The Texas Bohemian

Word artist. Jack of all Trades.

The Juices of Creation ~ Update 07/27/2011

I thought that was a pretty sharp title!  A few weeks ago I ran across a website called Instructibles, a pretty cool website where people share ideas, plans, pictures and video of projects they’ve done.  It has a wide variety of stuff from cooking to woodwork to survival.  Browsing the site I realized I could populate an entire section on that website with stuff I’ve done over the years.  I’ve built and torn down houses!  My house and yard right now is testimony to my incredible (ha!) skills… and proof that Buddha was right, nothing is permanent.  SO, I figured from now on I would take the time to document some of the projects I create and post them online.

Most of the projects I undertake are done out of necessity.  They are Trailerpark Scholar projects designed and built to take the place of something that could have been bought if I had the dough.  A few plans on the drawing board will require new stuff, like the porch project.  But those will be done along the way when we get the money to do them.

I have no idea what projects I will come up with until I have an inspiration to do them.  I need something or have some kind of idea I head to the shop and do it.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not.  My shop is littered with funny looking little flops.  But learning is experimenting.  And around here experimenting is the word of the day because I almost never have exactly what I need.  I just make do.

Anyway, so here are my creations.  Physical proof that I truly am weird!  I have them here in PDF.  Follow the link and then find the PDF!  These files are made using Microsoft Word 2011 and CutePDF.

Visit my Instructibles page

July 2, 2011 – Creating a Light Strip from old Christmas Lights

July 3, 2011 – The Power Tree

July 4, 2011 – Down and Dirty Power Chord Reel

July 27, 2011 – Automatic Water Level Control

July 3, 2011 Posted by | Projects | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Mourning

OK, maybe it’s not that bad.  But it’s not good.  There is a genetic quirk in my family that drives us to do more than we should and sometimes be a little careless.  No, the word is not careless, it’s, um, maybe uncautious?  I know, that’s a ‘red underline’ word, but whatever.  Anyway, the point is, I have moved from keyboard to shop, mental to physical, cool to hot, over the past week or so and I am paying for it big-time today.  My fingers are tingling, wrists stiff, arms hurt, knees ache.  PPPM!

That quirk of genetics is sort of a “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” kind of mentality.  It’s the Git’er Done syndrome.  So if something needs moved, picked up, shoved, drug, or created if I am in the least able to do it, I do it.  Sometimes the doing is a bit more than my old body should do.  And sometimes there are nails, screws, or assorted protrusions that are well positioned to take bits of me with them.  My right thumb is somewhat sore today thanks to a screw on the bottom of a board I was using as a Frisbee at the dump the other day when I was delivering refuse with my boy.  But then my thumb would not be suffering if we’d remembered the new gloves we bought a couple days earlier!

When I’m doing work I hardly notice most ailments.  My busted knee crunches and I go on.  The screwed up nerves in my back call for more attention so I pause on occasion to give them obeisance.  Otherwise the shit only hits the fanny when I stop for the evening.  Or wake up in the morning.  Thus this post.

I sound like my mother.  She had a rather happy disposition but there was never a time she did not complain about some ailment.  She was, in a word, a hypochondriac.  Maybe I inherited that trait too.  Or maybe she really was suffering more than we believed.  Moving into antiquity as a human being is just no fun at all.

So anyway, the coffee cup is empty.  I MUST refill it for there is no life without it.  The Ibuprofen and Gabby are working fairly well if not optimal.  And time is wasting so I shall move on.

July 3, 2011 Posted by | Blather | Leave a comment