Just for Fun... #94: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes... (Part II)

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 03-01-2015 01:08 PM 2102 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The end of October, 2011, was a turning point in my Life… Those who read my Blogs will remember, that there was a small fire in the basement of our Apartment building in Manchester… While the building was certainly not destroyed, the lack of Electricity and Heat, along with the pervasive smell of Smoke, made living there untenable for Debbie and I…
We moved, spending our first Winter in the hills of Henniker, NH at my Aunt’s house, who was Gracious enough to let us occupy her empty house while she Wintered in Florida…
When Spring came, we moved all of our things once again, to a large Apartment in Concord, NH… It was meant to be a temporary thing, but two years passed quickly with little change… Last Summer, we resolved to start looking for “a place of our own” during the winter, with our eyes on a Spring move…

In November of last year, I went on-line looking at available Homes in the Concord area… Most were out of our Price range, or didn’t meet our criteria… But there was one that caught my eye…
I put in a request to go see the building with the Realtor, and went to view it a couple of days later… We loved it from the start, it was just “US”! Now we just had to make it happen…
I won’t bore you with the details, those of you who have gone through the home buying process are well aware of the difficulties and obstacles along that Road! But we had our own Great Real Estate Agent who fought for us relentlessly, ironing out the wrinkles, and finding paths around the stickier problems…

So on Friday, February 13th, I became the New Owner of a Home here in Concord, NH…
The Challenge since then, has been moving all of our accumulated “Stuff” here, during some of the coldest and snowiest Weather on record!

That was why, I had wanted to wait until Spring! But when the Door of Opportunity opens, it is seldom open for very long, so the Winter move had to be… I was not without help, Debbie’s Brother John helped throughout the ordeal, and my own Brother Scott lent a hand as well… Though it seemed to take interminably long, the move was concluded yesterday, only 15 days after the Closing…

Of interest to my Lumberjock Friends, there is a fine Space in the Basement for what will be the Shop… Going by the old ‘Farmer’s Logic’, the heaviest piece of equipment I have was moved first… Here is the Band Saw, lonely in its New Home, and another image showing the New Space…

The Band Saw was not lonely for long! Here are roughly the same views, taken this Morning…

It’s a shambles of course, like the rest of our house after the move… Incredibly though, everything is actually plugged in and operable (or can be made to work very quickly)...

So anyway, my Apologies to my Friends here on LJ’s for not commenting on their Projects and Blogs for the last “little while”... My Computer/Free time has been scarce! I hope to catch up soon… But there is unpacking to be done, renovations to be begun…

I am a Happy and Contented Man… :)

1 March 2015

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 01:15 PM

Congrats & best wishes Mike & Debbie. I expect to see great projects come from your new shop!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 01:35 PM

Congrats Mike. One step at a time. That snow sux. Your tools will find happiness in their new location, I’m sure. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 01:48 PM

Thanks Lorna and Roger!
The ‘Nomadic lifestyle’ did not agree with Debbie or myself…
It is a Great Thing, to finally be able to have a place we can call “Home” again!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 03-01-2015 01:48 PM

I am so happy for you, Mike. I know it has been a long road, and you always seem to have a positive attitude no matter what came your way. Congratulations on your new place! I have no doubt in no time you two will make it “your own” when you are done settling in. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness there! :)

Fondly, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 01:50 PM

Nothing but a good feeling for you and your wife to enjoy your new home. Hope things stay on the positive side. Enjoy the home and your new shop. What a great feeling to know that now you have a thousand projects to do instead of a hundred. Congratulations.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 02:44 PM

Congratulations on the new didn’t take long for the shop to fill up.thanks for sharing would like to see more pictures as you progress.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 02:45 PM

Congratulations my friend on the move. Working on your own place is a “labor of love” that will keep you out of trouble for years to come. Too much of that white stuff for me though!

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

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 02:47 PM

Congratulations on the home Mike and best wishes as this new chapter begins.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 03:15 PM

you had a dream
and are home at last

blessings to you both
no more moving

now about the next box ….

-- 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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#10 posted 03-01-2015 04:05 PM

home sweet home, so glad for you, there is nothing like having your own home, i cant believe all the snow…lucky us we have none…and i will enjoy it that way…you mike have a wonderful time, moving in and then working on the many renovations you have , little fix me ups…otherwise known as honey dues…lol..happy for you mike…congrats.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 03-01-2015 04:05 PM

All the best mate… happy for you…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 03-01-2015 04:09 PM

Congratulations Mike and Debbie!
I can’t think of any two people more deserving!
And… you have a real shop!!
Now… please make it stop snowing!!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 03-01-2015 04:24 PM

Hi Mike, I certainly remember the fire but can’t believe it was over 3 years ago already! I hope you and Debbie are happy in your new home.

-- ~Julie~

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#14 posted 03-01-2015 04:38 PM

Welcome Home, Mike!

Love the new shop!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 03-01-2015 05:09 PM

Thanks for sharing with us. We well look forward to hearing more as you work on your very own home making it just the way you want. Also looking forward to seeing how that shop is going to look.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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