The Garage er workshop #1: She said I needed a hobby

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Blog entry by Lyntonc posted 12-19-2018 10:38 PM 607 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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It is rare that when one makes a suggestion to “her indoors” (who must be obeyed) that any poor guy will get what he wants.

I had been thinking some time about how to occupy the approximately 2’6” by 4yards of space at the back of the garage and how, like a boatbuilder, to install as much into the small space as possible and I had planned a fine laser system to help my wife park the car in such a way as to provide a modus vivendi between wood, paint and a piece of German four wheeled engineering such as to avoid scratches. That is how after retirement my interest in woodwork came about. My dad was good with his hands and I too can do fairly well but never had the time before, so, when she who must be obeyed said I shouldn’t sit around but get a hobby (but wasn’t too keen on my “messy” hobbies of painting and drawing and woodwork) I decided to do my best to cohabit with the car (automobile is US- I am UK) with her conditional consent.

The ladies however can see reason sometimes and they do say that divine forces move in mysterious ways.

Just as I had dreams of a (sort of workshop cum studio, she had had childhood dreams of having two dogs.(she not yet beingretired, that means not only do I get a hobby I get exercise enough for two too!). I like dogs and our Lagotto is a little sweety so when she suggested a second dog I nodded quite happily and the result is that the new arrival comes just after Christmas! Having taken the plunge on something of a whim she of course ignored her innate instinct of tidiness and mess-consciousness and only after the fact realised we might, it being winter and this being Switzerland, need somewhere other than my bathroom (MY you note!) to wash wet canines- looking after as we do Willy her sister’s smelly Spaniel, two days per week. So, that is how the utility room will gain a dog bath and lose a chest freezer and the garage will lose a car and gain a chest freezer AND the means of making sawdust.

So at the moment the car is out in the cold and wet and I have put an attic floor in the garage for the clutter and panelled the rear of the ground floor with white-faced hardboard ready for my hobbies of painting and woodwork and why I am dreaming of populating it with noisy equipment and why my first project will be a doggy bath installation in the utility room.

And this part of my blog will deal with how that dream progresses and the various ruses and shenanigans needed to obtain the consent of she who must be obeyed to spend money on necessary things she doesn’t understand.and how to build things to do what otherwise, I have too little money to buy.

It will be sporadic rather than regular simply because I will have dogs to walk and other jobs found for me to do when I might have planned to be in the workshop. But I am sure you all understand.

Tune in for pics of how I’m doing

(PS she must be obeyed perhaps, but she is the dearest and sweetest of ladies and has the knack of making obedience a pleasure)

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 06:51 PM

I got one of the front seats to this! LOL
I went through this a couple a years ago so know where you coming from.

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