Like so many of us in this struggling to recover economy. It was difficult to do a lot of holiday shopping this past Christmas season. The money just wasn’t there. So what I wound up giving my wife was a lot of promises, promises I am finding difficult to keep. There were three projects that my wife wanted me to do. A bookcase for our basement / office area, she is a teacher and could use some more storage (it looks like a library threw up down here, don’t tell her that I said that). A corner kitchen hutch, that she saw while I was watching The New Yankee Workshop, and last but not least two closet organizers for the master bedroom. We are now in June and I haven’t started working on any of them. The financial situation is not any better then it was in December. So what is a loving really good-looking husband to do? Well I think I have a couple options. Option 1 is to run away to a cabin in northern Canada where she will be unable to find me. Option 2 Convince her that I never told her that I would make these projects for her. Option 3 (the only one that doesn’t result in castration) Scale back the projects. The corner hutch is a painted project that is made out of birch ply and poplar so that wouldn’t be too bad cost wise. For the bookcase, I was going to make a solid wood case with glass frame and panel doors in the arts and craft theme. I think I will be able to scale back on this project. If I scrap the doors and make the carcass out of oak ply, I will be able to cut down the cost considerably. And the project that will cost the most the closet organizer. I could only do her closet, but I think it would be better to do them at the same time so that the wood will match. This is the one that worries me, so I might have to let this one go. Well two out of three is not too bad right? I guess I could always reconsider option 1 and 2, oh wait castration that’s right never mind.