Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Orders from the lovely wife
Yesterday it was impossible to get around to my little painting project. Fortunately, today the weather was still nice and I was able to get the job done with minimal distractions. Minimal does not mean none. Before painting I decided to reinforce the railing on my deck, as I'd be leaning on it to reach some of the trim that needed painting.
The table saw was set up in the driveway. Just before I started on the railing pieces, a truck stopped. It was a guy who used to work with me years ago. I hadn't seen him in ages. So many of my fellow firefighters have passed on that it's good to see a few still doing well. He didn't stay too long so I was able to get the wood cut, the railing fixed, and the trim painted.
After a late lunch I was planning my next project, but my lovely wife stopped me cold. It was sunny, windy and we had a sailboat sitting in the lake. It had been a while since we went for a sail. She pointed out that sailing has been put off too long. Before we know it sailing season in the North Country will be over.
We climbed aboard the sailboat, raised the sail, lifted the anchor and dropped the swing keel. In a few minutes we were sailing and I could feel the tension draining out of my body. All those things that I thought were so important just a few minutes early suddenly didn't seem so important at all.
My lovely wife is a wise woman.