Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rippin' Mad

     Now I'm a fairly cool and collected kind of boy. I don't get excited . It bothers me when somebody does show a loss of control.

    However, the other day I did get upset with myself.

   I decided to put a small bracket on my desk so that I could mount a fancy lamp. The desk has always been dark. The lamp was an extra so why not use it.
  
This should give me the precise light I want

My fancy block to attach the lamp

    I cut a piece of wood and sanded it nicely and painted it the same color as the desk. I attached the block of wood to the desk with four screws. I measured carefully. I drilled a hole in the block. I then used the drill tip to mark where I wanted the hole drilled in the desk. Here's where the wheels fell off the bus. To drill the hole in the block I needed  solid surface. I know! I'll use the desk. To begin with I watched carefully that the drill was over the edge of the desk. I was distracted and started again. I wondered why the drill hadn't gone through the block? Darn! The drill was going through the desk! A few choice words were said! Then I regained composure.

    I still had more painting to do. I filed the hole and painted it with the other touch up I had to do.

    It was a lame brained mistake. Am I the only one who makes this kind of mistake?

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  1. No and all is now well. It only becomes a problem if you make the same mistake again.

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    1. But I think I've done dumb tricks like this before...like measuring on the back.

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  2. Ouch! At least you can laugh at this.

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  3. Frustrating, yes, but your lamp looks great.

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    1. Thanks! The lamp is a big improvement.

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  4. Never! Well, almost never. Um, actually pretty often. :-)

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    1. These boo boos are hard to admit.

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  5. sadly, no! we all do such stupid stuff sometimes! thankfully the desk was the only one to suffer injury and you could patch it!

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    1. We make these errors and feel bad about them.

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  6. You learn by mistakes they say. So you learned right?

    Better days ahead. I have same lamp but black and mine sits on my desk. A friend of hubby's bought if for me as a friendship gift. He since has passed on suddenly being a diabetic. . So I do have this every day lamp to remind me of Randy. I use mine daily for years to paint and do art.

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    1. Proper light makes things go much better.

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  7. Hey, you should see the filled in, painted over holes around here! But mostly it is my husband who does this sort of thing! (just kidding).

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    1. There's more than one filled in hole around here too.

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  8. I once tried to hang a shelf in our bathroom. I couldn't get the shelf straight and ended up poking so many holes in the wall that the drywall fell down and you could see outside.

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    1. Oh don't go to the picture hanging stuff.

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  9. You were so very clever in your construction up until that part! Looks good, though, and you can cover up the hole in the desk.

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    1. Yes, it was easy to cover the hole.

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  10. I am not a handywoman, I have a husband to do such things, but he is not that handy either...

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    1. My daughter is very handy. I worked with her on all her projects.

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  11. He who never made a mistake never made anything. So I was told as a young man having made an equally silly mistake.

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    1. True. Mistakes, if we catch them, can really teach us . Like "Learn from your mistakes."

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  12. A few choice words is a great way to release some frustration :) It looks like everything turned out alright in the end.

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    1. Yes, I did use some choice words.

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  13. I, like yourself, am a relatively calm person who doesn't get frustrated too easily. I agree with GB, he who never makes a mistake never makes anything.

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  14. I do this kind of thing all the time! I wish my dad had taught me better!!!

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    1. My daughter is a gung ho handy man. I like working with her except for the swearing.

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  15. I make mistakes each day. Just try not to make the same ones twice. I saw where you left a comment and the names that came up caught my eye. I have a son name Terry and his wife's name is Linda. Small world.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Hiawatha House. You have a good rule about not making the same mistake twice.

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  16. Frustrating like the dickens but no, you are not alone :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Hiawatha House. Into every life a little rain must fall!

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  17. Oh, I'm quite sure that you're not the only one - I speak from experience of course! LOL

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    1. Oh I think it's a very common experience.

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  18. I like your style of writing. It's so easy to read and so much fun too. Of course what happened here probably wasn't that fun for you but at least you can laugh at yourself and bring a smile to others who've no doubt done similar things.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Hiawatha House. I think to be healthy we have to be able to see the humorous side of things and not get bent out of shape.

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  19. The elderly are easily distracted from the task at hand:)

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    1. I guess you're old enough to be able to call me elderly! You know I'm a little touchy about the elderly stuff!

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  20. Think three times. Measure twice. Cut or drill once. My 7th grade shop teacher made us memorize that....:)

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  21. Ummm... actually Red, we make those kinds of mistakes all the time and I mean ALL the time. There's no end to this either since Art is now working on baseboards around the house. Our renovation is still not complete after six years. Art says it IS a retirement project after all.

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  22. And I think you did a great job! It looks wonderful!

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  23. Oh your certainly not alone, Red. We all mess up from time to time.. some of us more often than others. Hopefully you have covered your boo boo well enough so that in the future all you can see is your creative means of adding a lamp to your desk. Focus on that accomplishment instead.

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