Well, that was an exercise in… well… …something.
I’ve got a great son in law. When he heard me talking the other day about going over and making up the spice racks myself because I needed something to do he burst my bubble, and he made up the spice racks for me. I have spice racks now, but I lost my thing-to-do.
I’m really thankful to him, they look wonderful. They will help solve the right-space-for-the-right-sized-items problem in Journey. We have been storing small jars (like spice jars which we have a lot of) in plastic tubs in the overhead storage compartments. Every time we needed a small thing we were taking big things out of compartments and searching through a bunch of items inside to find what we were looking for. I thought it would be easier to have those small items on shelves in the pantry where they can be seen and put larger items like pancake batter boxes, and cans of baked beans, or raw rice & pasta in the overhead compartments. We can organize them more easily and we’ll be going into those compartments less frequently.
But I was hoping for something I could do to be productive in a way other than sitting behind my computer.
Don’t get US wrong as a family. Mike uses my stuff, I use his — it wasn’t a “thing” about me coming into his workshop. But alas, he (like me) is betwixt and between locations.
He has been moving his business from Electric Avenue (the shop he has shared with his lifelong pal, Jason). If you remember from last summer, he bought a new building for his business. The process of getting moved has been long and arduous. So has the process of preparing the new building ready to be moved into. Just a week or two ago he finally got the building water tight: the old building had roof and tuck pointing issues. Not long from now he’ll be doing business there and he’ll be a happy camper, no longer bouncing between three locations to get a day’s work done. More repairs lie ahead before the shop is up to his standard, but he’s at least getting close to opening up the shop and being out of the old one. It will be wonderful for him to be able to work IN the building instead of UPON it!
Bottom line for this particular post is that:
- I have no tools,
- He has plenty of tools,
- His tools are spread between three places halfway across town.
- The job of building these simple shelves requires some fine line routing; something I don’t do a lot.
Mike’s rational thought was make ’em so my father in law doesn’t cut his hand off and we end up spending the day at the emergency room. He was probably right. He did a better job than I would have and we’ll be proud to have them in Journey.
So, best laid plans of mice and all, today we spend doing other things.
I haven’t been out of the house in a few says so we took a jaunt to Elkhorn. Along the way we searched for a replacement video switch box (no joy), shelf support bracket (success) and we finally got some tortillas to try our tortilla pizza recipes.
Let me return to the subject of shelf supports for a moment….
Our Journey is an ’02 model. Over the years things change. Not long ago all the kitchen cabinets I had ever seen had shelf supports like those on the right. They work with counter brackets like these on the left.
I never thought much about those brackets until today. It seems that a lot of cabinet shelves now use very different shelf supports — like these.
It turns out we walked a lot of aisles looking for the right kind of brackets. Eventually we found them, just where people our age don’t like to look: on the bottom shelf about 6″ off the floor. We found our brackets. Eventually.
Lesson to self— if we buy another RV,
check out little things like whether
any of the parts onboard are already obsolete.
We have another showing on Wednesday. Fingers crossed and all that. And, we have sort of resolved to ourselves to be more judicious about our showing verbiage. No opinions. Tell prospective buyers anything they want to know about the facts of the building. Say nothing about our personal takeaways from living here — to us it may be a good thing; to them maybe not so much. Going through the showing process too many times is not helpful. You get defensive about why no one wants your lovely house; that’s not productive in getting the property sold. Perhaps the things we don’t like they might want. And vice versa.
So, enough for today. Talk to you tomorrow.