Woodworking, Rural Home Invaders and Coyotes
We had an interesting weekend at Our Little House.
Dale is getting into woodworking, so we spent part of the weekend going to the Big Box hardware stores where he could find the tools he needed to start a project he’s been yearning to do since we moved.
He’s wanted to build a utility table for the deck, one I could use as a potting table and that we could also use when we’re cooking outdoors.
He received some money and gift cards for Christmas, so he purchased some woodworking tools and went to work.
And he did an awesome job, although he didn’t want me to take any photos of it. He built it out of old pallets he had stored from our move, so it isn’t very pretty, but it is sturdy and functional.
A hobby for eventual retirement? Definitely.
A potential source of second income? If he continues on this track, most definitely. I hope he maintains his interest.
It was certainly great seeing him so content working in his garage on Sunday and then rushing home from work Monday night to get back at his table.
Now a couple of random thoughts from some recent posts here at Living Large.
I came home for a late lunch from The Belle Writer’s Studio the other day and turned on the television.
Dr. Phil had a young teen mother on from Oklahoma who had shot and killed an intruder in her rural home on New Year’s Eve (I think she said she lives on 2,000 acres of land).
Evidently, these men, who were ranch hands to the land owner, had been stalking her since learning her husband was hospitalized in December for cancer (he died on December 25th).
The young mother of a 3-month old boy reportedly asked the 911 operator if she could kill the man if he managed to break through her door, which she tried to barricade with a sofa. The operator told the teen that she could not tell her to do that, but she “needed to do whatever to protect herself and her child.”
The man was found with a knife in his hand when police finally arrived.
The whole incident made me feel even more vulnerable here, especially after the creepy incident here a few weeks ago.
It also made me glad that this young girl knew how to use a gun. I shudder to think what would have happened to her and maybe her child, had this drug crazed (his accomplice, who ran after the shooting, said they were looking for drugs) idiot had not encountered the wrong end of a 12-gage…….
On Saturday, just days after writing about the dangers posed by coyotes to our pets, I saw my first one in the daylight. Dale and I were driving up to Branson for a day out when we saw the dog-like creature lope across the road. We both knew immediately it wasn’t an average domestic dog because of the way it was running.
We stopped and it stood for us for a couple of minutes in the field near the road where we could observe him.
Truly a magnificent sight. It made me appreciate even more their place in the natural world.
Do you or your husband have a hobby that may turn out to be a source of second income in retirement? Or, how do you feel about the young woman who shot an intruder who broke through her door and was advancing with a knife? Do you have guns or believe in having them?