Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)
By: plapman , 12:57 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
I was starting to think people were not interested in my dsy to day ativities. Besides that it's 5:30am and I don't want to wake anyone by turning on the TV so I decided to open the doors of the Northern Edge again. it must be the female hormones the Queen secretly gives me while i'm sleeping that makes me change my mind. :) It also gets me to do dishes, bake cakes and cookies and prepare meals for her. Darn that woman and her devious ways.
Yesterday I helped the grandson with his carving of a car. The car is for a competion at a boys club he attends at the churchhis family attends. They supplied a piece of wood and were given the choice of what to do with it. I guess the club leaders had never done ant wood carving. They gave him a piece of maple, probably cut from and old bed headboard. That wood is really hard to work with as it's so hard. His chunk was 2x3 aand about 9 inches long. I cheated and brought out the jig saw to cut out the basic shape of the car. I showed him how to use scrap wood to buffer the working piece so that it could be held with a vice and not mark the working piece. I then showed him how to cut out the basic shape with the jig saw following the shape he he had drawn on the wood. We then used files starting with a rasp and down to a fine file to trim up the rough cut and smooth it. He's now going to cut out the wheel wells with a dremal tool. The scale is sure a lot bigger than I've been playing with.
When we were done we both sat down and had a glass of milk and some of my cookies. The kid ate a whole container of my cookies. lol I'll bet he didn't eat much supper. :) Strange how a grandpa would let the boy eat the whole container while a mom woudn't.
When mom came to pick him up I gave her a cookie and she agreeed they were good so I gave her my recipe. I think it's pretty funny, a dad giving his daughter a recipe for cookies.
I came up with a new project yesterday. I have a miniture grandfather clock, 10 inches high but made of plastic. The thing is spring driven and accually keeps time and is regulated with a pendulum but doesn't have chimes. :(. My project is to make a wooden case for it from a piece of 1/8th inch thich oak plywood I have in the hoard. That should keep me off the steets for a while.
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