Setting up my shop over the last several years has been a challenge. I’m back at it finally. I hurt my back last September and now I’m able to get into the shop without any pain. There may have been some other things going on as well. They seem to have cleared themselves up as well. So in the last several days I’ve been cleaning up messes that gathered here and there. An unused “end table/electronics stand” from when my mother had an 11 foot satellite dish here at the house has now been confiscated for my purposes: a stand for my Tormek shapening system that’s been sitting in a box since I bought it last year. Additionally, I have a chain saw tool system that will fit on the same stand…only it was a static “end table/electronics stand” and I’m adding casters to it now so I can put it out of the way when I don’t need it.
These processes are very slow for me since I’ve also been trying to get some wood. Last Saturday there was an auction near Deadwood to which I wanted to go. I estimated they had 500 board feet of walnut they were selling. My 16 foot trailer unloaded and attached to my Grand Cherokee…off I go. The auction was to start at 9:30. I arrived at 9:25…and they turned me and my trailer away. No parking. Too many people wanted to go to this auction. What makes it so tough for me is whenever I want to go someplace I have to arrange for someone to watch my mother. (There’s no family around here who is willing to spell me unless it’s an absolute emergency.) And because the state, who graciously supplies some funds for respite care workers, only provides so much, well, my budget is small for usually only 4 hours a week. On a few occasions I’ve get a few extra hours, but I try not to push it. Well, no auction. I would have had to get there 2 hours earlier, it seems. So, no walnut. I don’t suppose it makes much difference since I still have so much to do in the shop…but this walnut was something that came up and I wanted it. I didn’t get a chance to bid. C’est la guerre. Hours wasted getting the trailer cleaned out and ready…driving there and back. Simplification of something has to happen…or maybe my dreams have to be cut back a touch. Yeah, and I still have my used lathe to clean up. Lots of things to do. I’m not “jocking” any wood simply because things aren’t set up fully yet and all the wood I’ve collected is still drying out back. Now, that I’m moving in the right direction perhaps I’ll get to do something soon. I have some redwood out of which I could make something…but no hardwoods are dry enough as yet. Does this sound bitchy? or frustrated? I bet it does…and you’d be right. It’s mostly one man power around here for all the cooking and cleaning and such and getting my shop in order.
And that man gets a little “owlly” every now and again. It’s time to find something for which to be grateful.
Maybe, I’ll feel better when I do…shoot, just having the Tormek for future use(the stand will be ready later tomorrow, most likely) is probably something to be grateful for…my Grizz bandsaw…my Grizz jointer…oh heck, what am I bitching for anyway? You have my permission to roll your eyes here. I’m feeling better now. Thanks for the electronic paper upon which I have vented my useless frustration. No comments please. Just spit on the floor and shake your head. I’ll get the message.
-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.