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Health & Depression

It’s not hard to tell that I have been struggling lately.  Sorting through a combination of medical ailments, and a raging case of depression had me in a slump I just could not dig out of.  Fortunately, I seem to be feeling a little better overall.  I have had to adjust my perspectives on things a bit and come to some hard choices and realizations.  The first realization is I have been trying to spread myself too thin.  I am not a creature apparently that works well on a schedule.

This being realized I am going to disband the Hoffy’s Workshop Show and return to an on the fly as things are happening video style.  If you are contributing to the Hoffy’s workshop show Patreon, I encourage you to redirect your funding to the Hoffy’s World Website as all my activities will once again be based there.    I just can’t keep up with building a production such as that show. Now with the recent changes to YouTube it just does not suit me the benefit of the frustration I have been dealing with.  I figured if I’m not finding total joy out of doing and it feels too much like work then I’m going in the wrong direction.

I’m getting ready to start-up my work on my railroad again.  I am finding I have a few extra dollars now I could redirect to that endeavor.  I have to say I appreciate the outpour of support and encouragement I have received over the last few months from several of my cyberspace friends.  I know I have not been much for communication or taking you all up on the various offers to help me, but just know I appreciate it.  It has been a very dark journey I have been on, now that I’m seeing the light of my singularity I am growing my fire to get frisky in the workshop again.  I am hoping to start-up writing on a regular basis again as well.

I can not believe how suddenly I let things fall silent again.  But, that’s what depression does to you I suppose.  I lost all ambition to do anything but sleep and eat.  The cold weather being my nemesis definitely has not been a help to this.

Now call me a wuss if you choose, but one of the biggest battles I have been contending with has been heartbreak.  This has manifested in many ways over the last two years.  It has also turned my whole school of thought upside down.  I have come to the conclusion that I have a unique and very old fashion view on certain things.  This, unfortunately, does not click very well in the modern world today.  Figuring this out I have decided to love the most important people.  My family, My Son, and most of all Myself.  I no longer have time for selfish people, If someone else drifts into my world in the process then that will be a matter to ponder then.  I’m not going out of my way any longer to find them.

But overall, and now that I let that loose through the keyboard, I feel pretty good about myself now.  Hopefully God willing I will have some neat stuff flowing soon.

Social Media Update

Keyboard Suffers Sodacide – Damaged Hardware Incident

Well, due to a misfortunate incident, involving a bottle of cream soda being dumped into the keyboard of my main unit, I’m going to be confined to the laptop for a while.  It was a purely an accident on part of my Son, and it will be a while before I can replace it.

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Living With Lymphedema

Maryland’s Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2018

Lymphedema Treatment Article Featuring Hoffy

As I mentioned a few months ago, I was to be featured in an article promoting the new Lymphedema Treatment Program at the University of Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Medical Center In Bel Air, Maryland.

Eagerly awaiting its release I am proud to share it with you here on Hoffy’s World.  More information about the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and/or the Lymphedema Program can be found at their website at https://umuch.org/.

Lymphedema is a disease I have fought for most of my life.  Through my childhood, such treatments as are offered now were not even thought about let alone available.  I can only imagine where my health would be today if such programs would have existed in the Harford County community then, and I am proud to place my trust and endorsement with this program and with the wonderful staff that works very hard at running it with great care and dedication to their patients.  If you are a Lymphedema sufferer in the Harford County,  Maryland Area I implore you to follow-up with your physician about seeking treatment through this program.


Current Projects

W.A.R.P. Workshop Automation & Reporting Protocol

W.A.R.P. Workshop Automation & Reporting Protocol

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W.A.R.P.’s purpose is to provide a network-based GUI to control various components around the workshop. Sometimes, I will retire upstairs and forget to turn something off. W.A.R.P. will allow for me to not only have local control via a manual switch but also the ability to override that switch via the GUI remotely.

Example: Main Workshop Lights are left on. Even though the manual light switch is turned on, I will be able to tell those lights to turn off through the GUI. Once returning to the Workshop, by turning the manual Switch OFF and then ON again will reactivate the lights locally.

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