A Good Meal Makes One a Better Person

A stack of books about what and how to eat

Alas, it is a truth that my feelings about and behavior to the people I meet daily are determined more by what and how well I eat than by my good intentions or my character!

The spirit and the body are the soul of man, but I sometimes find it dismaying and a little scary to realize that this spirit is attached to a body that doesn’t always behave well if it hasn’t eaten well.

The British writer Jerome K. Jerome expressed this truth perfectly in his 1889 humorous novel, Three Men In a Boat.

“How good one feels when one is full—how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal—so noble-minded, so kindly hearted.

“It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. . . .

“. . . We are but the veriest, sorriest slaves of our stomach. Reach not after morality and righteousness, my friends; watch vigilantly you stomach, and diet it with care and judgment. Then virtue and contentment will come and reign within your heart, unsought by any effort of your own; and you will be a good citizen, a loving husband, and a tender father—a noble, pious man.”

Raising a Queen

The Challenge

Bed risers under a queen bedframeRecently, I was given a queen bedframe, which was awesome.

Unfortunately, the legs on the bedframe were only 5 inches tall, so there was no room to store items under the bed, I wanted to raise the bedframe so that the legs would be 12 inches tall, leaving plenty of space to slide boxes and other items underneath the bed.

Commercially produced bed risers are available for purchase, but I found that the less expensive sets of bed risers were bulky and made of plastic and the more expensive sets of bed risers made of metal or wood were expensive and were not tall enough to raise my bedframe up to the 12 inch height I wanted.

So, in the end, I ended up making my own bed risers for about 10 dollars and 2 hours of time using a power saw and an electric drill with a wood drill bit.

The Solution

Materials

4×4 untreated board that is at least 4 feet long
4 furniture sliders, 7 inches in diameter (optional)

Tools

Pencil
Tape measure
Ruler
Power saw
Drill
Wood drill bit
Hammer

Steps

First, I purchased an 8 foot long 4×4 untreated pine board at Home Depot for 9 dollars and some change. (I definitely didn’t need all 8 feet of the board, but that was the shortest length they had in stock.)

Next, using an electric power saw, I cut 4 8-inch blocks off of my 4×4 board.

Wooden blocks for bed risers

Then, I drilled a hole 1 inch deep and 5/8 of an inch in diameter into the center of the top of each block.

Hole in the top of the bed riser block

Because the diameter of each leg on my bedframe was a little less than 5/8 of an inch, I made the holes in the tops of the blocks 5/8 inches in diameter. To find the center of the top of each block, I used a ruler and pencil and drew an X from corner to corner on the top of each block.

Finally, I placed a block under each leg of the bedframe and used a hammer to tap the legs of the bedframe securely into the holes in the blocks.

Bed riser and bedframe

Bed risers and bedframe

Because I have one side of this bedframe pushed against a wall, I placed a furniture slider under each block to make it easier to move the bedframe away from the wall to change the sheets.

Bed risers under a queen bedframe

No Destruction Allowed

This is a concise and inclusive list of prohibited activities that I spotted on a sign posted near a covered bridge spanning a lively little river in Vermont.

Sign prohibiting a range of activities

I’m particularly intrigued by the warning, “NO Destruction,” which seems to be very general and very comprehensive at the same time.

Because, you just know that at some point, some person must have done one or more of these things to warrant them being included on the sign.