Well, I am late out of the gate today. It was one of those nights that I guess I would call ‘eventful’ and I guess it was by choice that I slept in a bit.
I had my ‘rain legs’ on all day yesterday. By that I mean that I get a certain achy feel in my legs before a storm. This isn’t a old thing for me. It has happened since I was a teen. It could be bright and sunny out and not a cloud in the sky and I knew that within the next 24 hours that it would storm. People thought I was crazy, but the ones who really knew me saw that more often than not, I was right. It must have something to do with the barometric pressure. But yesterday all day I had that achy feeling and felt pretty poopie. So around 3am the sky opened up and we had a lightning and thunder storm. I immediately got up and unplugged the computers and all the electronics, but it woke me up too much and I had trouble getting back to sleep. I probably would have got up around 4:30 because I was still awake, but it was still storming and there would be no point if I didn’t have my computer. So I fell back asleep and stayed there until seven.
It is clam now though and I figure pretty safe to be online so it is back to business. I have a doctor’s appointment anyway in the middle of the day so that will throw me off for the day. I will just get what I can done to push the pile in a good direction. I am thinking that by tomorrow I will be back to drawing.
Despite the goofy leg thing, yesterday was pretty productive. When I reread my blog from yesterday, the laundry list of things I wanted to accomplish even looked long to me. I forgot to mention in it that I had no intention of trying to get everything done on it in one day. Most of the stuff didn’t have a time line and it was more or less to get things organized in my head and do a check list for myself of things I want to get done soon. I am still far more ahead of the game than I usually am. I like doing these blogs so much because they help me map out everything for the day and set some real goals. Even though I usually spend the first hour of the day writing here, since I have been doing this blog I have accomplished so much more than I ever have. In all the organizational material that I have read, they seem to stress making real goals and writing things down. It does help because it maps things out in your mind and keeps you on track I think. So even though I am spending time writing, I am much more productive in the long run. Go figure.
My last thing that I want to conquer is the after dinner hour productivity. It seems that after six or so when I have dinner, I get very little accomplished. I keep wanting to paint or do fun stuff like that, but the final work of the day seems to bleed into those hours and it isn’t until 8 or so that I am done. Then I feel that I am too tired to start something that late and don’t focus on doing anything good. I don’t have regular cable or TV and only watch stuff from the computer or listen to music because I am not big on TV so it just doesn’t do for me. You’all are going to think I am crazy, but I have so many holiday things I want to work on in the evening for gifts for people and I need to use that time frame to accomplish them. I hope it is a summer thing and by fall I will be in that rhythm again . What I am talking about isn’t like WORK. It is fun for me and when I poop out like that I feel like I miss the fun part.
On the woodworking front, I got a nice email from Miss Gurnie here at LJ’s this morning. She did a wonderful blog on working with the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium that I used on the candle trays. You should go check it out. She showed the results on many different types of wood and also has many pictures that show her applying it and the results. If you are considering an alternative to traditional oil-based stain you may want to check it out. It is a very cost efficient and attractive alternative.
So today will be filling in the blanks and finishing up most of the laundry list of things I stated yesterday. I actually got most of them done and am very happy with the results. All the new patterns are in packets and I sent them to my friend to proof read. I only have one pattern to get ready for the magazine, but that is only proof reading myself, as all the work is done. I made a list of what I need for the wholesalers so I can present the new products to date and I need to make that mini-catalog today. But that will be pretty easy because all the material is here. I just needed to figure out what projects I had shown them. My partner redid my GIF ad for Scroll Saw Village site and I got the file to them, so that is updated. And I did the month’s figures for July so I am on top of that. All I need to do is sort the receipts in my pile into months and that is all up to date.
So it wasn’t a bad day at all. By tomorrow I will be back to drawing again and hopefully I will have another new pattern by the weekend. That would be nice. Then it will be back to the tray patterns because I have some good ideas I don’t want to lose before I get done.
Thank you Miss Gurnie for sending me your blog. I really loved the presentation. I hope that you all get a chance to check it out.
Have a great Tuesday. :)
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