Productive Hours

July 24, 2018


I am really on a roll with the ‘Who’s kidding who’ portion of my summer. There are so many things at the center that I’ve been thinking, “Someday I’ll get to that,” but today I went ahead and got some done. In reverse chronological order, a few more circles up in the hallway,

the latest in our homemade ‘stained glass panels’ up. (Both of these jobs required the ladder.)

There is no ‘before’ photo, but this area of the kitchen counter had a ‘Staff Communication Station’ page laminated to the corner for nearly two years. I finally took it off.

Unfortunately, since that area was so protected, now it has a different finish. I tried scratching it with some steel wool and it’s a little better.

In one of our entryways, I’ve had some boards on the floor so the cart doesn’t hit the wall. The boards always get shuffled around, though, so I finally put some big boards up on the wall to be a bumper.

It’s cobbled together from leftover pieces of window trim, but absolutely nobody is going to notice or care.

This morning I finally brought up some stuff to make a ‘kitchen’. We’ve had an L-shaped piece of countertop left over from construction, and I bought a cheap sink at the Habitat for Humanity store a loooong time ago. My dream was to build some supports for the whole thing and have a dedicated play space. Who’s kidding who? I broke one end off the counter, propped it up on some tires and called it good. They loved it. They served hamburgers, mulch soup and cheesy tacos. I highly recommend the tacos.

After everyone went home I waterproofed the exposed edges, but honestly, this just needs to last through the summer.

Good enough.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Productive Hours”

  1. Lauren's mom Said on:

    Wow! Lots of work done!


  2. Kris Said on:

    How did you make this batch of “stained glass”?


    • Lauren Said on:

      Cardboard and some color filters from Amazon. They look like children made them, but let’s face it -- they’re pretty much the work of 48-year-old.


  3. Brad Said on:

    Sheesh! I feel inferior. I think all I did was wash some dishes yesterday. Oh! I also scooped poops.

    No. No, that doesn’t really compare, does it?


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