Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Mate

This marks the last weekend Jim's home for a month. Well, he'll be home each weekend, if he's not on call, but it's the last weekend for a while where we can both relax, be together, and not have to worry about studying. He has another board exam coming up at the end of June and he's studying furiously for it, but this weekend he's taking some time to just be.

So, what does he do? Devotes his time to woodworking! 

I absolutely love being married to someone who's savvy as a woodworker. He has many talents and I'm grateful that woodworking is one of them! As a high schooler he spent three or four summers working in a cabinet shop. It was there he learned the ins and outs of making custom cabinetry, drawers, or anything wooden that needed to go into a kitchen or bathroom.

His perfectionistic eye combined with artistic and mathematical abilities make each product a quality piece. In my eyes, anyway. He often can point out some sort of flaw, but it's never noticeable. When he finishes a piece he's proud of, it really does look professional. He could easily sell what he makes.

Over the years his workshop has been in our living room or on the porch. One day we hope to have a workshop for him, where he won't have to assemble the wood and tools from closets and under porches. He's resourceful in acquiring wood, since we don't have much money to pour into this passion. Another hope for one day. He makes do and produces great stuff in our limited space and budget.

Anyway! Remember that first adirondack chair he built?

Well, it was time to have a mate for the poor thing.

The tools came out, the sawdust fell, and a new one materialized. All with a gorgeous view to enjoy and the cool breeze blowing all of the sawdust away!

Tonight we plan to relax in our matching chairs and take in the beauty around us. Perhaps there will be a fire, too :)

Now that's a nice way to celebrate our last night together for a while!

Here's a 20 week picture for those wanting a peek ;)


  1. You look absolutely stunning!

  2. Wow, nice work, Jim! :) So encouraged to hear your positive outlook, Käthe. Much love!

  3. I love this post as much as I love all the other ones! Great stuff!
    Love, Dad

  4. Love being married to a handy man :) That is so awesome Jim made that in a day! You look so cute with your baby bump! And you live in such a beautiful place - I need to visit!!! loveU

    1. Yes, you DO! I am so sorry I missed you this last time.