LJ friends and gifts. #35: A visit from Greek Yannis - and me trying to find his feet

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-24-2018 09:52 PM 9313 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A visit from Greek Yannis.
- and me trying to find his feet

Magic is creatable!

Today some one stood in front of the door of my workshop, looking in through the window; that some one was Yannis from Greece, he showed up out of the blue, just to say hello and so I invited him inside. We shared a good hour or so, had coffee, Crema di Limoncello and a wee cake.

I don’t think I have to say; Yannis is a really nice guy, I could see that, when I was looking out the window.

My friend Flemming also showed up and soon the talk went on, Greek myths, Vikings, wood talks and life as it is – just as if an old friend had shown up.

Magic is creatable – Yannis is yet another wonderful person, wo’s crossing my road, due to the fact of my blogging here on LJ, he knew me and especially my blogs on Japanese wood working and had some how managed to find out where my little wood cave are hiding (he works with IT).
It never stop to impress me, when when the digital cyber world, merge into reality and new friendships grow.
(Yannis is now living in Copenhagen with his girlfriend, working with IT for Novo Nordisk and then he has a passion for woodworking).

When I have not been around lately, it is due to the fact that life threw in some noise and when the shit hits the fan… I’ll make it short; my daughter left home (she’s 18 now), a wee just before 50 crisis, a relationship that had to stop, a colon infection that put me in the hospital, then they found a tumour on my adrenal, diagnosed it cancer and then operated me three weeks ago and luckily found out there were NOT cancer in the tumour once it was out – life you know! I’m healing up well and yes looking for my legs.

My workshop.

”Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Trust me, I count these days; just got well enough to go back to the workshop and I am trying to put some magic into this thing called life. ;-)
Plenty of stuff for the blog on my computer, so hopefully I will find the energy soon. ;-)

Had a winter hike, just before the operation, testing my new winter sleeping bag (comfort temp. -27°C / -16°F), it was just -7°C / 20°F but a strong wind and I was cosy and warm, so look forward now for a hike soon, since I’m healing and the temperature should go down to -15°C / 5°F now. ;-)

For now I have to do with some indoor hiking, looking at Animal planet.

Big smile.

Perhaps this can inspire others to jump in and meet up, outside cyber world.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Don W

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#1 posted 02-24-2018 10:22 PM

Wow. That doesn’t sound like a fun ride. Glad it worked out. Keep smiling. Beat wishes!!

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

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#2 posted 02-24-2018 10:28 PM

Krya på dig! : )

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Jim Rowe

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#3 posted 02-24-2018 10:45 PM

Glad to hear things are starting to working out well for you.
Best wishes.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 02-24-2018 11:19 PM

Always a pleasure to see what you are up to my friend.
I hope your health is 100% soon.

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#5 posted 02-24-2018 11:40 PM

Hi Mads, it’s REALLY good to see you are back and becoming more active. Your smile in the photos is a welcome sight. Sorry that I can’t drop in for coffee, but it really is a bit too far. ;)
Looking forward to seeing your next project.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 02-24-2018 11:48 PM

Mads it’s a good story all around. Started off with serendipity and ended with it too. Your attitude toward life is inspirational. Good to see you’re recovering and getting well. I have to say, I would love to visit and share some of that Lemoncello with you by a hot stove. Maybe one day ;)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 02-25-2018 12:30 AM

Good to have you back in the land of the living Mads.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 02-25-2018 01:51 AM

Enjoyed the post and glad you are doing well. Hope you’re back to 100 percent soon.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 02-25-2018 02:21 AM

Great to hear you are recovering well Mads. I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how you were.
Stay positive Mads and remember that often the best view comes after the hardest climb.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 02-25-2018 02:45 AM

Mads, Some of our most satisfying friends are those with whom we can share a peaceful yet rewarding moment or two even after many years have passed in between times.
I am so lucky that I ,too, have a few dear friends like that.
Keep up your strength young man as you are an inspiration to all of us.
If you are ever cruising further than the Northern hemisphere be sure to look me up in Hobart, the world`s most liveable and beautiful city.

Of course I am biased because I chose to live here and I love the place.

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#11 posted 02-25-2018 02:57 AM

An interesting story, as always. I hope things smooth out soon for you. It is quite inspiring how you handle these things with a wink and a smile.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 02-25-2018 03:31 AM

I am so glad you are on the mend. Welcome back! I look forward to hearing from you, again, about your adventures in life.

-- --bch

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#13 posted 02-25-2018 04:05 AM

Great story, wish you wellness sir.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 02-25-2018 12:18 PM

Feel better soon. Glad you dodged the “C” bullet..

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

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#15 posted 02-25-2018 02:26 PM

Life has a way of throwing us those unexpected curves. I am so relieved to read that the tumor was negative and you are healing well.

Take care my friend and continue to enjoy life!

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

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