I feel like I have three full-time jobs. In addition to my day job and Iâ€™m working another 20 to 30 hours a week trying to get a nonprofit makerspace started in Rochester NY. My wife and I are also taking care of her father, a widower, whose needs constant care because of failing health. And weâ€™re helping to take care of a daughter and her family. She’s just had surgery for the second time this year to repair a heart valve.
So Iâ€™m tired and stressed, but not nearly as much as my wife, who shoulders most of the burden of taking care of family members. I help too, but I mostly take care of our pets and our granddaughter. She is a genuine saint because but she has continued to be very supportive of the makerspace. She understands that I canâ€™t stop working on it because many people are now counting on me to follow through with what I started.
I launched the website for the Rochester Makerspace in mid-May and we now have many supporters, seed money, tools and a dedicated group of volunteers. We still havenâ€™t rented a space but weâ€™re actively looking for the right one. I expect that our doors will be open within the next couple of months and maybe as soon as a few weeks.
Iâ€™ll be even busier for a while when that happens. Although I expect my workload to taper off as we figure out the best ways to manage the space. The health problems of my father-in-law and stepdaughter will also end.Â So thereâ€™s a good chance youâ€™ll see me regularly working on MachinistBlog again someday.
If youâ€™re wondering, the CNC router Iâ€™ve been building for more than a year is still not finished, although Iâ€™m continuing to work on it. I obviously donâ€™t have much spare time and when I do Iâ€™m usually so tired that Iâ€™m either unproductive or I make stupid mistakes.
But Iâ€™ll bet money that itâ€™ll get finished because itâ€™s going to have a home in the makerspace and there are others who will help me with it.
Thank you Mikey and Roger for answering the questions that Machinistblogâ€™s visitors leave in the comments or on the forum.