My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #146: Deep Thoughts for a Wednesday

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-27-2010 11:58 AM 3961 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must really be getting old.

I have an appointment to get my eyes checked this morning and I have been up since just past four being restless and thinking about it. It is now just after six and I have already gone through most of my mail and read the headlines and picked around here a bit. It didn’t help that it rained all night and I know that I will have to drive on the wet highway.

Last April I had to go on the same road after the rain. The road is not in great repair and after only about five minutes after I got on it, I hit a water-filled depression and the car hydroplaned and after spinning two times fully around, slid backwards across the highway and flew into a 10 foot ditch. It landed pretty much on all four wheels, with the back end and passenger side receiving the brunt of the damage. I was not hurt, but completely stunned and after sitting a minute to compose myself, I opened the door and had to step out into a foot of wet mud. After all it was April here and raining and the mud is probably what cushioned me from further damage.

I had never had an accident before this and (no lie) it was one week before I was to pay off my Mustang convertible after six years of large payments. It sounds like something out of a movie, but it is the truth. I don’t know why the air bags didn’t deploy, but I hear if they did, the car would be a total loss. I was lucky. I was also fortunate that the car didn’t roll and actually flew in the air and landed on all wheels because if it had slid down the bank and rolled I would have been severely injured because it is a convertible. It took three attempts to pull it out, as the ditch was deep and the side so steep it kept wanting to roll when they were pulling it up. It groaned with protest with each attempt and it was very disturbing to watch. The damages exceeded $7000 and even though I was insured, I still had to pay a substantial portion of it myself. It looks as good as new after the six weeks it took to repair it (they had to wait for parts) and I am fine. But I still consider myself lucky.

I have never driven the same since then. I learned to put the car away in the winter. I couldn’t really afford storage, but I parked it and didn’t drive it AT ALL from November until March or so last year. That car has nine inch wide tires and rear wheel drive and a 300+ hp engine and has no business whatsoever being driven in the hilly areas around here – especially in the wet and snow. Maybe by next year I will be able to purchase a cheap workhorse of a car. But for now I will make due like I did last winter and just plan my trips ahead and depend on friends. It worked last year fine and I am sure it will for this year.

I don’t know why my mind went to all this gloom and doom this morning. Perhaps because the accident happened when the pavement was wet as it is today. I know I will be careful and drive slow but the thought of going still kind of rattles me. I haven’t driven a lot since then, and I know it is a matter of getting back on the horse and overcoming my anxiety. I will just bring some good music and leave early enough to take it slow and try to enjoy the countryside.

Thinking along these lines really makes me feel old. There is something about experience that changes us I think. Good or bad, we are different. I watch my daughter and her friends and I hear stories of some of the things they have done and I think how reckless they are and wonder why sometimes they don’t see it. But then I think back to my own past and when I was growing up and her age, I did some pretty wild things myself. I suppose we all have. We look back on them and kind of chuckle to ourselves and wonder what we were thinking. And again we realize how lucky we are.

Many times people ask how I can keep such a positive attitude every day. In fact, I am surprised at how many do ask, because I don’t even realize many times that I am that positive. I kid about my ‘pink cloud thinking’ sometimes and I do know that I try to look at things on the bright side for the most part, but I don’t think it is anything out of the ordinary. But I suppose sometime it is.

The way I look at it, if it were my ‘time to go’ then the higher powers had a fine opportunity to do so that day in April. I walked away from things without a scratch, as they say. But emotionally, I feel that there must be some reason that I am still here to write and talk to you all every day and do my job. Man has questioned the purpose of his life since the beginning of time. I had not really thought in those terms until the accident. I feel very fortunate that I am still around to be able to teach others and encourage them to do their best and help them reach their own potential. When I hear all the positive things back from my customers, friends and colleagues, I know I am doing things right. If I can help someone see all the good things that are waiting for them to embrace in this world I am successful.

So with those thoughts, I will get on with my day. I am sorry for the strange post, but it is where my thoughts are this morning. I’ll be back to woodworking and painting tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day.

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw

-- 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 10-27-2010 12:51 PM

I’ve had a few very close calls myself, Sheila, ones that make me scratch my head, and wonder why I’m still here…
I can only guess that, though it’s not required that I understand, He has His reasons… and purposes… and I, and you too, have a role to play in His Plan…
Drive Safely, my Friend!! Good Luck with the Eye Doctor and think of how much easier it will be to design (and see those designs afterward!!)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 03:22 PM

Hi Sheila.

I hope you changed your insurance to “storage” for the time it was parked. It’s a lot cheaper that way.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 04:23 PM

Shelia, I had a similar situatiion. Picture this,...

8:00 am,...Got laid off work
On the way to the unemployment office (20 minutes later),
a 71 year old crossing guard with no drivers licenses
runs a red light and totals my mint 65 ford falcon.
Ambulance couldn’t take me because “my injuries werent life threating”.
Tow truck wouldn’t take me home because their insurance wouldn’t conver me.
Police had another call to got to.
I walked home with a busted up knee.
It started to rain and a was chased by a really mean and big pit bull.

I had a bad day. (YA THINK?) :)

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

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 07:30 PM

Sheila. I’ve been in similar scrapes, myself. Its just another roll of the dice. If we’re lucky we learn from our mistakes. If we’re unlucky we don’t get to. None of us have come up with Snake Eyes (double one), yet.
Of course statistically we all will one day. I sincerely hope that for you (and others reading this) its way, way
into the future. Far enough not to bother thinking about.

ps Hope the eye test went well, ie not too expensive.

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 08:16 PM

I have been on two very close call and a few others and seen toooo many
consider to have two sets of tires the one you have now
and some there is alot narower with mud and snow pattern in
not so you can drive all year but so you can drive in the spring time and most of the autumm
and then use the wide 9 tumms in summertime
you will maybee think it looks silly and you are right it does :-)
but it is alot safer becourse the waight of the car stand on a smaller place and by then
better can press thrugh the water /snow and the pattern drain faster/more water pr.second
than summertires specielly if you compare with the wide tires you drive on
and except for the cost of a set wheel rim its not more expencive to drive this way
and thange wheels only take about 15 minuts twice a year

hope your little trip goes well enjoy the day Sheila

take care

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 11:12 PM

Just be careful this time and the days to come.
Take care and be careful on the roads.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 12:45 AM

Hi, guys! I made it there and back fine. Although it poured rain all the way back. :( I was happy I was behind someone who was going slow because it took the pressure off of me. Most of the highway is 1 lane with a passing lane every several kms.

Paul – I did ask my insurance and they will discount it for the time the car is not driven. I didn’t do it last year because I wasn’t sure if it would work for me or not, but this year I am definitely getting the discount. :)

I have considered different tires and figured out the cost of the rims and tires would be as much as getting an old ‘runaround’ car for winter, if needed. It is probably best for me to leave it alone altogether no matter which season it is if the conditions are not good. I am happy that I don’t require much travel and I think I can function well with a part time vehicle – at least for now. I do know my neighbors enough so that if there is an emergency they would certainly help.

In rereading my post of this morning, I probably sounded quite silly in my worrying, but while driving home in that pouring rain I did feel a bit of anxiety. But I faced my demon and got home safe and sound. I had a great lunch at Bernie and Ellen’s and they had some family visiting and it was nice to be there on a social level, instead of just to be in the shop. I also got to see some friends and had a good visit with them so all in all it was a good day. The 4am wake up is catching up to me though so I don’t think I am going to do anything tonight but I will start out fresh tomorrow and have some fun!

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

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 02:36 AM

great to hear you had a good day and arived safely home

take care

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