Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Make And Mend


Photo courtesy Flickr user gorbould
Cruising through the house tweaking arrangements, I often generate projects that will improve circumstances for a small investment of time and a couple of dollar’s worth of hardware. A monthly or bi-monthly stop at the hardware store on my way home from the gym makes it easy to set up. The place never rearranges its shelves, so I can whip in the door and be out in a couple of minutes. I buy parts just in time.

I stage a project on a cafeteria tray in the pantry. If the job is front and center, I’ll get to it sooner rather than later and later. The low-energy hours of afternoon are a good time to putter. When tea water is boiling or I can turn my back on the cooker, I can listen to broadcast news and transform a couple of minutes and a few cents worth of scrap into quite a few dollars of convenience. A bold marker and sticky note define each stage of production, so I don’t have to put on my reading glasses or rethink what I’m supposed to do every time I see the tray.

Now and then I dedicate a full day to the process. Video is a key part of production: I find the reassuring natter of an acceptable sound track keeps me focussed on matters at hand.

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