Meanderings #3: Catching up on Life's events...

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 11-15-2013 10:12 AM 2076 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t been here for awhile. My apologies to friends here and thank you for the emails expressing your concern. Largest reason for my absence these last few months involves this -

I have mentioned in my last blog that I had a hearing that came up to discuss the new “formula” that is being imposed in the state of Michigan for child support deductions. I won’t go into any tirades but the increase was pretty significant and my take home salary has been greatly reduced. I am now bringing home less than 50% of my net and I can’t afford the house payments any more.

I bought this house 10 years ago -

It was built by an old train engineer in the 20’s who had a real knack for carpentry. Unfortunately, the grandson lacked the carpentry gene and was an alcoholic who thought it best to perform his own maintenance to the house over the years and was a little too proud of all the in-competencies her performed. When I purchased the house, it was before the housing crash and was the most reasonable priced house that was within my budget at the time. The market crashed, my income dropped, and there is no way that I can get what I owe the bank. I am attempting short sale for less than a 1/3 of what I purchased for it at the time.

So, I am currently packing up my tools and my belongings as I attempt to perform some fixes to make the house more appealing to the bargain shopper. I had to kill my internet service and have living arrangements setup, it just won’t be in a house for awhile. I will bring my hand tools to the apartment that I will be living at and will eventually sharpen my skills in that arena after the dust settles. In the interim, I might post some blogs (when internet time is available) in the homerefurbers portion of this website. Most of it will be repairs on a small budget for those that find the HGTV episodes where we are kept on the edge of our seats wondering if the couple who spent $800,000 on their dream home will be able to get a successful renovation within their meager budget of $150,000 :) My blogs will be more along the line of “How to fix that broken plaster wall for under whatever change you have in your pocket…”

I know this paints a depressing picture but honestly I am neither bitter or depressed. It is what it is and I have a game plan to work these things out. It just will be a little bumpy for awhile and there will be some significant compromises in my ability to pursue my hobbies. I just wanted everyone to know what is going on and why my absence will continue for awhile longer. I will post when I can. In the meantime, keep making sawdust and I hope all of you are doing well.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Don W

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 12:32 PM

good look David. stay strong.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 12:33 PM

Best of luck David.

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#3 posted 11-15-2013 05:02 PM


When one door closes and another has yet to open, we must make the best of what we have while waiting in the Hallway.

Stay strong, stay positive and stay in touch.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 11-15-2013 07:57 PM

I’m sorry to hear that you are having a difficult period in your life David, but I admire your lack of bitterness and I hope things will change for the better sooner rather than later for you. I think you will really enjoy working exclusively with hand tools and you will probably be amazed at how efficient they can be.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 05:02 PM

Gad zooks, David. That’s a real double whammy. Keep plugging, the passage of time will probably solve some of your financial issues. And just like Mike says, refocusing the hobby might keep you in the game. Maybe it is time to do some scroll saw work, or even some carving. Maybe diving into a dumpster or two will net you a used scroll saw, if you don’t already have one?

Keep in touch, even if only to let us know you are around…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 11-19-2013 02:26 PM

I admire you pragmatic outlook, David and sincerely hope your fortunes improve in the years to come. I look forward to hearing/ seeing more from you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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