I am getting a slow start today. It was one of those odd nights when I was just restless. It was pretty cool when I went to sleep, but I woke up at about 2:30 and it was muggy and warm. If I was under the cover I was hot and if I went on top of the covers I was too cool. Go figure. I almost called it a night at 4:30 and just got up, but I knew I would be dragging my wagon today if I did so I tried to get back to sleep. It must have worked because around six or so I was awakened by thunder and lightning and we had a nice storm. I got up to shut the computers down just to be safe and listened to the storm.
We don’t get many thunderstorms here in Nova Scotia. I don’t know why, or if it has something to do with the ocean but they are few and far between. When I first hear the thunder, it always reminds me of Chicago where there are frequent thunder storms. Its funny how sometimes just a sound brings back so many memories. I saw in the news yesterday that much of Chicago experienced some major flooding and I need to call my son today to see how he fared. He lives in Plainfield, which is about 50 miles southwest of the city, but I saw on his facebook a pictures of his street all flooded. Apparently they got 5” of rain there in a very short time and with living on the plains there is just no where for the water to go.
So anyway, after an hour or so things slowed down here and I got brave enough to come back online. I woke up to a load of emails: some customer questions, some facebook comments, but mostly to answers to several different threads I was watching both here at Lumberjocks and also at my Scroll Saw Workshop form which I participate in. There seemed to be a lot of activity last night and one thing I noticed that was common in the threads was the kindness of people and also the willingness for them to help each other.
I have been watching several threads here at LJ’s and besides the many incredible projects that I am watching (some being built right before our eyes) there were a couple of them that really touched my heart.
One was posted by ‘dustbunny’ and in the post she showed two outstanding boards that she built that she was raffling off. Her story was so touching that I was thinking about it all evening. Her daughter rescued five kittens, some which were severely ill and she was raffling the boards to recoup some of the money needed for vet bills to save these little creatures. Now anyone who knows me knows that I adore cats. I have had them all my life and right now have three wonderful friends (two from the shelter and one from a farm in Michigan) who each had their own ordeals in their young little lives. Even though I live in a small apartment and went through a time where I didn’t know where I would wind up, it never crossed my mind that my three cats wouldn’t be with me. I love dogs and all other animals too, and have had many canine companions in my life as well. But seeing the love and dedication that dustbunny and her daughter have offered these poor creatures makes her a hero in my mind. You should go read her story and it will give you a wonderful uplifting feeling.
Another post I was watching was one by Jordan a couple of days ago. Jordan (if you are not familiar with him) is an outstanding carver and makes the most beautiful Native American carvings that I have ever seen. I can’t even fathom the thought process it takes to plan out one of his pieces and I am in the middle of one of his blogs right now in which he is sharing the process for all of us to see. It is both amazing and inspiring to watch him turn the piece of wood into art before our very eyes.
Jordan also posted a blog encouraging people who sell their work not to give up and he gave some really positive advice on finding the right clientele and asking the price you deserve for your work. I know he has encouraged many people with this post at a time when many of us needed it. It just shows what a thoughtful and sharing man he is.
Martyn also posted another wonderful Impossible board for us to see and after he posted it, he took the time to write a blog explaining how he created it. He explains everything step-by-step and in such a way that everyone can grasp what he has taken so much time to figure out. He is a wonderful teacher and it is always a pleasure to attend one of his ‘classes’.
And Lis (tyskkvinna) has invited us on her long journey in creating her replica farmhouse. Every step is a lesson which shows us a new and different technique. From the hand molded sink to the ballroom glass-like finish on the floors, Lis has shared her wonderful adventure with us – and we have learned from her and with her.
I know that there are many, many more that I didn’t mention. But I just wanted to point out how diverse and wonderful this site is and what a great and positive influence it is in my life. It isn’t just a “look what I did” type of place (which wouldn’t be too bad either) but it is the kind of place where people share and encourage and support each other. Some of the best comments of support that I have received so far has been from people who don’t even post many projects. They are friends that love woodworking too and love to learn along with us and encourage us in our passion.
Being here has really changed my life for the better. People said to me ‘you will be an addict’ when I came here and I thought ‘Ok. Sure I will.” but it really found that this site has become a part of my life. I know I ramble on some days when nothing exciting is going on, and some days I do consider skipping a day or so in writing. But so far, I usually find something to say, even if it isn’t wood related. It seems on those days, I get so much positive feedback, either in personal messages or on the board, that I keep writing. :)
Thanks to you all for being my new friends and also for showing me how many giving and caring people there are in this world. I am really proud to be a part of your world.
Have a great day everyone!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"