A journey into the workshop. #55: Cleaning therapy...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-06-2010 05:06 PM 1317 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy after work every day this week with projects that SWMBO has deemed I will be doing… We bought a queen memory foam mattress set for the guest bedroom, and I got to pick it up and move it in. Now this bed is a very simple bed, just a roller frame, and mattress set.

Anyway, so the bed gets put in, then we haul tail over to the linens shop to get a sheet set, and of course a bed skirt because the bare roller frame is fugly…

Now the guest bedroom more or less looks like, well my first apartment except the mattress isn’t just on the floor. This obviously won’t do… So off to Sketchup to bang out a plan for a headboard… Then out to the shop… Oh yeah, mess there due to other junk in the way…

Get to cleaning… Now I am not the OCD everything must be perfectly clean or I will go into convulsions type, but I at least want to see floor, bench top, etc… and know where my tools and lumber are… So I had to get busy.

For starters, I headed out to the shop with a 55 gallon contractor trash bag, and bagged up the foam scraps, plastic, and paper wrappers and binders from my various insulation projects, empty tubes of Liquid Nails, and who knows what… More organizing various scraps, and noticing… The grave marker cross for the BIL’s cat needed to be redone. My first version was, well BIG… Since my brother in law didn’t want a reinactment of the passion in his back yard by the bamboo… I had to start over… Well, while picking up cedar cutoffs last night, I got inspired by grain direction changes… Time to glue up some scraps, and machine them into something useful… But alas… No newspaper to keep from gluing my scraps to my benchtop… Set those aside…

Now every now and then I wonder if my wife goes into my shop to use a tool and doesn’t put it back in the right place… There was a flat blade screwdriver, on the table of the band saw, which okay a bit odd for me, but I can live with that, but the air compressor was out at the front of the shop instead of tucked away neatly in its cubby hole… Now I am pretty sure LOML has no clue how to use an air compressor, nor does she care to… But either I am moving equipment around in my sleep, or my memory is starting to go bad on me…. I have no clue how that compressor got there!

Anyway, so the compressor is back in its happy little home, the hose back where it belongs, extension cords wound up, air nailers back where they belong. Scraps mostly in the cutoff bin, and I started noticing something…

My mood was improving, a LOT…

Now I am not normally a crabby person, but I must admit I have not been feeling quite like myself lately. And I know I have been snappy to people I shouldn’t. After dealing with repeated deaths in the family, increasing workload, and of course continued financial pressure due to this oh so wonderful economy, not to mention increasing home and work demands, I haven’t had time to just get my head on straight. And there was something therapeutic about me just wandering around out there, in the shop, undisturbed, taking a mess and making it back into something useful…

I need to figure out how to make everything balance…

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 07:55 PM

Good luck with the cleaning.
I have spent all winter cleaning out my garage only to find it still looks like a mess. Well less of a mess but not what I have envisioned it should look like. I would like to put one of those pegboard tool holders on the wall if I only had one I could get to without moving something else.
I’m with you about somebody moving my stuff in the garage if they want me to snap at them it is just the thing to ste me off.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 08:36 PM

Like I said, I’m not usually a snappy person. Actually it has been said if I get any more laid back, I’ll slip into a coma… But the stress level lately has been particularly high, and I just need some me time with no demands, or even requests from anyone else.

I think it’s a typical male / female thing. She wants to talk everything out, I just want to go fix stuff.

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 09:53 PM

OCD….......a subject dear to my heart, and at times, descriptive of my personality. But not always. It took my wife to get me into a DC system. And I have been living with a shop useful for a DIYer, who is in there every few weeks, and sometimes not for months, and now converting it into something that can produce more, and better, projects. Turning minor chaos into order these days.

I am very selectively OCD, with the targets roaming. Sherie comes unglued at my slovenliness, at times. But to call me laid back, would be a stretch. I may want peace and quiet at times when I get home from work, or in recovery on the weekend, but that is the wind down…....not being laid back.

Seeing someone wind down, can lead to misconceptions. We don’t normally live in someone else’s shoes, and it can be very difficult to see people as they are.

I have a narrow view of you, based on the written word…......but from what I have seen, I would never describe you as laid back…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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