I’m on my flight back to Phoenix after spending the last few days in Georgia for Grammy’s funeral.
It’s hard to write about death because there is never enough time and space to properly revere their lives. Plus most the emotion and turmoil from a death is too much to share with the rest of the world in a blog. Maybe in a book, but not in a blog. It’s best to share Grammy’s last moments, as posted by my dad on Facebook.
“After 93 amazing years, my mother, a faith-filled woman of God journeyed home this evening to be with Jesus. I was holding her hand and reading “Love You Forever.” About half-way through she breathed her last breath in this life. I finished reading the book to her and then Psalm 23 then called Mary. She came right home, but took the attached picture of a beautiful rainbow as she came over the mountain. Mom loved rainbows! Mom always wanted to help me on Mission Trips so memorials could be sent to me for that purpose. Thanks to all for love and prayers.”
Norah is most happy when she is clean, which is why she asked either me or Candyce to lift her up to the kitchen and bathroom sinks several times throughout the day. It’s been this way since she was about 15 months. Although this is a cute ritual for a parent, you get kinda tired of leaning over the sink while a heavy child lathers up and slaps around water. So when Candyce told me that she was going to buy a $30 stool to give Norah independence, I knew I had to make something instead. How could we justify a $30 purchase for something that I could easily build for about ten dollars? Take a look at the end result below. Look for notes beneath.
I asked Norah to stand on the stool to give a sense of scale. The X you see there is made of scrap redwood from a different project. Although it looks cool, the braces are to keep the stool sturdy. It’s inevitable that this stool is used by more than my 30 pound daughter.
The stool in the back was the first one I built. Unfortunately, the cool X is hidden from view when it’s pressed against the kitchen cabinet. So on the 2nd stool I sliced the X at the center and used each section to brace a different stair step.
Here’s my original sketch. On the lower left is my plan for cutting each part from a single pine shelving board from Lowes. I like the idea of adding in the handle, but I ran out of time on the project. I can always cut those out later.
The most satisfying part of this project is seeing how much Norah enjoys them. She gets such satisfaction every time she bounds up and down the steps.
Some good guys got together and headed up to Camp Tepeyac in Prescott, AZ, to celebrate Matt’s bachelor party a week before his wedding. The highlight of the trip was a ruthless day of paint ball. To be clear, the only real marksman out there were Bart the Army Ranger, and Ennie and Paul, two Southern boys who hunt. The rest of us made it up as we went along.
Being so high in the mountains gave me a preview of autumn. At night it was in the low 60s, maybe in the 50s. It felt good to put on a jacket in September.