The Hired Help …


oops.  I mean the retired help!

Remember this cabinet?


I wrote about its evolution from TV cabinet, to scrapbooking cabinet, to sewing cabinet  here.

But, I never mentioned one very important part of the story about that cabinet.

100_5265x   How it got to this guest bedroom . . .

100_5264x  at the end of this not-terribly-wide hallway . . .

100_5263x    up this not-terribly-wide stairway . . .

100_5262x   while first maneuvering around the tight turn at the landing (yes, I did removed the candles to give them the maximum wiggle room).

100_5271x  At least they didn’t have to carry it through the house from Hubby’s workshop.  They took it outside and brought it in the front door, right at the bottom of the steps.

So, who were the “they” who did this monumental task for me?  That would be the “retired help” (not to be confused with “hired help” because that would indicate some form of payment for their services!).  “They” were Hubby’s two brothers … also in their sixties.

This is the sort of job that people our age would usually ask their grown sons or sons-in-law to help with, but unfortunately we don’t have any of those who live anywhere close, so Hubby asked his two brothers if they would come over and help him carry it upstairs.  And, let me just tell you their dad, Art, raised three boys who seldom say “I can’t do that”.  They are “get it done” kind of guys, even as they have aged and have a few more aches and pains.

So, the three brothers wrestled the cabinet up the steps and down the hall to its current “home” in the guest bedroom.  And, I am eternally grateful to them.  I love it.

By the way, as they started up the stairs, brother Denny said, “This makes me wish Art had had more sons!”

To which brother Keith replied as he lifted his end of the really heavy cabinet, “Well, it makes me wish Art had had younger sons!”

Thanks, guys … for doing the heavy lifting for me, and also for making me laugh!

12 Responses to The Hired Help …

  1. Hilary says:

    That’s great. You should rent them out. My cousin occasionally has work done by a small business called “Rent A Son.” Really nice, helpful, young guys come out and do whatever needs being done for a not too hefty cost. Much to her disappointment, adoption wasn’t optional.

  2. Sandra says:

    Oh, Hilary, “Rent a Son” sounds like a perfect service for us. Wish they were in this area! But, I guess until we find something like that, we’ll just have to use the “funny old guys”. 🙂

  3. Margo says:

    I love hearing “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would have said.
    And I guess that the guest room is the final home for this piece of furniture?

  4. Sandra says:

    Well, Margo, if the brothers have anything to say about it, it is! They are NOT interested in hauling that heavy piece of furniture ANYWHWERE else! 🙂

  5. Dave says:

    Hi Sandra. I saw your comment on one of my now-redundant blog sites and decided to follow your URL. I have read each of your blogs on the latest page and enjoyed them, especially about the septic repairers. Good work. I will try to make time to follow your blog now I have found it. – Dave

  6. Sandra says:

    Dave — Thank you for stopping by. It’s always nice to “meet” another blogger!

  7. lesley says:

    This reminds me of when Baz & our son Matt, tried to carry an oak wardrobe up the stairs & over the bannister in Matt new apartment, I ran to help as they lifted it over the bannister…only just made it whew!!
    Love the “wiggle space” lol

  8. C says:

    Well, I have the blessing of my strong-as-an-ox son here, and his friend has been out three weekends in a row to do “manual” labor around the place! What would I do without them??? C

  9. Sandra says:

    Lesley — I guess we should have had more children, specifically, sons, and then made them promise to always live close-by! 🙂

    C — Amen. They are a blessing.

  10. lesley says:

    Living in England, everyone lives close by lol

  11. Chrissy Witt says:

    too cute! Great family to come over and help out!

  12. Sandra says:

    Lesley — Good point! 🙂

    Chrissy — Yes, they are great brothers-in-law! 🙂

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