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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Never Put Off Till Tomorrow……..

……what you could do today. It’s a old wives tale. A “Mom-ism”. It probably isn’t even true but I recall my Mom mentioning it a time or two. She told me lots of things that I’ve always questioned. Like “always wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident”. This is questionable on so many levels – like are there underwear police? If so, what happens? A fine, jail time, a notice in the paper, a notation in your permanent record? Plus, if you’re in an accident, is this going to be your #1 concern? When your Mom gets to the emergency room, will she ask if you’re wearing clean underware? Remember the one, “don’t ever let me catch you doing that again!”. Ya, ok, Mom, I’ll be more careful next time not to get caught. (tee hee) Oh, and there’s the famous “I can always tell when you’re lying”. Oh, God, do I really need to explain how I know that one is wrong? Anywho, there are a gazillion Mom-isms and maybe we’ll explore more of them someday. We just don’t have time today.

Back to “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. It’s a troublesome concept. It also happens to be one that works out to be true – at least this week it was. This week when I was computer-less, I was working in my woodshed. Ankle deep in sawdust and still owning 10 fingers, I thought I’d catch a ride on the lawnmower later that afternoon. (It’s a quick 2 1/2 hour job to trim up my 3 acres. That does not include the farm yard but let’s not go there.) Along about 4:00, I remembered the lawn. Quick as a bunny I hopped on the mower and clocked about 45 minutes when the 1st drops appeared. Oh-oh. 3” of moisture later, I no longer needed to finish mowing:

The first part is my lawn and beyond that is (was) a sugarbeet field. Keep in mind that everything for miles around is table-top flat.

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North side of my lawn. Won’t be mowing this for a while:

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My woodshed – as an island.

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This is taken from the road. Note that my house sits up. We hauled in tons & tons (& more tons) of dirt when we built the house. Water has never come close.

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I’d like you to meet Baxter. Guess he’s not afraid of the water….

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Gotcha Mom. You were right more often than I admit. I should not have put off until later…….

So, was it worth it? Well, ya. Look how much time I saved by not mowing when I should have. AND NOBODY CAN SEE IT NEEDS MOWING!!!! Hey, this chick can justify almost anything.

I found an old chair and “parts” of another and thought I’d fix ‘em up as potty chairs – er, chairs to put flower pots in. This is how the bad one looked:

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Not good. Bet you’re wondering about my mental health. I started fitting pieces together:

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Still doesn’t look good, does it? Well you doubters:

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So in the end, what I got instead of a beautiful lawn:

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And you didn’t think I could do it. HA!

SO THEN, I was on a roll. I’d always wanted a 4-sided birdhouse. I bought some lumber:

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Cut it up:

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Cut roof angles:

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Oh wait a minute. That photo was from another project. Well, that’s the “type” of cut for the roof.

Speed up to the end product and where I put it:

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I’m sure I’ll be moving it but this is where it landed first.

BTW, I’VE MISSED YOU! Sadly, Mr. Computer took sick and has been in the hospital since MONDAY! AAAAAKKKK. Who was I supposed to communicate with for 5 days? I tried talking to Mr. PF (Picket Fence), but that lasted about 5 minutes. Anyway, I’m back. Lucky you……..:-)

Have a great weekend. I think I’ll go mow the lawn. NOT!

Faye

23 comments:

Chatty Kathy~Palmetto Prims said...

"'Cause I said so, that's why!" Always hated that one!! Or, "just wait till your father gets home", I knew then I was in big trouble! LOL!!

So, where is the tutorial for the birdhouse? Huh? and the potty chairs?

Faye said...

Tutorials? I barely know what I'm doing myself!
Faye

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I figure if I am in a car accident, my skivvies won't stay clean anyway!!

Love the potty seat and birdhouse! Way kewl!!

Don't love the lakes you now have. I bet that decisison to haul in all the dirt makes you smile today!!

Have a great weekend and I hope you don't need to row your way around!

hugs, Linda

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love this post!! Have a great weekend!

donna said...

That's way too much moisture at one time. And we're bone dry here. Doesn't seem right. How would our mothers like it if we didn't wear any underwear? All your projects tell me that you're a high energy person. Nice post.

Marcia said...

I always said to my mom,"Why would I want to wear dirty underwear?" You did a great job on your projects. I wish I could see rain like that, we live in the high desert so we don't get much rain. Great photos!
Blessings,
Marcia

Jeanne said...

That's a lot of rain! It sounds very classy to say you have an island woodshed. :-) I love your bird house and potty chairs. You did nice work.

Tootsie said...

holy crap storm!!! that is a LOT of rain water!
How long does it take for it to go away?
I love the chairs...didn't doubt you for a minute...so glad you are back...I thought you had abandoned us for places shabby and chic and not told us!

Tootsie said...

oh and you make a mean bird house girl!!!

Susannah said...

Wow! Lots of water! Glad to see your house is somewhat higher. Good luck!

Faye, I love the birdhouse and potty chairs. You are very clever!

Interesting post, my dear!

Friends,
Susannah

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

What a ton of water... at least you made lemonade out of lemons and made some great chairs and a wonderful bird house! Sorry to hear about the computer too. Mine went dead about 2 months ago and I ended up buying a new one because it was too expensive to fix. Have a great week! :) -Jackie

Crafty Gardener said...

OMG what a lot of rain to get all at once. I love your potty chairs (just acquired a wooden high chair to convert into one) and the birdhouse is amazing. If you want to move it somewhere, I've got the perfect spot.
Glad you stopped by to visit so I was able to discover your blog.

suz said...

Holy cow! We've had tons of rain this summer (I think we had 3 rainless days in June) but we are anything but flat here in New England, so if there has been any flooding, it's been minimal. Boy you were productive though. I'm so impressed with your woodworking abilities!

Marilyn Jones said...

Looks like you need to plant water irises! You've made some beautiful plant holders from those old chairs.

lilsista said...

Wow! A few lily pads and some coy fish and you've got yourself a great little reflecting pond! :0) Maybe a mosquito farm? :0) Anyhow...now you have more time for building and rebuilding all that great stuff!!! Awesome work on the potty chairs...love em! Smiles! :0)

Wendy K said...

Hello Faye, I just found your blog and I love your sense of humor... I'll be coming back for more! Love your chairs you clever thing...and on a goodbye note I always make sure I'm wearing fresh 'knickers' (not sure what you call them?) just in case I get knocked down by a number 2 bus when I'm out!!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Thanks for stopping by my Shabby Cottage. Your blog is delightful! Love your plant chairs. Yes mother does know best..and when we're old enough we turn into her!! Warm wishes, Esther

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl I am so glad that Tootsie told me about you...I love your humor and your blog...too funny...I added you to follow as I don't want to miss you anymore...Love your POTTY chair you redid..May you have a great week my new found friend....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Tootsie said...

your comment to me today still has me giggling. I wish I was going with you!
take a photo or two to tease me with K?
have a safe trip you lucky jerk...oops...I mean friend! {8-) (like my unibrow smile?)

Terry said...

I often put off until tomorrow and so far it hasn't caused too much harm! LOL Love the potty chairs and the birdhouse. I want to learn wood working. Maybe I can save that for old age! :0)

Kristi said...

Miss O wants to know why there are no pictures of cats?

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