I am going to be typing fast today. I was awaken this morning, not by the distant call of the rooster, but by the persistent pounding of the wind and the rain announcing hurricane Earl at my door.
I had some great news to talk about, but I may save it for tomorrow. I want to keep things short today (If there is such a thing where I am concerned!).
The storm should be with us most of the day, and already the winds are picking up. It seems ironic because it was another night of stagnant heat and now that the air is cooler, it is difficult to keep the windows open without the rain blowing in. In the fifteen minutes or so since I got up I did notice that things were getting more intense. That is the reason that I don’t want to get involved in talking about anything complex. It will be inevitable that we will lose power for a period of time. How long? I don’t know.
Unlike living in town, when we lose power here, we don’t have any water either, as we are on a pump. I found that out the hard way last July 4th when on a beautiful clear Saturday morning for no (apparent) reason whatsoever the power went out for over eight hours. It was a hot and sunny day and we took a hike to a lake in the woods where we knew this little cove was that wasn’t inhabited by a camp or home and spent several hours swimming there (with soap and shampoo in tow). It was actually kind of fun.
The rain slowed down to a trickle now, but I am sure there is more to come. I am prepared this time, with extra water and candles and the whole lot. After all, there is only so much you can do. Usually by the time the storms reach us here, the are nothing dangerous. A few years ago in 2003, hurricane Juan did a lot of damage here. That was before my time here in Nova Scotia. For the most part, they really lose their punch by the time they are up our way. I don’t know if it is the cold Atlantic water that sucks the energy out of it or what the cause is, but more so than not we get nothing more than a lot of rain and wind. Earl is already downgraded so I am not too concerned about much damage. I am as prepared as I can be.
Yesterday was a flurry of activity for me. It just didn’t seem to stop. This show that I am attending and teaching the class at is much more significant than I had originally realized and my Editor from the magazine talked with the director and others from it and it seems that the magazine is going to have a large presence there. Robert gives me full credit for getting him involved. He is very excited about the entire event and will be there promoting three different magazines (their Carving one, their Turning one and of course ours – the Scrollsawing one) He talked with the director about having me work out of their booth and I guess they will have an area where I can demonstrate scroll sawing during the times I am not teaching. Although it would be nice to show that I could stand on my own, there is a great deal of comfort in having the shoulders of a major magazine to lean on. There have been several shows in the past when I lived in Chicago in which I joined in with them to demonstrate and help promote all of their 14 or so magazines and it is a lot of fun to interact with people and get to know that side of the business. At a painting convention in Indianapolis one year, they even left their booth with me and another painting designer that they knew because their main editors all had to get back to the offices and there were flight problems of some sort. She and I managed their entire booth on our own for the last day of the show and it was quite a fun experience. She was a nut and we had a great time together laughing and talking to customers and enjoying the excitement of the show. It was quite an experience.
It is incredible to me how success in one area can snowball into other successes, and this is a fine example of that. I am quickly finding out that this is one of the most significant woodworking shows of the year for the Eastern US and it is far more massive than I realized. I guess they only have four chosen ‘teachers’ and I am one of them. It is funny how that happened. My friend who I helped with the painting class for the show earlier this month is very involved with this organization (The Northeastern Woodworkers Association) who is putting on this show and recommended me to the board. They see that I am involved with the magazine, which gives me credibility (along with my work, I hope) and hire me on. My magazine editor learns about this event through me telling him and talks the director, using ME as a contact. And everyone is hooked up, happy and excited about this win/win/win situation.
If anything, I feel that Jean my friend should be the one I thank most for this. We have been friends since our days on the AOL chat forum on Tuesday nights back in 1997 when I first got involved with the magazine and scrolling. Although there were times when we didn’t communicate for years at a time, we always remained friends, as I do with all from that group, and we recently connected earlier this year on Facebook, along with many of the others. Helping her with that class just seemed natural to me. It was nice to hook her up with the paint company and the brush company and make the patterns for it. It was my way of contributing to that show when I couldn’t be there and even though I was busy, I felt there was time to give back to the people and industry that got me where I am now.
It just goes to show you (Geeze! I sound like Roseann Roseanna Danna from SNL! Remember? “if it isn’t one thing it’s another!) Seriously – it does go to show you that you can’t lost by being kind and sharing with others. (Pink cloud alert!) I know there are those of you out there who are saying to yourselves ‘yes, but I have been burned by giving to people who don’t appreciate it!’ and that may be true. It has happened to me too. But I truly believe in what some people call Karma. I look at the overall picture of how people live their lives every day, not just one day when they do something good OR bad. I think if we give to others of ourselves (not necessarily ‘things’ but even knowledge and advice) it will come back to us in so many ways. We never know from where. Perhaps it will not be from the same person, and that person may even burn you or take advantage of you, but it will come back in ways we can’t even explain or understand. At the very least, giving and sharing as all of you do here will fill you hearts and souls with knowing that you made a positive contribution to someone’s life and in some way made their day better and perhaps easier.
Now how can you not look at that as a huge payoff?
So I had better end it here. I will be lurking around today as much as I can. (Now watch – now that I am all prepared, we probably won’t even lose power!) I have my paints ready to go if I lose all my electronic capabilities, so whatever the day brings I will be prepared. If Earl allows me, I did finish drawing up a new set of ornaments yesterday and I will be able to finally get at my saw and cut them with the beautiful piece of Pau Amarillo that I got last week. (How fun is THAT?!!)
So no matter what it is going to be a good day. And it looks like the air temperature behind the storm is quite a bit cooler, so you know I will be a happy camper. I will talk to you tomorrow when I am on the other side!
Have a great one!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"