My Oh My...
All you all wonderful people, showing up and wishing me once more, and I have not even looked at your wishes.
Most sincere apologies. All I can say is that it is totally unacceptable on my behalf to respond with silence to your long-standing, repeated, warm-hearted and effectively helpful kindness. I mean it. Whenever I asked questions many gave helpful advice, harrysin adopted me, Stick(~epaedia Americana) lectured me again and again to my heart's content, and several others made me a friend, skillful seasoned woodworkers, friends with me who is but a self-taught amateur, just to give me a helping hand.
I have disappeared from the scene mainly because hospital work has become more and more demanding. As Greece is in crisis, young doctors migrate abroad for better salaries, better work and better society to work in. So, at the 67th year of my age, completing 29 years next month as head of the orthopaedic dept. of our hospital, I run up and down, do on-calls and have no secretary. Thank God, I retire on Dec 31st, 2018. I hope I will make it ! I have six marvellous younger colleagues to rely on, but the job is still difficult, and under the greek law, in a hospital unit the head of dept. is responsible for every-qualified-one's mistakes while they are free to diagnose and treat as they think, so I keep an eye on everyone and go to bed with worries about things I have not made myself.
I had to close the workshop and pack everything in a small warehouse that I can hardly get in, and gave the ground floor flat for better use. I have not given up my dreams or my plans. Whether I make it in this life or need re-incarnation theories to finish all the furniture I have drawn and half-cut, it is another matter.
I promise to be kinder to you all. I am not a politician, so I will keep my promise.
"if you think it is important, you will find a way;
if you think it is not important, you will find an excuse"