Workshop Happenings in a Novice World 12 - Time Flies When Having Fun!!

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Blog entry by nmkidd posted 09-18-2010 04:25 PM 810 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Buenos Dias from the Land of Enchantment…..........

Today marks the completion of my first year as a member of the LumberJocks community!!!

.......and what a year it has been. Personally, I have struggled thru a second cancer related surgery, the followup tests, scans, and all the poking and prodding the medics deem necessary…......then the LOML was laid off and out of work for roughly 3 months… budget cuts were necessary and rice and beans became an everyday staple….......on the positive side… health is slowly getting back to normal, latest scans show that I’m cancer free….and the LOML landed a fairly good job.

My tenure here with LJs has had its ups and downs too…........from my first struggling steps in learning from all the good people here about basic woodworking… the positive side of being able to actually build something without creating massive piles of sawdust and large stacks of mistakes (mistakes are still made…....but not as often).

and….......being a person who really needs the ‘show me’ step of learning (which at times, the light is still slow to come on!)...........I would still be in the dark about numerous procedures, techniques and safety aspects that make up the woodworking world…......had it not been for my good friend, mentor, tutor and critiquer…..LJs Professor Patron!!!!!

to David (Patron)............... I am forever grateful and thankful for all he has taught me and all he has done to help out during the last year or so.

to LJs, there is more talent, craftsmanship and information to be found here than any encyclopedia or book could ever assemble…........not to mention….........the camaraderie…....and friendship….things that are not found in books!!................and the giving and sharing in this community is……............... phenomenal!!!!!.........Change is not an option…....LJs needs to continue doing…...what they’re doing!!!!

as said in the beginning….......Time flies when having fun…..and this has been fun!!!!


adios til the next time….......

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 05:28 PM

Happy Anniversary

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 05:33 PM

Your words ring very true! -and you are among the mentors appreciated by knowledge seekers as well!

-- christine

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 06:16 PM

Here’s to good health and good friends.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 06:52 PM

Congratulations, Doug, on your anniversary and on your cancer-free status!!! That is excellent!!
It’s been good fun having you along too, my Friend… :)

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

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 07:00 PM

happy ‘bday , doug !

it’s been good seeing you
get well’er
by the months .

and your work is coming along too ,

keep working at it ,

and keep your grades up !

-- 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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#6 posted 09-18-2010 07:13 PM

so glad you have been here with all of us…as we all know David has the wonderful heart…and you have been taught by the best…i hope your health continues to improve and that you enjoy your learning of wood working..your a wonderful addition here and were blessed your with us..we watch from the back ground and are always grateful for anything you contribute to here…grizzman

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

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#7 posted 09-18-2010 09:07 PM

congrat´s to you and your wife all the way round
it has been a pleassure for us to learn you to know too
and its good to hear you coming back again

take care

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#8 posted 09-18-2010 10:47 PM

Glad you have enjoyed being on LJs for a year as much as we have enjoyed you being here…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 09-18-2010 11:12 PM

Congratulations on your first year! It is a wonderful place here, isn’t it?


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

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#10 posted 09-18-2010 11:56 PM

Congratulations! Many more years to come! Thanks for being part of this great experience.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 09-19-2010 07:03 AM

thanks to all for the kind words and encouragement!!!!

sheila… certainly is!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 09-19-2010 08:05 AM

Happy 1st year Doug, am glad you have won the fight with cancer. That word scares the hell out of me.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 01:07 PM

Congratulations on your first year. You could not have had a better teacher! David is one of the best out there. We have not seen your end of a year report card yet? Glad to here you are feeling better.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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