Face

Here is a recent photo of me with facial hair….. It started out as no shaving while we didn’t have sinks during the cabinet work in the kitchen and bathrooms. Just felt like keeping it for awhile. Likely my last one. When in San Antonio about 30 years ago I grew a full beard that was a full 8″ in BULK….
Working on setting up the rock shop, welding equipment, and getting ready to turn some stuff on the little lathe. Will set the garage up for the ’41 Ford pickup in the next week or so – should be done this month – with very high hopes…..
Later
Jim

Excitement!

Excitement comes in waves, or singular events. I’m excited about all the kindness that’s been shown to me after my last post about “Kindness”. And, so much more.

I sold all of my equipment in preparation to move from Magdalena last year. Settling in here in Alamogordo brings renewed activity. I’m still 100% dedicated to caring for Cat, but past favorite activities are resurfacing.
Woods: I still have a midi-lathe and all the accessories. The person who had bought it was unable to retrieve or use it, so I’m making plans for some turning – similar to past but very different too. It will be very great excitement!
Lapidary/rockhound activities were always on the horizon for me. But, now coming closer. I’m setting up a rock shop in the 12 x 18 building in the back. Have worked on the 20” rock saw getting it ready to slice larger stones up into slabs to make cabochons from. The 10” saw is ready to cut, and I have a number of pieces staged to be worked. The arbor is almost ready to mount the diamond grinding wheel and expanding drum on to shape and polish the cabs. All the accessories are laid out ready to do their job as well. Today my Beligan Granddaughter sent me two rocks for my birthday – a nice chunk of Wild Horse Jasper and a remarkable chunk of Fantastic Malachite! The banding is so special and is sure to yield lots of very very fine slabs. We’re doing thru boxes from Magdalena that are stored in the rock shop – so much more room will be available. I’ll be making support stands and storage devices from square steel tubing, too. Everything connected with the rocks is Very exciting! I’ve loved polished stones since I was about 7 years old in Artesia, NM. A maintenance shop near Dad’s gas station had very many reject polished stones in their rock driveway. The owner had a 55 gallon drum he used to tumble stones.
Welding has became important to me too again. Today I bought a Lincoln 140 amp MIG/TIG/Stick capable unit that uses 110v for power and the gas/bottle that goes along.! Also got a 14” abrasive cutoff saw. Welder cart that holds supplies, the welder, and Argon/CO2 gas added with an auto-darkening helmet and 11# roll of .023” welding wire. So, welding is back in my life and it too is Exciting!
I’ll not do any of these activities exclusively, but in aggregate combining each in some artsy items. So many plans. And, it’s occasional activities. My total focus is Cat.
We visited Cloudcroft yesterday where I bought bicycle wearables for a friend in Belgium. We very greatly enjoyed dining outside at The Lodge – a famous grand hotel. The chef there is a next-door neighbor here.
We’re so blessed with so much. Getting old as we are is not a bad thing. It’s opened so many things that we do just for fun! Cat goes with me on my errands around the city – usually staying in the car. Our conversation and closeness in those times is so dear. I’m blessed beyond description.
Life and be and IS exciting for Cat and me.
Jim

Kindness

I’ve experienced a period of really sad treatment by someone I have care for all of her life. Such unkind treatment has worn scars in my soul and heart. I’ll love her forever, but distance is about all that can work. Cat and I have given the world and tolerated horrid treatment too long. No more. Our health is more important than her indiscretions. This person has an explosive and indiscriminate anger trigger. It is far too much for us to continue to experience…………..
However, I have a very long list of friends who are so generous, kind, loving, and Always there. Our marvelous Belgian Granddaughter and her Mom are at the very top of that list. Tomorrow I turn 74. I don’t feel a day over 112, though. My own challenging health issues and those incredibly serious ones of Cat’s task us both. I’ll care for her till the day I die, and appreciate all the love she’s shared with me. I also cherish all of the kindness shown to me by so very many people. Thank you all for the boundless kindness you have shown to us two gentle people.

Sincerely
Jim

Sley Hooks

Surprised this morning. Discovered 4 copper and one brass sley hooks in a box of hardware. Don’t need them. I’d be happy to send one to whomever wants one – first come first served. Email me at would.work73@yahoo.com…..
We closed on the Magdalena house. Now full time focus on Alamogordo. Our sunrises over the mountains and sunsets over the Tularosa basin are so pretty.  The ’41 Ford pickup is nearing completion……

ALL GONE – THANKS FOR LOOKING!
Jim

Mom

My Belgian Granddaughter Carolien is such an inspiration to me. Dealing with physical issues larger than most could tolerate, she makes everything of life that she can. Weaving one row on one of my hand looms, making 2-3 stitches on her knitting tool, and such small tasks to most are a wonderful accomplishment to her. I’m SO proud of her!
Awhile ago I sent her Mom, an embroidery expert, a super packed container of my Mom’s embroidery threads. I could not think of anyone who would love them more or give them the honor they deserve. Here is a photo of a project that Carolien’s Mom did – it’s so artsy and I am so very proud of her for sharing her work.
Carolien has been quite ill, needing to go to the doctor and pharmacy. Her Dad so lovingly took her to both, then prepared dinner after! What a guy! He is on the list for Father of the Year! I’m very thankful for and proud of him too. I’m not Belgian, but these three people being such kind and caring folks, the country must be full of the most incredibly wonderful people!
In New Mexico, still quite hot but chances of rain coming. Still have quite fierce winds. “Widely scattered thunderstorms – locally heavy at times” is a phrase we’ll hear for about the next 3 months.
The 1941 Ford F-1 is nearing completion. The custom racing engine, custom transmission, and everything else is all coming together. Alamo Tire & Muffler is a grand good highly technical and competent business who will be saving this disaster of a truck……………
Jim

A Few Looms Available!

Theresa of Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts let me know that she discovered a few of my hand looms in the bowels of her garage! First come first served at:
https://www.griffindyeworks.com/product/hokett-hand-looms/
Dozens of people have asked me about looms just this week. I’m totally retired and will not ever make more…. This is likely your last chance………
Extremely hot in Alamogordo but humidity single digits. It’s still hot, dry or humid. Sold the truck and got a Lincoln MKX Suv. Time to slow down for these two old folks. Don’t do much at all as am not able, and spend all my time caring for Cat.
Best to Everyone!
Jim

April Showers

Well, we had NO showers this month though we feel as if we’ve been rained on. With all the changes to all our lives due to the Virus in the US everyone has been faced with so many unplanned though necessary events. We’re weathering these changes and so happy Ann and David are here to help us. We don’t have to go out shopping! I still cook a LOT and enjoy it very greatly.
April also brought a bit of seriousness to our lives. Cat spent several days in the hospital with an internal condition. She’s back home now and I continue to do everything possible to care for her. We’ve had home health care professionals in to help with her recovery. Her treatment while in the hospital was magnificent! GCRMC here in Alamogordo is fantastic and we both appreciate their skills and professionalism. Cat’s doing much better. I wish I were.
The ’41 Ford pickup is still in intensive care. Surely it’ll be complete in May! It’s been such a long long time, so much fostered by the incompetent person having it for 2 years – then delivering it in such horrid condition.
I’m wishing everyone a wonderful day and a healthy & safe livelihood!

Jim

Lapidary Equipment

Well, our visit to Deming for the much anticipated rock show was not what I wanted. It had been forced to close the first two days but did open Saturday. There were far fewer dealers than I’ve ever seen there, very few visitors, and NO equipment! I was so disappointed! I was ready with a rather large ‘bundle’ ready to buy…. So, is there anyone aware of any rock cutting and polishing equipment for sale? New is almost out of reach but I’ll consider that if necessary. I would appreciate it so much if anyone might put me on to anything lapidary. My money is good. I do have a 20″ rock saw – needs some work but not near what I thought it would after a review yesterday. A smaller one would be so nice along with other equipment.

Ann turned 46, not 45 the 14th, so I guess I’m a year older than I thought…. She’s doing well at the Dollar General store in Ruidoso. Today her hubby David accepts a nice job offer from the local WalMart. Both of them are so happy and looking forward to putting down their own roots here. Both have expressed limitless love for Alamogordo and the area….. We do too.

Most people here are being level headed about all the mess dealing with the virus threats. Most…………… I hope that everyone can be a bit more reasonable….

Jim


Alamogordo!

Cat and I completed our move here in October. Much of what we wanted to do has been finished too. The kitchen & bath cabinets & granite countertops, walk-in shower, workshop in back, garden shed, rock landscaping in back, and more. The garage is again a garage and ready for the ’41 Ford truck – I visit the machinist this afternoon to talk about specific actions he’ll do to the engine. Expect it to be radically powerful. When the engine is done and broken in, Alamo Tire will install it and the new transmission along with several other things left incomplete or very poorly performed by the ‘builder’ up North. Wow, but I was really screwed over that deal. But, I’m in good hands now. It’s really beginning to feel like it’s really ours. All the artwork is up and looks so nice.

The trees in front are finished blooming and the leaves are coming out. Yesterday it looked like heavy snow with the wind blowing. These leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall!

Ann and David arrived this week. Their personals are in a storage facility and jobs line up for them. They are such neat kids. Yea, kids – Ann turns 45 tomorrow…. They will accompany us tomorrow to visit the Deming, NM Rockhound Roundup. I’m in the market for several pieces of lapidary equipment to use in the workshop. My activities will center around cutting and polishing rocks – Cat will sorta be with me as she sits in the covered patio nearby.

The weather here is so neat – just as I remember from the 70’s and 80’s when I was active duty Air Force at Holloman AFB.

No more woodworking or sales of anything….. It’s time to take huge chunks of happy and fun into our lives.


Jim

Hokett Would Work is CLOSED

Just as a reminder, my business is closed and I have zero stock of anything. I do not believe that any of the dealers I used to support have any stock either. Health issues of myself and my wife Cat dictated we be near competent medical care. Hence, our move last October here to Alamogordo, NM. The very advanced hospital here recently started at $65 Million expansion – so we’re in good hands.

Our new home here is coming together. The custom cabinets have been installed and the granite countertops are to be installed today. Much other update activity has taken place as well. I’m having a workshop built in the back – but Tuff Shed is really really dragging their feet – breaking promises of performance constantly. I’d recommend them for absolutely nothing. We now have no grass – it’s all rock landscaping. A patch of dirt remains – remnants of the dog run of the previous owner. We’ll have soil enrichment tilled into that area (about 10 x 18) and make it a wildflower garden in memory of our dear dog, Pepper, that we lost last Christmas Eve.

The workshop will be for storage and lapidary work! I was a rockhound for many years and will be returning to that very enriching activity soon. Not so much out in the desert searching for material but cutting and polishing rocks collected by others. I’ll visit the Deming Rockhound Roundup in March to shop for equipment and cutting material.

I wish all my wonderful fiber friends from around the world great success and happiness! All our art is now on display in our home – it feels so warm! Our daughter Ann moves here with David in March! How absolutely fantastic!

Jim