What was I thinking?

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Blog entry by scottb posted 01-28-2007 07:19 AM 736 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since the Winter Contest was announced I’ve been wracking my brain for something to put up. Not having much of a backlog of projects, I’ve been looking at finishing something in progress, or dreaming up something new and great, or at least Most creative.

So holidays came and went, whirlwind that they are, esecially when you throw in a few birthdays, and other social/work/family obligations. I also managed to delude myself about how much freetime I’d have while paring back my work hours (slightly) to help my wife recover from surgery this month (planned) and get back on her feet.

I had visions of sneaking home while she was resting at the in-laws and pulling off some “While you were out” or Trading Spaces kind of work around the house. At the very least putting up the trim on the windows I replaced last fall, or the front door we replaced (cough) 3 or 4 (cough) years ago.

It’s hard enough holding down two jobs, and still finding the time to follow my muse in the kitchen and workshop, but what was I thinking? That I’d have more time to get things done while my wife is relegated to the couch, more or less under house arrest, and not able to, or rather, not allowed to pick up anything over 5 pounds. No such luck, hardly time to blog, let alone make sawdust. Too much time getting dinners made, laundry done, little girl entertained – if only she was a little older I’d have her help me make sawdust, rather than the bread (3 loaves) and brownies she “helped” me make today.

Well, mark my words, I’m already thinking ahead to the summer contest, and I hope that I’ll have a hard time deciding which project to post, rather than what I can manage to make before the deadline falls.

In the meantime, I did stumble across a really clever project I made a few years back. Which is my entry for most creative. I’m lucky to have stumbled across it. gave me a guilt-free day out of the shop to do all that baking, so I can carbo-load for the next marathon session in the shop.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 01-28-2007 07:57 AM

Scott, there is no mor enoble calling the to take care of those you love. I look forward to seeing more of your projects when you have time, in the mean time all the best to your wife, dont worry, you’re shop will be ready when she is :)

-- Cheers

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#2 posted 01-28-2007 01:30 PM

Hi Scott;
—-as you have said, ”Well, mark my words,....”, and so here is the ‘testimonial words’ of one who has on top of being a ‘great worker of wood’, is also a shown now as a ‘great husband’ and ‘very good’ father. Your words have ‘marked you’ as also being one who continues being a builder of ’FINE HOME PROJECTS’!!!

My hat is of to you Scott and thanks for sharing this fine heart story!

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 01-28-2007 01:56 PM

what a man…
I might just have to print this story off and show my clients!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-28-2007 05:34 PM

Love, Unconditional Love, is giving up of yourself, to the betterment of another, even to your own hurt. Sacrificing what you want so that another’s wants and/or needs are met and/or satisfied.

She must be a remarkable woman, and you an unselfish man.

An inspiration.

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#5 posted 01-28-2007 08:19 PM

We’ll all be praying for a full and speedy recovery, Scott, for her sake… and for yours. :)

-- Ethan,

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#6 posted 01-29-2007 05:36 AM

Thank you all. You can say my wife is lucky, but really, I am.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 01-29-2007 05:37 AM

Then you both are the luckiest ones arround. And give all our love and prayers to your wife.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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