On The Other Hand

Being a do-it  yourself-er has its good and bad points just like everything else. Remember the shades I ordered a while back and they came with the wrong brackets? The correct ones came and the other day I put up the shades – all by myself. I felt very proud of  a job-well-done!

Okay, I’ll back up just a minute and fill in some details. Power tools and I generally don’t get along well. I can drill holes for screws just fine, but when it comes to using the drill to screw in the screws – that is a different skill set all together – especially when working above my head. I usually manage to put numerous gouges in the wood at the very least (which means wood putty, sanding and painting), so if at all possible, I avoid using the easy method. In this case, the screws had hex tops that allowed for a nut driver to do the work, well assist with the work, and I happen to have a good set of those in my tool repertoire.

All the while I’m screwing in the screws, I’m thinking I’m saving money (installation fees) and taking care of myself. Good deal, right? (The saying is – Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back). After each screw, I got down off the ladder and did something else to give my muscles time to recover. I know I was holding myself at an odd angle on the ladder, holding my breath, and cranking with the whole right side of my body to get each two inch screw all the way into the wood frame.

Two days later, I visited my Chiropractor and gave the money I saved on installation fees to him for straightening out my back and neck. In addition to fixing me, he helped me find a brace I’d been looking for so I’d like to think it was worth while going to see him anyway.  On the other hand…

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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