Day 133 – UNCLE!

2018-04-11 17.56.06
Day 133

How did I do this everyday?  Hell, I look up and it has been a week and a half!  I do have reasons (better read excuses) – I am wiped out!  Even though I took Kat’s advice last week and laid low in preparation for the weekend there is just no “saving up” energy.  I slept in every day and kept my activity at a minimum because we were hosting Michael Mocho last weekend for the turning club.  Our club brings in professional turners once or twice a year to do a demonstration for the club and give a “hands on” demonstration for a group of 6 or 7 the next day.  Kat took off last Friday so we ran some errands and spent some time together before we met Ed and Michael at WoodCraft on Beach Blvd at 4.  We got the room and Michael set up and headed down to Safe Harbor for dinner at our favorite place.  The only glitch to us hosting is that we live about an hour away from WoodCraft and did not get home until about 9:30.  Saturday morning we headed out at 7:30 and did not return until about 9pm after dinner.  The demo ran from 9 until 4 then we cleaned up and adjourned to Monroe’s for BBQ with the club officers.  Sunday we left at 8:15 for the hands on that ran until 4:30, cleaned up, packed Michael’s tools and headed home where Kat fixed one of her amazing dinners.

The other issue for the weekend was Michael was one of my instructors when I went to turning school in Maine for 3 months in 2014 so we spent an inordinate amount of time catching up!  Kat left us sitting at the table comparing notes and telling stories on more than one night. Michael is one of the finest technical turners in the business.  His specialty is in embellishment and tool control.  Michael also does flat work, production turning and like most of us anything to generate a dollar…LOL  I was even lucky enough to score a one on one lesson with him on Monday morning before I took him off to the airport. The result is that I am so tired that I can barely walk!  Here are pictures of a box with a threaded lid and a top that Michael turned for us.

I learned a couple of things out of the weekend.  The first is that I am not well yet.  A healthy person would be tired after the weekend and it is no wonder that I have been wiped out since then.  So give in and get some rest – it will come.  The other thing that came out of the weekend was a realization that I tend to downplay my successes and abilities.  I was sharing with Michael that one of my goals was to become a good enough turner to be invited to Echo Lake and Saskatchewan for collaborative events that they hold for artists every year.  He let me know in no certain terms that I was more than accomplished enough and could do that or anything else in the turning world that I decided I wanted to do, all I need to do is let someone know!  Then while we were talking about the work that we were doing I said that I was just doing these table bases.  Well that was mistake number 2 because he reminded me that I was doing them because nobody else could and that they are incredible. The great news was that I had an appointment with Louise, my therapist, after I put Michael on the plane and got to explore these feelings.  After an hour of soul searching I realized that I have a wealth of experience and have always been able to adapt myself into new careers and relationships.  The way that I have been able to do this is by acknowledging my weaknesses and vulnerabilities and  doing everything in my power to overcome them.  I have a relationship with God and rely on His guidance and strength along with friends and family that love me to help me through the rough spots. All that I need to do is accept my successes and build on them.  With smiles on their faces, both hugged me and reminded me to quit putting myself down, continue to be grateful and celebrate the amazing life that I have.


LESSON OF THE DAY -A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.       James E. Faust

Author: Don

Hi my name is Don Penny I am a professional woodturner in Jacksonville, FL. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in 3 lymph nodes and the base of the tongue and this is my story of day to day life while fighting cancer.

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