Pater Takes A Furniture-Making Day To Recuperate

After several days of taking care of eldest granddaughter Sara Rileyall week and fitting in a few hours of work, too, I was ready for some R and R in the woodworking shop.  That baby has more energy than a certain battery-powered bunny!

Animal-lovers will appreciate this story:  On the way to deliver her to her other grandparents for the trip back to Kentucky, I asked Sara Riley what her favorite thing was from the previous four days spent with us.

American goldfinches flock to our backyard feeder during migration.

American goldfinches flock to our backyard feeder during migration.

“Saving the bird,” she answered without hesitation.  Monday, while she was in the living room doing an art project, a female cardinal banged into the north wall of our living room, which is all glass.  Sara Riley was visibly upset and called out, “PATERRRRRRR!”

I came, surveyed the situation and discovered the little bird was sitting upright, stunned, breathing rapidly and had a blood-tinged fluid coming from its mouth.  I explained that there was little I could do, but God can heal all hurts.  So, we prayed over the cardinal, then took her to rest in a box on the nearby screened porch.  We set a timer for 15 minutes to go back and check on her.

Voila!  Our prayers were answered when we returned and the red lady was flitting about.  We opened the screen door and away she flew, graceful and proud.

From her earliest days I said Sara Riley was going to be a veterinarian. 

Pearl and Dr. Randolph's family remained parasite-free on this trip to Kentucky

Sara Riley in surgical scrubs, is destined to become a veterinarian like her Pater.

 This event has reinforced that belief.

Our youngest granddaughter, Itty Bitty, was in need of some book and toy storage, so eldest son Andy and his lovely wife Nan put in a request for Pater to make one, more or less based on this example from Pottery Barn Kids.

These are some photos of what I have done so far.

This is one side of Itty Bitty's new bookcase/toybox piece.

This is one side of Itty Bitty's new bookcase/toybox piece.

One of the shelves for Itty Bitty's project, a glued-up panel.

One of the shelves for Itty Bitty's project, a glued-up panel.

  I’m at no one’s favorite stage:  sanding!

After that I’ll be ready to make some dadoes in the sides and begin some assembly.

See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.

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