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Hi there’re fraternity.

I’m not sure what the restrictions are with our friends across the pond, but ours are split into tiers, depending on the infection rate in the graphical areas. We have approx. four tiers, going from lowest to highest for the most infected areas.

The area in which I live i.e. Angus has just dropped from tier 3 to tier 2, which means I might have to invite relatives over for Christmas, something that was not allowed in tier 3. Bit of a bummer, but there is a slight chance we may get back into tier 3. One can only hope.

So what’s this letter about, it’s about boredom, at present we are not allowed to travel anywhere, that means to another high tier area, out of Scotland, holidays and so on. Essential travel only.

So my wife is stuck in the house with yours truly. My conversation is very limited and consists of comments such as, do you know what Desert Rat Tom is up to. Limited response.

Now, my mate is in the same predicament as myself and informs me he has been around the house half a dozen times. He has DIY’d the hell out of it. He even got a slotted screwdriver and started to realign the heads of the screws on his door hinges.
He is a train driver and been sent home in March and can’t get back to work due to industry COVID regulations.

In desperation he ordered a pizza oven online and decided to make the best pizza ever. It’s taken him a few months to perfect the process, but recently sent me photos of his attempts. Unfortunately, due to restrictions he can’t give them away and his house now looks like the witches’ house in Hansel and Gretel, except pizzas instead of sweets, and he now weighs in at 23 stone, as does his wife and son.

So what about me, well went down the same path as my friend, apart from the 12 inchers for breakfast lunch and supper. And decided on getting organized in the workshop.

Now at this point you may be chasing about my post looking for lots of photos of my various projects and progress, but alas no, no one wants to see a realigned screw head.

As I stood there in my part of the house and looked around I realized I am actually quite organized. After every project I always get my good wife out here to get my tools cleaned and stored and she is particularly good at getting rid of sawdust. So, what to do.

So here it is, a series of boxes which are functional, not pretty, but more importantly they keep me busy,

Box one is for all my cat, and coax cable fittings and tools.
Box two is for all my Allen keys and driver bits

Now box three is a bit embarrassing. I enjoy a newspaper cartoon strip call Garfield and he lives with the most boring owner in the world called Jon who likes nothing better than to organize his sock drawer, well I think I am turning into him as my third box is for organizing my cable ties, i.e. length, thickness and color coordination. It doesn’t get better or worse than this depending on your perspective on life.

As you will notice box three is not complete, I am busy cutting and fitting the internal divisions, only another thirteen to go, getting quite excited. I have inserted some of the cable ties into the unfinished box just to give you an insight, not to the wonderful craftsmanship on display, nor the amazing collection of ties I have, but to demonstrate my current frame of mind and my ability to create a plethora of oversized containers that keeps one relatively sane in these troubled times.

After reading this please do not laugh your socks off unless you have a properly organized compartmental sock drawer


So, lads and lasses will I survive, with mind and body intact, only time and tier will tell.

Colin
Somewhat restricted in Scotland
 

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The blue, green, and red ties growth will end up curved like the clear/opaque ties due to their lack of room to grow. You might consider adjusting some of the slots.
 

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While a project like yours borders on the "wow, you are bored, aren't you," it is better than doing nothing at all. Or maybe not. DesertRatTom has yet to make it out the front door after almost 2 weeks of intensive care. I have been carefully observing the dozen bruises from various needle pricks as they slowly fade away.

Oh wait, I did figure out how to extend the tubes on my Oxygen machines, using bits and pieces from my drip watering junk. Now I can walk from chair/bed to commode without falling over in a faint. (Ok, a little over stated.)

My wife is a retired nurse and is giving me an IV drip for the lung infection, so I at least have a nurse to cuddle. A nice reminder that life will probably get better.

I do have this lovely chunk of hard maple waiting for me to awaken it from it's slumber and transform into a lovely box with a Cherry top. That will be fun, when I can. And my neighbor, a very nice guy, is having a concrete block fence installed, which is going to look really nice, and serve as a retaining wall since my property is about a foot higher than his. Perhaps I'll be up to going out soon to give some unsolicited advise.

I will say that during my first week in the hospital, I was quite hopeless, thinking, is this it? Then they found a drug that worked. I recall thinking that what I have is just pneumonia, think how horrible it would be do have the virus, knowing that at any moment, it was all over. Makes a fella believe in masks.
 

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While a project like yours borders on the "wow, you are bored, aren't you," it is better than doing nothing at all. Or maybe not. DesertRatTom has yet to make it out the front door after almost 2 weeks of intensive care. I have been carefully observing the dozen bruises from various needle pricks as they slowly fade away.

Oh wait, I did figure out how to extend the tubes on my Oxygen machines, using bits and pieces from my drip watering junk. Now I can walk from chair/bed to commode without falling over in a faint. (Ok, a little over stated.)

My wife is a retired nurse and is giving me an IV drip for the lung infection, so I at least have a nurse to cuddle. A nice reminder that life will probably get better.

I do have this lovely chunk of hard maple waiting for me to awaken it from it's slumber and transform into a lovely box with a Cherry top. That will be fun, when I can. And my neighbor, a very nice guy, is having a concrete block fence installed, which is going to look really nice, and serve as a retaining wall since my property is about a foot higher than his. Perhaps I'll be up to going out soon to give some unsolicited advise.

I will say that during my first week in the hospital, I was quite hopeless, thinking, is this it? Then they found a drug that worked. I recall thinking that what I have is just pneumonia, think how horrible it would be do have the virus, knowing that at any moment, it was all over. Makes a fella believe in masks.
Glad you are progressing Tom and hope to see that maple/cherry box soon. :)
 

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I like your storage boxes Colin. I've made a few in the past. The one that I use and appreciate the most was one for glue guns and sticks... I was always hunting for that stuff. I've even lent the box to my neighbour for a project of his. I need one for staplers and staples now.

Good idea using the quarter-round corner reinforcements.

I'm not sure how much 23 stone is but I'm guessing that your buddy will easily pass the requirements to join the 200 Pound Club.
 

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Just looked it up, 23 stone. 322 lbs. That is a little more than chunky.

Looking at those storage boxes reminded me of the boxes in which the first daily I worked for stored their 2 inch (144 point) headline type. I kept it for a few years, but it disappeared in one divorce or another.
 

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While a project like yours borders on the "wow, you are bored, aren't you," it is better than doing nothing at all. Or maybe not. DesertRatTom has yet to make it out the front door after almost 2 weeks of intensive care. I have been carefully observing the dozen bruises from various needle pricks as they slowly fade away.

Oh wait, I did figure out how to extend the tubes on my Oxygen machines, using bits and pieces from my drip watering junk. Now I can walk from chair/bed to commode without falling over in a faint. (Ok, a little over stated.)

My wife is a retired nurse and is giving me an IV drip for the lung infection, so I at least have a nurse to cuddle. A nice reminder that life will probably get better.

I do have this lovely chunk of hard maple waiting for me to awaken it from it's slumber and transform into a lovely box with a Cherry top. That will be fun, when I can. And my neighbor, a very nice guy, is having a concrete block fence installed, which is going to look really nice, and serve as a retaining wall since my property is about a foot higher than his. Perhaps I'll be up to going out soon to give some unsolicited advise.

I will say that during my first week in the hospital, I was quite hopeless, thinking, is this it? Then they found a drug that worked. I recall thinking that what I have is just pneumonia, think how horrible it would be do have the virus, knowing that at any moment, it was all over. Makes a fella believe in masks.
Hi There Tom
glad to see and read your road to recovery, very nice to have a nurse to look after you. I wonder if she thinks you are the perfect patient, hmmm. Keep us posted on your maple project, and do what the nurse tells you

Colin.
 
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