|Forum topic by Bob42||posted 04-03-2009 04:40 PM||1082 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-03-2009 04:40 PM
I don’t know about you, but, I have not done half the things I was supposed to do this winter. I was planning on making some projects for friends only about three or four cutting boards, one with a Nascar inlay. remodel my shop and complete renovation of our last bedroom (all others are done). Well, I started the bedroom in Feb. and still working on it, it’s only 10’x10’. I have one excuse INTERRUPTIONS!!. I have installed two new windows, two doors, rewired, sealed and insulated, straitened twisted studs, installed sheetrock (USA made), crown molding. I need to finish the trim and paint, but I am going to remove the oak hardwood floor and plane it (some is damaged) and I can get rid of the squeaks. then seal it. I know just sand it, but it does need to be planed.
Now for the INTERRUPTIONS.
I’ll only go as far as to say my wife has started the “CHANGE” and she has had problems physically. If she knew I wrote that she would kill me.
Then my son’s college, helping set up classes, visits, attending award ceremonies, guiding him with work choices. etc..
A trip to Hollywood Fla. from NY to make some much needed repairs to my nieces house. So I loaded up my truck and drove to Fla. (sounds like the Beverly Hillbillys) She has three kids 13, 12 and 10. She lost her husband to skin cancer about 7 years ago so I do what I can for them. I spent 6 day there and need to go back to do more but don’t know when. I was able to visit with an old friend (un-official big brother) for a day and a half in Jacksonville Fla. That was great. We talked about writing a book but know one would believe it but the bunch of us that lived it.
Then I went to visit with my aunt & uncle in Virginia. My uncle just turned 80 and they had a party for him while I was in Fla. so this is how I could be with him and it gave me a resting spot closer to home. But when I got there my aunt heard that I had my tools with me and put me to work. I only had time to fix her leaky faucet but she wanted me to hang a ton of shelving and install a screen door. I was only there a day and a half and was exhausted. We did have a good time. But she was kind enough to say that I should take a vacation this summer and come down with my wife for a week and I can do the work then while her and my wife go shopping. Sounds like a great vacation to me!!!! Yea right.
Then you always have things in the house that break like the microwave that was cabinet installed when I moved here. We’ll try to find one that fits, not even a spacesaver, so I had to find something close and cut the cabinet and rewire so it would be on it’s own circuit.
I could go on but I think you got the point.
Now please understand I would do anything for my family especially my dad. He is someone that has always believed in me and helped through everything. I could talk all day and not say enough. He went through some tough times in WWII in the Marines, Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and others as some of you senior woodworkers may have been through, or have family members that have been through it, and for that I salute you all.
As far as my niece, she has been through hell and glad I could help. The same with my aunt & uncle.
So sometimes life happens and plans change, some for the better and some not, but I don’t think I’m alone when I get frustrated at times when you can’t get done what you plan on. It just seems that sometimes something will always throw you off. I have been trying to rebuild my shop for 16 years. maybe someday soon.
Thanks for letting me blow off some steam. I’m sure you all have similar stories but you get frustrated sometimes and this is one of my times, but wouldn’t change what I have for all the money in the world, for I have been blessed with the family I have.
-- Bob K. East Northport, NY