I know you haven’t heard much from me since early in the year, but 2008 has turned out, so far, to be a busy and adventurous year for us. Things were going swimmingly until March when while performing an ultrasound for a totally unrelated problem they found a large tumor on my daughter’s liver. Being only 12yrs old this is significant in itself, but the tumor was about five inches in diameter and was pulling about half her blood volume from her body. They also told us it could be cancer and her Mom and I were just…stunned. That “deer in the headlights” reaction. Well, the sent us immediately to the children’s hospital for a CAT scan and thank God…it wasn’t cancerous. But, surgery was still required. To make a long story short 12 hours of surgery later and a few weeks of rest and she is recovering great. For a guy with crappy luck I felt awful lucky. So, now here we are in May and I began rummaging in the shop to get back to the knick-knack shelf I was working on. That didn’t go to well, a slip with the router and it was ruined. So, as all good woodworkers I don’t give up, but go back to the designing board and start again. Got some cherry jointed and planed and ready to start and…..bingo, my house just sold. 22 months on the market and finally it’s sold. Oh, and here’s the kicker…closing 29 May. So, now I get to do what all woodworkers fear greatest….packing up the shop. EEEeeeeee Gads!! Not looking forward to that at all. So, I guess it will be quite a while until you’ll see another project out of me, but I’ll be around the web site. Guess I’ll have to play golf instead [smile]. And if the year continues this way….well we’ll see. Keep in touch I’ll start getting more time on the site again soon…I hope.
-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA