February 8, 2018

Vacation trip to Florida…

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Wild Boar

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Fun times at lake Okeechobee…

Peace

Jim

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February 4, 2018

“If the warmth of the heart cannot penetrate our outside layer then we need to peel back some layers.”

In our world there is so much anger, especially when it comes to society in general and politics in particular.  Voices come from all directions spewing knee jerk reactions that inflame, excite and draw responses that counter the point and further infuriate.  On and on it goes…

Many people, it seems – myself included – fall prey to the anger of others and lose sight of the beauty around us.  The result – my opinion here – is that the heart grows cold, or at least is calloused to the point that the warmth of our heart cannot make it to the top layer of our skin.  And if the warmth of the heart cannot penetrate our ruffed up façade we fail at the second greatest commandment of loving other people… (Matthew 22:37-40)

Be careful not to become angered from the anger of others.  As Jesus followers we are called to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  (Galatians 5:22-23)  I have to remind myself of that on occasion.  From what I read on social media, a lot of other people are the same way

Just some thoughts this morning.

Peace and joy

Jim

January 28, 2018

“Holy interruptions are those times and places where our effort in one direction is turned to another direction…Sometimes the interruption is preparation for something bigger and sometimes the interruption is the something bigger.”

This is often difficult to remember especially when we’re those people whose focus is on finishing (guilty here). 

Pay attention to interruptions, they may be our mission.

Peace

Jim

 

Sugi Ban

My first attempt at Sugi Ban.  (Japanese method of preserving wood.)

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Char the wood, cool it, and clean it.  I’m planning on making some flower boxes to put in the courtyard at home.  I think I need to practice some more since I’m not really sure about how much to char the wood and how much to clean it.

Some firsts

I’ve been making some walnut cutting boards.  I had an end piece with a big crack in it so I decided to try my hand at making a bow tie to salvage the board and hopefully look neat in the process.

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After finishing the bow tie, I planed it smooth and put some epoxy filler in the crack.

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I wound up putting a bow tie on both sides to keep the crack from getting bigger.

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I learned a few things in the process so hopefully next time it will go a little better.

Finished oak dresser

Before and after pics of the dresser.

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The dresser was so bad I put it out by the road and nobody would take it.  They would now.

I got the old chair a few years ago…replaced a rung in the back, cut off the legs to get rid of the rot, got rid of the wobble, and put a seat on it.  It’s not much but I like it.

January 24, 2018

 

“Questions are sometimes answered after we accept the idea that we might never know the answer.”

Often it seems that we have to let go of some things before we can see through them. In other words, sometimes our questioning mind blocks our view.

It seems that some things have to be taken for what they are.  We sometimes question “Why?” when why doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things…but on occasion when we accept the idea that we might never know why…the wisdom of “Why?” is given to us.

The idea of all of this seems complicated to me.  Suffice it to say that some questions have answers that require time to answer.

Peace

Jim