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A journey into the workshop. #65: I should have stopped while I was ahead...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-29-2010 06:10 AM 940 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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but making forward progress just felt so good. I kept working, straight through the heat, and soaking through 3 different sets of clothes, and it was satisfying to get things done today, but man am I SORE, and I bet tomorrow is gonna be a LOT worse.

I am finding more and more floor, and more of my tools that I was starting to wonder, “now where did I put that?” like my pull saw, hack saw, both of my combination squares, and most of my tape measures, are back in their rightful places. There are still tools vacant from their spots on the peg board, most notably air nailers, wrecking bar, claw hammer, and level. No the fence is NOT done yet, but it is within 10 feet of finished….

After installing the 2 remaining shop lights, I found myself replacing cool white bulbs with the sunstik bulbs that have been stashed around the shop for a while now. Talk about day and night difference!

Well now that things are starting to go in the right direction, I find that there is much more that needs to happen as I have surplus lumber from the fence project, specifically 4×4 posts, and PT 1×6 rot boards. I also have PT 2×4s that were recycled off of the old fence, that are in the process, combined with some of the new material, into a potting bench for LOML, basically a pressure treated, 2×4 topped version of my workbench. Nice, solid, and rot resistant. Not to mention a place for her to keep her stuff OUT of my shop…

Well now that I am bone tired sore from head to toe (I sure do miss being 20!), I get to figure out how to be able to get to sleep tonight.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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#1 posted 08-29-2010 04:13 PM

I am very familiar with the feeling, although I usually can sleep after a day like that. A glass of wine, or two, or the equivalent in beer, perhaps with about 600 to 800 mgm of ibuprofen…........call it a prescription and have a good night’s sleep…............

................that’s the “Take two aspirin and go to bed”....... equivalent for a redneck….....(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 10:52 PM

Actually, I have gotten this way before. I did the take 2 Advil with about a liter of water thing (hydration you know!) and was able to sleep okay. I am stiff as an ironing board today though. I need to get by the drug store and get some more epsom salt to help soak this away….

I’ve never handled heat really well, but it seems to be getting worse as I get older… So what does the rocket scientist do but move south and east toward the gulf of Mexico… Duh…

The weather reports have been saying this weekend is supposed to be nothing but thunderstorms. I see some dark clouds, but no rain yet.. I think the weather guys got it off by a few days…

My wife must think I am nuts though. I keep opening the shop door to admire all the pretty lights now..

I am taking today away from the shop, or pretty much any kind of work, and am just going to relax and catch my breath as it were, then get hard after it again tomorrow night…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 11:59 PM

When I get stiff, it is a lost day. I sympathize. Hope you finally get the shop to where it functions like you want it. The insulation and all will help it stay warm (if it ever gets cold there) as well as cool in the summer…..

.........I am just hanging out answering the phone….....no calamities anyway.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 05:04 AM

I am close to having the area by the second bay door clear enough I can finally take the sheets of insulation out of the other bay and start insulating door #2. That will be a good improvement… Even though it is hotter than Lucifer’s living room in there until the AC has been running at least an hour, at least it is staying under 100. Last summer, my shop regularly hovered in the low 120s… So what sealing and insulating I have done thus far has had an impact,

I got to just sit on my back porch tonight sipping a Mike’s cranberry and just enjoy the fact that the nieghbors across the bayou no longer have a view straight to my house… That alone is worth the sore muscles…

The only thing resembling work I did today was to pull the trash bag out of the shop and put it on the curb… Tomorrow is another day!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 06:05 PM

Well, I am sitting here drinking coffee, and as I write my weekend call duty is ending. Few phones calls last night, but didn’t have to go out. It is just like having a big load taken off your shoulders when a weekend call session ends. The man on call for a call group does everything for his call partner’s patients that he or she would do for them, both in the hospital for postop and postpartum patients and anyone that goes into labor, or calls with a question. Then I had city call for one hospital, and thats for anyone arriving at the hospital who doesn’t have a doctor in the required specialist category, in my case, OB-GYN. Basically you are responsible for all your call groups work for the weekend, and for city call, it is anyone who does not have an OB-GYN doc, including patients who decide, for instance, that they don’t want to go to the native hospital, where they normally receive their care, but on a whim, after going into labor, end up at one of the private hospitals…......a very common occurrance.

The idea is that when I have a weekend off, I don’t have to be responsible for anything. We also have a weekday schedule, so you can drop off the earth medically, if you want, for days in a row. It is a necessary part of our lives. This was a traded weekend, meaning someone unexpectedly wanted this weekend off, so they will take my weekend for October, which now means no weekend call for me for two months, since I was already ahead on weekends. Trading is important, because all of us find that we unexpectedly want to go some place or do something that interfers with the schedule. So we bend over backwards to oblige.

So hope you feel better today, enjoy a little privacy, and feel the satisfaction of a shop and garage becoming much more useful. I organized my shop decades ago, and it just morphs along with added features over the years. Right now, it really needs a lot of work to become a woodworking hobby shop. But we are getting there.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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