Friday, March 29, 2013

Round #2 of Craft Studio Project Completed

I spent yesterday finishing up the recent round of projects and furniture building for Veronicas' craft studio.
In all I got 2 metal 5 drawer cabinets put together, a 9 drawer tall unit and a wall unit that I attached pegboard to one side so that Veronica could hang wire bins from that side of the unit.
Below are photos of the finished projects for today:

All of the projects start out like this...not a pretty sight at all

And with a little luck they up up like these did

or this


or maybe even this
  




Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Not Again!!!

Earlier last month, February, I was helping out Veronica at a charity event in Virginia Beach, VA.
One late morning we were with a couple of other people and we had to go to our car to get something.
Our car was parked in a concrete parking garage that was attached to the hotel/resort that we were staying in.
As usual, I had my glasses on. The lenses in my glasses have the transitional style lenses that change from dark to clear in a dark area and then back to dark in brighter more sun filled locations.
This is the very first time that I have ever had a problem with these transitional lenses.
This particular parking garage was not not lit well at all. I had just walked into the garage from a more well lit location.  Mt lenses were rather slow in transitioning from the daylight of outside to the very dim lighting of this parking garage.
There were 4 of us in this group and upon reaching our car, I started to move towards the front of our vehicle thus allowing others to get whatever they needed from within our vehicle.
It was at this time that I stumbled over something that I could not see nor had any idea was basically right under my nose.
I ended up tripping over one of those concrete blocks that they place in front of each parking spot to stop people from pulling into the spot too far and running their vehicle into the parking garage wall.
Luckily I was able to put my hand down on the concrete to steady myself before I had completely fallen over.
During this unintended acrobatic maneuver I cut the palm of my hand and tore/strained something in my left knee.
It has progressively got worse as the days have gone by.
I now have chronic pain in the joint but most of the pain is on the inside portion of the knee...I guess that would make it the medial portion but I also have pain to the touch on the back of my knee...knee "pit" area.
Because this injury is not getting any better, I placed a call to the orthopedic doctor that scoped out my right knee last year.
I will go into see him this next Tuesday. I am sure that he will want me to get an MRI done on my knee.
Once again...if I need surgery I will do it as soon as I can because our upcoming cruise to the Med Islands and Italy will be very walking intensive and there will be many hills and uneven terrain to be dealt with.
This is beginning to become a Deja Vu moment from last years medical events.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Start Of A New Craft Room Project

We have been saving a bunch of wire baskets that that have hooks to be placed into a pegboard. Finally after several years of saving them up for a special use, the time has actually come to make use of them.
Veronica is in the process of getting various pieces of IKEA furniture for her studio. I will be putting pegboard on one side of these pieces.
Here is a picture of the piece of IKEA furniture that I will be attaching the pegboard to:
I went to Home Depot and purchased a rather large piece of pegboard and got it cut down to the right size to completely fir the back of this piece. The pegboard is already painted a powder white so I went ahead and bought a small can of Valspar Acrylic Latex gloss paint. 

After I paint both sides of the pegboard, I will line up the holes in the pegboard to the frame of the furniture unit and then drill holes into the unit. I will then use wood screws and washers to attach the pegboard to the back of the furniture unit.
Veronica will then be able to put her wire baskets up on this pegboard and utilize the baskets for additional storage.
Photos of this completed project will be forthcoming in the near future. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another Craft Room Project Finished

Today I spent most of the day going to Home Depot to get some supplies and then coming home and re-purposing a couple of upright stands that Veronica was using for storage of rubber stamps and other craft related items.
I converted the upright units into rolled ribbon storage units.
We applied gift wrapping paper to the back of these units along with gluing sections of molding to the front of each shelf and then using red liner tape to affix plastic strips just above the molding to form a sort of feeder bar where Veronica could slide the loose end of each roll of ribbon through a space that was between the molding and plastic feeder bar. This set up allows Veronica to pull whatever amount of ribbon that she needs without the ribbon unrolling all over the place and it also keeps the ribbon from coiling off of the ribbon spool.
Below are some photos of the project:

Photos of just a few of the numerous storage areas where Veronica kept her rolls of ribbon


 Below is a photo of the gift wrapping paper that we applied to the back of the unit. You can also see the molding and plastic feeder bar that was placed just above the molding. Veronica can feed her ribbon between the plastic feeder bar and the molding 
The completed project is shown below




Monday, March 4, 2013

Finally Feeling Better

After almost 2 weeks of dealing with some type of flu bug, I am finally feeling better.
Yesterday I started to get back into my workouts.
We were gone for most of last week. We went to Herndon for Veronica's work. While up there, we stopped by the Ikea store and bought some new furniture for Veronica's new and improved studio. We spent one full day putting the furniture together. Veronica spent 2 days straightening out her studio with the new furniture pieces in place.
Next time we go up to the Herndon area, we will stop by Ikea and pick up several more pieces of furniture.
I figure that it will take 2-3 more Ikea visits until she has everything that she needs for new studio furniture.
A couple of days ago we went ahead and purchased our plane tickets for our upcoming October flight into Venice and returning home from Rome. These flights are in conjunction with our 2 week NCL cruise.
I have been tracking the prices for these flights and took a chance of getting the tickets now rather than waiting to see if the prices went down. Since purchasing the tickets, the prices have actually gone up a bit.
We will be flying on Delta Airlines for this trip. Delta had good departure and arrival times both in Venice and upon our return home via Norfolk Airport.
We used our Delta Skymiles credit card because Delta doubles the rewards miles for each ticket purchased with our American Express Gold Delta Skymiles card.
We actually used a portion of our previously saved up rewards miles for our upcoming flights into Minneapolis, for our fishing trip to Eagle Lake in Ontario Canada.
By using some of our rewards miles, we only had to pay $15 for both of our plane tickets. Right now we still have enough rewards points accrued for another inexpensive domestic flight.
With the purchase of our plane tickets, I was able to provide NCL with our return home flight information so that I could get our transfer vouchers from where the NCL Jade will be docking in Rome to the airport where Veronica and I will be returning home from.
We also decided to splurge a little bit for seat upgrades on both of the long international portions of our flights.
With those upgrades come larger seats with more leg room and seats that actually recline a lot more than the regular seats.
This seat upgrade should allow us to relax more and be more comfortable while sitting and sleeping on our international flights.
We should land being more relaxed and well rested due to this seat upgrade.
I also ordered our individual soda passes for the entirety of our cruise.
I still need to contact  our pre-cruise hotel in Venice and arrange a private gondola ride with a singing gondolier. I figured that we will splurge for this experience and keep it private rather than sharing the gondola with other couples or families. We will only be doing this once in our lifetimes and decided to splurge a bit.
The only thing left for this cruise is for Veronica and I to browse through the many excursions that are being offered in each port of call to see if there are any we want to take.
Everything for this vacation is coming together and it won't be long until all plans have been made and completed.
Then it will be only a matter of time waiting for our departure date to arrive. Only 222 days until we finally hear those exciting words....BON VOYAGE!
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