Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Allow to dry 24 hours between layers
Look what popped up as I was looking for a suitable quote for a passage in the book I'm working on. Another gem from Abraham Lincoln:
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
I wish I'd learned that as a kid. It's too late now.
I'm the one you'll find hacking away with a blunt axe because I don't have the patience for sharpening it. I want the tree down. Now.
By the end of the first two hours, I will have broken two axes trying to chop down the tree with unsharpened blades.
Then I'll give in and find instructions for sharpening an axe in two hours. I'll work on it for one and figure, "Close enough." I'll use the half sharpened axe and it will break also.
We're now at hour four. I'll spend that hour trying to use the first two broken axes. My arms will hurt.
During hour five, I'll rest.
Just before hour six, I'll hurry to the nearest axe sharpening place and pay three times the price to do a rush sharpening job.
Ten minutes before the six hours are up, the tree will be down, I'll be exhausted and the sorry owner of three broken axes and one very expensive sharp one.
Where was Lincoln when I was learning important life skills?
Doing crafts has helped me a bit. It's almost impossible to rush through the making of a miniature scene. Glue and varnish have to dry, an afghan has to be knitted one stitch at a time. Still, I've managed to ruin a few items because I put coat number two on before number one was truly dry.
One solution: I now have five or six scenes going at a time. One of them is sure to be dry enough to work on.
What would you do with your six hours?