The one place that I can really relax in is my garage. There is nothing I like more than to tinker around with a project or two in my garage. I spend hours thinking up things to make and making them. I have built a few birdhouses and other projects for the kids. The one thing that I am really proud of is my tools. I like to have whatever tool I need right at my fingertips.
The last big project I started was to make a chair. The wife had seen a picture of one she liked and I wanted to make her one for her birthday. When I started the project, I made a list of the Tools and Hardware that I would need. While I was sure that I had most of the Hand Tools I needed, I realized that I would need some new Power Drills. I knew I would have to purchase the tools I needed before I started.
It took a while for me to get everything I needed together. But I knew it would save time when I actually started working. The chair was a challenge, but I found it easy once I got started. I finished the chair and my wife loves it. She said it was the best birthday present she ever had. I owe it all to a little planning and the best tools.
When I was a kid, my father used to load the whole family up in the car on the weekend and drive us to the DC convention Center or to the DC Armory and take us through trade shows. I used to like the shows because the vendors were always giving away free samples of food and drinks, and there were demonstration of new and exciting things. That was probably the first time I was exposed to pop up displays and I remember some great displays, like the life size cut out of a NASCAR driver.
Nowadays, I see pop up trade show displays in a lot more places. We have a lot of trade shows and conventions here at the beach, with many of them out in public or free to the public. I’ve seen displays on the Boardwalk during shows and festivals. I see them in convenience stores (still a lot of life size NASCAR drivers – some things never change!) to promote the sales of beer, sodas or candy. I see them in the grocery store for seasonal items, like candy for Easter this weekend.
Since I’ve just raised your awareness of pop up booths and displays, keep your eye open and write me comment of where you see them in your neighborhood or daily life. I’d like to know. I bet they are all around you and you’ve never really paid attention to them.
One item that is in the news around our neck of the woods is health and safety of our Chesapeake Bay waters. It seems as though two groups of people have different ideas as to how to keep it clean. One group that includes the environmental protection agency wants to enforce an even stricter ban on pollution by setting a so-called “pollution diet” standard.
Another group wants to keep things how they are. They say the bay is cleaner than ever and that new regulations will cost too many jobs. For now, the two sides are expressing their points and a resolution should soon be found. It will be interesting to see how it goes.
Well I painted the walls of the bathroom, bought a new cabinet and even found some great tile for the floor at a yard sale last weekend. Now my weekend project is to install the tile and the cabinet. I should have known that painting the bedroom was only going to encourage even more home improvements.
But you know what, even if it’s a lot of work, I thoroughly enjoy doing things that make this old house a home. Well make that my home because that’s what it becomes once you put your own touches on a house. It becomes a home.
Here it is almost Halloween and it’s supposed to be 80 degrees for the next couple of days. To top it off, it’s gonna be 77 degrees Friday. But now here’s the fun part. This weekend, the highs are only going to be in the mid to upper 60’s. Sounds like perfect pneumonia weather if you ask me.
If I’m not mistaken, the mid 60’s is normal around here this time of year. Oh and then to top it off, there’s a tropical storm that might head up the coast this weekend. Strange weather we are having! Strange weather indeed! Hey, one good thing, that tropical storm might blow the leaves out of my yard. It could happen!!!