Back on track today, I went to the lumber yard to get some 1x10s for the shelves that will be at the foot of the bed (I had bought 1x6s originally, but we decided that deeper shelves would be better). I cut and sanded the shelves, then began the assembly:
shelves laid out, ready to begin bolting
The semi-tedious part, tightening 24 4" lag bolts*, begins:
12 down 12 to go
them bolts is tight
Then the really tedious part, tightening 24 6" lag bolts:
thassa lotta bolt
But I did have help, feline:
"I getchu a bolt"
kitteh say "puuush"
a wrenching experience
Finally, it were done:
This footshelf unit is 9 Jambas high
Tomorrow, the headboard and, hopefully, some assembly in the bedroom!
Oh, right, I was building bunk beds for the girls for Christmas.
Well, that didn't get done, thanks of a combination of a spell of vertigo on my part and lack of the exact right tools (I needed an auger bit to get the holes drilled properly). So, on Christmas day, the girls each got a 1x4, and I showed them the drawing of what will be their new beds. They were/are thrilled. :)
Also, with my new monitor I had to remove the shelf unit on my desk, as it was built to fit around the old, smaller monitor. So today, I decided to build the new shelf unit (because all the stuff I had on the old one is in a box, and, as it's pretty much all stuff I use on a regular basis, I don't like being able to get to it). And the girls are at their dad's until Saturday, so I've got time.
But first, I decided to [finally] build my workbench, some of the material for which has been in the carport for several months. Using that and the cut-offs from the bed lumber, I put together a workable workbench (is there any other kind?).
legs and top frame assembled
cutting the top boards
instant (almost) worktable!!
Ahhh, now I can cut/nail/screw/sand/assemble up at a comfortable height and not on the floor (or on the kitchen counter)!
On to the shelf unit, which I had drawn up on Google Sketchup:
new shelves on old desktop
My photographer was busy elsewhere while I was putting it together, so no action shots, but here's the thing, done and in place (varnish still just a bit tacky so I haven't loaded it down yet):
As you can see, although I got sidetracked, I still accomplished a good bit. Tomorrow, it's back to the bunks. But now I'll be able to use my new workbench!!
Following up on yesterday's post, I've now done all the cuts (thanks to Jen's NB1 for the loan of the Skil saw - cutting 4x4s with a handsaw wouldnae been much fun) and now have ....
Pile o' Bed
Pile o' Bed 2
Next step, drilling all the holes and, as Norm Abram would say it, "assembuly".
Then it's off to the finish room -- oh, wait. Thisisn't The New Yankee Workshop, and I don't have a finish room. But I will be staining and polyurethaning my li'l brains out this afternoon and in the morning.
Furthermore, as far as I can tell, this 'liberal media' meme is not just a necessary article of faith for the culties, but also increasingly a total fallacy. The rest of the media follows along the news cycle that starts with the Conservative cult media - they are still looking at it from a traditional perspective, where they're trying to 'outscoop' by getting to these stories first. They have yet to realise that this is futile, because FOX and the cult media manufactures these stories, and thus they cannot be beaten to the scoop. And so they continue following along, reporting on the stories that appear to be catching public attention, apparently oblivious to the fact that these stories are created out of whole cloth by an agenda-driven propaganda machine.
And the 'graph from OVSICORI, the Volcano and Seismic Center at the National University (UNA)
The center of the quake was about 20 miles from here, and if you know anything about Costa Rica, about 2 miles west of the caldera of Poas Volcano.
My experience of this one was: a low shake for a moment, which grew to a large shake and then strong side to side movement for about 3-4 seconds... just long enough to make you wonder if it was gonna stop any time soon. Certainly the most ... impressive ... quake I've experienced in the 19 months I've been in Costa Rica.
Within the kit, the archaeologists found a bleeding cup, a surgery hook and a mortar. They also recovered 136 drug vials made of boxwood and several tin containers carrying circular, flat green tablets -- each about three centimeters wide and half a centimeter thick. Because they were sealed, the pills were completely dry even though they had been laying on the sea floor for millennia.
After comparing the sequences to the GenBank genetic database maintained by the US National Institutes of Health, he identified many plants typical of a vegetable garden, including carrot, radish, parsley, celery, wild onion and cabbage. Alfalfa, yarrow and the more exotic hibiscus were also part of the mix.
"The plants match those described in ancient texts such as those by the ancient Greek physicians Dioscorides and Galen. However, more work has to be done since we do not have the complete sequence for each plant, but only fragments which could belong to other species as well," Touwaide said.
I didn't know that pills had been around for that long....
I just wanted to point out that I've added a new page to the blog, "In Remembrance of my Mom", the link to which is just below the header picture. I have the post below, her obituary, and the text of one of the tributes from her memorial service. As time passes I will probably be adding more memories of her life.
Click on it if you feel like it, but by no means feel that I will be offended if you don't. It's mostly there so I'll have it all in one place. (Although I will say that the tribute contains some perfect images of my mom :) )
Thanks again to all who have expressed their condolences, both here and elsewhere.
This is the oldest photo, of which I know, of my Mother... from around 1946, possibly a year or two earlier. She was attending Duke Divinity School, where she met my Dad. In the lower right, you might (if you click to embiggen) be able to make out the words, "Loves Ya, Mary" that she signed on the picture for my Dad. Mom was the first woman to graduate from Duke Divinity, and in fact had to push the dean of the school to create a "Women's Program", because back then there just weren't any women ministers.
There is a matching photo of my Dad, and the two were framed and hanging on the wall of their bedroom when I was a kid.
The photo to the right was taken about ten years later, still before I was born, when my family lived in Alaska. There still weren't any women preachers in the Methodist Church, so Mom was a Preacher's Wife, and mother of four young kids. Well, in Alaska she was an Administrator's Wife, because the family moved up there for Dad to be Administrator of the Jesse Lee Children's Home, which was then in Seward.
We skip about forty years, to the mid 1990s. In this photo we see Mom dressed as Mrs. Claus, with my Dad as Ole St. Nick himself. It was taken the first or second Christmas that my folks spent at the Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community. (That is Dad's real beard, by the way, and hence the Mr. and Mrs. Claus bit)
In this last photo we have Mom, taken this past Christmas when Jen's parents stopped by for a visit with my folks. Mom was already in the Special Care Hospice of Arbor Acres, suffering from congestive heart failure.
Mom lived a life pledged to service: to the family as mom, to the church as minister's wife and lay leader, to the community as teacher and volunteer. She was a wonderful woman (not that I'm biased) and lived a long, full, happy life, and she told me several years ago that she was looking forward to what came next... and now she knows.
My Mother, Mary Luke Rutledge, passed away this evening.
10 February 1921 - 3 September 2010
Years and years ago, I asked Mom what her favorite tune was. She didn't hesitate a bit before telling me it was Finlandia, by Jean Sibelius -- also known as "This is My Song" or "Be Still, My Soul". I hoped to post either audio or video of the hymn being sung in memory of my dear mother. But since this is the internet (and because I couldn't find such), I have a video of a group Chinese university students in Hong Kong singing the original words, which can be seen over at Wikipedia -- in, apparently, Finnish (I don't speak either Mandarin or Finnish, but based on the comments at YouTube... well, you get the point).
Here are the words, as written in the Methodist Hymnal, that I know for the tune, and that Mom knew and loved:
This is my song, oh God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine
My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
This is my song, oh God of all the nations;
A song of peace for their land and for mine.
This is my prayer, oh Lord of all earth's kingdoms
Thy kingdom come on earth thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him.
And hearts united learn to live as one.
Oh hear my prayer, oh God of all the nations.
Myself I give thee; let thy will be done.
It's hard to see, and this is the best shot my poor li'l camera could manage, but at the left end of the kitchen bar, there is a shelf (covered with stuff already, of course). The new shelf allowed us to move all the spices and such from on top of the microwave and thereby move the coffeemaker from the bar to the microwave. Which allows a lot more open space on the bar. Which, I'm told, looks better. :)
Another project, a bit more complicated (c'mon, a shelf is just a chunk of board after all), was to build a little desk for the girls' room, so we could put the computer that had been living on one end of the dining table -- with its massive CRT monitor -- in their room.
Jen's boss gave her a couple of old (non-funcional) solar panels -- or, as Julia calls them "panner solos", with the remark "Bob could use one to build a desk." And so I did. To the right we see one of the panels.
And here are some of the pieces/parts, preparing to be assembled into the new desk.
And, finally, a shot of the (mostly) finished desk, set up in the girls' room, where it is being enjoyed immensely. Well, not at the moment, because it's the weekend, which means the girls aren't here. The girls will be painting the desk (the panel/top lifts right out of the framework, so they won't paint it)... I believe the latest plan is "black with white musical notes".
We hope to do some upgrades soon and be able to get rid of the CRT, which will make the desk even more usable.
...Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images.