Ever since Nelson has grown into a teenager, he's felt a growing sense of independence. This includes coming and going at all hours of the night - in fact, several times each night. Besides meowing and yowling with increasing volume to announce his intentions, he has decided that it is a good move to come into the bedroom and, leaping on the bed, to then walk up and down on each of us, until we wake up enough to realize what it is that he wants. That is, for us to get up and open the door for him. The same tactic also applies for those times when he's hungry. Nothing like a good walk on the back at 1:30 in the morning.
Eventually, we came to the realization that getting a good night's sleep was going to require some ingenuity on our part. Since most of the time, Nelson had us at a disadvantage, that is, us being asleep, when he would mount his offensive to cause the door to be opened. We usually wake up just enough to stagger out of bed, find the door and get it opened enough for this pale ghost to glide through.
So, what were we going to do? The only thing we could think of was to put in a kitty door. It's not like we haven't had experience with these things before. This would be number eight or nine of a long line of kitty doors and two doggie doors.
Anyway, we ordered one from Home Depot in Florida and had it shipped down here. That was one of the things I picked up from the Belize Port Authority on our last venture to the big city.
It simply wouldn't do to sit simply admiring the package. One is expected to take rather prompt action in such circumstances. Since I had gotten back from Belize City on Thursday evening, construction could begin promptly on Friday morning.
First, of course, we had to seek approval for the plan of attack. Below, you can see Nelson going over the plans for the project. He has a fine whisker for detail and gave me a couple of good suggestions that were duly incorporated into the process.
|Nelson Reviewing the Plans|
|Before the Drywall Went Up|
|Lots of Hidden Wires|
|Open Doorway From Inside|
|Towel Added as Temp Cover|
After a brisk walk with Cindy and Secret this morning, Deeohgee was stay-home doggie in their rotation, and a quick trip for some things in town, I got to work on finishing the kitty door.
Before I forget, I was originally going to ask David (of David and Elizabeth, friends of ours in Ranchito) to cut and cobble together the wood necessary to box the hole in the wall. Since they were going to be tied up Friday with another trip to Belmopan for their Residency interview, I thought it a bit unfair to saddle David with that. Turns out, I was able to do a passable job myself.
Friday morning I had to make a grocery run into town (of course that entailed having all three dogs along for the ride), so I took advantage of that and on our way back home, headed up to the airport to Guillermo Magaña's cabinet shop to see if I could get a couple of pieces of wood about 4'x4"x1/2".
No problem, Guillermo said, and proceeded to wrestle with a plank about 3" thick and a good 9' long. First thing he did was put it on the table saw to cut it down to 4' lengths. This promptly bound up the saw and warped the blade. Not an auspicious start.
After about 10-minutes to replace the blade, things got serious. Guillermo and one of his helpers got the wood cut to length, then they started ripping it to size. That was interesting to watch. then a few bouts on the planer and shaper, and before I knew it, I had two pieces of wood custom cut to my specifications. Beautiful wood too. I don't know what king it was. Dianna thought maybe Ziricote? All for only $7.00 BZD. And then the girls, groceries, lumber, and I, all headed home so I could get back to work on the project.
This morning (Saturday), and a few deft cuts later, a little use of my air-powered nail-gun, and careful measuring and fitting, and here's the result. Of course, there's still some varnishing to be done in the morning, and the project will be completed.
|Inside Assembly Completed|
|Outside Assembly Completed|
Here's a shot from inside the office showing the woodwork with two coats of BH Spar Varnish. You'll notice a couple small bits of wood on the far edge. I had to add those to give the screws fastening the door something to bite on. I don't know why I didn't need those when the door was on the inside. It was square, wasn't it?
|Two Coats Varnish - From Inside|
|Door Attached - From the Inside|