Monday, February 13, 2017


I woke up at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. I watched some of the news for a while. Then I got a cup of coffee and my blueberry muffin. Breakfast was awesome!

I did the usual Sunday morning chores. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

About 10:30 a.m., I backed the truck outside to make room. It was lightly snowing ice pellets and I congratulated myself on the wisdom of declining making the trip up to Washington.

I set up the table (two saw horses and a leftover piece of plywood) and turned on the air compressor

I carefully cut the bottoms down to match the ends.

Sidebar: I should have given that a little more thought and cut them down on the same angle as the ends.

I decided to make just one, time permitting. Ever since that heavy rain on Tuesday, my arthritis has flared up and I'm having to use my cane. The cold, cement floor in the garage is not helping, either.

So, I put on the ends with glue and a brad nailer. I marked and cut down the sides (I am using flat lattice for the sides so it wouldn't look so massive - it's too small for 1x3's.) This is where that angle cut on the bottom became apparent. There was a slight gap between both sides and the bottom board.

I let that sit and dry while I made the rockers. I had originally bought a pre-made round, thick table top for the little book table. But, it turned out to be too big for that project. So, it's just been sitting here, collecting dust. I thought it would be perfect for the rockers. Rockers are the hardest part - you have to get them matching or it rocks stupid. So, using my square, I marked off 3-inch high rockers and cut two off with the Skil saw.

BTW, the sun came out around noon. Then I felt stupid for not going to Jim's birthday luncheon.

I attached the rockers with deck screws, after pre-drilling the holes so nothing would split. I took it in the house to show Caley and to take a picture for you.

By then it was almost 5:00 p.m. and my knees were killing me. So, I put everything away and got the truck inside.

I was hungry, so I made dinner. I poached three fat chicken breast in chicken stock for 15 minutes. I took the chicken out with tongs and shredded them with two forks. I put the stock in a container and into the fridge for soup or something. Then I put the chicken back in the pot, added a generous amount of Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce and turned the burn on low to warm it up.

While that was getting happy, I made some coleslaw, with a bag of shredded coleslaw and bottled dressing.

I put some of the pulled chicken on two sesame seed hamburger buns and put some coleslaw in a dish and ate a delicious dinner!

When I took my plate back to the kitchen I noticed just how windy if had gotten. I'll be picking up branches tomorrow, for sure!

 I watched the last part of an old Western and went to bed at 9:30.


  1. Don't feel bad, Way out was great. Party was great, House was beautiful, however, left about 5:30 to cut across 32 mile to say hello to Hannah and kids and called her. She said it was really kicking up in Armada. so.....Turned south on Van Dyke express and was in a total white out...couldn't even see lines on road....until I got to 23 mile. Lightened up a little, but still ban to Hall road. You were better off at home. But you were missed.

  2. Well, I missed everyone too. But, from your description, I think I made the wise choice. I feel better now...

  3. Good idea using the table top!

  4. I was pleased with myself over that one.