Power Upgrade #25: An Hiatus (Getting back into the groove)

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 03-23-2014 05:08 AM 1295 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To get back into the game of blogging I wanted to post something cheerful. My mom loved Christmas so this is a good one to start back up on! Before my mom died, my wife asked me to hang lights in our fir tree out front. As you know our house is right by the highway so its is kind of our blessing to the drivers to let them the tree durn the night!

Getting them hung is always an affair. I have to back the truck up to the tree and put a ladder against the tree. My oldest son, Brentan, walks the lights around the tree as I place them. (of course Kale helps by mowing the lawn) It gets easier as they get to the bottom. The hardest one are at the very top!


Arguably the view from the top of the tree is one of the best, even better than the roof!

And here it is lit up!

(The light to the right is a car light!)

Thanks to you all for your patience! All of you LJs have been so supportive!

More to follow…


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 07:31 AM

I love light on trees. The golden gate park in san Francisco has on giant tree decorated every year during Christmas. Nothing beats a tree with lights on it during Christmas.

The kids and I have fun putting on the lights when we decorate the house to celebrate Christmas.
I do the ladder climbing.

Last year one of present was a small helicopter… Half the Christmas tree inside the house went dark as soon as my younger son flew his helicopter. He managed to break a lot of light bulbs in less than a minute :)

Lesson learned.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 12:15 PM

Glad you’re back Nate.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 01:23 PM

i love these pictures Nate, your a lucky man to have two wonderful boys at this critical age, i wish i could go back and be a father to my boys when they were young, ive leraned a lot, and just wish i could do it over again, so i really envy your being a young dad , having these wonderful boys to love and teach, the tree looks great, and i love your dog to , he or she is beautiful, what is it, a male or female, whats its name…so beautiful, i love german shepards, i actually had one bite me when i was young, and was afraid of them for a long time, but i healed from that and now really love them….i hope you and your family do well at healing from all of your trials, let us here help in anyway we can….grizz…bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 01:39 PM

You are a brave man, Nate!

Some day I’ll have to tell you a funny little story about Christmas lights, a ladder and an afternoon in the emergency room!

Bet your Mom was smiling down on the whole adventure.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 01:44 PM

hey lew, your comment here almost sounds like a christmas vacation moment, you didnt have anything to do with the script for the movie did you…ill watch that movie with your troubles in mind…i guess you made it through the accident, your still with us, certainly glad for that…glad to hear from you again nate, lots of us here have missed you….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 01:44 PM


-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 03-23-2014 02:00 PM

Abbas, that is funny about your son! Those helicopters are dangerous!:) My niece crashed my dads on its second flight and it hasn’t been in the air since.

Thank you Bruce, it is good to be back!

Grizz, Thanks, yes having a relationship with the boys when they are young is a blessing. As for the dog. That one is Izzy. She is a 2yr old. Jake is my one year old male. Sorry you got bit. Theresa had a big male when we were dating that bit me twice. They finally had to give him to a security company he was so aggressive.

Thanks Lew, I don’t think I am brave….thick headed yes. Using an old wood ladder was definitely thick headed. Climbing a tree with vertigo was definitely thick headed! But I made it and the lights were pretty, so it was worth it!:) Sounds like you made it through your experience. You will have to share!:)

Thank you eddie!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#8 posted 03-23-2014 02:40 PM

Welcome home Nate.
When will we see you back in the shop being your old creative self again?
Soon I hope.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 03-23-2014 03:01 PM

Christmas lights to proclaim birth anew, a fresh start, you, Teresa and the family all on the active roster.

Life is Good. Thank You Lord for Your blessings.

Best Regards. Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 03-23-2014 03:22 PM

Paul, Thank you very much! I am longing to get back there for sure. I have a lot of wiring left to do but now that I am recovering I can get back to work!

Len, Thanks for your faithful prayers!!!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 03-23-2014 03:33 PM

That’s a beautiful start Nate … even if you’re a few months behind schedule … Lol!!

I have often thought about your sons, wondering how they are holding up while all around them, their loving parents are going through pure hell. No doubt these traumatic months have been very hard for them too. My heartfelt prayers continue to be with you all! ... and I’m looking forward to you getting back on track Nate :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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