your private suite awaits

Sofa bed #2 got itself done today, thanks to the weather (no rain) and many other lucky charms, luck which apparently didn’t extend to either the kitchen faucet or my trusty laptop. So after a fruserating morning squeezed under the kitchen sink with my back arched awkwardly over the cabinet base, my patience reached its limit and I and went outside to wrap up the project that’s been languishing out there. The good thing about this project is that there are no persistent leaks or nuts that won’t tighten, just saw boards and screw them together. I got the bottom portion done yesterday.

So I put on the casters and flipped it over. Then I made the backrest.

Aaaaaannnddd, prepare to be amazed! Finished product in the Shower House / Craic House / BunkHouse.

Cozy up to sleep, read, or enjoy a bit of craic. Once I get the whole space spruced, I’ll show off the rest of it. Fit for a king. Or maybe just a Jackpine Savage.

my bed-brained idea

I love things — furniture, gadgets, utensils — that are able to serve more than one purpose. Topping that list is furniture. It’s a sofa AND a bed. A sofabed. Genius. Wish I’d thought of it. (even though it was probably invented sometime in the 1850’s, I’m sure) So when I came across plans on a website called homemade-modern.com, I ciphered and outlined and thinked and reconfigured the design around in circles until I came up with the thing I wanted. Don’t laugh. It looks like this:

Tricked out with cushions and pillows, it’s much more comfortable.

I’ve always wanted a sofa-type thing in the bunkhouse, and got by for years with a fally aparty futon. I never liked that futon (I hope it found a good home after I donated it to wherever). What I wanted was a way to offer guests a couple of beds for singles or a double for couples. Most sofabeds come in Size Queen — and the bunkhouse has no business entertaining royalty, the building being classed size Gnome or littler.

The backrest is not attached so it lifts out to add more room for cozy sleeping. Here I have it tucked against the wall. Looks like a fence, I know. Don’t Fence Me In.

So that’s one single bed. The other is under construction. Don’t hire me. I’m slow. (And very bad.) But not idle. Between making the two beds, I’ve installed the water line for the ice maker in the new fridge, took a long boat ride, fixed the lawnmower so I could mow the lawn, planted the garden, created a new garden where we dug up the spot for the new deck steps last summer, went to the Spooner Garden Club plant sale to sell raffle tickets for FISH, replaced the pump head on the presser washer so I could pressure wash the deck, cleaned the tool shed, put up the canopy, took down the canopy in a blizzard, put the canopy back up, spent a weekend in Duluth to see Connor Scaro play music (he is incredible!), helped my friend, Jim Bishop, create a PowerPoint presentation, confirmed Internet service at the Trego Town Hall, and watched seven Cubs games. (Silly me. I end every day and week saying “I didn’t get anything done.” Even though I know Cubs games don’t count.)

I’m building the second bed down near the bunkhouse because they are Very Heavy. Several friends have randomly stopped by — a couple of them skilled carpenters — and politely asked why I opted for treated lumber. Because. Remember my first sentence in this post? I like things to be multi-purpose. If I ever decide I want to use these as benches on the deck or around the campfire, then we’re all set! Never mind that we need a football team to move them. They’re MULTI-PURPOSE.

Casters help.

homeless shelter

Someone has taken up residence in the outdoor shower.

They really are robins egg blue. I wonder if she’d mind if I borrowed an egg to match paint at the hardware store.

“still” in business

There’s always been an interesting array of taverns Up North. I suspect this might be because their scarcity requires that establishments wear several hats (would that be roofs?) from coffee shop to restaurant to conference room. Indeed, I’ve attended many a council around the tables of lounges, lodges and saloons.

So I was delighted to hear that the old Bass Lake Inn had been revamped and reopened (as in not closed down like many others) as The Still.

Big open garage door makes it nice and light inside.

Mirth Defined

I recently met a young person with the cutest lisp (I secretly wish we wouldn’t “correct” all the differences out of humans). When I asked her name, she told me it was Kathy, spelled Kassie.

let me explain

Glitchy tech stuff

My Just For Fun website got a bit frustrating lately when GoDaddy had issues. I couldn’t work very well in the back end, because the interface was all funky. I think it needed a PHP update, but that became complicated when it wasn’t a two-click task. So, I migrated to SiteGround, where it immediately corrected itself. All this is probably invisible to the average reader (like I have a cast of thousands), but so annoying to me that it diverted me from JustForFun to Arrgghhh!

Better now.

Brain Candy

So last Friday seemed like kind of a putzy day to me, but when it ended, I realized I’d accomplished quite a bit. As everyone knows, the Success of a Day depends entirely upon how productive one has been, as in: ,Did I build a new bathroom? Did I canoe the entire Namekagon River? Did I pressure wash and refinish all the decks? Lay flooring in the entire house? Build a second story?

I finished up my PhotoShop class, took the exam, then made half a cushion. Right. Not a new bathroom, but more than expected.

This past winter, I found that the local library offers classes online through a vendor called Ed2Go. And they are VERY good. I first took the one called Adobe LightRoom, a program that helps with photograph workflow, sorting, searching and some editing. Then I took PhotoShop. I learned tons of useful stuff in both classes and will definitely take advantage of more of them next winter, since it requires burying my head in front of two monitors (at Libby’s that’s in the closet) which will never be done while the sun is shining and outdoors is calling.