Well that was an unexpected week away from my blog! I’m back with a better organized work space, and a grand sense of accomplishment.

For the past few years my computer monitor has been sitting on my husband’s mother’s old desk and my keyboard and mouse have been sitting on a folding tray table I could lower enough to be able to type away in an ergonomically correct position. Functional yes, appearance and space wise, a big fat ugh… I finally convinced my husband a new desk with a pull out shelf for the keyboard was a wise decision.

We don’t own a pick-up and don’t have the strength necessary to get a new desk out of a truck, so I did the next best thing. I ordered one of those put-it-together-yourself jobs. I’m not sure what I thought was going to arrive, but what I got was two very heavy boxes which held 33 pieces of wood, hinges, feet, and drawer handles and untold number of various screws some of which I had never seen the likes of before.

Oh, first I had to sort and empty the old desk. I found sympathy cards sent to my husband when his mother passed….in 1984! I found his son’s acceptance letter to the University of Kentucky; sent 18 years ago. I found pictures of his children and his son’s Boy Scouts neckerchief slide. We had a nice walk down memory lane and all but the aforementioned went in the trash.

It took me a couple of days to attack the pile of wood and screws. Luckily I believe in directions and was smart enough to leave all the screws in their assigned bags so I knew which ones were which size when they were called for. And I still put four of them in the wrong place and had to take them out. I learned how to use the electric screw-driver my son gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. (I like functional gifts.) I won’t tell you how long it took me to accomplish the finished product, but I will brag for a long time that I did it, all by myself.

I have always liked to do projects that have a visible outcome, like splitting wood, doing puzzles, making quilts and baking from scratch, so this project was right up my alley. I did pinch my thumb and it is still tender, but that bit of information just adds some excitement to the story and at the time, gave me a reason to take a break for a cup of coffee.

I love the look and neatness of my new work space. The challenge for me will be to keep it neat, as I tend to pile flat surfaces with “stuff.” I don’t know if my blog posts will be any more regular or profound but now my house is ready for the holidays and my new desk will be shown off to all the visitors. I’m glad to be back.