Woodworking For Therapy #13: Cold Weather Has Some Challenges When Your Sick

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 03-05-2014 12:19 PM 1433 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cold weather certainly doesn’t help when most of your cutting, sanding and routing has to be done under the patio cover. I know that most of my Buddies on LJs are in worse weather regions than I am, but still, brrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Cold weather also complicates disabilities. The aches and pains are a little worse, some have to stay warm because of medicines or treatments and generally when you have a disability such as cancer, your immune system is compromised. SO PLEASE, BE CAREFUL, I PROMISE SPRING IS ON IT’S WAY!

So the question is, How do we stay motivated when we can’t make saw dust? Good question, I’m glad you asked!

What I have been doing is sitting in my shop, (Man Cave), with two heaters going full blast. I can’t wait to see the next power bill. I take my lap top and set up Steve Ramsey Videos from WWMM and laugh my butt off. I also multitask by looking through my scrap and figuring out what projects I can build or design as soon as the ice melts.

I reread all of my power tool manuals to see what I’ve missed previously so I don’t blow up anything like I did with my planer.

I would clean my shop, but my wife decided to do me a favor and clean it for me. Now I can’t find anything so it gives me something to do that is woodworking related. What I can’t figure out is how she hid a table saw when my shop is only 100 sq ft? My wife is very clever.

Seriously, if we who do Woodworking for Therapy don’t stay busy it’s not good for us. In my case I only lost 5 pounds last week, rather than my weekly 10 pounds from my chemo therapy. Hey I figure if I have to be sick I might as well enjoy the side effects. When I’ve lost 45 more pounds I’ll do something, like maybe hold my food down longer. My legs are noticeably a little weaker and my brain a little more sluggish.

I did come up with a great new design last night that will be an enormous help for me! A second workbench in my patio that is only 8 inches tall! It’s not uncommon for me to fall down occasionally and if no one is home to help me get up, I can keep working while I’m down on the concrete. I am including a first aide kit for cuts, scrapes and broken bones, along with some pain killers, so I can finish whatever I’m working on and not focus on the pain. PPPPP, Prior Planing Prevents Poor Performance.

Remember, the advantages of staying busy when you have a disability are priceless!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 04:14 PM

Okay I am really curious. What did you blow up with your planer?

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 04:43 PM

Don’t yell at me db and don’t lecture me, I got enough of that. It was an attempt to make an end grain cutting board. I have joined and attend weekly meetings of NEGINYPA, No End Grain In Your Planer Anonymous.

This is what I was able to salvage, “The World’s Smallest End Grain Cutting Board

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 05:26 PM

Hopefully you know by now, no yelling or judging coming from me…

As long as we are okay, and learn lessons from our mistakes, we are good to go…

I like what you were able to manage to save! Looks good, although a lot smaller than you wanted I am sure!

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 09:17 PM

I certainly can’t accuse anyone else of doing something stupid. I may get the Oscar for that next year myself.

I admire your tenacity and “keep moving forward” attitude. With what you have on your plate, holler if there’s anything I can do for you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 04:36 AM

Just call it a cheese board ! Drive down to Lorena to the Texas Cheese House and get some good organic
cheese to put on it . Hang in there , Padre . Best wishes .

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