-when-I-had-the-chance moments! LOL!

      Thanks for reading!


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