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I have to tell you the truth.

I kind of live for comments on the blog.  They really make my day and I love the community that we all have created.

And while I read and appreciate every single comment, there are a few select ones that never fail to leave me somewhat perplexed.

I’m talking about Spam.

It’s not all bad.  The spam bots can sometimes be quite encouraging.

For instance, I really feel like Alfie has my back:

And while Amberly’s passion regarding my “About Me” page is a bit overwhelming I do feel like I’ve really made an impact with her:


I truly look forward to hearing more from Bernie.  Although I fear we’ll need to overcome a small language barrier before our pen-pal relationship can truly flower:

And while I knew my feelings about Bondo were heartfelt,  “ to get more coins in pool” (which, btw, sounds like a useful activity to pursue) seems to really be taking it to the next level:



And then there are these words that every blogger longs to hear:

Isn’t that thoughtful?!!!  I wonder what this person’s social media friends are like?  Are they way into Mod Podge? !!!


Ohhh……well….I guess they have time on their hands……but going forward you’ll understand, I hope, if none of my tutorials require the use of a file or craft knife……

But what really makes life worthwhile is knowing that my blog is growing and reaching new people!

For instance, there is this lovely comment from a “first time visitor.”  I’m so glad I could help them and I look forward to seeing how they use my posts to help others!

But, on further investigation I just feel like my content may not line up with their readerships’ interests:

Again, though – it’s really all about community!

That’s all for today folks.  Keep those cards and letters coming!


About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

11 responses »

  1. Hilarious & WoW! You have quite the sphere of influence David!!!
    (I may have to pay more attention to MY spam.)
    Perhaps it’s your great sense of humor drawing them in too!

  2. Usually I have some kind of comment or reaction for your latest post, but dad gum, yah got me this time, Sparky. Your new “friends” are really bringing something new, interesting and beyond my roadhouse and I am a bit flumoxed to think of something to say, other than saying, you do us all a favor by monitoring the replies you receive.
    And for that, we humbly thank thee.

  3. continue to be your creative, goofy kinda guy and you’ll do just fine your folk’s “did good” with you.


  4. Oh my. I live a sheltered life I guess. What “interesting” comments. Hope you know that there are lots of us who simply enjoy your creativity and your ability to write about it. AND – your ability to put a positive spin on some … unique .. (OK words have failed me).

  5. OMG!…. It’s my birthday today, the big one. No, bigger. No, still much bigger. Now you’re getting close, but bigger still. Yes THAT older than dirt, way, WAY over the hill one. Plus 4. It’s a gloomy, rainy, cold winter’s day and somewhat
    depressing. So, thank you SO much for this post. Can’t tell you how hard I’m laughing right now. You crack me up!!

  6. I’m crying tears of joy and laughing. Those sound kinda like the people who try to follow me on IG.


  7. Chris (formerly MN but now in AZ for the winter and back to MN for the summer)

    I feel that my posts are so inadequate now. That was a hoot and a half, David! You do attract a large and “varied” audience.

  8. Seriously? You nonchalantly cast about descriptive terms such as ‘smooth backsides’ and are surprised from whom you attract correspondence?

  9. Do not underestimate the giant crossover audience of woodworkers and uncensored japanese porn. You may be missing an entire market segment. Just sayin…

  10. Oh my gosh, those are a riot (the grammar! the word choice! the utter ridiculousness!) and your words about their words are gold!! 😂😂😂

    This kind of stuff cracks my family up. I’m talking snorting laughter, man. I can’t wait to show my husband and kids!

    And um….I just read my comment and hope it doesn’t sound bot-ish or anything. 🤔

  11. At least you found some humor in it!


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