Deep Thoughts - Reader Beware #12: Total Fluff

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 04-17-2014 01:04 AM 1894 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m notorious for over-thinking, overanalyzing and basically spending too much energy navel-gazing. This blog is intended to get some of it out of my head. I’ll be glib, sarcastic and flippant in my other posts. Who knows how this one will turn out. It may be a train wreck, so reader beware! If navel-gazing doesn’t hold any appeal or distraction for you, move on. If you’re allergic to estrogen, move away quickly.

My own personal rules are to not to spend more than 30 minutes on any one post. I can correct a mistake if I catch it right away, but can’t go back. If I post it, I can’t edit or delete. I tend to edit things to death and have been known to delete my posts before it’s too late.

If anything resonates with you, feel free to chime in.

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back from the ‘deep thoughts’ we all have and just enjoy a bit of fluff.
Today I was at a card shop and saw a little journal about gratitude. I didn’t buy it, but I asked myself what I was grateful for at that very moment.

Boggs. That’s what first popped into my mind, maybe because I was wearing them at the time. If you don’t know what they are, they are insulated rubber boots with funky patterns and handle holes on the sides to pull them on. They’re worn by all the yuppy kids at daycare, but they now make monstrous ones for adults. Mine were a Christmas present. Name brand rubber boots just sound sooooo wrong. I grew up with the black ones with the red toe and heel passed down from my brothers. If you wore them with shorts they rubbed your legs raw.

But today it was a miserable snowy, wet, windy, cold day and I was grateful for my purple flowered Boggs. They’re warm, comfy and probably one of the best presents I ever got.

So what are the illogical ‘fluffy’ or smaller things in woodworking for which I’m grateful or make me smile?

-the little red tip on my Rockler glue bottle. Genius. I love the bottle and I haven’t lost the tip yet.
- wingnuts (not people wing nuts, but actual wing nuts). There’s one on the side of my table saw for holding the extra blades and I give it a turn and the thing spins like a whirly-gig.
-sandpaper. Can’t really explain why.
-The itty bitty ball bearings in the full-extension drawer slides. I got mad at a slide once and discovered how many ball bearings come out if you smash it. I considered keeping them.
-the word ‘marrette’ So it’s not woodworking, but they’re in my shop. I grew up not knowing they had a name. It sounds pretty worldly and exotic for a little plastic thingamabob for wiring.
-nail set tools. These fall into the ‘wow, they make those?’ category.
-a monkey wrench. How can a name like that not bring you joy?
-glue encrusted shop clothes. Other than an apron, it’s the only time I’m wearing something that can be used for wiping my hands
-prying open a can of stain
-pounding a can of stain closed

What else?

Shortest blog ever. Evidently I need some practice being grateful.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 01:17 AM

Of course you are correct again. It’s so easy to get down on life with “bad things” happening. The reality is that we have more good things to be thankful for. My mother is still going strong and will turn 85 in 2 months. I am thankful that I have not had to listen to my brother sing for several months (this may be at the top of my thankful list). When I do something stupid in my shop, i have LJ friends to share it with. I am thankful that I have had no snow for the last week. I found my poor old chisel I use to remove bark from slabs. It’s kinda like me, it doesn’t have to be real sharp to do the job.

Thanks for reminding me to be thankful.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 01:24 AM

your brother singing- that’s funny.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 01:41 AM

My brother singing is not funny, it’s flat out embarrassing

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 01:45 AM

it’s always at the top of my list

slip on swede loafers with waffle grip soles
from the rack at wally world
cheap and disposable

top ramen noodles
dinner when i’m to tired to cook
(the joke is that i can’t cook anyway)
crunch some saltines in it
and watch some tube

dreaming about some new project
and sharing with friends
both here and on the streets

-- 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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#5 posted 04-17-2014 01:57 AM

Sandra, Monte, and David: When I grow up I want have y’all’s attitude! My granddaughter has those funny lookin rubber boots and pretty much lives in them. Now I know they have a name!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 01:58 AM

I have so many things to be grateful for that it is hard to pick one.

Having a shop to work in?
The many tools I work with that have been given to me or I’ve been blessed with finding dirt cheap at sales, or the ones I’ve been able to trade wood work for?
The health to at least get to the shop. I sometimes can’t, so the days I can are blessings.
Friends to share my good times and bad times with?

Ah, I know what I’m most grateful for!!!!


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#7 posted 04-17-2014 02:16 AM

Boggs and a tuque and you’re ready for Canada!

Yes William, the world is a better place after a good cup of coffee.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 04-17-2014 02:42 AM

The joy of showing my kids how to scrollsaw today! I took scrollsawgirl’s tutorial and we had a blast cutting out the first templates! (Thanks Sheila!)

Inexpensive used scrollsaws, 1/4 inch Baltic birch plywood, a safe place to keep and use my tools, tomorrow, today…all kinds of things to be grateful for!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 04-17-2014 04:50 AM

sometimes it good to step back and just say thanks even for the fluff ,i suppose the saying stop and smell the roses is true

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 04-17-2014 02:53 PM

I’m grateful for Christ, family, and the folks here on LJ that have become friends.

Grateful for a job, even when it drives me up a wall.

Grateful for blog posts that distract me from life’s difficulties and reminds me it won’t always be difficult.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#11 posted 04-17-2014 03:54 PM

Thanks for the comments. We all need a little reminder from time to time.

I was a Wallyworld today Eddie and thought of your shoes.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 04-18-2014 07:32 AM

Very good reminder, Sandra. Been feeling weighed down by responsibilities lately. Need a swift kick in the pants now and then to remember all the blessings God has given me. Dogwoods and redbuds blooming. Hubby’s garden is sprouting. Even a dirty house, cuz I have a house to live in.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 05-20-2014 01:04 AM


I’m grateful that I’ve seen your courage and fortitude. I believe you’ve a good role model for women woodworkers.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 05-20-2014 09:11 AM

Awww, thanks Doc.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#15 posted 05-21-2014 03:07 AM

Seems that I’m late to the party….

I’m glad I found this posting….
Yup, there are many things to be grateful for….
I’m sure with time…. I’ll think of a few!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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