Point to Ponder - Whew!

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' finished.
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 one.
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 mudroom.
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 storage.
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 body relax.
Small victories are important too!  Often they bring us the same satisfactions as larger ones and maybe even a lesson or two along the way.
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?
Until next month
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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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With all 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 Irene. 
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 old bridge. 
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 Alberta.
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 our path.
  • 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 resources section 
Check it out and pass it along. www.AccreditedSpeakers.com
Actually have some other writing and web projects to work on... we'll fit them in before fall.

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