Point to Ponder
I celebrated with a Pepsi
(I know I need to watch my sugars and my calories, but it was worth
it) as I sat on our front deck and realized it was 'finally'
Once again I played Bob-the-builder; and
once again it was a major lesson in patience and progress. I had
planned to simply redo the deck surface in preparation for
redesigning the rails; a similar project to what we did for our
front deck.However, when I tore off the siding on the north and
south sides so I could see how it was supported...boy was I in for a
surprise.A big, scary surprise.
Our mudroom addition
(built by one of the previous owners) was not at all well supported.
Under-statement! So the project became a larger
Tore out the old steps
and supports that were rotten and dug out the dirt and junk. Put in
a load of sand and gravel in preparation for using two railway ties
for support of two new pony walls to support the
Then, with the help of a
neighbor, we jacked up the mudroom addition two inches at the front
and installed the two new pony walls I'd built...whew!
I decided to use the space beneath the mudroom for
storage and proceeded to build a nice dry storage shed to house my
rototiller and mower in the winter, as well as what ever else that
will fit. This clears out the back storage shed for
It took 3 weeks of
digging, crawling, crouching (in a 36 inch high space) and it was
finished today! So, I had a Pepsi to celebrate and let my
are important too! Often they bring us the same
satisfactions as larger ones and maybe even a lesson or two along
Now, I know I could have
hired someone to do this for us, and it would have been much easier
on my body; but I had the time this summer and I am learning to be a
handy guy around the house. Building something with my hands
brings a whole new source of satisfaction and learning.
What have you done lately
to stretch and to build? What have you done lately to build your
business or enhance your career?
Bob 'Idea Man'
Now on to
building and installing the 10 x 20 portable garage on the parking
pad I built last year. Next year I will return to the back deck and
do what I had originally wanted to do last month.
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the work around the house and the kids
coming up for 3 weeks from Australia, we really haven't had much
time to get away. But we are taking short breaks to visit places I
haven't been to and in some cases neither has
Last month it was a visit to the Ukranian
Village. This past weekend we did something I have been talking
about for a few years; took the tram ride over Edmonton's high level
bridge. This was a blast from the past going across this 100 year
Even more fun was doing it in a tram from
Melbourne, Australia that I might have actually ridden in on my
first trip there back in the early '90s.
We also drove out to the Victoria Settlement
north of where we live which has the oldest building still standing
in its original location here in Alberta. This settlement played a
great role in the settlement and expansion of
We are also booked to take a cruise on
Edmonton's River Queen with some fellow CAPS colleagues. With the
river so high it should be a great couple of hours of fellowship,
food, and fun.
We are planning a brief trip to the BC
interior later this month...just for a break and to pick up some BC
peaches. Irene makes a great peach pie.
In addition to being
Bob-the-Builder I have been working on our newly
redesigned Accredited Speaker website featuring some of my
fellow AS from across North America. My goal is to have it up and
populated before the Toastmasters International convention later
this month. Irene redesigned it and I am helping to populate it with
profiles and other value-added materials.
Toastmasters has really ramped up their
support and positioning for the Accredited Speaker professional
level designation and will be helping us promote this site.
- It will have a listing for AS who are
willing to act as advisors or mentors for TMs wanting to follow in
- It will also have a special section for
those of us who are willing to travel to District events and
conferences to speak.
- It will have a commercial page as an effort
to attract paying clients.
- It will also have an articles section and a
Actually have some other
writing and web projects to work on... we'll fit them in before
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