I will be the first to admit that I have been a little down the last couple months. I knew what I needed to do to get back up and running, but it has been lacking in heart some. I compare it to when I lost my dad. He was my best friend. It took a couple months to get my head focused after his passing.
The first few days is paperwork and meeting people. Busy work. Then I was alone again. Yes I had my LJ friends (who have been nothing short of awesome), my regular job and family. But my place to be happy was my shop. I started to look for equipment and plan for the shop in the attached garage. But I couldn’t actually make anything. I worked temporarily in my brothers shop, but it’s like staying in someone else’s house. You can’t be yourself when you are there.
But now, I have things somewhat organized in my attached garage and I can make things. I am getting the equipment working the way I like. I had minimal amount of lumber on hand. Now the stacks are growing. It brings comfort to know I can walk out and make something. There are still some inconveniences, but I can make them work.
Other topics, my insurance company was great and issued a check immediately. However, the mortgage company had to cosign the check and approve what is done with the money. This obviously isn’t a democracy. It is their decision to keep the entire check and apply it to the mortgage. In other words, I get none of it to rebuild with. Yes, it is a benefit to have the mortgage paid down a significant amount, but it adds to the stress level. However, I built the last building myself, I will build the next one as well.
I would like to thank my family here at LJs. All of you have contributed to my recovery. Some have sent gifts, many have given true moral support. I am getting back to normal and can even make bad jokes again. Life is good.
Thanks to all of you
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability