Saturday, January 2, 2021

Looking Back .....

 It's been a long time since Ted has been able to make something in his woodworking shop.  This is a bread box he made  We still use it. 
He has made many trays. Each child and all my sisters have one. We used to make Christmas gifts for the families. 
He made these cutting boards. I am not sure anyone cuts on them. I have seen them used for holding candles and decor. 
Salt and pepper grinders in a little carrying  tray.  All the girls use these. 
Here are some of his decorative bowls and vases. A trinket dish. 
 He made these decorative birdhouses for me.  I keep them inside as decorations. 
We all love these paper towels holders. They sit upright and do not take up much room. 
Ted never liked to waste hardwoods. So he makes trivets with the scraps. 
Can not begin to tell you how many of these trinket dishes Ted has made and given away. 
One year he made everyone a Lazy Susan for their tables.  He got this idea when we visited Shipshewana, in northern Indiana. The Amish area. Salt and pepper go in the small rounds spots, sugar packets in the squares.  A candle in the center . 
   I pray one day in this new year, that Ted can get back to his shop to make anything. Even if it's is just fire starters. That is another thing he gives any family member with a fireplace. 

  Ted is having a tough time. No energy. Has to have the oxygen on.  I know that pneumonia is a hard thing to get over . He has a phone visit with his dr this coming week. I hope we can learn something about what to expect.  He is doing the breathing treatments faithfully.  Please pray for my Teddy. He is such a good person. 

  I am praying we all can have some peace and lots of good health this year. Take care of yourselves . Wishing you all well. XO

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  1. Joining you in prayer for better days ahead. Ted is a very talented craftsman. All those items are wonderful, creative expressions and how great that so many in the family have these treasures. A blessed New Year to you both!

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    1. Thank you Vee. You are so kind. I hold you in my prayers. I want us all to have better days this year. I know Ted misses his woodworking. Right now, I think he would just be happy to be able to walk the driveways. Blessings to you, please take care. xoxo,love, Susie

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  2. Keeping him in my prayers for healing!

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    1. Thank you Jan. We truly appreciate the prayers. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  3. What wonderful objects he has made! Each one is a work of art! I hope the doctor's visit goes well and Ted recovers quickly. Keeping you both in my prayers, Susie. Wish you both a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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    1. Thank you honey. It will be wonderful to get Ted over this pneumonia, and onto to good health. I know it's going to be awhile. Your prayers mean so much to us. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  4. What talent!! Ted is quite the craftsman!! Praying that he recovers well and quickly. Thanks for sharing these lovely objects with us!

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    1. Thank you Terri. Ted has always enjoyed making gifts. I used to draw up the designs and he would make the item and I would help stain them. It was a fun thing we did for Christmas gifts for the family. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  5. Ted and you are both in my prayers. I loved seeing all the beautiful woodworking that he has done.

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    1. Thank you Connie. I miss Ted being in the shop as much as he does. It was something he truly enjoyed and It made me happy for him. Hope you are doing well. Staying warm too. Bless you, my friend, xoxo,love you, Susie

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  6. Ted as made lots of beautiful things. He is very talented. So sorry he isn't doing so great. Will be praying for you as well.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate every good wish and every prayer. It means so much to us. I know God hears and helps us. Blessings, stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  7. WOW what a skill and talent. I do admire anyone who saves the hardwood scraps and makes great use of them. I do love all his work, but from the great pictures I would pick the decorative bowls and vases. A trinket dish. They show some extraordinary skills. NICE!
    Sherry & jack and YES I hope Ted is back at work soon. That must be satisfying...

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    1. Thank you so much. Ted has always love woodworking...it took a few years to get some better tools. He love turning on the lathe . He gave his son an old small lathe and now that boy turns some most amazing items. So Ted feels good about passing on a desire to be a maker. Blessings and thank you for the prayers. xoxo, Susie

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  8. In awe of Ted's skill. I've had both you and Ted in my prayers every day and so hoping for a much better year in 2021. Hugs and love, dear Susie!

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    1. Oh bless you Carol. I am so grateful for all you good people who will give prayers for others in need. I love that we can all pray for one another...it's a good way to help . Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

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  9. I will pray for him! I manage the prayer line at our church. I am so sorry! He is very, very talented. His work is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Ginny. I love prayer leaders and warriors. Each one is a blessing to so many others. We truly appreciate your prayers. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  10. Praying for your Teddy. John has the same symptoms and is so short of breath that he can't do anything.

    I am lucky enough to have met you and have one of Ted's trivets and one of the bowls he made. He is so talented. I hope he can do some woodworking this upcoming year.

    Take good care of YOU, too, Susie. Being a caretaker is not an easy job- not only physically but mentally as well. xo Diana

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    1. Diana, I know you truly do understand. As you have been doing the caregiving for John so many times. I do get down at times and wonder when will he get better...and I have to keep going. If I feel a little off one day, it scares me , as I wonder how can I do this. I am glad that Ted and I met with you and John. If Ted would just sort screws and nails in the shop, I would be happy. You know I pray for you and John all the time. It's good to pray for others. It's a gift from our hearts. I am so grateful for your prayers for us. Blessings to all of you, stay safe. xoxo,love you girl, Susie

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  11. Your husband is an artist, and using up the scraps to make something beautiful is of course something he would do. You get well Ted! That's an order! Love from Michigan.

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    1. Thank you Peggy. I am so grateful for your prayers and orders. :):) Stay warm there. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  12. I hope he is feeling better soon and can get back to his wood working shop. He is very talented. I will be praying for him.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers. I will pass your kind words along to Ted. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  13. I hope your Ted is getting better. I'm not a regular reader---got here from Linda's Life Journal.
    Your hubby's wood-working is great. Hope 2021 finds us all in a better place!

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    1. Oh yes miss. I too pray for all of us to have a new year of peace and good health. Thank you for the kind words. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  14. I remember you both in my prayers. What beautiful and useful things Ted made. It will be lovely to have him making things again let's hope 2021 brings him better health and strength to get back to making those lovely things.

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    1. Thank you Winifred. Your prayers are so appreciated. We know there's power in prayer. Hope you are doing well and staying safe. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  15. Ted certainly is a true Woodworker and a very skilled and prolific one at that. Hope Ted can get back to his Workshop to make some more of his lovely pieces. Here is hoping with the progress of the New Year Ted can improve his well-being. Best Wishes to you Susie and Ted. Regards. KEV. (Sydney-Australia).

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    1. Thank you Kev. You are very kind. WE really like those best wishes and prayers that others are offering. I would love to see Ted able to go in his shop again. It was his great love and then golf. LOL. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  16. Ted's work is beautiful. I come from a family of carpenters so I know how much time and effort went into all of his lovely pieces. Praying for his recovery and for you too.

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    1. Thank you Kathy. Your prayers mean so much to us. We all can use prayers. I pray for all of this world to be able to live their lives again. Ted was very good at building and maintaining things. Now much of the maintenance is up to me and I can not keep up. I doing Ted's care giving, cooking, cleaning , laundry, n grocery shopping , picking up meds. I am able to carry salt for the softener to the basement. But it takes tricks. LOL I use my two wheeled lawn basket. Blessings to you and Joe, xoxo, Susie

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  17. That is beautiful wood working. I do hope he is better soon and can get back to what he likes to do. It's hard waiting, but it does day time for the body to heal. Maybe he can make some plans for what he'd like to do when he can. Praying always !

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    1. Thank you for your kind prayers. WE are grateful. Yes, it would be sweet for Ted to get back in the shop. I know he really wants to go fishing with his son and brother again, if possible. Blessings to you, be safe, xoxo, Susie

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  18. WoW!!! what a talented man...it is always wonderful to receive handmade gifts. they are so much better than store bought. i am sure everyone appreciates having these things around!! i think the bowls are my favorites!!

    i hope he feels better soon, pneumonia is hard to kick when you are healthy and much harder if you are not 100%. sending best wishes to the both of you!!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie. Ted was always improving his craft. Got his son hooked on turning on the lathe..he gave him a small lathe and now his son has a huge lathe and has made awesome things. That just tickles Ted. Blessings to you and your family. Be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  19. Oh what talent your precious Ted has. His work is pure eye candy and makes me want to have one of each thing. I love the look and feel of wood.
    Praying for a complete recovery. Praying for you too. It's so hard when we love our spouse so much.
    Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue. Ted will like hearing about your comment. I tell him many of the comments. It's good for him to know others care. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  20. Susie, you and ted are special people. He is a talented and gifted man and not for just his handmade crafts. You're in my prayers...always...:)jp

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    1. Thank you JP. We are grateful for your prayers. Ted is a kind man, he would help anyone who needed his help. Blessings, stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  21. Ted is a remarkable woodworker and my hope for him is that he feels wonderful -- and like creating again. And of course the prayers keep coming.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie for the prayers and kind words. Ted always loved going to the shop each day and just puttering or making anything. Of course on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ne would golf in the summer. LOL I know he misses all his fun things. Breaks my heart for him. Blessings to you and yours, stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  22. WOW!!! Talented Ted! SO many wonderful creations that I know you all enjoy! I pray that Ted will feel better and get back to wood-working again! Sending HUGS and Prayers your way!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. We are forever grateful for all the prayers. People are so kind and caring. I will be overjoyed with Ted back in his shop. Blessings, take care, be safe, xoxo, Susie

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  23. Will pray for your Ted dear Susie. Merciful Father please! Oh I adore his wood work! What a gift he has. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy. Ted is very good with woodworking, turning on the lathe, and even building things. I know he would be so happy to just be able to go in the shop and putter. Blessings to you and yours, be safe. xoxo, Suie

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  24. Sending parayers for healing now. My own father was a wood worker and the things he made I hold dearly in my heart. God Bless and thanks for sharing. Mary Caliendo

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    1. Thank you Mary for the kind prayers and words. I know you treasure your father's woodworking pieces. My daughter calls what Ted makes treasures. Blessings to you, stay safe, xoxo, Susie

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  25. Ron and I keep you both in our prayers. I hope that Ted can rest easy and feel better soon. I am very blessed to have some of his beautiful wooden creations. I treasure them and have them out where I can see them and use them. Have a good day my friend. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane. We appreciate every prayer. There's lots of power in prayers and we need that. I used to laugh about Ted trying to come in the house with saw dust on him..I would chase him out. Now I'd be thrilled to see that. Blessings, stay safe always, xoxo,love, Susie

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  26. So many lovely things. He sure is clever, your husband. I can understand you want to see him make these things again.
    It's not easy with all these illness that is around. I do hope he'll be better from his pneumonia soon but I guess it'll take some time.
    Lots of love
    Elzie

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    1. Elzie, I mostly just want to see Ted with some energy to walk out to the shop. he really would not have to make anything. Just putter around some. He is weak from this pneumonia. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  27. Hello Friend,
    I am praying Susie!! I do hope Ted is feeling better today.

    His woodworking is beautiful.
    Love, Carla

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    1. Hi Carla, Thank you for those prayers. They are going to help us. I just never saw Ted this weak at home. Plenty while in for chemo at the hospital. He will be seeing a pulmonologist at the end of this month. I just pray he doesn't have to stay on oxygen . Blessings to you and your family. Take care of each other. Love you, Susie

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  28. Susie I am praying for your sweet Ted. With his immune system so compromised it is hard for his body to recover from Pneumonia. It is hard for most people that have good immune systems so it will take time. I know it is frustrating and I hope as he continues to do everything the doctors tell him he will slowly but surely get better. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Kris, I always feel better after you comment. Since you are a nurse, I know that you have seen and treated about everything under the sun. It gives me hope. At times, I almost feel like I am spinning in circles. I thank you for the prayers . I tell Ted many people are praying for him. He is on a lot of prayer list. That's good. Blessings to you and yours, be safe. xoxo,love, Susie

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  29. PS the wood working things he makes are beautiful. I am going to put in an order when he gets better. I see a few things I would love to have. He needs to sell these for some extra cash. Beautiful.

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    1. Kris, We used to do the Farmers' Market in Tipton, just off the courthouse square. :)

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  30. Oh, Susie, he is a beautiful woodworker My dad was a good one too and I see a few items that remind me of things he made. He will get back to it. Pneumonia is hard to get over for anybody and after all he has been through it will be harder, but he will. I have faith in that..Stay well to the both of you..xxoJudy

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    1. Thank you so much Judy. I love reading about other woodworkers. Ted has framed many of my little watercolors. We always have fun together in his shop. I keep thinking ,it will be fun for Teddy again, once he is well enough. He still enjoys reading his flyers from the Wood Crafters. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  31. I love building SIMPLE things but your hubs has me beat. GREAT job on everything.

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    1. Hi Pam, Many of the things made with odd pieces, especially the trinket dishes..Ted has used carpenter's glue on. Many things small are made, when he has nothing major in mind to make. He has made us a chest, coffee table, entertainment cabinet. He made daughter Liz , a china cabinet. Blessings to you and keep on making things, xoxo, Susie

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  32. Oh Susie...how gifted Ted is. Wow! His work is amazing 😊 My grandpa used to make lamps, jewelry boxes and shelves. They were pretty, but nothing like Teds. His are so professional. Just gorgeous!!!! My prayers are with you, that Ted starts to feel better real soon.
    Blessings
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    1. Thank you Gert. I hope you have some things of your grandfather's. Ted has made furniture pieces too. He used to make things to sell at the Farmers' Market here in our town. I always tell him he is handier than a shirt pocket. :) Or I will quote Red Green (tv character) ..he says if you can't be handsome, you better be handy. LOL. I am lucky Teddy is both. Blessings and prayers to you, hope all is going well. xoxo,love, Susie

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  33. What an absolutey lovely aray of things Ted had created. I have a cousin that is a woodworker. Things out of wood are so beautiful and useful.
    So sorry Ted is still felling exhausted. Will continue to pray that God does a mighty work in his life.

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    1. Wanda, Thank you for the prayers. I too pray God will heal Ted. Ted loves making things. He has made furniture pieces too. Not so many big pieces as he once did. But he enjoys making any thing of wood. Blessings, hope all is well there. xoxo,love, Susie

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