Life With an Engineer

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Being married to an engineer has it’s benefits and it’s entertaining moments. This is totally not fiber related but I felt compelled to share.

“So”, says I, “we need a way to protect the small willow tree from the wild bunnies (we have hoards of them) and the snow this winter, can you think of something, Honey?” DH decides a wire fence and a plastic garbage bag will do the job. It sounds simple and I let him go to it.

T-pee for a willow tree
T-pee for a willow tree

This is what I got. The wood framework is to keep the weight of the snow from smooshing the tree down. A good idea, but did it really need to be so fancy? It’s even been sanded smooth, I guess the bunnies won’t get splinters when they find their way in. I love it, don’t get me wrong. It will do the job very well, but it still makes me chuckle.

On the other hand, I thought the overhang at the end of the kitchen counter and the breakfast bar was an ideal place for cookbook shelves. I figured he could cut up some plywood, paint it to match the cabinets and viola!

Well utilized space!
Well utilized space!

White maple and rosewood – they are soooo beautiful that I won’t want to leave them behind when we eventually sell the house!

Even a drawer for my stamps and such!
Even a drawer for my stamps and such!

I’m not poking fun at him for these – I love them!

matches the tile nicely
matches the tile nicely

Don’t they look nice with the tile trim on the counter?

fully loaded
fully loaded

And almost all of my cookbooks fit – well… three quarters.

But when we needed a solution to the sun coming in the sliding glass door ruining the flooring, he solved the problem very well with a bit of slate tile.

slate tile to stand up to the sun damage
slate tile to stand up to the sun damage

This also has become a favorite photo backdrop for many of my Etsy product shots!

On the other hand, when I make and Art Quilt – comments about my lines “aren’t straight” or my angles “aren’t square” will not be warmly received  😉

I love you , Honey!

Deb H

Life With an Engineer

2 thoughts on “Life With an Engineer

  1. Patty Ashworth says:

    Isn’t interesting how many artists/quilters are married to engineers? A’s marry Z’s… it is wonderful and fustrating all at the same time. I wanted flower beds around a tree in the backyard. I finally decided to make it after waiting several years…. So while he was at work on a rig (gone for weeks at a time) I brought the concrete stones home and built it. Questions were, did I find the radius around the tree? Is it level? I told him it looked round and I went for the illusion of level! I mean, after a couple of years, the plants will be over growing the sides and no one will ever go out there with a string to see if the radius was even all the way around…. well, almost no one.

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