Quite a few months ago, I saw a blog post about turning an Ikea Raskog cart and their tabletop ironing board into a clever mobile ironing station. Seemed like a good idea to me at the time, since I already had the cart, (used as a nightstand in the small bedroom) and it would still be useable in that mode with an ironing board topper. A weekend trip to Ikea and the ironing board was in hand. I did try it out in position atop a cart before purchase, to make sure that I liked the height, which is actually better for our short plucky heroine than my full size ironing board). But until this week, the various parts languished here, awaiting some effort on my part to turn them into a Useful Addition to the Homeplace:
I didn't have any of the suggested 2x dimensional lumber to cut for use to support the tabletop ironing board when attaching it to the cart, so instead I cut smaller pieces of wood and glued them together in layers to create two supports the right size. This worked well, the smaller lumber being easier to cut with a hand saw. I do own a circular saw, but have never used it, and these are not the best of times to try using an unfamiliar power tool. Two glue laminated chunks were fitted into the uppermost basket of the cart, and attached with screws and washers through the metal mesh bottom.
Day 16 of my isolation. I have been trying to be less obsessive about checking in online about the pandemic situation. I am going to move my big calendar to a more visible spot, to help me notice what day it is. This week I have managed to do at least one Useful Thing each day, or a part of a Useful thing. Nowhere near my usual productive self, but better than the first week of isolation.
I have been trying to get out and walk every day that it isn't bitterly cold and raw with rain. Walking around the neighborhood without a destination is a little boring, which I am attempting to combat by seeking out interesting things to photograph. While most pedestrians seem like they are trying to keep their distance, I am getting a bit angry at the joggers/runners, who invariably ignore distance and seem to think that because they are moving fast, that it doesn't matter if they zoom past Right Next To You. I can avoid the ones I can see in front of me, but the ones that sneak up behind without even a word of warning!!
I am terribly worried about my Aged Parents in this pandemic. My siblings and I tried everything to get my father to stay home and shop online, or some other grocery option, but without success, and he went out to the grocery store and the drug store yesterday. Now I am terrified that he may have been exposed to COVID, despite what precautions are being taken by the stores. Nothing I can do about it, which leaves me feeling terribly helpless. Today I found out that my Aged Aunt has also been out grocery shopping several times, as well as to the hardware store for light bulbs, etc...
This afternoon I was sitting at my dining table with the laptop, looking out the window at the dark clouds to the west, and the forsythia dashing about in the wind. I had the computer turned to FB, where Richard Thompson, in my opinion a World Treasure of a musician, was live-broadcasting a concert from the couch in his home, via his FB channel. I had always wanted to see him in concert, but never imagined it would be in a situation like this. There were over 12K people watching from all over the world. When the concert began I started crying. The generosity of artists in this crisis has me in awe.
March SMART goals (x=extra)
March SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||candied pomelo peel||back corner fence||yard waste bin|
|2||blood orange marmalade||pantry reorganised||recycle bin|
|3||cara cara marmalade||corned beef in freezer||-|
|4||three drawings ||repair dainty bag||-|
|5||new ricebag cases||fruit tree pruning||x|
|6||printer/ironing cart||peas planted ||x|
|7||x||periodontal surgery ||x|
today's gratitude - I have a goodly assortment of tools, and random supplies, and hardware, and didn't declutter everything from the house, and I have the example of my parents, who made things for the household, in various ways all while I was growing up.
* I miss having a vista with all my heart. Only one time in my life did I have that great blessing in my life, the years when I lived at Fjord's End, at the end of the Delphi Valley, and my daily view was all down the valley across the cow pastures to the hills beyond. It was a gift I never knew how important it was to me until I moved there, never having had it before in all the decades of my life, and never will again...