Building a Fire Under My Printer

January 12, 2011

My home printer is little and cheap because I do most bigger copying jobs at the office.  It is sometimes a pain.  It won’t feed the paper (though it does much better if you put only ten sheets in the tray at a time) — very frustrating!

Woodpile under the printer

Haven’t you ever wanted to do that — just set fire to something and watch it burn?

Actually what you see in this photo is Holmes’ woodpile.  You’ll remember I had wood delivered so we could build a fire in the firepit and sit around it in the evening.  That didn’t happen during the crazy puppy party period, but the wood is stacked on the patio. Holmes likes to carry things and his current mission is to transport a half-cord of firewood through the dog door and into the family room.  When he brings it in, I stack it on the return of my desk — which happens to be the home of the printer.  I’m moving it all back to the wood pile, but thought the configuration of wood and cheap little printer gave rise to some flaming good ideas.

Reasons why I’ve not been blogging daily — I’m trying to get the CWCCA Bulletin to the printer.  There are so many things to do besides building pretty ads and inserting articles.  I have suddenly become backed up at work with loads of little projects and a couple of big ones.   Two puppies have left, the third leaves this Saturday, so there are still puppies to take care  of — and then there will be one.  She’s too little to stay with the big dogs so I suppose she will come to the office most days.  Once Kissy comes home in mid-February, Nola will have a friend and I will be able to leave them home in the puppy pen/yard.  I’m still working on the house because there will be company right after I get back from Tennessee, then the first weekend in March.  In mid-March we will retry the case that ended in a mistrial last November.  Then the National Specialty is in Houston from April 9th through the 16th.  Nola’s first show and the continuation of Holmes’ career will be in mid-May.  Even Kissy will be ready for the Colorado Springs shows in mid-June.

Meanwhile, it’s time to assimilate the mini-wood pile with the real wood pile.


  1. Jean from NM says:

    Ah, yes. Cheap printers. I bought an HP that absolutely refused to print color consistently so I put it up on craigslist with an explanation and a “make me an offer.” Adios, piece of junk. The fire would have been much more fun! I’d be kidding if I asked if I could borrow Holmes, but the firewood transport is a great idea. 🙂

  2. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    Good thing you moved to the country. A fire with a printer in the middle would put off some BAD smoke, and the city would probably not be very happy about that. I have been sorely tempted to fire a printer, too. It gave me great satisfaction to just hurl it into the old water tank that contains all the “stuff” for the “clean up days” in the spring. Sounds like you like will finally be speeding up. Just kidding!

  3. Buzz used to leave the room any time I turned on the printer. He knew there was a great likelihood I’d be yelling at it soon……..

    I always wanted to open the (second story) window and toss it onto the driveway…………

    I’ve heard of people who have trebuchets that they use to fling stuff. Any stuff people will pay them to fling. Like really aggravating printers……………..

    I always wanted to do that………….


  4. Builder Mama says:

    Holmes, Holmes, Holmes. Such a helpful boy. Rufus has taken lately to finding sponges everywhere in the garage and in the house and bringing them to his bed. He doesn’t chew them, he snuggles with him. Very odd.

    I hate printers. Printers and I do not mix, however I’m usually the one at the office who ends up unjamming/fixing them all the time. I have visions of the smashing printer scene in “Office Space” at least once a week, if not more.

    You have a really busy Spring coming up! I can’t wait to see Kissy, if she’s half as cute as Nola she’ll be something else!

  5. DeAnn says:

    Wow, he’s been busy. There were only a few small pieces when we were there. He looks like he’s graduated to logs. LOL

    Poppy always leaves the room when I’m on the computer. Our internet is always dropping me and then I swear at it. I don’t yell but wisper. I guess that’s worse than a good yell!

    Snow here this morning. I’ll try to get pictures of Smooch in the snow.