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Blog series by Ocelot updated 07-15-2017 05:16 PM 5 parts 11249 reads 33 comments total

Part 1: Life

04-01-2011 05:22 AM by Ocelot | 5 comments »

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve had opportunity to visit LJ. Some of you who took the time to welcome me and comment on my initial posts probably figured I was another of those folks who appear and disappear. Sorry. The first week, my 10-year-old had spring break. I took the week off and worked on flooring the attic of the shop – got it about 1/2 finished. I had thought that I could knock it out in 3 or 4 days, but I don’t have the stamina that I needed for that...

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Part 2: Tornados

05-02-2011 12:31 PM by Ocelot | 0 comments »

Well folks, there’s a lot of wood on the ground around here. The tornadoes came through on Wednesday. I thank God that my family and friends are OK. Unfortunately, not everyone here was so fortunate. At my 3-acre place, I had no damage to house or shop, but lost a few trees – including 2 white oaks 100 years plus, a couple of young wallnuts, a medium size cherry and a few other small trees. If anybody has a portable mill or a way to get some logs, I’m sure there a...

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Part 3: Baby on the way

09-10-2011 06:51 AM by Ocelot | 16 comments »

My wife, who is in her 40’s, is now 13 weeks pregnant with her first child. God is good to us! I should make something (out of wood) for the baby. I’m not sure I’m up for a cradle – and a cradle is used for such a short period of time, that it probably would take more weeks to make it than it would actually be used. Any suggestions?

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Part 4: Woodworking in Alabama

12-29-2015 03:15 AM by Ocelot | 3 comments »

Saturday afternoon 12/26/15 conditions in my non-climate-controlled shop. Temp 66 F with 79% Relative Humidity. I’d better make the joints tight under these conditions! -Paul

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Part 5: Lost a week. Thought I had a stroke.

07-15-2017 05:16 PM by Ocelot | 9 comments »

I woke last Friday morning (8 days ago) and found that I could not hold my phone nor button my pants. My left hand (with which, by the way, I am now typing) was completely numb. I had lost fine muscle control as well. So, as soon as my brother’s wife could get here to stay with the kids, we were off to the local hospital ER. I assumed that I had had a stroke, although now I know more about strokes, I wouldn’t guess that today. Only the hand – mostly the fingers R...

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