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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 04-21-2010 08:06 PM 1925 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I got put in my place this weekend…

Reading various entries here over the last week or so about wives interfering with workshops, I counted myself lucky. Except for keeping enough room available in the winter for her to park her car in the garage, the shop is all mine. She knows not to touch or move anything, or to put anything out there. It’s my place. (She has her studio, I have my shop, it balances out.)

Sunday, she was helping me out in the shop with the seemingly interminable shop remodel I’m mired in, and we had to go up to the local Borg for a few things. As we were finishing checking out, the clerk called a guy who was loitering with a cart nearby to come on in and the clerk would start ringing him up. “I can’t” the guy said, “my wife has the honey-do list and she’s not done picking out stuff yet”. I kinda chuckled over the poor guy and made a comment about how the roles were reversed for me this weekend – she was helping me with my shop, no honey-do’s.

My lovely bride’s reply…

“What, you think I don’t have a list of projects for you to build when the shop is done?”

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 09:15 PM

My wife has a list too. It reminds me of a yo-yo. I keep tossing it and it and it keeps coming back!


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#2 posted 04-21-2010 09:21 PM

My secret to keep my wife out of my garage, just paint something small with an aersol can.

She absolutely hates the smell…if she opens the door and smells that, she runs the other way!

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 09:32 PM

hahahaha! Thats all i can seem to get done is ‘honey can you make this for such n such’s birthday?” or
we need a shelf in the kids room etc.
My wood working was self sustaining before I met her! hahahaha!
Oh well I enjoy making things for the family!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 09:36 PM

ha, ha, ha, ha very funny story that will learn you not to speak laud
when the boss is around ha, ha, ha, I can´t stop laughing
it´s the same old story all over the world I think


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#5 posted 04-21-2010 09:48 PM

How did the shoe taste? :)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 04-21-2010 10:14 PM

And if we could hear their minds, we would hear this little voice whisper, “Sucker”

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 04:13 AM

You should have known it was too good to be true :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 06:39 AM

I feel very fortunate. My wife is very supportive of my workshop and all the time I spend in it. I built my shop out in the back yard a couple of years ago and luckily it is not needed for parking or storage.
She knows that it is something I have always enjoyed and she never complained when I built the shop or when I buy new tools or anything such as lumber for the shop.
On the other hand, I did not complain when she said she wanted a enclosed swimming pool because I also realize how much SHE enjoys it.

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 10:15 AM

LOML came out while I was casting bullets tonight. She rarely does, but tonight she said those are different than the ones you usually make!! I couldn’t believed it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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