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Blog entry by stefang posted 04-28-2011 08:07 PM 4212 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all you bucketeer’s. I got a message from MsDebbie asking that the participants in the class tag their posts showing the finished buckets ‘Antique Buckets’. Her message was sent 10 days ago, but I’ve been offline for quite awhile until today. I hope your bucket projects are coming along well.

I used to be a woodworker, but my wife has (once again) promoted me to gardening assistant for the duration of the summer. So far I have power raked the lawn to remove the moss, washed the entire house, garage and gardening shed outside, washed the terraces and transplanted a bunch of bushes and a couple of trees. And that’s just the beginning! Not a great future for such a lazy fellow as myself. I hope you feel sorry for me because I really need that pity right now, and I know I won’t be getting it from the wife!

I also had to cut down a 12ft high juniper and I managed to save the trunk for some sneak woodworking ,he he. In fact I did manage to cut 9 boards from a 24” length of said trunk in my bandsaw today and I’ve got more juniper and some Sycamore logs to cut up. I’ve found a really easy and safe way to cut logs with my bandsaw without a special jig. I’ll blog that as soon as I get the time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 08:24 PM

sorry to hear you have got soft soapfingers from all that washing down
I had a little twist in the ring with all the windows myself last week , two days on the latter
with the back I have ain´t what I call fun and being scared of highs too ..LoL well you got the picture
me balancing up high with waterbucket , brush and swiper looking like another Charlie Chapling
yep the years highlight for the neighbours ….. do you think Silke sell tickets to it …..they all seems to
pass by with werd advices every time I´m on a latter

the rest of the garden work I wuold have treaded with the round of dealing with concrete and mortar
the rest of the vacation

hope it will be over very soon for you so you can relax the rest of the spring and summer :-)

I look forward to see your timberslicing :-)

take care

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 08:26 PM

your sympathy is in the mail mike

great news on the log
look forward to the blog on that

glad you are out and about
and some fresh air never hurt

keep her happy
she may make you a sardine sandwich !

-- 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 04-28-2011 10:53 PM

And I forgot to add that I also changed out the winter tires on my son’s and my own cars. Good thing I don’t have paid job as well!

Dennis I suppose my sad story is nothing new to most folks and especially Scandinavians like yourself. It isn’t fun working on a ladder. That’s why I designed and built what I call ‘comfort steps’ that I use while working on a ladder. They’re great for folks with arthritis or other foot problems. I’ve been using them for several years now, and they make working on a ladder a lot easier. I’ll do a little blog on them while the wife isn’t looking.

David I hope you sent that pity in a large box air express. I’ll surely have to work hard for a sardine sandwich or anything else. I’ve been practicing my chip carving on my rest breaks on the terrace. That keeps me sane (or insane?).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 11:48 PM

An end to Honey-Do slavery! at least not without equal time for woodworking….or sardine sandwiches…
When you can sneak away, I’d be interested to hear about your ladder and how you manage to get boards out of a log on a bandsaw without a jig.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 11:59 PM

Since I know you, I am sure your wonderful wife is worth it!
I will mark my project.
A big smile,

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2011 12:31 AM

I’m with you Steve! Just please don’t tell my wife I said that.

So right Mads. If I hadn’t married my wife I wouldn’t have developed any of the numerous manual skills I have learned over the past almost 45 years. During that time I have only had to hire plumbers and electricians when needed, except the building of a couple of different houses here in Norway. I am getting a bit old and tired now, so I ask myself, when will it end? I think we all know the answer to that one!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 12:47 AM

you could always say no

and build a little dog house
in the backyard
wouldn’t need a plumber
or electrician either

-- 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 04-29-2011 02:02 AM

Mike I am feeling your pain to. My vegetable garden is in. Its 130×40 foot. 60 beans and peas, 90 tomatoes, peppers and etc…. Spring is in the air.
But I am still sneaking in some shop time. Saturday is prom for my 3 teenage girls and they will be tied up with hair and dresses. I think I might be able to steal some shop time.
Storms have been very bad this year. Last night we had the worst band of tornadoes in 40 years. Over 300 dead and they still can’t get into some areas. I have major cleanup ahead of me from storm damage.
But its good to here from you Mike. I would like to see your comfortable steps. She does feed you well don’t she ?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 01:46 PM

(thanks re: tags)

and the silver lining is—we’ll be seeing you back at GardenTenders :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-01-2011 06:52 PM

Yes Debbie, I would like to be a little active again on GT, but I don’t have much interesting to contribute. I think I blogged myself dry there last summer. I will try though, and meanwhile I can enjoy all you real gardeners results. I am just as reluctant as last year, but on duty and ready to carry out my orders when they are handed down, and with absolutely no hope for a promotion to a leadership position.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 05-01-2011 07:52 PM

David Yes, a doghouse big enough to accommodate my Lazyboy recliner!

Dave Very sad news about all the lives lost in tornadoes and also the many who have lost their homes. I hope they get good help to recover from this catastrophe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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