THANK YOU MY FRIENDS
If I ramble more than usual on this post, please bear with me. If you have followed Larry you know on his visits he spent last (Saturday) night at my home. That is fun enough, but he brought unexpected gifts. There were pictures taken but have to download the pictures at school so that will be at least tomorrow before you can see me holding a painting from Dave Hawksford and a plaque from Pete Simmons and an envelope from many of you. What you will probably see in the pictures is me with a silly grin on my face because I am holding back tears. My internet family's generosity floored me last night. I feel it is so insignificant when I say, "THANK YOU MY FRIENDS". I cannot impress on you the guilty feelings these gifts created. I do not feel I have contributed to realize this generosity from all of you. I have tears running down my cheeks as I type this thank you to all of you.
Dave's painting is hanging and was hung on the living room wall last night. Will be hanging the plaque from Pete underneath it and both will always be prominently displayed in my home for the rest of my life. The financial gift, I am at a loss for words. Thank you.
As I shared with Larry last night. I at least have blood flow to my bicep so if worst case scenario happens, I will lose my hand and maybe forearm. I can handle that. When it looked like my whole arm at the shoulder was probably going to be removed, I had major concerns how I would accomplish things. On the 7th of January we will know if another surgery is needed to put a new vein in from elbow to hand is needed. Right now as the hand loses it ability to work, I just hook my thumb in my front pants pocket and let the blood accumulate back in my hand.
Your generosity towards me and my family is off the charts. Unbelievable, heart stopping, mind bending, numbing, choking, unheard of any more. Folks I cannot impress or tell you thank you enough times for making me cry, tear up, choke up, dream of the friends I have and not having met many of you. Lou and I are okay at the present with money. I told Larry I cannot commit at this time for a family gathering here at my farm. If they get this arm working, then a family gathering will take place and what Lou and I will do with this money is utilize it on the family gathering. I can see a whole hog being roasted with potatoes, sauerkraut, onions, pepper, salt and beer stuffed in it and roasted for 20 hours.
So Lou and I have plans if all works out with my arm. We will definitely keep you informed. I haven't posted about it because I figure you all don't need to hear me whine. Understand, Lou and I talked about a family gathering on our farm, but now it is going to happen, just my arm will dictate if it happens this summer or not. As soon as I know, you will know. Tomorrow or soon I will post some pictures, maybe when Larry gets home he will post his here.
Thank you Pete, Dave, Larry and all the other family members that made this happen. I cannot shout it from the mountain tops loud enough, I cannot say it enough times, I cannot say it emphatically enough, I cannot impress on each and everyone of you what feelings went through me last night when Larry gave these gifts to me. "THANK YOU MY FRIENDS", no, let me rephrase that, "THANK YOU MY INTERNET WOODWORKING FAMILY"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You have reduced this fat old man to tears again.
God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.
I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.
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