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Blog entry by KnotWright posted 1372 days ago 999 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the past couple of months, I’ve been asked to take on a few small projects. Sometimes as simple as gluing a chair back together, sometimes a little more involved.

Yesterday I received an amazing “Thank You” card from a lady who had come into my workshop with a small tricycle planter that was missing the planter portion. At the time I felt bad about charging her for repairing it, so I said whatever you have on hand is fine, and I would call her when it was finished. She explained that it was for an up coming family reunion.

Well I started the project, and as with everything we take on, one thing leads to another and before you knew it I had replaced all the wood on the little tricycle and applied a new coat of varnish.

Come to find out this family always has an auction at their reunions to help fund a “rainy day” fund for whenever and whoever needs it for health reasons. I thought is was a pretty good idea. The little project brought in $100 for the fund and put a smile on the little lady’s face.

She has Parkinson’s and she can no longer do the handicrafts that she once enjoyed, and that’s what brought her into my workshop. She ends her thank you note, ”Thanks so much, God blessed me when he sent me to you”

You can’t ask for any better payment! I feel the very same about this wonderful Lady, and I am writing her back this evening to let her know.

I’m sorry I didn’t snap a photo, but it didn’t stay in my workshop long enough for me to take one.

-- James



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Moron

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#1 posted 1372 days ago

parkisons and lipstick

bad mix

memories are made of good deeds

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1372 days ago

Great story James Your a good guy. But I already knew that.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Popsnsons

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#3 posted 1372 days ago

Very rewarding!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Woodwrecker

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#4 posted 1372 days ago

Nice going James.
You earned a good mark in the big book upstairs.

-- Having fun...Eric

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RonPeters

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#5 posted 1372 days ago

“Memories are made of good deeds.”

What a great quote! Thanks for the trike thread which gave us this quote!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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HerbC

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#6 posted 1372 days ago

Our Speach and Drama teacher in high school (late 1960’s) had Parkinson’s and the interesting thing was that her hands were under perfect control when applying makeup but trembled like an LA earthquake at most other times…

James, you did a great thing without thought of reward. Blessings will flow from this.

In the meantime…

Be Careful!

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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rance

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#7 posted 1372 days ago

Its nice to be able to help folks like that out. Yes, those thank yous are the best payments.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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ellen35

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#8 posted 1372 days ago

James… Whatever we do comes back to us many times over.
Moron… you are earning your name!
Not funny and not necessary….

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#9 posted 1371 days ago

James,
That’s probably the best paying project you could get, makes you feel pretty humble doesn’t it? Good for the soul, appreciation is priceless.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 1371 days ago

There is no doubt that those kinds of things make people feel very good in their hearts and that is as it should be.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Gregn

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#11 posted 1371 days ago

James, I can truly relate to your thread. As a former handyman there were many times I would get calls from little ol ladies needing work done, many times it was more work than they could afford and would only want a quick fix to get by with. Many times I would end up putting in more than they could afford to have done. So naturally these ladies would become special friends because of that one act of generosity. My wife keeps telling me I have to find younger friends, due to the amount of funerals I attend. Now occasionally I will get a call once an awhile to fix a leaky faucet or hang a ceiling fan, and my wife will kid me and say you found another girlfriend didn’t you. I can’t tell you how one small act of generosity will come back a hundred fold, but as you continue to do this you will know for yourself. Oh yeah, a word of caution BEWARE OF LITTLE OL LADIES WITH A TWINKLE IN THE EYE AN A WARM SMILE BEARING BAKE GOODS thats how I got so plump.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Moron

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#12 posted 1371 days ago

ellen 35

Sorry

In 1991 I was in Costa Rica, (before it was developed) on a bus which was more like a flatbed truck with wooden benches. The roads had more potholes then pavement. The bus was full of locals, myself and an elder couple were the only tourists.

The old girl had Parkinsons and her hand shook as she tried to put her lipstick on, her lipstick was all over and the locals were laughing so I got up, asked her if I could help, washed her face and put her lipstick on for her. She smiled and thanked me. When we got to our destination it was low tide, the river was ankle deep and all along the banks were aligators basking in the sun. When we left it was high tide and the gators were gone. She was too afraid to cross the hip deep river so I put her on my shoulders and carried her across.

If my remark came across as “bad” I’m sorry but every time I hear the word Parkinsons, I think of that woman back in 1991.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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lilredweldingrod

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#13 posted 1371 days ago

Sometimes we get our tongue wrapped around our eye teeth and can’t see how to say some things. Most of the time it hides a good heart.

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jockmike2

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#14 posted 1371 days ago

THEY SAY A GOOD DEED NEVER GOES UNPUNISHED. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT. WHAT YOU DID AND DO IS WHAT I LIKE TO CALL GOOD OLD CHRISTIAN CHARITY, AND IT IS WHAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY AND INDIVIDUALS STRONG, I THINK THE GOOD LORD WOULD LOOK FAVORABLY ON IT TOO. SORRY FOR TYPING LARGE BUT I CAN’T SEE LIKE I USED TO UP CLOSE. DANG GETTIN OLD SUCKS.

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

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 687 days ago

Many years ago I was in a hardware store in Northern Illinois back by the hardware help corner and I couldn’t help but overhearing a problem a man was having with a picture frame given to him by a famous professor . It was an oval frame in which the center trim ring had come loose. The help person behind the counter was at a loss on how to fix it.

I volunteered my help and offered to fix it for him. After I fixed it and took it to his house I found out he was a retired minister who a long time ago had lived in Palo Alto California and the professor, who gave him the frame, had just passed away. He showed me very old photos of Palo Alto and Stanford University. I was in awe of the history this pastor had seen.

When he asked me how much for the repair I told him the visit was all the payment I needed and tears welled up in his eyes. I had to leave because I wasn’t far behind!

All in all I wish I could have spent more time with him and looked at more photos as it wasn’t long after I left Illinois and took a job in Palo Alto.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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