Sawdust Glitter…

Work! To live carefree and in a constant state of adventuring…what a dream! A dream that is definitely not a reality for me. How about you?
I do a variety of work trying to keep up with the cost of living in CA. Most of my time is spent in a very non-glittery way sitting in front of my laptop working online doing translations,editing and other jobs. I prefer using my hands, creating and doing stuff like handy(wo)man jobs. I’m most definitely not the best at this, but I like it. It gets me outside and into focusing on the present…and fortunately I have an extremely patient boss.

…But I do have quite a few years of experience, many of those working at Home Depot while in college.

To me, working on fences outside and getting dirty is so much better than sitting inside on front of a screen all day long.

Working inside isn’t always a bad thing though πŸ˜‰

Staying organized… sort off. The ocean view is most important here πŸ˜‰

Building walls and painting

What do you do to survive and pay those bills?
I’ll keep dreaming. Maybe someday this blog will be a bit bigger and I’ll get to spend my time building my own house in stead of fixing stuff for others.

51 Comments on “Sawdust Glitter…

  1. Good on you. There are not that many people around (men or women) who are “handy”. I live for the goo weather, when I can get outside and get my hands dirty.At this time of year up here, I have to be satisfied doing interior maintenance. Will start on that in January. As to making ends meet, I am retired, so must live within my pensions. Not too bad yet. Good to read another post from you. Stay well. Allan

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    • Thank you Allan πŸ’•
      Oh yes I totally understand. Growing up in Scandinavia I know what it’s like to wait for the good weather.
      I worry about that retirement part! Around here everything just keeps going up. It’s nearly impossible to save.
      Hope you’re staying warm!

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  2. Who knew you were so handy!? Too bad you are so far away. Hope you get many jobs to keep you busy and employed. ☺️

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  3. I am completely hopeless when it comes to DIY… Well, almost completely… I put up the Christmas lights yesterday! πŸ˜€ I hope your dream come true. You’re an inspiration. πŸ™‚

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  4. Out of all posts of yours, this is perhaps the most inspiring and satisfying to see. I love to know about ladies who are independent and take up work which they like or which they think they are capable of doing independently.
    Keep up the good work Madam, you are not only an inspiration for women but also for men. Perhaps, one day, we might wake up to see ladies do jobs, have fun, study or live their lives as independently as men.

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    • Your point is a good one: we women can do anything, but the thing that holds us back is when we (or others) don’t THINK we are capable of it! I love Susanne’s attitude here, where she just takes the construction work along with the computer work, and appreciates the change of pace. Good on ya, Sister! πŸ™‚

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  5. Yes!

    Sawdust glitter is where it’s at!

    True happiness, knowledge and wisdom comes from experience not knowledge.

    Not drugging behind a desk working for someone else but working for yourself on your hands and knees

    If kneed, no, need be!

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  6. Hi Susanne. You are one talented gal! You are braver than I when it comes to some projects. Thank you for following my blog. I have been to all the Scandinavian countries and was in awe of all of them. My wife (maiden name, Larson) has a father with Norwegian roots and a mother with Danish roots.

    Looking forward to reading your posts.

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    • Thank you so much Al πŸ’•
      Your wife sounds awesome πŸ˜‰ Yes Scandinavia is amazing! I need to get back there and soon.
      Looking forward to reading more of yours too 😊

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  7. Hi, as a person who loves DIY jobs, I think working at HD is really cool. I’m a retired teacher, but I love out side work and gardening. Thank you for liking my verses. Haiku’s are fun to do.

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    • Yes, working at HD was one of my most favorite jobs. Great atmosphere especially on the weekends when families came in excited about starting a new project and learning about it.
      I have huge respect for teachers! I spent some time volunteer teaching clubs at a local school 😳 I’m not made for that! πŸ˜‰


  8. IΒ΄ll give you this, there in the U.S most houses are made of wood so no wonder you as a “girl” (now a days you have to say girls, my grandmother did that in a second and never call her girl or I would get a smack and my mother too) have those electric “things” that can drill. I did that job as a profession, and digging ditches also for the damn water pipes to go throgh, here in Spain the houses are bricks as old as NapoleΓ³n, try to drill something in my mothers house as I did, no it was literally hours of pain to take out the freaking things that I donΒ΄t know the name in english and by hand and a bit of a hammer.
    Susan, I was just Bullshitting you,(hope you didnΒ΄t take it the wrong way) I do really think you did a great job plus…..yo look hot!Even with doing construction, and no I donΒ΄t believe is a exclusive male job.

    Stay Frosty gentess
    P.S Meaning of Stay Frosty- Got it while we were atached to a U.S Marine eliment, they got the cool radios and it would transmit to a guy who then told his seargent where the Taliban was and when we where going to get hit( I actually believe now that better no to know the exact or where momento) so this seargent turned his head and yelled to his Marines “Stay Frosty gents!”, stay cool, calm, collected and make all your skills put on the table when need be. Anyways a female reader told me that in the ending of my posts I always say Stay Frosty gents and that women were also Reading me so I came up with ” gentes”

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    • Haha.. you gave me a good laugh!
      Houses here in the US are pretty much just paper 😳🀣 I grew up in EU (only been in Spain once though! Would love to go back) so I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’d still (try to at least) help dig ditches πŸ˜„

      Ooo I love that saying. And all this respect you have for us … girls πŸ˜‰

      Stay Frosty and Thank you so much πŸ’•


      • The houses in the U.S are literally made of paper, althought the tornado comes off the house goes and next day they are back on it.
        Anyways, I have a great room in a great hotel named to you,, still waiting your answer


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