Archive for June, 2011


Hello Everyone!

So what is up with this title?

I saw a posting by a job search company looking for journeyman plumbers for a project in…yep…Afghanistan. I sent my resume to them and time will tell.

I also talked with a friend who has been to Afghanistan, just to pick his brain and see what he thought. He said it would be a definite change, that I would probably like it and it definitely would be quite an experience. He told me some of his experiences over there and I have heard him talk about it other times too. The usual some good, some not so good and a few bad. But it sounds like he might go back at some point.

So I am entertaining the thought so far. I mean it will probably take some time to hear something or I may never hear anything. The usual what ifs?

I sure would miss my scroll saw, making saw dust and all that goes with that.

So a short and thought provoking one tonight.

Later, Harold


Wood Crafting To Do List

Hello Everyone!

It has been quite a while since I have been on the scroll saw. It actually got moved back out to the garage when it warmed up but I didn’t get out there, until now.

I have my own to do list for it. Also a want to do list, a will I do list and a can I do list. This afternoon I did some of my to do list. They are four desktop names. They have each been dipped in lemon oil and I am waiting for them to dry so I can put coats of spray lacquer on them. So let me get to them as is for now.

Spurgeon a last name I think

This is for someone I consider a blog friend. He saw what I was doing and asked if I could do this. I finally got around to it. So “Danny” this one is for you! He is from The Real Full House.

I wish I knew my woods. This I got in a box of wood from Rockler. It is one of four kinds out of a possible five that could be in the box. So I don’t know what it is, but it looks good to me!

Who is this?

Anyone know this person? It will be a surprise when she sees it. Just one I wanted to do. From Ava Aston’s Muckery. So Ava this one is for you! It will cost you a duet with me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Singing that is (clarifying). If you don’t know, Ava sings and I wanna sing with her! I can see me being an older version of Scotty the winner on AI! ๐Ÿ™‚ To let you know Ava, I am a baritone with a good range.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  This is from Poplar Wood.

BRC short for Brown Road Chronicles

BRC as I call him is another blogger and when I was doing Mynakedbokkie he chimed in on her blog that maybe he would have me do one for him. Sorry BRC but your title is too long for my scroll saw. I hope you will settle for this. It is from Zebra Wood and in my opinion looks pretty cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another surprise!

Yep! This one doesn’t know about it either. Another blog title that I had to shorten. ModMeals comes from Mod Meals on Mendenhall, a food blog. This is the same kind of wood as the first one, so again I don’t know it. But again it turned out pretty good! I thought of going with MMoM or MMM but decided on this.

So now I will notify them to come take a look and hope they like what they see. I hope all of you like them too. I have more things to cut on my to do list…so more to come. ๐Ÿ™‚ More saw dust to make!

Check out my Thankfulness page too! It is updated every day/evening. Okay a shameless plug, I know. But I just gave free advertising to four other bloggers why not myself too!

Later, Harold


Hello Everyone!

Today I went over the 3000 views threshold! It’s on the way to 4000! My actual viewership is up on the daily averages lately and I am getting a few more comments. Thanks to those of you taking time to make them. You can also leave them on older posts. I don’t mind going back to them. Some of you are new here so go ahead tell me what comes to mind at each post if you want to.

A new blog friend gave me some asked for advice on how to set up my Thankfulness page. I got it the way I wanted it (with some help from my son James too). Hopefully this will keep the cluttered look down over-all. Thanks Michelle! ๐Ÿ™‚

I signed up with a company called Service Magic yesterday and got accepted today! What they do is give me leads on people who want/need plumbing work done. I have to contact them and try to get the work. So I will give this a try and see how it goes. I am not employed by them, just given the opportunity to get work for myself through them.

I guess that is about it for tonight. Friday dead ahead, then the weekend!

Later, Harold


Hello Everyone!

Well I decided to expand on my thankfulness update on the blog today. So you get a double dose but more detail here.

Today was a voluntary work day for the JV football team from WA. The plan was to do some work around the house of a team member. It kind of expanded with the storms we have had lately. Their power went out and they ended up with over 15 inches of water in the basement. So some work inside the house got included on the list.

There were over 15 boys, their coach, a couple teachers, some dads, a mom and friends all onsite to help out and do what we could from 8-12 this morning. When Josh and I arrived and got the lay of the land we were sent inside. Me to do plumbing, but of course, and Josh what ever was needed.

I checked the furnace and got it working first, kind of out of my area but I was the closest to know anything about it. Then I checked the sump pumps, working okay, lit the water heater, okay, made a temporary repair on the laundry sink waste line and repaired the laundry sink faucet. More plumbing to be done at a later date.

Water damaged stuff was being tossed and gone over. The floor got swept by Josh with the wet-vac and general cleaning and sorting was going on.

Outside general maintenance was going on. Lawn care, brush removal, raking, weeding, bush trimming, trees cut down, lots of activity! The drain for the sump pump was found and trenched to the street with rock added. A down spout drain was trenched out and the piping, hopefully pitched, was all put underground and rocked at the end. Loads of debris were hauled away. I had Josh clean the gutters on the garage from a ladder, then I put him on the house roof to do those gutters too. He got about 4 buckets full of debris out in total and every gutter draining. The garage door operator was adjusted and gotten to work properly too. Probably more was done than I know about.

I am sure with their first week off from school gone, that these boys sure could have been doing other things on this Saturday morning. But they chose to volunteer their time and efforts to help a teammates family that needed some help. This family has gone through the husband losing his job, don’t I know about that, to his being diagnosed with cancer, terminal, the wife switching jobs to help out better financially, he dies after a short battle with the cancer and all the ramifications of everythingย  listed and whatever else I don’t know about. All in about a year or so!

My hat is off to those who organized today, to the boys and the work they accomplished and all the others who put in time and effort for today. It looks a lot better than when we started! More to be done at another time.

Way to go everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today you were the mind, the hands and the feet of JESUS! Serving the body of Christ in HIS goodness. A great representation of Wheaton Academy and the sports department and especially the JV football team!

Yeah team! ๐Ÿ™‚

Later, Harold

A new page added!

Hello Everyone!

Well I got inspired by another blog that I read and left a comment on. Unfortunately I can’t find it…bummer…or I would list it here too.

This page I am calling the Thankfulness page and I explain about it there.

So won’t you check it out too and join in? It could be uplifting for all who read and participate or maybe just me. But I don’t want it to be just me!

If I find that blog I will list it here and there. Or if you happen to stop by, my blog friend, let me know it is you!

Later, Harold

Update! I knew it was somewhere close by! They left a comment!

The blog is by Patti Ross. Her title that day is Saying Thanks and it was on June 3 and the book she read is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

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