Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We’re Getting Back in the Groove………

We began our morning hikes in the Park as soon as we got back in the Black Hills. No better way to start off your day than a nice early hike around the Stockade Lake area in Custer Stare Park. It's only a few miles from our house, so about 7:30 we are on our way. We did get a little out of our normal habit of an early morning walk since we had so much going on at North Ranch during the Winter.

Between Ms. Pats Line Dancing and shooting classes, and our competitive action shooting matches, and my reloading, we weren’t walking as much as we should. We decided to get back into the groove as soon as we got back here in the hills. Boy, I will say it a lot easier to get out of shape than it is to get into shape but we are hitting it every morning and it gets a little bit easier each time.

Ms. Pat needed a desk and some bedside tables for our cabin. Although we shopped and shopped for what we wanted in Rapid City, she couldn’t find anything she really liked. She then started searching the internet and found some on Lowe's website. You can have them shipped to the store and pick them up without a shipping charge. We picked them up the other day and while Greg and Bonnie were here they agreed to give us a hand putting them together.  Above is the box the desk came in and since she badly needed it, we decided to put it together first.  
crack in small board and desk top...
As we opened it and were checking all the parts, we found that two of the pieces were cracked and one of them was the top so that ended that. Ms. Pat was on the phone immediately trying to get the new pieces ordered…Shucks!!
We then put the desk aside and began on the bedside tables.   How they get all these pieces into one small box is beyond me.  Unbelievable......a zillion parts and pieces.
What a job!!
The first table took awhile....figuring out which part goes where is not that easy. I was so happy Greg was here to help…….I couldn’t have done it without him.  The second one was a little easier. In this picture you can just barley see the finished one sitting behind us on the right side of the picture.

Bonnie was helping us find parts. Here she says “These are next on the list!”

Finally using the little "Tac" hammer Rollie got me....
This picture is especially for Rollie. I wanted him to see that I finally got to use the little “tack” hammer he bought me while we were building the cabin.  I didn't know where I was going to use such a "small" hammer but they worked great for these tiny nails.

Aw Ha, finished product looks superb!!
Awww....finally we got both of them done! Now Ms. Pat has two bedside tables to match her white iron and brass bed.   Thanks to Greg for all the help and most of the work!  It took us all afternoon to get them put together. I was worn out!  Of course, it doesn’t take much to wear me out anymore.  :-)  But it sure shot our motorcycle ride we had planned for the afternoon.   But Greg says “You know what, Mike....we can take that ride when we come back in the Fall”!!   It's Happy Hour time!!

Well, yesterday the parts came in to replace the broken ones on Ms. Pats desk.  So today, we have a big job putting it together all alone.....this is gonna be tough!  Where are you Greg and Bonnie???  Will we ever get it together?   Stay tuned for the answer to that!! 

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!!

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Gotta go get my walk in!! Ya’ll hurry back!


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Al Bossence said...

Sure makes life easier to have handy helpers around alright. My imapatience with that sort of thing would have had wood flying through the air for sure.

Kevin and Tracy (a.k.a. kcgaz) said...

Love all those tiny parts, thank goodness for wireless screwdrivers that make the job much more manageable. Looks like you guys did a great job!

Elaine said...

many hands make light work...nice bedside tables...

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Oh how I hate to order something and it is broken or cracked like yours.

The bedside tables are lovely. Good job!

butterbean carpenter said...

Howdy Pat & Mike,
Great blog today, fond memories...
Have a favor to ask; do you read rv sue's blog?? She NEEDS a place to overnite in your area and I thought y'all might like to meet her & the 'crew'... I gave her your names and I thought I'd better warn you before you turned her down.. Has the rock-hard rain stopped coming through, yet??
Sorry, y'all are getting Texas weather so far up on the plains!!!
Hope all is well at the McCall's!!
butterbean carpenter