John’s Tool Crib Moaning Chair
It is almost Christmas and winter
starts in a few more hours actually. I wanted to take a little
time now and let my readers know that for about three and a
half months I have been unable to do any testing or writing.
My shop building project has completely halted and all of my
series articles were put on hold. There is no other way to put
this but I must be the biggest klutz in history! It all started
with my moaning chair incident.
I had my chair and it was breaking
the metal base so I reinforced it with some wood and epoxy but
I had only put on my first coat. I had planed on wrapping it
with fiberglass cloth and several more braced pieces of wood
to make it a super chair. Like I said I only had the first coat
on when my wife came out and handed me the phone with my sister
on the line needing to speak with me. Forgetting all about the
chair repair I instinctively sat down and leaned back . That
is when I heard the mighty POP! The chair instantly took a 90
degree port list and I was thrown into the chair arm with enough
force to break two ribs and hit my head on my stoves stone base.
Well my wife heard the crash
and came running but she picked up the phone first and told
my sister what an idiot I had been. I already needed back surgery
and that forced me into a few weeks of bed rest and more healing
time than I could afford with my backlog of articles and boatbuilding.
Just a few days before we had
my back surgeon set up consultation appointments to get started
on the two back operations I have needed for over three years.
So the accidental fall set me back even more because my surgeon
wants me to have no other complications before getting my back
operated on. I have already had three disks repaired or fused.
It seemed like I had just finished
recuperating when we started getting wetter weather and one
of the jobs I hadn’t done was fix the leak in the roof
of my workshop. So with a big heavy tarp in tow with my wife
to help we proceeded to put the tarp over the leaking roof.
I was finally feeling pretty good but we couldn’t reach
high enough to get the tarp from snagging so I took my walking
stick and a clamp and held that in the air while my wife used
a 2” X 4” with another clamp and we walked the tarp
into place, almost. I was so busy looking up at the tarp that
I didn’t see the mound of dirt I had built up after digging
out the foundation of the shed over a year before.
It was an instant drop, like
a rug had been pulled out from under me and I fell on my right
side this time breaking three more ribs on the opposite side
from the last time. Have you ever tried to laugh with broken
ribs? Well Nan my wife was not a bit amused at this situation
since the majority of all the work around the house was already
being done by her and she was expecting some relief. More bed
rest and I could only sleep on my back and that made me snore.
Even sitting at the computer was torture so I could not write
Now I can type but getting around
the house and town has become a problem because a few days after
thanksgiving I broke my foot! I was just walking and I just
slipped the side of my foot into a hole I didn’t see because
we went to a friends house and had a bone fire in his backyard.
As I walked out in the dark I injured my foot. I hope by the
first of the year I will be better but the last half of this
year has not been kind to me. It broke bone in the top of my
right foot near my ankle. I was ordered by my doctor to elevate
my foot so the swelling will go down and they can either set
the bone or cast my foot.
That is when the invitations
came for a trip to the biggest tool show of the year for writers
in Florida. My wife has never been further than Nevada toward
the east coast, in the dog house again for me! All I had to
do was buy the plane tickets and my wife and I could have been
guests at the tool convention. Well I promised the tool reps
and my readers I will go next year, even if I am in a body cast.
At least that is the way my wife puts it. This next year I have
to put myself in overdrive and get one of those Segway scooters
that can’t fall down in lieu of a moaning chair. I know
if I get hurt again I might need to look for a new wife.
By the way does anyone need a
slightly used moaning chair that needs a little TLC?
From the tool crib,