Is it just me or do the years get shorter as we get older? It,s been a unusual year to say the least. I started the year with food poisoning and pnumonia with barely a cup of rice to feed myself and no work and i,ve ended the year with good health and a couple of kilos of rice and my own workshop so things are certainly on the up. Along the way i,ve lost twentyfive kilos, grown a beard, met more con men and thieves than i,ve ever met in my entire life, found God and received a serious lesson in humility. I,ve quit drinking and smoking, finally got married, so i,m now an official resident instead of an illegal alien, been given the usual shake down by the cops looking for some extra xmas money (it happens to most expats at some point) and discovered my hand tool skills are often as rusty as my hand tools, but through all of this,when my head starts spinning, at least Lumberjocks is just a mouse click away. There,s not been a day where I haven,t found something to marvel at, something to read, something to remember or something to inspire and to improve my woodworking or just make me feel better. Hopefully my own contributions have been interesting enough for others and in the coming year I have a couple more series in mind that may be interesting and this year a lumberjocks picnic in manila might be possible, all are welcome. As for what the coming year holds for me, only God knows best but at least I have some small orders now and a move to Medina in saudi has been talked of, but only in passing so we shall see. I still want to move back to Davao city in the south if that can be possible but at this point it,s just a matter of keeping my head down and making some sawdust to pay the bills and make sure my son continues to stay fat and happy. Asallam alaikum ( peace be with you) and everone have a safe and happy new year. God bless you all.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand