About ten days ago I went outside after getting home from work and heard a little meow. I meowed back a few times before a tiny tortie crawled out of the shadows and blasted me with her cute-ray. I was instantly convinced I had to make friends. She wouldn’t get any closer than about 15′ for a long time, but she continually cried at me and clearly wanted something. I was worried she might get spooked, but I decided to run inside and get her some food. I came back out and she was still there crying.
It took her about fifteen minutes to shovel half the dish into her belly, barf it all up, then polish off the other half like a boss. I continued to sit with her until the combination ofÂ mosquitoes and sitting on concrete got to be too much, then I left her to hide under The Sword, hoping she would still be there in the morning so we could continue getting to know each other. Not surprisingly, I didn’t sleep long as the prospective new feline friend tookÂ precedence over being a responsible adult who gets the appropriate amount of rest. I shot out of bed at 7:30am and rushed out to the driveway. She started crying again as soon as I approached her, and as soon as she heard the food hit the dish she came darting out from under Swordie LaForge.
By the time she finished her meal she decided I was ready, and granted me the honour of petting her. That day I spent a lot of time trying to convince her I was cool, and I think it paid off. She has stuck around ever since. We’re feeding her morning and night, and she sleeps in the hedge or under Holly’s car. Every time someone comes out the side door she comes to say hi. I gave her the name Sputnik because she acts like a satellite when we’re out there, and because space is totally badass.
Today while I’m at work, Holly will be taking Sputnik to our friend, Lesley, who will hopefully be able to help this sweetheart with whatever is all over her face and then find her a home. I’d love to keep her but she needs to be healthy and de-baby-maker-ed first and we can’t afford to get her there. Hopefully she’ll find someone almost as cool as me, because she deserves the best. She’s absolutely the best type of cat, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my best friend a tortie. She’s extremely loveable, and super chatty.
Although it’s not entirely complete, Kathy’s pergola is finally at a point where it looks finished. All it needs is some more lag bolts (currently it just has temporary screws in a few of the cross beams), then the additional 2″x2″s which span the top. It’s been finished for a week or so now, but I haven’t had a chance to sit and blog until today.
I couldn’t have pulled it off so quickly and easily if it wasn’t for The Dude’s help. He put in about 16 weekend hours, and his advice saved me tons of time I’m sure.
I’m fairly certain Kathy is satisfied with it as she’s already begun hanging drapes, lanterns, and plants despite it’s unfinished state. I thought it looked awesome when I finished it, but now that she’s started decorating and using the space it looks even better. I know this won’t be the last one I build since Holly has already expressed an interest in having a pergola of her own one day, and that’s okay. Usually the second one is easier and better.
For a while now I have been claiming on Facebook to be the owner / operator of my own business known as Smoking Cobra G.D.F. (Graphic Design Firm) so whenever I get asked to enter a company name these days, that’s it. I was excited to see it on the most recent piece of mail I received. Who knows, if I don’t end up getting hired full time at John Deere, then perhaps I’ll be forced to actually start Smoking Cobra Designsâ„¢.
About a month or two back I got the idea to make some wooden belt buckles. I’m not sure what gave me the idea, but I quickly decided it was a good one and began searching for a supplier of belt buckle hardware. I found a company called Tandy Leather,Â who have a decent selection, and ordered a few different types of hardware sets and blanks. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to combine the hardware and wood until I had both in my hand, but once I did it all became clear.
I dragged Holly to the Michael’s (which seems backwards, but whatever…) so I could purchase some super expensive paper thin birchwood. I traced the buckle shape onto the wood and used my Exacto-knife to cut out the inserts, then Gorilla Glued them to the buckle blanks using clothes pins as clamps. After a few hours I sanded the edges until they were perfectly flush with the edges of the blank, then I started laying my design out and burning.
The first buckle I made was for me (top of this post). I figured if I screwed up, it would likely be on the first attempt, so I would make that one mine. The others were intended to be gifts for friends, so I wanted them to be better. MineÂ turned out just fine, and made me eager to work on more. I had to wait patiently until Jon found some time to get me his artwork (the Fishing Fury logo and font) which he did last week.
I have wanted to make Jon something for a while. He’s a friend who helps me out a lot. This blog wouldn’t exist or have it’s badass logo without him. He helped create this site and continues to host it and never has he asked for anything in return. He’s also always willing to answer his phone when I call, which might not sound like a big deal but I assure you it is. He answers knowing full well I’m likely having an issue with something beyond my level of computer knowledge that he won’t be able to explain or fix over the phone, but still tries. I can’t offer the same in return so I’ve decided to show Jon (and friendly helpful people like him) my appreciation by making something for him.
The next time I see him he’ll be getting both of these (and likely some other stuff I plan to make) and hopefully he’ll like at least one of them enough to hang it over his crotch from time to time.
I also decided to sign and number Jon’s belt buckles, in case he decides he wants to add wooden belt buckles to the Fishing Fury online store.
I need to order more hardware, but I would like to make a bunch more of these for me and my friends. If anyone reading this is interested in having a belt buckle contact me at [email protected] and we’ll work something out.