When it rains it pours

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Blog entry by scottb posted 04-21-2007 05:37 AM 812 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

... literally and figuratively.

If you’ve been following the weather (or live in the northeast) you are no doubt aware of all the rain and flooding we’re dealing with this week. There was a landslide almost in my backyard closing a state highway. Five days later, and it’s still closed. A clean up crew came monday (while schools were closed and businesses were shut down) and attempted what clean up they could manage before instability threated them… thus, the clean up will wait, and wait… the weeks over, and we have finally seen our first days of sunshine.

The rivers are higher than people remember in decades even considering the massive flooding we had statewide (twice) last year. The first was considered a “100 year storm”. Our house is fine, but when I heard of the landslide on the radio (an out of town station) I feared (and not out of the question) that it would be our stone wall that has fallen 100+ feet (we “lost” some of it in the previous year, reparations are still incomplete…)

Thanks to the weather, I found myself with an unexpected day off earlier this week (between the rains… so I finally made my pilgrimage to the nearest Woodcraft. Was I ever the proverbial kid in a candy store! Why did I wait so long (oh yes, my wallet).

Intending to save on shipping and handling, I picked up some new pen kits, and assorted neccessities. Some new parallel clamps too – upgrade for the Box making “class” (and blog series)!

I had such a great time there, I went twice (again because of my wallet – or lack thereof). Nothing like spending the whole day in the car (and the “saved” shipping and handling money on gas) – in part due to my own stupidity, as well as some long and winding detours… but at least I have some new things to play with this weekend! I’d still be waiting for the mail.

In addition to figuring out my 5th or 6th serious attempt at the Thorsen table (mentally).. I’ve also dreamed up some more great projects to pile on my already overloaded plate.
My muse must be like the proverbial Italian grandmother… but instead of Eat, Eat! it’s Create, Create!

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 04-21-2007 06:11 AM

I’m sorry your area has had so many weather related problems. We’re fortunate where we live, We live about 2 miles from the three way continental divide, so all the water flows away from here.
Lets get going on that table, maybe you can make it with some pen blanks. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 04-21-2007 06:14 AM

Hopefully the rain will stop soon and give you some peace of mind.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#3 posted 04-21-2007 11:23 AM

Scott, I liked the Woodcraft story. Unfortunately for me I work in a city where a Woodcraft store is located and my truck always seems to navigate toward it, like it is a magnet. Yes my wallet is very thin.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 04-21-2007 04:01 PM

I’d go there on my lunch break everyday if it was closer.

Looks like our third day of sun – and late spring type weather. I think this year we’ve gone from a late winter (after a very very long autumn) straight into summer.

the crocuses started coming up in front – bulbs are breaking through in the garden, and (apart from the really spongy ground) It’s really nice out. – I’ll have to fight (the family and the sirens call of the sun) to get in some shop time…

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

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#5 posted 04-21-2007 08:39 PM

I’m with you Scott . Opened the shop doors and brought the router outside and started to make dust.

Routed the mortise and tenons for the table tops and breadboards
Routed the mortise for the legs now looking at the shelf supports.

This weather is great. The water that was a foot deep in my yard is now only 4” soaking into the waterlogged ground.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-24-2007 03:41 AM

I’m sorry to hear that the weather has been so threatening to your lives and property and glad to hear that the sun is shining. I’d trade the local Harbor Frieght for a Woodcraft store any day, but the lack of it does keep my wallet a little fatter from the sounds of it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 04-24-2007 04:15 AM

Despite the 87 degree day, and the road now being cleaned up, I saw on the news that the road is still going to be closed for an unknown amount of time. There are 4 places that threaten coming down. The town (state?) the property owner and geologists are trying to figure out a solution… in the meantime all traffic is detouring through downtown (A fairly busy state highway, and a busy detour route, fortunately it’s school vacation week)... still thankful that our yard remained intact.

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

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