Saturday, December 2, 2023

Another Box Ticked

 I knew that last night was a pretty shortsleeped night. I slept, woke up from vivid dreams, couldn't fall back to sleep right away, tried not to wake up Tim who woke up a couple times anyways and got up for a while. 

He went out hunting. I got up to pack his hot cocoa and make him a couple sandwiches. It was tempting to go back to bed, but I made myself stay busy and awake. I cleaned house and did laundry in the morning, and then sat down in the afternoon to tick another box: we bought a flat pack movable kitchen island. Reading the instructions, I saw that it could be completed by one person and that the estimated assembly time was one hour. 

That was sure optimistic. 

I started On Golden Pond. I haven't seen that in years. Armed with the proper tools, I sat down and went to work. The movie ended. I worked on. It took me 3 hours but it turned out nicely and it is a well designed and sturdy piece. No complaints from me other than the unrealistic assembly time. 

Another box ticked for Christmas. 

Tim came home to a hot meal. He did not see his buck, but he did not seem unduly concerned by that. 


38 comments:

  1. Lack of sleep can make one feel miserable for days.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hate that when I'm short sleeped, it is all too easy to throw my sleep schedule off. I sleep more during the day and less at night. So I try to push through and not fall asleep in the day time, keep myself busy.

      Delete
  2. Somedays you just come up a buck short.

    ReplyDelete
  3. There used to be a brand of self-assembly furniture over here that claimed that anyone could put it together in a few minutes. Used to really annoy my friend. He was a carpenter and once spent all day putting one together

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really believe it all comes down to one thing: how good the directions are. The directions were good. Most of my time was spent laying out the pieces and hardware (A through S) and orienting the pieces in my mind.

      Delete
  4. Self-assembly can be frustrating, especially if some of the smaller components are missing. Assembly times are ridiculously optimistic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Jabblog. The last thing we did had EXTRA pieces and if you don't think that was a conundrum! We still don't know if they were truly extra or we did something wrong, but in the end, the project looked great, and we kind of shoved the extra pieces off to the side and ignored them.

      Delete
  5. If he wasn't bothered by a buck, I hope he noticed the kitchen island! Linda in Kansas

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He did notice that, mostly because it was in the livingroom. It's a Christmas gift (we'll wheel it into the library out of the sightline of the french doors). His only comment was "That's done, right?" He thinks those things are a PITA.

      Delete
  6. I didn't come with ANY instructions and I am still in 'assembly' mode. (And beginning to think there are some missing pieces…*sigh*). Take care, Kris in Ohio

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kris: I am sorry to say this made me laugh out loud, even though you truly have my condolences.

      Delete
  7. It's funny, those assembly times. If I order something online, I read the reviews about assembly, as they are most realistic. Myself and many of my friends are experiencing sleepless nights the past month or so - something in the air? The moon? Dunno. I love On Golden Pond, and oldie but a goodie.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I honestly hadn't seen it in years. I'd forgotten how funny it was. When I saw it, I was viewing it from Jane Fonda's role. This time, I was viewing it from Katharine Hepburn's. Life is funny, isn't it?

      Delete
  8. You needed my daughter... dyslexic, ADHD, graphic designer...can put flat pack furniture together with no fuss!!
    Glad you both had a good day in the end x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My son is an engineer, and he seems to instinctively know how things all go together. It's an impressive skill and everyone needs one of them in the family.

      Delete
  9. Good on the assembly job. Glad Tim didn't seem unhappy about missing his deer that time. There's always another day...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not so many days. We've got two deer for the freezer, and really, if nothing else wanders in, we're good.

      Delete
  10. I tried to assemble a flat pack desk one day whilst P was at work. I think the tools got flung across the room more than once and I had to admit defeat and wait for his expert help when he arrived home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There were two times when I had to stop and take apart what I'd put together because I'd mistaken the front for the back or one side for the other. That's when I grumble a bit. I find that when I'm working by myself, I'm a pretty patient person.

      Delete
  11. Debby- you are an incredible woman.
    Glen did not get his buck on his trip to Tennessee but like Tim, was not unduly upset. He had a good time anyway.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The pressure is off Tim, really. He has two deer in the freezer, and now he's just hunting for the thrill of it. He's seen a nice buck several times, and he knows it's in there somewhere. If it survives the season, then that's okay. So will he.

      Now that I think of it, it's a bit like Walter in On Golden Pond.

      Delete
  12. Good for you in putting that together. You really are a determined woman, Debby! Glad Tim got out. Hope you sleep better tonight!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did, I think, except for one squally cat in the middle of the night.

      Delete
  13. Perhaps the one hour assembly time was for an octopus! Anyway - it is impressive that you tackled and completed the kitchen island. Well done Debby!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AH. Explained! Although I am not altogether certain that this item could be assembled below sea level..

      Delete
  14. I'm old enough to remember when furniture items did not. require assembly. Now about the only thngs that don't come in a flat pack are sofas and recliners, but there's still time.......

    ReplyDelete
  15. Well done on the assembly. Maybe I'm odd, but I always enjoy doing things like that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't think you are odd. I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I was done.

      Delete
  16. Good job on the kitchen island. That sounds like a pretty involved project! I loved "On Golden Pond" when it came out. It was poignant seeing Jane and Henry Fonda together in a movie, given their apparently complicated relationship.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am always going to be a little envious of people who have uncomplicated relationships with their children or their parents. Mostly, I don't think it is like that.

      Delete
  17. I don't think I have ever seen "On Golden Pond" for some reason. But I often turn on a movie that I've already seen when wrapping presents or sending out a few hundred dues statements that I do for an organization this time of the year. I avoid new to me movies so I can get the task at hand done.

    ReplyDelete
  18. My granddaughters tend to dump the entire project onto the floor, pieces scattered everywhere, never a glance at instructions and put the entire job together in half an hour. It's a mystery.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL. Every family has them, I think. Like you, I'm one of those mystified onlookers. I have to be very methodical. PIeces need to be laid out, and in alphabetical order, thank you.

      Delete
  19. Wow! You amaze me all the time. You did that all by yourself?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I sure did. Thank the gods of good instructions for that one.

      Delete

I'm glad you're here!

IKEA and things that go bump in the night

 It is a clear sunny day today.  Houdi continues to mend well, and he is still outraged by the fact that he is being kept inside.  Tim's...