I intend to dedicate this blog to whatever it is that occupies my time, energy and (rather meager) thought processes. Expect the subject matter to be a grab bag of any and everything. Diesel trucks, gardening, woodworking, home repairs, you name it, it is all fair game in this space.
I guess I should start by telling you a little about myself. I won’t try to tell you that I was born with a wrench in my hand, but the truth is not far from it. From the time I was very little (maybe 3?) I have had the opportunity to work alongside my father, my grandfather who farmed about 60 acres in NE Ohio, and many others. I think I got my first toolbox and my own tools for my birthday when I turned 6. I have done my best to learn by doing. Growing up I was blessed with the opportunity to work on the dairy farm of some good family friends; an experience that proved invaluable to me. It is difficult to match the work ethic and width and breadth of experience that you get from growing up on a functioning farm. You do everything you can yourself to keep the costs down and a long day’s work is rewarded by being able to see the fruits of your labor. I have worked as a technician for a local electrical contractor, and now as a facilities coordinator for a local company.
I live in a rural setting on a lot that encompasses no more than an acre, but I am surrounded by farm fields, reminding me of my personal and literal connection to the soil. A major deciding factor for me when we bought this property was that it has a 24′x36′ shop behind the house. This structure serves as the laboratory where my own brand of “mad science” is made.
Physically, I heat my home with wood, drive an old diesel pickup, grow much of my food on my own land, and work hard in a white collar world, and I do my best to fix and maintain what is mine. Idealistically, I value my time with my family and friends, believe that Jesus is The Christ, I feel that we should all work hard for what we have, and that we should be compelled to be stewards of our resources. I believe that happiness comes not from having what you want, but from wanting what you have; and that we best learn by doing.
These are the elements that have and continue to shape who I am and what I do. I’m not sure how much I have to offer by way of inspiration or knowledge, but I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with you going forward. Hopefully we can all learn something together.