Just for Fun... #56: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-23-2011 02:46 PM 2093 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the middle of October, I started a new box. It was to be in typical “Just for Fun” fashion, playing and developing as I went along…
A block of old scrap pine became the four sides of it…A Scrap of Pine...Scrap cut into box sides...Sides up on another box...

I was concerned about a major crack that went through the large knot feature and decided to cut through the crack and glue it back together…Cut...and Glue...
I routed a lip around a thin scrap of Cherry, to use as the bottom, and was going to make a slide top… I even had plans for a discussion of pencil usage…Pencil Use...

And then, everything changed…


Those of you who live in the New England area, are well aware that there was a major snow storm at the end of October. It was the largest, earliest, snowfall recorded, since they started keeping records of such things 142 years ago. Because most of the leaves were still on the trees, there were broken branches, fallen trees, and downed power lines everywhere…
Anyway, at the height of the storm, around midnight of the 29th, this happened…A life-changing experience...
Our state newspaper, the Union Leader, got most of the facts wrong, including the street address, but the gist of it is true… We were thrown out into the street…
Debbie and I scrambled for a week or two, first staying at my Parent’s empty house and then taking a room at a hotel. But money is tight, and we couldn’t stay there forever… We honestly didn’t know what we were going to do next…
But then my Aunt Judy called… I was embarrassed to tell her what was going on, but Debbie urged me to…
After explaining, Judy of course felt terrible about it… She called me back in about ten minutes and offered me her home!!
And so we find ourselves, transported from the “Big City” life, North and West to my Aunt Judy’s home in Henniker, N.H. It took a few days to dissemble 13 years of Apartment life and we lost most of our furniture, bedding, and clothing from Smoke damage… But the shop made the trip, though it still has to be organized…Temporary Shop placement...

My very first Henniker project was a fast and dirty mail box stand…First Project...The new Mail box...
I’m going to have to dig it up again, and move it, because the Mailman says it’s not close enough to the road… I wanted to do that today, but it’s snowing this morning… We’ll see…

There’s one more episode in this Saga…
So to make a long story even longer (and sadder), the Sticks where we live gave me a real “How do you do?” last Sunday morning… I was headed to work around quarter to 5:00, when I “got my first deer”, a 160 lb. four-point buck… Regrettably, I got him with our poor Volvo… He didn’t run or jump, he leisurely walked right out in front of me…Volvo after collliding with a four-point buck this morning...
The car is a total loss… Fortunately, I payed the money for the good insurance. I cried when I payed, but I’m not crying now…
Anyway, despite recent bad luck, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. No one was injured in the fire and I wasn’t hurt hitting the deer… and I’ll be forever thankful to my Aunt Judy for her gracious opening of her home to us!!
Best wishes to you all for a very Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving my Friends…IMG_20111117_104442.jpg

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 02:55 PM

Hi, Mike:
I am so sorry to read of your hardships. Thank goodness you are all healthy and safe and in a place again. I know you have probably heard this, but things like this make families stronger. I wish you all the best in rebuilding your life and getting back on your feet. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. It is good to see that you still realize that you have much to be thankful for. (((HUGS)))))


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 03:08 PM

Thank You Sheila, it has been a rough stretch for us, but it’s said that things happen for a reason… All’s well that ends better!! We are very happy to be out of the city, as country life is more amenable to both of our dispositions… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 03:23 PM

Hi Mike
Sorry to hear about the fire and car accident, but thankfully you are okay and able to have a new start in a new place! I hope everything calms down and you can get back to woodworking!

-- ~Julie~

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 03:47 PM

Thanks Julie… I’d be lying if I said I’m not tired, but there’s lots to do around here, fixing up the old place, and it’s work I love to do, so we’re in a good place, mind, body, and spirit… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 03:58 PM

Mike, so sorry to learn of your misfortunes but glad to know you are okay and dealing with it so well. My best wishes for better days ahead.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 04:08 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Debbie.
Sorry about your apartment but you certainly landed on your feet. And your shop space looks great!
Somehow, everything always works out for the best…

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

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 04:25 PM

the house looks better than the apt.

that shelf in the front yard
(with some ply on the front)
would make a great sled
peace and quiet
sounds like a good deal
and more room

thank you for the call
on my b’day
it made my day

and debbies smile says it all

the best to you both !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 04:29 PM

I too am sorry for those unfortunate events but I admire your ability to see the positives in trying & sad situations. I think the bond with your sister and generosity of your aunt give you strength as well.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 04:52 PM

Oh, Mike, you and Debbie have really had a time of it.

Thankfully you still have each other and family to give you comfort and shelter. Dark times have a way of showing us what is really important in life.

Stay well and be safe, my friend. Enjoy this Thanksgiving with loved ones around.


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

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 05:11 PM

Having “known” you for a while, I’m sure you will be back stronger then ever.
You are a resourceful guy, and Debbie is a smart cookie.
If you have your health, you have what you need.
Happy Thanksgiving and keep us up to date on your progress.

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 05:19 PM

my oh my mike, you have had your world really hit hard…but i know from the time ive known you here that you always try so hard to find a way through it… so glad your aunt opened her home to you, and i hope things will settle down for you …ill never understand why deer can just walk out in front of cars…so glad you were not hurt….i pray the lords blessings to be with you, and i know things will work out…nice mail box stand…grizz

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

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 05:30 PM

holy moly Mike…. what a chain of events.

Sorry you had to go through all of these, but the outcome looks bright thanks to a lovely aunt.

I hope you reaclimate quickly and comfortably and have a hapy warm and peaceful thanksgiving (you deserve at least that now).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Bob Kollman

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 06:20 PM

Mike, you sure know how to throw a curve, I was settled into the
box project, and bang. I can relate with you, in 2000 we lost everything
we owned. I am sorry that all this happened to you. When you live pay
check to paycheck theirs nothing in the budget for get a new place to live.

As you will probably be displaced for a while, maybe this will help, The
wood in the free adds and the cheap pine in the big box stores is a good
way to build cheap coffee and n-tables, book cases, and the like. And they
really look great, it’s what I did, and it made my wife very happy, Deb, would
probably feel the same. Good luck Mister!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 11-23-2011 06:37 PM

My heart go’s out to you Mike. Hopefully things will get a lot better for you. Hope you have a nice holiday with family and friends. Lou

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#15 posted 11-23-2011 06:44 PM

Mike, really sorry to learn of your misfortunes, you got them all at the same time.
I am sure all at LJs appreciate your situation and I am glad you posted this thread to let us all know about it.
What can I say that has not been said? Only that I believe things like this are a test to see what you are made of, and being you, I have no doubt that you’ll come shining through and have things better than in the past.
Look at it as a great opportunity to get everything right this time. I’m pulling for you.

-- 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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