Wine Cellar vs. IKEA

Yesterday was totally lost for blogging, since I had zero minutes of downtime all day. Not that it was bad! I had a wonderful catch-up lunch with my friend and former co-worker, Melissa. We took turns updating each other on the past few months of our lives. I am so happy she loves her new job and is incredibly fit and glowing with inner peace. It’s good to be around people like that!

Once I got home from work (where I was doing fun stuff and figuring out answers to hard problems), the rest of the evening was consumed by trying to put together the new wine/shoe room furniture that had arrived that day.

Russ is all happy here, because he can find all the pins and such to build the first piece of furniture.

We lucked out in that we canceled a meeting of our Hermit Haus coworkers, but Russell, my former co-worker and business partner, had already blocked off the time, so he showed up to help us decipher the instructions for the two items of furniture we’d bought.

I hope we rewarded him enough with two bottles of interesting American wine (Santa Barbara and Noisy Waters wineries) and a whole bunch of grocery-store sushi. At least he didn’t faint from exhaustion down in the basement, where it was distinctly warmer than upstairs by the time we were done.

How did it go?

We had lots of fun emptying the wine room out so we could work. No bottles were broken, so we won that round.

That’s a lot of future shoe storage!

And, we did pretty well on the giant 4×4 grid to go against the far wall. There’s only one or two little slip-ups in that one. It will do just fine to hold shoes.

I’m a manly man and I built this thing!

I did a GREAT job opening up the white boxes to go into each space in the grid. We ended up with 17 of them, which I think makes up for the fact that the cabinet we’re building will block a couple of the boxes from opening completely. I’ll just use those for long-term storage.

Sixteen spaces and seventeen boxes!

When we got to the cabinet, it got confusing. First, it looked too small, like there was no way the two wine racks would fit on it. Then, by the time we realized there was another “unit” to the cabinet, we were running out of supplies. Poor Russell was using fake legs, fake pins, and, well, failing at building it. He kept saying, “There must be another bag of stuff.”

Anita brought us numerous bags of things left over from another project, but none were right. I went out in the dark, where Anita had put all the boxes, but couldn’t find anything. So, we released Russell for his long drive home.

We officially give up.

This morning, in the daylight, Anita and I went through all the large boxes again. Sure enough there was ANOTHER BAG of stuff for putting together the cabinet.

I think we are back to the drawing board. And our office looks like a drunken hurricane hit it.

Less stuff in the garage and all IKEA boxes emptied of vital contents.

On the other hand, hey, look at all the boxes and stuff we put out for the trash collectors! Our garage project is going great!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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