A Thousand Posts Later... #3: 3K...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-31-2015 06:25 PM 1542 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At the time of my 1,000 Lumberjock posting, I started this ‘blog series’ with great enthusiasm, anticipating a long LJ Experience where every !,000th Post would be a retrospective and recapitulation of past postings…
The 2,000th Plateau was more difficult than expected to discuss and/or “celebrate”... Many personal ‘Life things’ had occurred, and LJ’s was also fraught at the time with ‘Growing Pains’... There seemed, at that time, to be a lot of in-fighting and the discourse had changed from a type of wonderful camaraderie (a feeling almost like going into a friendly bar, where everybody knew your name) to a petty mean-ness and bickering amongst members… There were some fine People and Woodworkers who left for good back then…

So here it is, another thousand postings later…
Frankly, serious consideration was given to abolishing this particular series… Truth is, I can’t seem to find time for the Computer much any more, let alone Lumberjocks… My Inbox has 500+ LJ Notifications, that I mean to “get around to one of these days”, but never do… Computer Time has turned into a sort of “Hit & Run” from my Cell Phone, which makes it difficult to write appropriate comments and responses…
I can’t even fairly give an assessment of the “State of LJ’s” these days, because I’m so seldom on it!
Wood working has slowed to a trickle from this Man’s Shop as well, so there is very little to report on or to try to demonstrate…

Nonetheless, Life has been very Good!
I’ve finally gotten a decent, stable Job, and Debbie and I managed to purchase a House…
Therein goes all my time!
The Job is working mostly nights (and attempting to sleep days)...
Rare and Precious “Free Time” mostly goes into turning our House into ‘Our Home’...

The Bedroom refurbishing was achieved first, albeit with very little of interest on a Woodworking site… Besides making ‘Plugs’ for the holes in the floor, from when the Patron and I moved the Baseboard heating, the only WWing involved was making some brackets to hold a pole to hang clothes on in the closets…
Store-bought brackets were considered, until this one was spotted in the ‘Coat Closet’ near the front door…

What could be simpler?!
The ones I made are larger… At some point, I’ll add some shelves above them and use them to hold the shelves up…

The Bedroom Floor was a challenge only because I wasn’t positive on the way to proceed… First, the thought was to Sand the finish off and redo it… But it would have taken months to Sand!
Secondly, I was going to farm the Job out… I found a Guy who does Floors who said that he and his son would be able to Sand It, put a coat of Varnish, and two coats of Poly on , in two days and for $550… A pretty reasonable price, but we still had to come up with the extra cash…
Well, Moving and Settling into a new Home is an expensive proposition, and there turned out to be no “extra cash” forthcoming…
Tried A, and B wasn’t going to be fiscally possible for a while… Time to try Plan C…
The Floor wasn’t really in that bad shape to begin with, so I simply washed it (scoured actually) and applied new finish right over the old…

Wish that I had opted to do that sooner… Two or three weeks were ‘wasted’, while we slept in the Living Room, before that decision was reached…
The Bedroom was ultimately finished in early July, and we couldn’t be happier with the results…

During the time spent deciding what to do with the Bedroom Floor, the Small Bathroom adjoining it was begun…
We pulled off the Wall Paper but only the top layer came off easily, the backing layer and paste still remained, another check in forward progress…

We went to Lowes (my new Favorite Store) to get a heavier putty knife to facilitate stripping, and my Sweetheart spotted some of this stuff on the shelf…

Great Product!!
A little shot of that on the offending paper and paste, and it came off like butter…
That sped things up, and after some mudding, taping, and sanding, the Paints went on… A couple of small touch-ups left to do, but the Bathroom is now finished too…

The small shelf location by the sink occasioned another bit of Wood working… They were ‘impossibly deep’, going the full depth of the shower to the wall behind… I made a couple of quick brackets…

And then cut a false wall for the back… Much better and more useful now…

And so I find myself…
Too busy to play, but having the time of my Life!
Next up, a change of gears with some Landscape Work in the Front of the House and probably spending some time ‘dressing up’ the Front Entrance…
Debbie and I are enjoying the heck out of our Old House… We are Closer and Happier than ever, now that we have a place to call our own! :)

31 August 2015

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

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#1 posted 07-31-2015 06:44 PM

Congratulations, Mike!
Concord calls out to me like an old friend, even though I haven’t worked or lived there since 1986. I recall our friendly conversation about the Red Arrow on Chestnut St in Manchester, how I reminisced about that old college hangout, only to have you tell me you worked there!!! It’s a small world, after all. Best wishes on your new home!!! Keep us informed of your progress, amigo!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 08:21 PM

You and Debbie have made that house a lovely home!

Good to hear from you, again.

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

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#3 posted 07-31-2015 10:06 PM

Mike, Good to see you nhaven’t given up this blog. The house is looking great and I’m happy to hear “the pride of ownership” in this post.

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

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#4 posted 07-31-2015 10:13 PM

What a great story Mike. I’m very happy for both of you. Having a decent home has always been a priority for my wife and I don’t regret it one bit. Most everyone spends a lot of time at home and it means a lot to surround yourself with a good environment. I’m pretty sure that once you get your house refurbished and you have more free time on your hands you will be more interested in woodworking and spending more time with us again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 10:15 PM

so glad you are having a grand time making this house your home, you are right, there is a lot of work to be done and it can be very time consuming…but its yours and its so much fun …well at least for me it was, but i built a new home from the ground up, those were some wonderful days….well its great to see you happy and not homeless….lol….there could be some great woodworking projects in store, furniture to make, tables, gosh there could be tons for you to make…..i wish you the best and i hope you can find a little more time to say hello now and then….

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

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 11:04 PM

Fun read. Happy to see your great work.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-31-2015 11:36 PM

it’s a tough job
but someone has to do it
and it seems you are doing it well

diversifying is the key
to keep the interest flowing
and keep from bogging down


and welcome home

-- 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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#8 posted 08-01-2015 01:32 AM

Whether 1,000, 2k, or 3k, your post are always a fun and/or interesting read Mike. All the best to you and Deb.

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

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#9 posted 08-01-2015 01:57 AM

Glad to hear you have life going your way and you 2 are very happy. The house is looking great!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 08-01-2015 11:30 AM

Thanks for showing the photos of your progress. I love seeing all the things you did to make your new house a home! All the best to you both! It is a lovely place!


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

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#11 posted 08-01-2015 01:48 PM

Thanks so much Dear Friends, for taking the time to read and comment!
We’ve made a good beginning here but there is still lots more to do… It’s daunting to think of the whole picture, but tackling the place in small bites (room by room) should make it manageable… It seemed to take forever to do these two rooms but the reality is, we only moved in 5 1/2 months ago, and we didn’t really get started on these projects until David came to visit in Late April… Two rooms in three months isn’t that bad… I guess…
poopiekat: If you ever decide to stop down and visit your old stomping grounds, shoot me a PM beforehand! I’d love to show you around the old town… A lot has changed since you were here last! Loudon Rd., that used to be all wooded, is pretty much a strip mall from end to end… Right now, they’re doing a huge waterworks updating right on Main Street, the whole downtown is a disaster area… As for the Red Arrow, the owner opened two more locations, one in Milford and a more recent one in Londonderry… From what I hear, they are both doing extremely well!
Andy and Lew: Thank You for your kind comments… We just have to ‘keep the ball rolling’ and we’ll make this place ours… In a Year or Three!! Lol
Stefang: Thank You too Michael, your Blog about your BBQ Shed Build is one of the ones I’ve been saving, and looking forward to reading… I will get there, eventually… :)
Grizzman: There are a few things already on a growing list! A Headboard for our Bed, a small Shelf unit, maybe a door (or two)... But I wake up every morning and count my hands… Still only two, alas…
Dan: I actually did read your topic about the Lion, Craziness! Hey, did you ever hear a Lion’s Roar? Last Summer, while on Vacation, we visited York’s Wild Kingdom in Maine… Their Lions were sleeping of course, in the midday Sun, like any sensible Cats… I stopped and read the sign outside their fenced in area, and it said that, “In the African Savannah, a Lion’s Roar can be heard up to five miles away”... As the Lions weren’t very Vocal while slumbering, I salted the data away in the “Things to keep in mind, next time I’m in Africa” File…
We continued our tour of the place and were on the other side of the Park, when we heard the strangest sound I’ve ever heard… It was a sort of deep, subterranean rumbling, a sound so low but powerful that it could be almost more felt than heard! I thought it was an Earthquake!! But then I saw everybody running back towards the Lion’s Den and heard the hub-bub of their voices, “The Lion Woke Up!” “The Lion is Roaring!”... We followed the crowds and when we got there, it turned out that the Lion had just woken up in a nasty Mood and was snarling and grumbling at the other Lions… Never heard anything like that and can only imagine how chilling that would be, at night say, in the Savannah… IT SHOOK THE GROUND!!!
David: As always, Thanks for the help and the impetus to get started… Changing direction is a Great Idea, so as not to get bogged down… As per one of your other suggestions, I called my Plumber Guy and we’re going to set up an appointment with him to Purge our system and to give it a good once-over in August, well before the Cold weather settles in… That way we’ll avoid the ‘Cold Weather Rush’, when Folks turn their heat on and discover problems… We’re very happy that he’s going to take us on personally as clients, because he is the Best in Concord!
Thanks to you too Lenny, Bob, and Sheila, I do appreciate it! :)

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

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#12 posted 08-01-2015 02:00 PM

Mike, that is a beautiful place that you and Debbie have made for yourselves. It sounds like you are enjoying yourselves and that you have been blessed. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 08-02-2015 06:02 PM

Always nice to see and hear from you Mike. Hey, life gets in the way of things. This is like the local pub. I may go a few weeks before coming in but when I do, it remains the same and it’s gr8 to see and hear from ya

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

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#14 posted 08-12-2015 06:03 PM

Sorry to take so long commenting, Mike. Computer, etc problems recently. Congrats on another 100 under your belt. I’m also glad to see that life is on the up for Debbie and yourself.

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

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