Friday, November 8, 2013

Sometimes I build stuff

Yesterday I woke up and had the urge to build something. I like working with my hands, and was just in the mood to make something other than food. So I built a small shelf.

I'm also in a very good mood this week and got a lot of stuff done around the house. I've had back pain on and off for 2 years, and was finally diagnosed with a large herniated disc (yay?). So I spent a month at physical therapy and that has helped tremendously! And last week Steve and I went on our honeymoon to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was perfect. Lots of hiking and sight seeing, and eating delicious vegan meals in Asheville. Hard to be in a bad mood after that.

Back to what I built. I'm very grossed out by pet food. It smells bad, it looks bad, I don't want it near my cooking equipment or my food. I think because it has meat is why I find it so disgusting. Steve likes to mix a can of wet dog food in with their dry food, so he needs counter space to mix it up. And I don't want to share. So I cleaned off the edge of one of our counters for him to use. But with the dog food bowls, dog food cans, their pills, and pill pockets, it gets messy very quickly - and Steve would gradually start to take up more counter space for dog food. Ew.

So, I built a small shelf to store the food and pills, and to section him off from the rest of the counter. I measured and sketched out a little diagram of what I wanted. Luckily, we had some spare wood in the garage that I was able to use. I had to saw off a little bit. That wasn't too much fun because we don't have an electric saw. We just have a hand-me-down hacksaw from Steve's grandpap. We also don't have saw horses, so I sat down and sawed over the trashcan. We really need more tools.

After everything was cut, I sanded and screwed it all together, and then painted it with some paint we had lying around. So this project didn't cost me anything, and I used stuff that was probably going just be thrown away at some point.

It's not perfect, but it does what I wanted it to do. And I got to feel like this guy while making it.