My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #90: Losing LJ's For A Bit Really Made Me Appreciate it Even More

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-01-2010 01:29 PM 4104 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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All I can say is that I had enough of summer. I know, I know. You can all get your rotten cabbages and tomatoes to throw at me! I shouldn’t really complain because I know many people have it much worse, but the last couple of days have really been uncomfortable. I won’t go into a rant, but I just want to say that I can’t wait for autumn to be here.

Yesterday when I went on my walk, I noticed for the first time that the leaves are beginning to start to blush on a few trees. I guess that is hope for me. :) I walked the way of the blackberry bushes with my little pail in hand, hoping to get some of the last of the crop. I even had a long sleeved shirt on as a little extra buffer against my mortal enemies – the bugs. However, when I arrived at the place where the patch of bushes were, I was disheartened to see that most of the berries were still there, but all puckered and dried up. I did try to pick a few of the ones that were left that were plump and juicy, but after several minutes and only having about half a cup to show for my efforts, I figured it wasn’t worth the effort or the bug bites and I abandoned my mission.

I did have a nice walk home though. The woods were cool and quiet and I saw a couple of little critters hop across my path. It is really pretty there and full of life and I will certainly take pictures when the colors have changed, although they won’t do the place justice. How can you take a picture of the smells and the sounds and the quiet peace you see in such a place? I truly find that the simplest things in life are the most enjoyable.

The day progressed well enough until about 10:30 my time. I noticed that someone posted a comment on yesterday’s blog and I thought it required an answer. However, when I went to get back to this site, I kept getting the dreaded “Page timed out” error. I immediately checked my internet connection and every single site worked for me except here at LJ’s. So I thought “OK, LJ’s is down. It is OK. They will soon fix it” and I went back to what I was doing. However, during the next hour or so, I kept receiving messages in my mail box that people were commenting on projects and other stuff that I was watching. Each time these notifications popped into my mail box, it distracted me enough to go check and see if it worked for me yet.

Nope. Still not working.

Now I was getting worried. How could everyone else communicate and I couldn’t? What was wrong? I even tried my other computer, thinking (yet knowing it was unlikely) that maybe there was something wrong with MY computer that was preventing me from getting to this site. Nope. That one couldn’t get on either.

Maybe it was my IP address that was screwed up? Maybe for some reason my computer got blocked? But why, I thought? Did I offend someone? I usually try to be polite, even when riled up. Certainly I would be warned if I were going to be banned.

As the time passed on, I tried to do other things to get my mind off of it. However, the messages from the boards and projects and people I was watching, as well as my own blog just kept rolling in, reminding me that I was on the outside and unable to look in or participate. It wasn’t a good feeling.

I found that I was overcome by this and totally distracted and couldn’t work at all. I needed to know what happened here. I finally wrote one of my buddies here and asked him if he was able to get on or if perhaps he had problems too. In my note to him, I chided that maybe you all got tired of my ramblings and decided to kick me off. I guess he sensed my desperation and feelings of helplessness.

He answered me in a short time. He said he had no trouble at all getting to LJ’s but that he did see a post where you all were voting on me and “it wasn’t looking good”.

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud! All the cats woke from their respective naps and looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe I am. Of course, the friend was my good friend Mr. Grizzman! What a delightful and funny man he is! I think it is wonderful when you have people in your life who make you smile and laugh out loud all the way from another country! It is a big part of what this place is all about for me.

Soon afterword, much to my relief, I was able to return to the site here. I was then able to get on with my day. I guess it was a real wake up call however as to how much I have come to love this site and the people here. I love seeing your projects and how you make them and reading your stories – both personal and professional – and the sense of community we have here.

I try to visit the forums, but I don’t get much time to do that. I have some blogs that I follow too and love to read adventures that deal with all types of woodworking and some that don’t deal with woodworking at all. After all, it is the people behind the woodworking that are so interesting to me. I love stories.

I still have my Bob Flexner book that I have to start reading. I got through half the introduction and something distracted me. I think it will be a slow process getting through it because I can’t see myself stopping in the middle of the day to read. Who knows, however. Maybe I will take it with me on one of my walks and find a nice flat rock to sit on and read for a bit.

There are so many things to do and so many wonderful people to share them with. Again, I am really grateful to have you all to share things with here and also to see and read about all of you.

I will have some better progress reports on the new things tomorrow. Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful day and make lots of sawdust! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 02:24 PM

glad you are on again Sheila :-)
did you ever find out were the bug was, proppely one of the major
internetservers that was down, tryed that too many time on this little irland :-(
sorry that you didnĀ“t got enoff Blackberry
but atleast you did get a wonderfull walking in the nature

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 02:32 PM

Hi, Dennis:
I figure it must have been something with a part of LJ’s because I got everything else but here. I know they are huge and with so many members it was probably just a little hiccup. It just made me realize how much I tune in each day between doing what I do to drop a short answer or read a post. I really missed it and felt like I was cut off from a big part of my world!

Yes, I never lose when walking. There is always a payoff of beauty and serenity that I cherish so much! I ate the few blackberries I picked on the way home and that was a treat, too. In the evening, I went to the farmer’s market near where I live and they had these beautiful blueberry cakes for under $5. I consoled myself with one of those. Problem is though I have an entire cake here that is calling to me!!! I guess I should give half of it to my neighbor Lee so he can help me do damage control! (Humm . . . . we’ll see!)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 02:34 PM

Shelia, I know what you mean about being ready for fall. It is so hot here in TX that the dragonflies are bursting into flames. We have had more than our fair share of 100+ days. For me, fall is marked by my annual (9) day hunting trip with my brother and friends. Well, I guess you could call it a hunting trip if you wanted. I’ve gone out there for 3 or 4 years and never fired the first shot. But, I don’t go out there for the deer. I go out for the beer,...the comradely and to get away from EVERYTHING. I am sure the “blush of the leaves” is a welcome site to many others besides you and me.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 02:36 PM

yaah you should proppely have bought 3
one for the neighbor , one for your partner and the last one you had to split between you and your

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 02:43 PM

I know, Cosmo. I can’t imagine what you guys are going through! You can only take off so many clothes without being arrested. And if you are still hot, you are stuck. In the winter, at least you can add more layers. Your ‘hunting’ trip sounds great and like something great for you on so many levels. Like my little ‘day trips’ I take here, it probably refreshes you and allows you to deal with everything else a lot better when you get a break once in a while. I hope you have a great time!

Dennis – problem is I will EAT it all! So far my partner hasn’t plunged into it. That may mean he has no interest. The jury is still out on that. Later on, after work he is usually starving and I will see if Lee will get any of it at all. Chances are that he won’t because Keith loves blueberries. I kind of hope he takes care of it so I don’t eat it all! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 03:02 PM

Well, Sheila, I know exactly what you mean about the weather. I can’t stand the hot weather. My office is in a machine shop in the plant and I have no air conditioning. And every summer my fan has a way of sprouting wings and just flying off into the wild blue yonder never to be heard from again. I usually get my fan at Lowes each year but this time I didn’t get one so it’s been a sweaty, sticky summer. I love the fall and the spring. I actually really do enjoy the winter as well; but of course it’s nice to have long underwear because the plant nor my shop at home have any heat. I do have a small space heater in each but they just sort of take the chill off if you sit near them.

I’m sorry about your trouble on the internet/lumberjocks? – computers and problems – oh well. Well, anyways you seem to be able to communicate now – and what a communicator you are. I love to read your posts because you write well and sometimes your posts have a way of taking your mind off things and relieving a little stress. Soooo keep up the good work. Besides, one of these days I believe you’re going to cause me to dust off my scroll saw and see what the thing will do. :-)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 04:44 PM

sorry about the berries…i wonder if you would have picked them and then kinda soaked em in water if they would rehydrate and be useable for a pie or jelly…ive done done that…but just wonder…glad all is well …except for your “warm” day…sheesh…come here next summer for a visit…then when you go back to will appreciate what you have there….:)....have a great day…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 09-01-2010 04:46 PM

I think I’ll bookmark this one and send it back to you in February when the winds are howling in off the North Atlantic ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 09-01-2010 04:53 PM

I know, I know!! I have no right whining and complaining! I miss snuggling my kitties!! Now if I do so, I wind up with more hair on me then they have on themselves! I am going to look like a wookiee! How will I scroll with all that hair in the way????? (Answer – probably the same way I paint with cat hair getting in the way!)

"Ah! The good ole' days!":
The "Good Ole Days"

I really can’t wait! ;) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 09-01-2010 07:38 PM

My students start school today, so I am also ready for fall. Once I am back to work, I don’t want summer tempting me. I don’t mind the cool down and the leaves are great, I’ll even tolerate some snow in a few months, but those cars look awful :)

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#11 posted 09-01-2010 08:14 PM

It makes you think doesn’t it, how much we now depend on communication. I lost internet connection for a day earlier this year and re-discovered the joy of reading. The peace and quiet was lovely. Nice to get the net back though.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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