Both Working From Home: A Pro or a Con?

Today it’s a Con. (Before I go any further, if you are reading this and you are my mom Joan, or Eric’s mom Joanne, I advise that you skip this post***). I walked downstairs to Eric’s workshop to let the dog out. And all I could smell was gas! I paniced and Eric casually said “Oh, I was cleaning out a container that had gas in it.” WHAT *#$ ?!?!? Was my response. You see, our utility sink is located next to the furnace which runs off city gas! And this furnace is in the middle of his workshop where he, oh, lets say, runs machinery that could potentially create a spark! Or is surrounded by the piles of sawdust on the floor that could spontaneously combust into flames! Hello? I shook my head as I was going up the stairs and calmly asked him “Please don’t blow up the house – I have tv shows to watch!”

***J & J: No frantic phone calls please. I warned you not to read further!

**The Texaco Sign is a reproduction and can be purchased online at the History Channel Shop.

*For many of my email subscribers: Monday’s email/post about Jack White on American Pickers did not include the video. At the end of the email, it said to “hit play on the video below” and it was an ad – no video! If your browser or email service does not allow videos to be sent, you can simply click on the title and it will bring you to the blog where you can see any future videos I post.

+++Special Note: Eric wanted me to point out to everyone that the container did not have gas in it. I did write ‘had’ gas in it. He was scrubbing the container to get the residue and/or smell out of the container. We all know that pouring gas down a drain is a No-No and Eric would never do that. To our friends in Maine, thanks for pointing that out 🙂

Antique Archaeology and Jack White.

Eric has great students. One of them is Christy C. N. who always gives us good laughs and she heard that one of Eric’s favorite shows is American Pickers. So she gave Eric an Antique Archaeology t-shirt as a gift and he wears it ALL the time. (For those unfamiliar with American Pickers, Mike is one of the ‘stars’ and he owns the store Antique Archaeology.) He now packs this brown shirt for every workshop we go on. So many of my photos have him wearing that shirt so much so, that it looks like he wears the same clothes every day. So the History Channel has been advertising this week’s episode for awhile and Eric’s been nagging me to post this event on my blog.  I’ve got to give him what he wants some times, so this one I will do. Why is this particular episode so special and has Eric so excited? Because one of his favorite musicians, Jack White, will be on the show! Direct quote from Eric: “My favorite two pickers meet myfavorite guitar picker. It doesn’t get any better than this, not since Abbottand Costello meet the Invisible man.” Well, ‘alrighty’ then. Here you go Eric. (hit ‘play’ on video below)

(For email subscribers, if you do not see the video, hit the title which brings you to the blog.)

Ohhh, The Guilt!

Maybe I’m the only one but do others feel the same immense guilt when they leave their dog at the kennel? When we were in Florida over New Year’s, we had to leave our dog Chance at the kennel for one week. All I could think of was him being in a tiny cage, running out of water, no human interaction, mean dogs taunting him and not being allowed to go outside enough. I believe he gets to go in the yard 3 times a day. At home he’s outside at least 15 times a day. (Eric would probably tell you it’s much more.) I cannot help it. I need to spoil my dog! And I have spent the last few days, since picking him up, begging for forgiveness, giving him lots of belly rubs, long massages and extra treats. But he’s still plopping himself in front of me with this sad look, so my guilt still lingers…

(Note: Eric gave him a few pats on the head
and said “All is back to normal.” He is
apparently immune to this dreaded guilt.)