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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 02-25-2015 08:24 PM 2250 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance Part 26 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 27: WOODWORKING BACK ON HOLD »

RUMORS OF MY DEMISE WERE SOMEWHAT EXAGGERATED when a friend of mine recently said, “No seriously! They said your were dead!” Apparently a Veteran’s Group I used to attend just figured I kicked the bucket and told my friend I was dead. I don’t think this is true, but I am asking for a second opinion.

I wanted to give an update to my LJ friends.

Woodworking is still my therapy of choice.
The problem right now is one of energy and safety. My cancer has gotten much worse and the morphine doesn’t allow the safe operation of power tools. I have several projects started, but they just sit there looking back at me. In my mind, however, I’m still designing projects, looking at the fine projects you all post and dreaming of the day I can step back into the shop.

Mentally I am still using woodworking as my primary form of therapy.

BTW, has anyone else noticed the quality of project post has increased in the past few months? It was great before, but recent projects have just been outstanding! Seeing what all of you are doing gives me great pleasure and still motivates me to want to do my own projects.

Thank you all for the prayers and don’t give up on me.

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

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 08:57 PM

Great to hear from you Steve, you must have been reading my mind, I was only thinking of you last night, and not having posted for some time…wondering.

It is good to hear that you are being sensible about what you can do and not taking unnecessary risks, I’m just sorry that it is under these circumstances.

I agree that projects on here are of a professional standard, it rather makes me feel more of a beginner than a hobbyist woodworker of over 40 years! :)

You know I am not one for prayers, but you are often in my thoughts, look after yourself!


-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 09:10 PM

Thank you for the update and take good care !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 09:17 PM

It’s so great to hear from you, Steve. You’ve been on my mind lately. Sorry you’re struggling so much and mostly I’m sorry you’re unable to do the woodworking you enjoy so much. But, as Phil said, I’m glad you’re being sensible about it.

I agree with you that project quality on LJ seems to be a ton better lately. I’m frequently humbled by all the talent that surrounds me.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#4 posted 02-25-2015 09:48 PM

Glad to hear you are still with us.

And yes, I’m getting embarrassed about posting my crap next to these great pieces of art

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 10:00 PM

Really, really glad to hear from you. Happy you’ve kept your sense of humor and thankful that you still can appreciate your fellow LJ’ers work….I think of you every time I visit LJ….Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 11:35 PM

I have also been wondering and concerned about how you are doing Steve. It is good to hear from you and all of us most certainly want to hear from you for a good long time to come.

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 12:07 AM

God bless you Steve. You are a strong guy. One step at a time LJ brother

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

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 12:37 AM

I’ll second the “one step at a time” approach.

Forget the projects that you started and concentrate on what you CAN do. I can remember when I was so down and broken that my daughter bought me a coloring book and a set of crayons. It took me a day to color a page, but it was the best coloring I had ever done. And then it was on to pencils and drawing. Etc.

Live for today and make it the best day you can. One day at a time is all any of us has.

And don’t forget to SMILE !!! :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 12:42 AM

May God bless you Steve. I’m sure that I’m just one of a multitude of LJ’s who pray for you daily.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 01:07 AM

You are a heck of a guy. Keep up the fight. I know you will be making the magic again soon. I like you, can enjoy just thinking about how to do a project.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 01:40 AM

Sorry to hear that your cancer is worse but will keep you in my prayers.
I agree there has been a lot of good projects lately.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 01:44 AM

Thanks for the update. We all worry when we don’t hear from you. I wish I could do something to make things better for you. But know you are in our prayers. Miracles do happen and I am praying for one for you.

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

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