Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Home Projects, Happiness, and Cable TV

I like to have something to do.  I don't like overwhelming, never ending, nothing-I -do-makes-it-better projects.

Been there.

One way to avoid those kind of situations is to stay on top of things as they present themselves. A leaky pipe needs a plumber, or you, if you know how.  Peeling paint,  out of control bushes, uncut grass, cats that need spaying all require attention, and if they are not allowed to pile up, that overwhelming feeling is never there.

Making a to do list and being in control.  It's a great feeling.

Then there are those of us out there that are married to someone that has their own ideas, and shares them.  Sharing.  Lots to be said about that, but one thing that is a given is that it comes with the vows.  Sharing is good in many ways.  It eliminates surprises, and that is good in any marriage.

"Who's the little kid?"
"He's your son."
"Thanks for sharing."

Timeliness in sharing is optional.

The corner cabinet where the TV will be
Installing a LCD TV under a kitchen cabinet is something I would never have considered.  The kitchen is a one task place for the like of me.  If there is something I want to watch on TV I used to run like heck to the kitchen, and then back to the couch during commercials like most of America.  Now, with DVR technology I just pause the program.


However, there are some people out there that actually multitask in the kitchen, and a TV would be a nice thing.  I wouldn't know about that.  I can open the fridge, wash dishes, make a sandwich, and boil water, all of which take a lot less time than watching a program on TV, so a permanent LCD in the kitchen is something I would never have thought of.

Mary thought of it, though, and onto the list it went.  Right to the top of the list (see vows).

So this is how I will spend the morning today.  Should be simple enough.

  • Determine location.  Mary told me where (again, see vows).
  • Determine easiest, least destructive way to run the television cable.
  • Run the cable.
  • Mount the TV under the cabinet.
  • Connect the power, and the cable.
  • Figure out the remote control.
  • Turn on the TV.
Now, if all goes well, there should be a tiny 10.2 inch Digital LCD TV running flawlessly under the cabinet in time for Mary to view when she comes home from work today, and this tiny project, this little thing, will make her happy.

Seeing her happy does the same for me, and has nothing to do with the vows, but is one of the  reasons I said them.


  1. And that's what it's all about...sigh...contentment...

  2. Great slice of life article, with smiles tucked inside! Thanks for sharing:-)


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