Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Kindness of Strangers

Yesterday after my physio appointment I had a kind conversation while paying for my groceries. The lady cashier had pale blue tattoo on her left inside forearm and I asked her about it. She designed the tattoo from the card her parents received from her Mom's mother - a  62 year old vintage wedding card, she added her parent's (in their handwriting) names on the bells , it was unique and lovely. She designed it for her parent's 62nd Anniversary. She told me about their families, the great numbers of sisters and brothers her parent's had, the celebrations, the way she misses her favorite aunt - so much love compacted into a short time. 


Then, walking from putting my shopping cart away, a lady stranger asked if she could give me a bouquet. I was extremely touched and thanked her for her kindness and she continued walking away.

Kindness when I needed kindness.

The past 13 days have been tough, not in the seriously hurt, ill or anything, just tough.

A car ran a red light a week ago Monday on the long weekend and totaled my car. I was 5 minutes from my home. No fault for me on any of the documents that were presented to the Adjuster.

Life changes when an accident happens.

Kind strangers stayed with me from the moment my car stopped moving, helped me out my car (one held my head in an upright position with no head movement allowed (and kept me that way until the ambulance paramedic helped me into the ambulance) while two other kind persons supported my arms and all three walked me into a bike store where the employees got me a bench to sit on and I was lowered by the kind strangers and sat). 

Those same three kind strangers plus two others who saw the accident stayed, making sure that everything was documented properly, that the police interview had answers from me, they made sure my wallet and driver's license were replaced in my pocket, used my phone to contact my DH then returned it to my pocket.

Once I had my glasses I was able look directly at (and see) each professional who was asking me questions and recording my answers.

The ambulance crew were very professional, very patient, did the tests they are trained to do, kept notes on my answers, kept a close watch until they handed me over to the Emergency staff.

The accident? 
A blur of red - a blur and a such a loud and resounding metallic body slam feeling and the air bag whomp in the face and falling white dust. My glasses flew.
I didn't move, I didn't even turn off the car. I wondered in a somewhat dreamy way what a person should do now.

I looked forward and saw smoke and still didn't move until the kindness of strangers helped me.

I felt somewhat disconnected, upright, breathing, answering and waiting for whatever would come next.

Fire Engines and crew did spill clean up on the highway. Police. Ambulance. Highway closure.

Sequence of what happened next.

Yes, I went to emergency, DH came to the accident site after he received the call, then followed me to the hospital. He stayed for awhile until I my foggy brain realized he was sitting waiting out in the waiting room after he registered me (he had my phone and wallet then) and I guessed I would be in several hours so I peeked out the door and had a hug and told him I would phone when it was time to come home.

Always long waits in Emergency. Four hours +. 

I had been examined three times, questions were repeated, x-rays were taken, results were shared with me, a handout on what to do if... was given and I phoned and we went home. I was grateful for the care. 

I walked a total of 10,060 steps that Monday, mostly in the hospital - just up and down the waiting and assistance area as the staff wants to SEE their patients.

Home. Felt vague, sore chest and shoulder and neck and back and hips. Took Advil, had supper that family saved me, slept somewhat, thoughts going everywhere. 

I have never had a vehicle accident, never been in one. Not the life experience I would want anyone to have.

Doctor visit, physio started, contact with Adjustor many times, a caring and professional guide through this time which I followed. I have kept notes on all directions and what I did since the accident.

More Doctor visits to come, more physio for several weeks.

Turning my keys over Tuesday this week.

Tuesday this week DS drove to my totaled car. It had been moved to a Wrecking Yard 45 minutes away from where I live. Took me about an hour to remove my possessions, slow mo. I took pictures since I was saying goodbye to a good reliable car that I will miss. The front end appeared to be the only damage. No glass was broken. Stuff under the hood didn't look too bad either but I am not a mechanic so ...

Now What?

Find another car (was not in my budget plans). 

I have spent hours looking. I know the models I will consider, the mileage that matches the norm for the year I end up with, the certified no accident form, Consumer Guide research on each one I consider, test drive.

What an unexpected way to have time and energy gobbled up. I am also using up my Family's time driving me to everything as well as not getting things done that are my normal jobs at home. A dear friend has come over most mornings this week to help me with my work plus some driving to appointments.

The amount of stuff I had in my trunk was amazing. So was DGS who hauled it out of DS's truck and up the stairs into the kitchen.

I keep quite a bit of work stuff in my trunk so some sorting, re-purposing and etc. is happening. 

That is where I am today. Going through each bag, making decisions and carrying on.

Hugs to YOU my friends.

I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.



Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Week To Pause

A week to pause.

Stuff happens.

See you next week.



Thursday, August 2, 2018

DGS at 15 and IKEA Leksvik Cabinet Remake

Welcome August

Project this week: Repurposed Cabinet to Dresser

This is the 'after' of this week's project - a small dresser.

Part 1 of this post:

DGS 15th BIRTHDAY was a couple of weeks ago.

At 15 DGS helps with more things we (mostly me) can not reach, lift, fix, move...

He is showing a good ability to discuss a problem rationally (so rational that he usually comes out ahead on problem solving).

DGS has 2 years of high school woodworking with a great teacher who thoroughly taught using all the hand tools and how to use every machine in the workshop before letting the students work on their projects, lots of practice before using the expensive wood. Clean up after yourself was included. He is carrying on with Woodworking and Tech as his electives in grade 10.

This week... DGS did the following projects...

• installed curtain rods, level

• installed shelves, level
• installed a smoke detector
• figured out how to take weird screws out of DH's IKEA Cabinet  
  Remake project and then found the right bit to make it happen 
  PLUS how to separate the pieces of wood once the weird screws 
  were either loosened or removed  (lots of wooden dowels in 
  construction (depending on their placement)

When DGS was14 earlier this year he clipped a long blue computer type of wire up high to connect his wi-fi stuff to direct wi-fi stuff.

DGS has a very weird and clever sense of humour, keeps us on our toes.

Grandparents of a terrific grandson always get to re-learn something they likely practiced when they were 'parents'.

What I am re-practicing now as I leave the years of the  'helping' part of Grand-parenting is to learn and remember to 'back off' because when you are 15 you know how to ...

So, don't boss, don't re-ask, don't butt in. Let this precious 15 year old do what he either is figuring out how to do something (thinking time) or reviewing what he can already do. Be patient and keep your mouth shut, if he wants to do the work he will, if not, well, you get to do it yourself.

So, the 2nd part of this post - the IKEA Leksvik Cabinet update. 

I posted finding and hauling home Curb Find and Remembering March 15, 2018.

It is an IKEA Leksvik Cabinet (a reader identified it for me). Big, heavy, solid pine, well constructed, missing a door and two shelves. DGS (at 14) helped me get it into the back of the van - and that was not easy. It has been in the living room now for almost 6 months.  It is too big and there is no-where-else-to-put-it -in-our-house

Problem: the living room is crammed full of furniture and stuff and this cabinet did not make the situation better.

(Peaches is being a VERY good patient as her leg heals from her operation last Friday).

What is our solution? Well, first there was a LOT of discussion. I removed all the piles of stuff on the shelves and top and boxed it for now. 

We decided to take-it-apart.

The IKEA Cabinet was put together VERY well and the screw/dowels holding the system together were amazing. Finding a screwdriver head that would work on the big sized screws plus the small sized screws took awhile (I think they use special IKEA screws that may have originally come with the corrected screw drivers for assembling).

This is the back of the cabinet before taking it apart (below).

I don't know how many photos of  'take a piece of furniture apart and make something with the pieces' you can stand.

The bottom board of the cabinet was used for the top and bottom of the drawers. DH added a base using the narrow boards on the top shelf of the cabinet and DGS tacked on the back pieces which you can see above in the 'backboards' picture.

All pieces used to turn the 'drawers' in a cabinet into stand alone drawers were part of the original cabinet.

Before and After

Here is another 'scaled down' project from a large shelf to a "Shrinking Bookshelf", January 25, 2018.

Now we have a small chest of drawers and space.

My job: find things and cleanup

Cost: no cost

Time: about 4 hours over a couple of days
Retrieving space in the living room: priceless

The left over wooden pieces from the cabinet will be turned into a free-standing shelf.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

July Thrift Polish Share

Handy decorations for the fall - two well used red lanterns, a red weeding blade, hand sythe and oil can.(ps two projects at end of this post)


Always love the kitchenware finds, the Emma Bridgewater (thanks for asking Maggie) butter dish Get The Butter Before The Cat

I did feel sorry for that Medalta crock with the nasty crack (I taped the inside seam so it wouldn't break off), it was part of the vintage 'sale' at the thrift store - Vintage is a separate department and every couple of months the store wants to clear it out for fresh vintage - something that several shoppers helped with on the one day 50% off Vintage Sale.

Project # 1: Tweak two finds:

This is a before and after - the white tin bag - I added the word Paris in  Ce-Ce Caldwell Seattle Mist/clear waxed when dry.

The pink dress jewelry holder was painted a fresh coat of chalk paint in pink (it had water stain marks that I couldn't clean off the dress). 

Mugs I bought at a Church sale were wrapped in the round L'Occuitane yellow box which worked well with the French Theme. Added a frosting of pale pink (with PicMonkey). The ironing board has come in handy for photos this month.

I have never seen a Hershey's Kisses 100th Year Anniversary Teapot with matching mugs - a 1907 -2007.

Project # 2: Fruit Cake Tin

Checked out the free table at the Thrift store - and there was a vintage and well used Fruit Cake tin.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors has a plaid stencil - just right for the top of this tin!

Before and After


•vintage fruitcake tin
CeCe Caldwell chalk type paint -    
 Beckley Coal


A background for the tin - vintage thrifted Coca-Cola shirt for Christmas colour along with little Christmas themed ornaments.

And here is my old little blow mold snowman - lots of ouches but so very sweet(since I have no fruit cake in July).


Did you felt a breath of cold winter air just for a moment when you saw that sweet little snowman?

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