So it has been a long, long time since I have posted anything. Life definitely got turned upside down after my moms died in the car accident. It has taken me a long time to come back around to a sense of normalcy.
Plans/life suddenly shifted! My parents huge house suddenly felt very empty for my dad. And for my sister who has 9 children, and who were all abandoned by her husband fit perfectly into the house. They are able to help take care of each other. I was spending much of my time working over at dads house working for both dad and my sisters family and of course my sisters house was available! Theresa and I thought a move over to be closer would be good since we were there all the time anyway….
However, I am very pleased to say we are not moving. It has worked out that my sister and dad are doing well together and my oldest brother will move into the empty house once the divorce is final. Theresa and I are nesting here!
I literally did almost no work on our current house, our electrical project or my shop or floor during the year and one half since I was working at dads or the empty house. Plus I am still battling frustrating health issues and ended up in the hospital a couple of times. And yes, having a stomach tube really is miserable:).
Its never a dull life! But I really can’t complain, life is certainly going better than for this poor guy! (I can here him saying Wait, Wait WAIT! Now that is a bad day!)
Great news, Theresa is doing so much better. Her doctors are surprised at her rate of recovery. I praise God for that and thank you all for your prayers! Equally as awesome both my boys are still healthy!!! Kale is 8 now and Brentan is 14 and graduating 8th grade in three weeks. Man o man, do I feel old!
I have also been doing some dirt work besides working over at dads…and doing dirt work at dads!
God has given me so much and I have been helped by so many people in my life I really want to give back to others!!! The question was how!.....See a need fill a need.?...right.?. We live in the Sierra Mountains where most people have dirt rounds. The dirt roads wash out a lot…. so I thought, “this is my opportunity to give back.” All I ask is that people pay for the fuel, oil, grease…basically the operating cost. I donate 100% of my time, they just have to be patient with my schedule as I can only work the machine when I feel healthy! (And my wife allows the time away:) )
God helped me find a 1950s Austin Western 4×4 Motor Grader. I bought it from a kind gentleman outside of Fresno Ca who lived way up in the National Forest Mountains. He ran a snow clearing business for the last 20 years. He bought it from Tahoe CalTrans, who were the original owners, so the grader has come in a small circle:). I told him what I wanted to do and he sold me the grader for $3500 dollars. I have been running machinery almost my whole life, so I was and am very excited. I am also extremely thankful because I have also been given, a 1974 Ford A62 Loader, a heavy equipment trailer, and a Gallon 5 Ton Roller; equipment I could certainly never afford to purchase on my own.
I am very blessed to be able to give back in some small way and, honestly, I have a lot of fun doing it. [Even when the machines break down and I have to play the wrench.] I do have to say, running the grader is like running a giant hand plane. It is so satisfying to watch and feel the blade carve the earth. O, but does it suck when you mess up!:)
I have been up to other things too. Like building a deck, although to be honest, I finished this section a good while ago.
I found the remnants of two old local milk bottles someone thought it would be fun to shoot. I got a bug to try and put them back together. Its hard enough having two different bottles. But I still haven’t located all the pieces!
Then there are the wild things that grow around here. Keeping the kids safe is important. I have to say these rattlesnakes are beautiful though!
I did make a little sawdust for Christmas…Man o Man do I need a Dust Collector…:) I just keep saying to myself, one thing at a time:).
Then I burned some wood for Christmas. (Of course I will put these up on my projects)
I also did and am doing some welding and metal work. I have an old Korean War era dump trailer I am working on as our trash trailer.
I did start back up on the electrical project…which I am very excited about.
And we are all very ready to do some serious camping this summer!
Thank you all for your kind support and patience….
More to Follow…..
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate