merry christmas


Oh Boy It’s Christmas!

Dear friends, I will keep this short and sweet.

A year ago Jeanne and I were heading back from the Caribbean islands on Walkabout, far from friends and family, away for the second half of our great sailing adventure. There was a time or two on that long trip when we felt really homesick but the excitement of the ocean diminished that – except at Christmas when we both wished we were back at home.


Now we are here in Vermont and even though we have had no snow Christmas is again like it always was. So, we hope your holidays are happy, filled with good cheer and the season brings family and friends to your side. And that you, like us, anticipate a wonderful year to come.



If I had a chance to do it over – this is going back to 1983 when we built our house – I would listen to my wife better than I did. She wanted kitchen cabinets, lots of them just like her mother had, and I thought what I provided was plenty. It was not enough and I had been getting the same complaint ever since. In truth, cabinet space in our kitchen is a bit limited, but I respond, “Think about our boat, we do fine on her!” … And the battle raged on.

A few weeks ago, fretting over what to give my dear wife for a Christmas present, I thought, why not build her a big overflow cabinet and then she can make room in those little kitchen cabinets that she’s been whining about for so long? Where to put it popped into my head almost as fast: The sun room is right by the kitchen and has a corner just perfect for it. Then came hours and hours of looking for ideas, sketching and measuring followed by trips to the lumber yard for the proper boards and hardware before I could start. A few moments of midnight inspiration came along too, can’t discount that.

cabinet.1Then it was time to stop measuring and start cutting.

I designed the pine cabinet thirty-two inches on a side, and almost seven feet tall. Everything is either square or cut at forty-five degrees, except the front columns which needed boards ripped at twenty-two and a half degrees then glued together. That was the extent of the math required.

This cabinet has seven shelves counting the top giving it over twenty square feet of space. cabinet.3It has two doors on three hinges secured with magnetic latches. Since Jeanne and I had to carry the finished product around the house and up stairs I used a minimum of framing and backing on the cabinet to keep the weight down and lots of stiffeners, glue and screws for strength.cabinet.2

It now stands in it’s corner like it grew there.


Happiness is a pleased spouse.