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! :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"