There is a “Girl” in the Shop
Yes it is true and also wonderful for keeping the Boys under control. Although we don’t have a toilet seat issue. One of the great things about converting an old commercial building is that we have Ladies Gents & disabled toilets.
Oddly, when our female friends first get the tour they always say that “you will be removing the urinals, wont you”? Well no! I’ve got sons, grandsons and I also come from a long line of men and it says Men on the door so they stay I wander…...........
Our Ros, yes she is a wonderful person whom I met at a Celtic Music Festival called Knockengorah about six years ago. I was doing spoon carving workshops. So we met Roslyn and Emily and have been good friends since, having many interests in common. Ros recently completed an honours bachelor degree in environmental issues (cant remember the proper name, but she is VERY clever. She has done all this while bringing up the most amazing daughter Kali single handed. Well now that Kali is growing up she has lots more spare time and wanted something to do on a Monday, so I suggested doing woodwork. I told her that I had a vacancy for a sander as you ALWAYS need another sander. To my delight she was up for it. No matter what budgets have been set there is always money available for sanding. I have production runs so there is always a sanding pile and every item is then up for sale so always a job available. I been asked why I don’t get my Jolly rouges to do sanding in return for tuition. Well that is a big NO! They need to develop skills and production sanding is “A Job” and it can be a bit of a shit one for production. I’m sure you all know what it is like to have to sand more than one of anything unless you’re Norm. They work on there own projects help with my personal ones and we all get involved in the finishing, the job of putting on the first coat of oil is “The Best Job” and given as a reward to the person who has made me the most tea. Yes! I read Tom Sawyer when I was a kid. . Also on off days before holidays I have spare days as there is always a need for pocket money. I do encourage them to sell their wares. Those are a smile making achievements. Talking of smiles, when Ryan arrived this morning I had Queen playing “We are the Champions”, boy the smile on his face was great. He is so proud. I may have wandered again…...................?
So with Ros agreeing to sand which although there has been not a lot to do of late. I’ve had the fun of an apprentice. We have done drywall partitioning, fitted out one pantry and in the progress of #2. We have built a wardrobe. So more learning at this stage and she just eats it all up. The great thing is that she is having fun learning, well so she is telling all her friends. It has worked out that Monday is the quiet sanding day and she has got a lot more learning and oiling. Wait, how come she gets to do oiling I hear you ask. Simple Bribery, she brings cake. Did I say she is no fool. The reason that I was sure that she would well was last year she asked if I would show her how to install a cat flap. So I did, but I let her do ALL of the work and it was in a hardwood panelled exterior door. She recently fitted another one and when I asked if she had any problems and she didn’t have any. It would bring a tear to a glass eye, I was that proud.
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe