SHOP ALONG #16: memorial and gifts

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Blog entry by patron posted 08-27-2014 01:24 AM 2155 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: shop roof done - bittersweet Part 16 of SHOP ALONG series Part 17: moving up thru blessings »

been busy here getting ready for my departed daughter saida’s memorial tree planting
which was a year ago today
i got a navajo globe willow for this

it will grow to be like this one i pray
they are true willows
but grow up instead of down
and seem to be ‘self trimming’
they are circular with no branches randomly sticking out here and there
also the first to green in the spring

i spent days digging in the hard ground here
making a rain runoff channel to water it
when she passed last year
it started raining like never before
and for the first time ever
i have more than 6,000 gallons of water in reserve

with the new shop roof runoff (till i can collect it too)
when it rains the water runs everywhere around the building
i used some to soften the earth (my tanked water)
so i could chip away at it inches at a time
was still 10 feet shy this morning when i woke at 4:30
to early to see anything
so i went into the shop and sanded the starburst table i have been making for a couple of years
decided to dedicate it to my brother joe sister judy daughter saida first dog ghost and my recent dog buddy
time for me to be the person they all want of me

they are together now with the good Lord
i will be along in His good time myself
so feel better with all this now

then went out to saida dawn and finished the trench

in order to protect this tree from too much sun and wind
while it gets established
i had to make a shade ‘parasol’ for it so it only gets dawn and morning sun
but not the full blast of the dessert sun or wind we get here

being of sound mind and of practical purpose (you decide)
i winged together this from what i could find laying around unused
not to pretty but it works ‘dads funky parasol’

visitors came to be part of the prayers
and after the planting i put them to work raising it
and bracing it then they took me to lunch

bless them all

the second we finished it started raining
my runoff ditch was finished too
and when i got home from lunch
the tree was being watered on it’s own

by now you may wonder what this has to do with the shop

well saturday morning i was sore and with only two sips of coffee
the phone rang and my bud daniel said
‘i got you a panel and some conduit
we need a trench from the meter to inside the shop 2 ft deep
see you in a few hours’

so off to see the wizard post haste i go
i got about 8’ dug when they showed up
daniel dug the rest himself
and we did the connection to the main panel outside

and i hung the new 200 amp one inside with his son
(daniel did all the hook-ups real ‘to code’ work)
loaded with 220v 20 – 30 – 50 amp breakers

so we got power to the shop
now to see about some wire to hook everything up to it
and finish the flooring

did finish all the blocking that was missing for fire-code
and moved the main tools to where they may or may not live permanently
but that will resolve as works determine where they work best

the rest of the tools are still in a holding pattern waiting for more floor
to find their place too

thank you all for stopping in
be safe
and have a good labor day weekend

-- 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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#1 posted 08-27-2014 01:49 AM

Saida is up there smiling down on you right now brother.
(The shop is coming along nicely too.)

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 02:18 AM

thank you eric

feel much better now
having taken care of her

just went out and secured the tree better
to keep it straight

-- 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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#3 posted 08-27-2014 02:23 AM

David, This is a great tribute to your daughter. We planted a willow oak at David’s school outside the band room when he died 20 years ago last June. It has grown into a nice shade tree and the school put a bench under it with a plaque remembering David. You will give that tree a lot of attention and it will thrive.

Good to see the shop progress as well.

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

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 02:27 AM

it always makes me so happy to see things progress, i can see you working in there making your beautiful tables and all the wonderful things you do, i hope you continue to have the energy needed to get to a good starting point in there…it sure is coming along nicely…i love that tree….

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

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 02:30 AM

thats what i’m feeling too andy
just knowing they are remembered gives peace

and yes something for me to learn too
never been any good at ‘green thumb’
going to have to start learning now

-- 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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#6 posted 08-27-2014 02:32 AM

Very good David. The tree shade is a great idea. Nice way to remember your daughter and good steps to ensure that the tree thrives.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 08-27-2014 02:38 AM

thanks grizz and bill

i just keep believing
and things keep getting better

do the best we can
with what we got

-- 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 08-27-2014 02:58 AM

A very moving story….

It seems that things are all set to start growing and prospering.
The shop….
The memorial tree….
And even you!!!

Glad to hear of all the good things, that are transpiring!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 08-27-2014 03:08 AM

Shop looks great, David. Won’t be long now until you are in full swing.
The tree is such touching memorial to your daughter that will stand for years to come.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 08-27-2014 03:26 AM

She would be proud of a fine dad I am sure David.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 08-27-2014 03:53 AM

David, your tree looks great! It will be super nice when larger… Glad to see you reinforced it!

Your shop Electrical looks COOL too!

You are getting closer & closer to The Big Day!

It’s so fascinating seeing it NOW getting closer to being DONE!

Thank you for the Update!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 08-27-2014 05:43 AM

David thats a great tribute to Saida, shes up there smiling down at ya ,
the shop is looking like its taking shape .you have cover a lot of ground on it and now electricity ,know you’ll be happy to have it all wired up and going its really looking good ,that table is awesome , you have a good Labor day week end my friend ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Monte Pittman

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#13 posted 08-27-2014 07:49 AM

You have honored your family well. Wonderful to see the shop coming together.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 08-27-2014 08:22 AM

Nothing beats the spiritual feeling that a memorial tree can give David. I’m sure it will thrive with the love and care you are giving it and your Daughter must be very pleased you did this to honor her memory.

I can’t wait to see your shop up and running. You are a guy who completes his projects even when they might seem insurmountable. You must feel rightfully very proud of what you have accomplished there. I’m sure some wonderful creations will be coming out of there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 08-27-2014 08:36 AM

Well done my old mate…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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