Back at it... or How my back gives me permission to live...

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Blog entry by BarryW posted 03-07-2008 07:50 PM 824 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Setting up my shop over the last several years has been a challenge. I’m back at it finally. I hurt my back last September and now I’m able to get into the shop without any pain. There may have been some other things going on as well. They seem to have cleared themselves up as well. So in the last several days I’ve been cleaning up messes that gathered here and there. An unused “end table/electronics stand” from when my mother had an 11 foot satellite dish here at the house has now been confiscated for my purposes: a stand for my Tormek shapening system that’s been sitting in a box since I bought it last year. Additionally, I have a chain saw tool system that will fit on the same stand…only it was a static “end table/electronics stand” and I’m adding casters to it now so I can put it out of the way when I don’t need it.
These processes are very slow for me since I’ve also been trying to get some wood. Last Saturday there was an auction near Deadwood to which I wanted to go. I estimated they had 500 board feet of walnut they were selling. My 16 foot trailer unloaded and attached to my Grand Cherokee…off I go. The auction was to start at 9:30. I arrived at 9:25…and they turned me and my trailer away. No parking. Too many people wanted to go to this auction. What makes it so tough for me is whenever I want to go someplace I have to arrange for someone to watch my mother. (There’s no family around here who is willing to spell me unless it’s an absolute emergency.) And because the state, who graciously supplies some funds for respite care workers, only provides so much, well, my budget is small for usually only 4 hours a week. On a few occasions I’ve get a few extra hours, but I try not to push it. Well, no auction. I would have had to get there 2 hours earlier, it seems. So, no walnut. I don’t suppose it makes much difference since I still have so much to do in the shop…but this walnut was something that came up and I wanted it. I didn’t get a chance to bid. C’est la guerre. Hours wasted getting the trailer cleaned out and ready…driving there and back. Simplification of something has to happen…or maybe my dreams have to be cut back a touch. Yeah, and I still have my used lathe to clean up. Lots of things to do. I’m not “jocking” any wood simply because things aren’t set up fully yet and all the wood I’ve collected is still drying out back. Now, that I’m moving in the right direction perhaps I’ll get to do something soon. I have some redwood out of which I could make something…but no hardwoods are dry enough as yet. Does this sound bitchy? or frustrated? I bet it does…and you’d be right. It’s mostly one man power around here for all the cooking and cleaning and such and getting my shop in order.
And that man gets a little “owlly” every now and again. It’s time to find something for which to be grateful.
Maybe, I’ll feel better when I do…shoot, just having the Tormek for future use(the stand will be ready later tomorrow, most likely) is probably something to be grateful for…my Grizz bandsaw…my Grizz jointer…oh heck, what am I bitching for anyway? You have my permission to roll your eyes here. I’m feeling better now. Thanks for the electronic paper upon which I have vented my useless frustration. No comments please. Just spit on the floor and shake your head. I’ll get the message.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-07-2008 11:48 PM

Hi Barry,

It is difficult to find enough time away from the daily demands brought on by work, family and/or home to squeeze in some shop time, especially in your situation given your role as primary caretaker for your mother. This is a difficult but necessary task and it entails a great deal of hardship and sacrifice on your part. I, personally, have a great deal of respect for anyone who is willing to give so much of themselves for this seemingly thankless task. Feel free to vent if you need to and understand that you will find only sympathetic readers here.

Good luck and may God bless.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-08-2008 03:35 AM

Hey partner I know what it’s like with a bad back. I broke mine in 2 places back in 03 then busted my talebone again in 05 so pain, I know what you mean about doing what your body lets you do. Sometiimes I overdo it and then I can’t do anything for 2 or 3 days. Sorry about you missing out on the walnut. That would have been nice. Like Scott said feel free to vent, you’re in good company. I think everyone here has a problem or two. One of the things we do is help each other by venting. Kind of boost each other up if you will. A lot of kind souls here. Good luck buddy. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 03-08-2008 12:46 PM

Hang in there friend. Life can be difficult at times. And feel free to vent any time the pressure starts building.

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 02:45 PM

Glad you see you back at it, Barry. You have my respect for handling life’s curves and keeping your sense of humor and desire to create. Attitude is everything.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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