It’s been a tough winter to get anything done. Mother needs almost constant attention and I just need to be with her all the time. I can’t even use the little video camera I installed to watch her…she’ll not see me and think I’ve gone. Out of sight, out of mind. And she’ll fall at the drop of a hat.
I did find out that the maple I secured about three years ago is HARD MAPLE. Man that’s some hard wood. It might make a good top for a work bench. I’m studying plans on the ‘puter to see what I like best in a workbench. Not that I’m going to be able to do anything, but it’s nice to get some ideas and plans going in my brain.
Also, we lost a baby granddaughter…my oldest daughter’s little girl, Zoe…age 3 days…gone to the ages and back in heaven. Her little brother born under two pounds, Zander, improves, but it seems like quite a fight even now some weeks after birth. Prayers every day. I don’t get along the best with my oldest daughter right now, probably my fault…but she’s including me and her grandmother in her communications. Sometimes, though, it’s best to let the kids fight their own battles and stay out of the fray…or at least not complicate their lives. I certainly don’t want to add to their troubles considering their need to be with their little boy still in hospital and under three pounds….but gaining. This is the real hard, hard wood of life. Even though the grain can be the most beautiful, working the wood can be almost impossible. Love with find a way, I pray.
Yeah, you’re learning nothing about woodworking reading this blog entry…but I needed a place to vent a touch and since I’ve given up my other blog and this is the only place I have to write at length.
I know many of you would be close friends if only we lived closer, etc, but I live a fairly lonely life caring for my elderly mother…I only get out of the house on Wednesdays for four hours with the help of a state grant for respite care. Family won’t help us or me. And most of my local friends are either working when I’m “off” for those four hours. So I see no one and do very little. It’s just a time for me to get out of the house. And while I’ve tried to work in the shop at that time…it’s best for me to just leave and come back four hours later. We’re better off than some in this situation but things are getting tight, tight, tight financially. I can’t imagine what retired people are doing right now. They’re cutting this and that from their budgets….eating poorly. We’re traveling down some bad roads these days and we don’t know the half of it. I’m certain many of you are having difficult times and we don’t hear a peep out of you. You can stay silent…but I have to vent a bit…so sorry for my itch to bitch. Everyone hang in there. We’ll try to do the same here in the Black Hills. Things would be better for me if only I could get into my shop more often…just not possible.
So I envy those who can and who get their frustrations out by doing something creative. I’ve seen some beautiful “frustrations” appear in the projects columns…keep it up.
Best wishes for March and beyond…
-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.