Day to day life #8: Satisfied

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 02-16-2012 12:55 PM 6818 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m sorry that I have fallen behind on my writing while I catch up on my unfinished projects. I am now a month into this thing and just about 75% finished.

Progress List
x Dry wall basement ceiling
x Paint kitchen/dining room
x Paint basement
x Build basement entry stairs
x Paint bathroom
x Paint master bedroom
x Paint living room
Paint office
Hang new bedroom door
Hang new bathroom door
Stain and finish oak trim Paint trim
Install trim

I am satisfied with my progress even if building stairs, painting, drywall and trim are in no way as gratifying as building furniture can be.
In about a weeks’ time I will have all of this work finished and will start a new project that has to be completed before I finish Tommy’s bed and that is the office. When Marianne and I married in May of 2009 we had three bed rooms to house us and three boys. We took the master bed room and the two teen agers took the remaining rooms. That left the baby (at that time five, now eight) with nowhere to sleep, so the obvious choice was for the office to become his bedroom. Now that he has a real bed room I get back my office. Well kind of, I have to share it with my wife and a tread mill but that’s okay. My plan is to build a desk, drawers and book case along with an area for Marianne to house sick animals that have to spend the night with us. In the past they would go in the bathroom in a box and the door shut. In the morning you didn’t know what type of liquids or solids that you were going to find on the floor. I have some great ideas for this build but I would like to run them past my friends here at LJ’s to see if they pass the common sense test and improvements that some of you may like to share.
This spring we are building a new General Practice Animal Clinic to replace the one my wife currently owns that is about sixty years old. I am going to build the reception desk, cabinets and exam room tables there so the table I build at home will serve a proto type for the exam tables at the new clinic. I hope that someone at LJ’s will have already have built animal examination tables and be able to give me some pointers. We have pictures of tables that other veterinarians use in their clinics to serve as examples but nothing beats the advice of someone who has done it.
Last thing is that I started following a very good blog this week by LJ’s very own COOPMAN about his journey at the North Bennet Street School. I would like to encourage you to subscribe to this blog as it is very informative and well written. He has migrated this week to a blog site that allows him to update from his iPhone during the one hour bus ride that his has on the way home at night. The link to that site is
Thanks for taking the time to read this entry and I can’t wait to hear your ideas.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 09:23 PM

Todd, Sounds like you have been pretty busy. I do not envy you having to drywall. I actually have a basement bathroom that I need to work on this year and have to do the drywall. I am horrible at mudding.
Unfortunately I have no experience in building the exam tables; sounds like a pretty cool project though, look forward to seeing what you come up with.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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