Back to the Basics #1: Feeling a bit lost...

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Blog entry by wannadoitall posted 11-03-2010 10:04 PM 1592 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone,

I am rather new here to LJ’s, and have been trying to get better acquainted with all you fine folks, but have been off to a slow start. Anyway, I thought it would be better to start a blog to let you all get to know me better. So here goes…

I am a 28 year old stay at home mom of a two year old and a one year old – yes, they keep me very, very busy. Short flashback of my life is this:

I’ve been married for about 4 years now. A couple years before I was married I had a bad Freon accident on a job (Freon gas is a coolant used in freezers and such). I breathed in about 240 pounds of Freon gas, which is fatal at around 40 pounds. I survived, but spent the better part of a couple years severely disabled – couldn’t walk without getting completely winded, etc etc.

I am pretty much recovered now, and can live just about close to normal as far as the physical side is concerned. But… I do notice that a lot of my memory has been affected, and sometimes just simple mental processes can…. gum up a bit. Not to where anyone else can notice. But I notice. Here’s what this has to do with woodworking:

Before I had the accident, I did construction, cabinetry, woodworking, etc etc. After the accident I started down the road to marriage and have been busy taking care of babies for the last 4 years. Now that I find myself missing “the old me” severely and wanting to pick up where I left off, I am finding that I can’t. I can’t remember suddenly the stupidest little things. I can’t figure out how to proceed on the simplest project or task, and I end up just standing there stumped for a few minutes.

I want to be myself again, but I need your help LumberJocks. I think the best way to get back my memory of everything I used to know is to just start from scratch again as a novice and see what comes back to me as I go. I may end up asking some really dumb questions, and as soon as I hear the answer, I’ll probably feel real stupid that I couldn’t remember something so lame. :)

So, be patient with me if you can, and I’d love to get to know all of you – and take whatever you can throw my way in the form of teaching and reteaching!

Thanks LumberJocks!


-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 10:11 PM



You’ve been through hell.

I have a huge number of complicated and pretty serious eye issues. I am seen—fairly regularly—at a clinic in Boston, for treatment.

Among the kinds of patients that they see are people who were afflicted with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. It’s a medication reaction that basically burns the soft tissues of the body (including the eyes), from the inside out.

I also met a patient, there, who had been hit with pressurized ammonia.

So … while I can’t say I can truly imagine what YOU’ve been through … I’ve sure met a lot of people who’ve been through hell.

But … welcome.

There ARE a few of us LumberJocks who are disabled—suffering from one thing or another.

Sometimes we joke about how those disabilities interfere with our woodworking. Sometimes … we can’t.

I’m pretty much a newbie woodworker, but … looking forward to your presence, your participation, and your contributions … if and when your toddlers EVER take a nap :-)

Welcome !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 10:18 PM

Anything you want to know Angela and I’m sure this community will swing to the rescue. Of course I think many of us have been caught staring at the wood in our shops wondering what to do next so we can understand. I think you will find a kind of meditative peace getting back to working wood.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 10:23 PM

wannadoitall, you come to the right place if you want help. There’s lot’s of people on here who are patient. You just had an accident is all. As you say it’s a miracle that you are still here. You said that yourself in so many words. Now what you got to do is just make up your mind that your gonna do it if that’s what you want to do. You know that if you want to walk all the way around the world that the first thing that you do is to take the first step? Well it seems like you just did that. The first step is always the hardest one to take. See you already did that so the rest will be easier and easier. Hey, look what you named yourself, Wannadoitall. Now you wouldn’t have done that if you didn’t have a positive attitude. That’s step number two – having a positive attitude. See, you’ve already made the first two steps. You just hang around here and you’ll do just fine.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 10:24 PM

You just ask away!!

There are no “dumb”, “silly” or “stupid” questions. All of us, here, are more than willing to help.


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

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 10:41 PM

Hey, my father always said, no such a thing as a dumb question, only dumb answers!

Good luck!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 10:45 PM

Welcome Angela. I’ve only been woodworking for a year now and this community has been very helpful with ideas and techniques. Remember though, you are wanting to do this to get back to your old self. So if you are having difficulties learning a concept or screw up on a piece(I’ve done it many many times) don’t beat yourself up or give up. Everyone is here to help, just go at your own pace.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 11:01 PM

Thanks everyone so much for the kind comments and welcomes – I am so happy and humbled by meeting you all – you all sound like truly great folks to know!

It certainly has been a challenge but I do know (and constantly remind myself) that I am blessed just to still be here – so I can’t complain.

And yes, NBeener, my days are spent counting down the minutes until the kids’ nap time! :) Sometimes I wonder if its the Freon that keeps me from thinking clearly, or the multitude of little voices babbling in my ear :)

NBeener, ShannonRogers, helluvawreck, lew, Div, and Eric_S—each and every one of your comments meant the world to me – thank you. Nothing like getting a shot of encouragement first thing in the afternoon!

Pleasure to meet you all!

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 11:15 PM

From my point of view, there’s only one dumb question – that’s the one you were afraid to ask.

Now let’s get you going with a simple project – hopefully one that won’t create a lot of noise waking up the little ones. What do you need around the house, yard, or workshop – wall shelf, a pair of saw horses?

Remember – a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest.

-- John from Hampstead

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 11:29 PM

I am truly sorry to hear of your accident Freon is very dangerous you were lucky to survive.So a hearty welcome from me and I just made you a buddy to make you feel welcome.I am sure I speak for everyone when I say if there is anything we can do for you let us know take it easy and enjoy.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 12:04 AM

Angela, Glad you’ve joined us. I believe you will find this site very helpful and the members are always willing to help with any questions… fire away! I learn something new just about every time I get a chance to be on the site, so I hope it will do the same for you. Enjoy!

-- John @

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 12:40 AM

you are amazing and what a powerful story you have to tell – and to teach us!

So from me, thank you and welcome!

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

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#12 posted 11-04-2010 01:08 AM

Welcome! I’m looking forward to reading your questions. As a beginner in most areas of the woodshop myself I’m always interested in learning how others are doing things!

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#13 posted 11-04-2010 01:38 AM

So nice to welcome another WOMAN to lumberjocks! You will LOVE IT HERE! So many terrific people willing to share their immense talents. I am glad you are here!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 11-04-2010 02:17 AM

Angela, please feel free to ask any question that you want answered.

The purpose of this site is to not only help out one another with woodworking issues but also teach one another as well. I have often said that we all can both learn from one another as well as helping others understand woodworking ideas and concepts.

So please feel comfortable in posting your comments.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 11-04-2010 03:00 AM

Pleased to meet you Angela.

The memory loss your experiencing I think comes with motherhood. At least that’s what my wife tells me.

If we can help in any way, ask away!!!

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