You would think. . .
that if my job on making the '50 merc into a rod. . .
is documenting the process ..
that I would do my best to keep you abreast of the progress.
I was a wee bit startled to look at the '50 Merc label on my sidebar. . .
noting that the last time I mentioned the old girl was back when she was getting her nether regions painted shiny black.
Since then. . .
throughout the winter and the spring. . .
she's been making progress.
Now. . .keep in mind that my beloved does this in his spare time. . .
and keep in mind. . .
that we have a working farm.
After the frame was painted. .
the motor and gas tank, battery compartment, front end, brakes. .
brake lines, fuel lines, automatic windows, window channels, tail gate mechanisms were all installed. . . . .
and now the bed has been fitted.
I've been called to the shop. . .
many times. . for my opinion. .
"should the two wide boards be on the outside. . .or in the center with one narrower board in between?" . .he asks
I gawk at the box and at the oak boards one way and then the other. . and offer my expert opinion. . ."which way do you like it better?"
"That's what I asked you". . .he replies. .
"I like the way you have it". . .I counter. .
"Uh. . huh. . . . it has a good balance this way doesn't it". . .he agrees.
Next, the boards will be stained . . .dark. . .nearly black .. .I think.
So. . this is how rod building is done here.
He builds. . .and putters. . .and nearly every night. . .when things get dull in the bungalow. .
he says. . ."I'm just going out to the shop for a minute" . .
and I settle down with my notebook to write and read blogs for a good half hour. .
and we're happy as clams. .
Every man. . . and every woman. .
should have a hobby which can be enjoyed by by the other by conversation . .
but doesn't need the other. . to make it enjoyable.
The conversation is pure icing on the cake.
The end of the day, generally finds us meeting in the Arabian Tent for a sip before bedtime.
Next step .. .
is the paint color. . .
and that folks. .
is the hardest decision of all.
What's happening in the bungalow today?
I have a friend who is working on her Home Ec degree. . .
and guess what. . .
she's coming to take pictures of me sifting, beating. . .and folding.
In between all that hard work. .
we'll have tea.