Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Let it Rain, Let it Rain, Let it Rain!

Yes it's raining on Christmas Eve. That was of course after we got a foot of snow the night before. Needless to say last minute shoppers will need water wings.

We have Christmas pretty much under control here. The credit cards are maxed out, chequing account is in the red, yep it must be Christmas.

The company has started arriving, the alcohol is flowing, the spouse has been in the kitchen all morning, yep it must be Christmas.

I'm checking email, blogging and looking for very last minute bargains. Oh wait, that's like every other day.

The difference is today I wish one and all Happy Holidays and all the joys and happiness the season brings. The rest of the year your on your own!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Trust Your Instincts - Shop Safety 101

I just had a "close call" in the shop. My fault, I was cutting a couple of pieces of wood on the sliding compound saw and didn't bother to clamp them first. I actually THOUGHT about clamping them first, but then though "naw - it's just a quick cut". More like a quick way to loose a body part. Fortunately the wood didn't take my fingers with it when it bucked under the saw. Lesson learned.

Wood working is NOT for impatient people. Everything you do requires 5 or more minutes of set up, even just a "quick cut". Skip a step and you are inviting disaster. So I must practice patience before I practice any wood working.

OK I just needed a little break from the near disaster.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Butts In

It's been a while since my last post due to the sudden onslaught of Christmas. I must have missed the memo. So it's been rush, shop, drop everything, search the Internet, price compare, tear your hair out, normal Christmas frenzy type stuff. It leaves little time for the things I REALLY want to do.

I have been trying to get out into the shop more. Been upgrading some tools and ridding myself of useless ones. I have been learning that I really know absolutely NOTHING about wood working. It's been a lot of fun when I could squeeze it in here and there. My Christmas wish list grows daily with new tools, books, jigs, bits, blades, etc. etc. Due to the fact that it IS Christmas, I cannot divulge what might be in the works.

Gaming has really taken a back seat to everything. There is NOTHING computer related on my wish list this year. The whole Core i7/X58 dream is way off as I follow along in the forums with the trials and tribulations of the early adopters. Sometimes patience IS a virtue. The ONLY game that might be on my wish list would be Call of Duty: World at War and I have too many other games I haven't finished to even consider it.

So bring on the New Year where things slow down again, I work insane overtime to pay Christmas bills and still have NO time for the things I REALLY want to do. Life is grand.