As you might be able to tell from the long time between blog posts, my work on “Journey” came to a sudden halt around the first of April.
When we first found out that our daughter and her husband were expecting a baby, my wife told her that we would buy the crib for our new grandson. “BUY a crib?” I said! “Why, I will do you one better! I will BUILD a crib for that new grandson of mine!” So, with that great pronouncement, my boat factory (garage) turned abruptly into a crib factory. The only problem was that I knew as much about building a crib as I did about building a sail boat.
I have always heard that the difficulty of a shop project can often be measured by how many trips to the hardware store it took you to complete it….. Well, if that is the measure then I am really worried about how many trips “Journey” is going to take. I stopped counting trips to the hardware store somewhere in early May and I was already passed 15. And, when I started adding up the dollar signs….. Well, I quite counting around $600.00. (Yes I know that you can buy really nice new cribs for $250.00.) But those cribs weren’t built with love by Grandpa!!! (that’s what I keep telling myself) 🙂
So now the crib is finally done… Did I mention that my daughter is in labor as I write this? I really am a procrastinator. I once mentioned to a friend that I work best when I am under pressure… He looked at me… shook his head and said… “Jim, you ONLY work when you are under pressure!” (Perhaps he was right!)
But… did I tell you that the crib is actually a 3 in 1 bed? It will also convert into a toddler bed and then ultimately into a full sized bed. (I really am an overachiever, aren’t I)
I don’t have much to finish on the other two parts so if all goes well, within the week, it’s back to boat building!
(“Journey” says… Yea right) ……. She can be so jealous and definitely temperamental!