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Over the past few days, I've been struggling to assemble furniture. One piece was a bedside table, and the other was a chest of drawer. The bedside table wasn't too bad, because it was small. The chest of drawers, however, was an entirely different matter. The instructions noted that two people were needed to put the bloody thing together. The problem is, there's only one of me. The solution to this problem is, I'm ambidextrous and can also use my feet like a fucking spider monkey. After two days of struggle, and many breaks so I wouldn't lose my temper or my mind, I was finally successful! And that was with an injured hand, thanks to a fall a few days ago. One shelf of the chest of drawers is a little loose because I had some issues with the dowels. This is nothing that a little bit of Krazy Glue won't rectify. When I was a tiny tot, one of my favourite things on Earth was to hammer nails into wood.

Even though I couldn't build anything to save my life, I do like the concept of crafts and putting things together, and my hammer skills, however rudimentary, are still present, even from my days as a four-year-old. I can't help but admit I'm a tad proud of myself.

Achieving something I should not have been able to on my own gives me hope that I can figure out how to reattach the doors to the CD/DVD cabinet Janice gave me, along with a small knick-knack shelf I'm planning on using for some of my books.  If I can get the doors properly affixed, I can finally unpack some of my CDs and DVDs. Most of what I have left to unpack are my media and books.  And I have tons more of that than I have room, so my number one priority is shelving.  I have found shelving that is sufficient for books and media, and should definitely allow me to finish unpacking and get the rooms of my pad sorted and cleared off all these boxes and storage containers.  Of course, I've added this item to my Happy Housewarming for the Minimalist with NOTHING Amazon Wishlist, and I've put it at the top of my needs.  As it stands, I have no doubt I'll be able to put the shelves together by myself.  It's amazing the things of which you find yourself capable, when your options are limited.

Apparently, I have two end tables en route, and they require some assembly as well. Once I have them put together, I will have more room for books, albeit only two or three per table, plus a place to finally set my living room lamps! Eventually, I will need an accent table or something so I'll have a place for the big-ass fugly lamp I've been clinging to since Granny bought it for $5.00 in 1977.  It needs to be rewired and a lampshade, though, so I'm in no rush for the table.  In the meantime, I'm gonna keep on keepin' on, and take advantage of the shelves with which I am currently blessed.

dishes

Date: 2017-06-20 05:03 pm (UTC)
xevokitty: (Default)
From: [personal profile] xevokitty
Just a small poke. I noticed you have porcelain dishes on the wishlist. I know you have pain issues, are you aware they MAY be heavy? Are they going to be something you can carry multiple pieces of without much trouble?

I've been using Corelle dishes (I got lucky and got handed down a rather large vintage set when a relative got something plastered in butterflies instead) because they're tons lighter than a lot of the porcelain varieties I've been able to handle in person.

If it sounds like something worthwhile, an Amazon search for "Corelle dinnerware set" comes up with various priced options, there's at least a few that are around the same price point as the porcelain set you picked.

Re: dishes

Date: 2017-06-20 05:36 pm (UTC)
xevokitty: (Cats - Happy Cat)
From: [personal profile] xevokitty
Ok, just wanted to make sure you'd thought about that. :)

Date: 2017-06-21 04:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mynewplace
Awful proud of your spider monkey abilities! I LOVE to assemble furniture, and connect electronics; although I'm not that good at the more current items, I can figure out almost anything. I always had the benefit of a spare pair of hands - granted smaller than mine, but Scarlett took great pride in our assembling skills as well. Brent takes over, which I do NOT like, as he's not nearly as talented or patient as I am. :P

Date: 2017-06-21 09:34 pm (UTC)
beheretinnitus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] beheretinnitus
Looks good! That last bit reminds me that I need a new lampshade for one of the lamps in our living room.

My favorite thing to do with Saturday mornings is yard sales - sometimes you find some great stuff.

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