Things here are still in an upheaval and although we are making progress, there is not much of interest to show. Today I will (hopefully) finish up my drawing and start cutting my projects for the magazine articles. I feel as if I have been progressing very slowly on that front and I need to focus and move forward.
Keith has done most of the work regarding the shelving. So far it is looking wonderful. He is shaping the shelves so that we can make maximum use of the space in the closet, and I think it is really looking good.
He notched out each shelf, not only so that we could still fit our shop vac in the closet, but also on the upper shelves so that we would have easy access to the top most shelf. Since we plan to place some larger and perhaps less-used things on the top shelves, this was an important consideration.
By last evening, he got the first two shelves installed. We were both really pleased at the outcome:
While it may not seem to be the case, those little 'wings' that come forward are going to be able to store a great deal of additional stuff. The shelving is also supported from all sides, which means that they aren't going to sag over time. Our landlord will like it as well, as once we move it will make a marvelous pantry for any non-woodworker and certainly add to the value of the property. It is a win/win for us all.
Speaking of landlords . . .
I went to talk with my landlord, Simone the other day and I mentioned that I wish we had more storage space. When she spoke to Keith previously about removing the duct that ran through the closet that we are working on up here, she also offered to us the closet that is located in the basement just below it. That will be wonderful for long term storage of our stuff that we don't use every day. However, I still have some of my own decorations, painting surfaces and other things at Keith's mom's house and I would love to have them closer and handier to me here.
As I mentioned before, we all live in a sprawling ranch style house where our living quarters are to one side and our friend Lee's are behind us. Under the entire structure is a full basement. Under Simone's section of the house is another fully finished apartment. Her son used to live there before he moved to the city and it consists of a couple of large rooms and a full bathroom set up. Under our living room is a semi-finished exercise/TV/recreational room that Simone and her partner use from time to time. Behind that are two very large rooms that are not really finished, but clean and dry. These rooms are where the furnace is located and also where the firewood is kept. When I inquired about some extra storage space for my own things, Simone offered part of the exercise room. I felt though that it would be imposing on her, as she likes to keep things very neat and having a stack of containers in the corner would be an eyesore. I asked if I could occupy a corner in the furnace room, and she gladly agreed. She had initially worried because of the dampness there, but she said they do use dehumidifiers. I mentioned that I didn't mind because everything that I had was kept in sealed plastic containers and they have survived in the basement so far and have been find. There are no bugs or critters in the area and although it isn't finished, it is very clean. I think it would work out fine.
To make things even better, she said she would have her partner Fred build walls around the area, making it my own storage 'room'!
I can't tell you all how thrilled it made me. I offered to pay a bit extra on the rent for the space, as I wanted it to be "MINE" and no one else's and she refused to accept any money for it. She said Keith and I were like family, as she could trust us with looking after the house when she was gone and she knew we took care of things.
I was so happy and relieved that she felt this way. From time to time Keith mentions that he would like to move to a place that is larger. After living in many different places, including my own homes, I really like this place the best. We have everything we need, live in a beautiful area with wonderful neighbors and we pay a minimal, all-inclusive rent. I just don't ever think we will find better for the price. And the low rent allows us to relax with our work as our overhead is much lower than people would imagine. She keeps everything well-maintained too, which is another big plus.
Simone's partner Fred even spoke of building a large shop on the property. He recently retired, but did many types of construction and woodworking and has been doing some 'odd jobs' around the neighborhood on the side. He only moved in last autumn, but before the winter built a fenced-in dog "building" for his two dogs that is the size of a small shed. He says he wants to bring the rest of his large tools here this summer, as they are at his own home which he has passed to his daughter. He even mentioned in passing that he 'may have to set up a shop for you two' in the basement. While we don't need to have that as of now, it is nice that they think so much of us as to even talk about it. It really made me feel great.
Having all my things in one place after years of being scattered all over will be wonderful. I have sorted and pared things down several times since coming to Nova Scotia and what is left are things that I really do want. The thought of having my own little storage room is very exciting to me, and I am just thrilled that I will be getting that.
I should have asked long ago. I don't like to impose on people though, and it is hard for me to come forward sometimes. I figured that if she said 'no' I would hold no ill feelings and just look for another solution. It will certainly help alleviate being crowded in here, and it will allow us to keep our things much neater.
So today we will hopefully finish up the closet. I am kind of leaving that to Keith, as he has ideas as to how he wants things set up. As long as I have my own space, I enjoy watching him do things the way he likes. I am sure it will be pretty cool.
It is a beautiful warm and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. The kind of day we have been waiting for. I am hoping it will be productive as well, as I want to finish up on my drawing so that maybe tomorrow I can cut.
I wish you all a beautiful Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"