Opportunity #2: When Opportunity Knocks... continued

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 03-13-2007 01:07 AM 1128 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, tonight was the night that we were going with my brother to check out that big ol’ maple log for $500.

After about a 15 minute drive we reached the Mennonite community and turned down a gravel road (which of course in this weather is now a mud road). The scenery was beautiful. I live in the country but our farm country isn’t like that beautiful area (only about 1/2 hour from where I live).
There was a beautiful little “valley” wrapping itself around a winding creek (The Little Otter, I do believe) and it was dotted with willows, and some horses here and there. We passed by a few children who were making their way home from perhaps school.

Finally we made it to the sawmill and yes it was a sawmill—there were 3 long rows of logs: big beautiful logs. They had a big crane to move the logs around and inside the long shed was their saw. Outside there were also some piles of 4×4’s. And then, there on the one pile was the big, big log. Yup, that was big!! And beautiful.

“Levi” came out and talked to my brother for a moment and then my brother told him that we would let him get back to his work. My brother then laughed “giddilly” (I know that is a lumberjock word, I’ve seen it before). “Ah… sorry,” he said, “I guess I’m not much of a woodman. I was sure it was maple”.

Back in the truck and back home we went, re-acknowledging the beautiful landscape on our way. Back at his home, my sister-in-law asked, “so what kind of wood was it?” My brother replied: “Well, my hands are still sticking together after touching it—- pine. it was “just” pine. That’s why it was such a good deal.”

Further discussion came to the agreement that Levi himself had told my brother that he had a log of maple.
But alas it was not to be.

But Rick did see a beautiful creek for flyfishing so it was not a total loss!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 03-13-2007 01:16 AM

So it’s not to be. The Universe Dumps on Debbie again.

What did you do to deserve this.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-13-2007 01:20 AM

Ego. I started to believe. It’s one of those sins isn’t it???

And there I thought the Universe and I had come to an agreement. Dang.. thanks for the reminder Karson…

((grumble grumble grumble))

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 03-13-2007 03:02 AM

Woah! Stop a moment.

When was the last time you went for an hour’s drive with your brother? When was the last time you had a good laugh?

This is a good story, not because you scored a deal, but because you found your brother.

Accept the blessing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 03-13-2007 03:07 AM

heheeh yup
the connection surprises me every day :)

Life’s pretty cool, huh?? !!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 03-13-2007 03:35 AM

Hi Debbie;
I would have went rooting around for some first cuts off those pine logs. They make nice benches, full of character and most sawmills just throw them away for pulp wood. I find a lot of character wood in sawmills and if you get to know the owners, they will call you up when they get something special.

Pine is not just ‘pine’, but the universe smiles on eternal evergreen pine….

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 03-13-2007 03:38 AM

oh I was SO tempted Frank
I saw a pile of smaller stuff on the other side of the building and I so so so wondered if that was their “scrap” pile…
I could just hear the wood calling my name.

But Levi was busy working and I’m not any good at imposing.

Oh.. and in the log there were three ovals, looking like a flower. It was BEAUTIFUL..
and another log, in his cutting pile, there was what I’d call a sand dollar shape in the wood. Oh yah… I wanted a slab.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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