Monthly Archives: November 2017

What in the world has happened?!

One bite (byte) at a time

An effort to heal

Since my last posting here enough has transpired in the world, in our country and in our personal and business life to fill a library! Where to begin, or even to attempt to make a passing reference to more than a few things would be ridiculous! I will not try, but will stick to the Pens by Fred basics. Whew! I bet your glad for that.

We’re on our way back…glaucoma surgery, A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), retirement from the public ministry, total hip replacement, infection, treatment resistant edema, all that is behind us and transpired since midsummer 2017. Instead of mid-summer night’s dream it has been a night mare! So, to begin to recover my culinary skills I chose to prepare some squash for our dinner table. It took me about an hour and a half from start to finish. My missus gave me two thumbs up and I got around a mental and physical corner! Praise the Lord and thanks to modern day medicine.

This is what I used

To show patient love

I’d like to add at this point a special acknowledgement and expression of thanks and understanding to and about my wife. From mid-June to even most recently, she has had to put up with a lot of extra stress. She has borne up under the pressure very well and I love her for it. More than that, however, I have a new understanding for the expression in our vows “in sickness and in health.” Furthermore, I have a new appreciation for all those couples who are devoted to one another and have to deal each other’s difficulties. Many are stressed due to sudden or gradual changes in their lives caused by sickness, accidents, and natural catastrophes. Whoever you are, wherever you may be, may I assure you that I have added you to my daily prayers. Its a general petition that you will be given the grace and strength to show patient love to your spouse, and, as a part of your suffering, remain faithful to one another.

Back to my shop!

In order to heal I reasoned that I needed to get out of myself. I needed to get beyond the self-pity that so often accompanies major surgery. I had to focus on something, anything, beyond “me.” So preparing for a craft sale became a part of the process. How so? Well, it literally took me down many steps and back up again (aka PT – my shop is ini the basement). In my shop I had placed me before my tools, wood, and especially, my JET woodturning lathes. I chose to concentrate on making my favorite objects, i.e. little wooden trees. Trees, tops, and eight pointed paper stars took over my daily activities. Intermingled were many hours of walking, woodturning, sawing, sanding and painting. Here are pictured a few.

became for me the Star of Advent

Trees of the Nativity
Forest of The Nativity
Swarovski crystals add sparkle

Tracking Projects with a Whiteboard

As of this writing Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday have come and gone.It has come to my attention after trying to keep track of all the orders for Christmas turnings, that I must have a more visual process to order fulfillment. So as a quick diversion I set about searching for a “white board” that would allow tracking orders and recording ideas as they came to me while working at the lathe. I went on line, shopped by phone at the local office supply store and considered my preferred specifications. I wanted some thing that was relatively small, easily to mount on a wall in close proximity to my lathe, and which would be easy enough to be cleaned and would not have much shadowing, if any at all. Well, I didn’t want to spend over $100 in the process so I decided to make my own. That’s another story and I’ll show you a brief photo journal of the process next time.

Until then keep your chin up and tools sharp! It’s almost Advent Season!


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