I woke up this morning to a light blanket of white snow. It isn’t the soft, fluffy snow that you see in movies though. It is the wet snow that was almost rain and by the time you see it on the ground, it is more like slush than anything. The streets are clear, as they are too warm for it to stick, but they are deceptively slippery. Winter is definitely knocking at the door.
It is still falling now as I write, but it is more of a chunky rain than snow. The sun just came up but there is layer of gray clouds so it is impossible to see. It is going to be a sloppy and wet day, it appears.
Last night while driving home from dinner (which was yummy!) it was nice to see how many people already had their holiday decorations up. The mild weather must have encouraged people to get on with their outdoor decorating, as it seemed to me that there were quite a bit more displays up than I recalled from last year. I love driving at night. Maybe because it is easier on my eyes. But it always seems so different in the dark, especially living in the country.
Recently we took one of our daily walks in the evening and it amazed me how different things seemed, even though we were on the path that were had walked so many times before. We only had a small flashlight with us though and in the future I think that a larger one would be in order. We stayed on the path for that walk, which is less than a dirt road but more than an undefined trail, and it was an entirely different experience.
I want to continue the daily walks throughout the winter, weather permitting. I think it will be good for me to get out every day and not only get some exercise and fresh air, but clear my mind. I have some wonderful hiking boots that are comfortable and waterproof and I know if I dress in layers that the hour or so in the cold won’t be a problem. I will try to remember once in a while to take pictures, so you all can see the beautiful landscape that I live in. It will probably inspire many of you also.
I did some organizational stuff yesterday. I always feel good when things are in place. I feel that I am most productive in that type of environment, especially with living in such a small place.
Today will be a day of further organization and I need to get a project done. I had promised Bernie’s sister that I would make her a pair of earrings like I had given to Ellen several years ago. They were little wooden cardinals that I made out of birch plywood and hand-painted. Because they are quite small (only about an inch in diameter) there isn’t a lot of detail, but there is enough to make them look nice. When I met her a month or so ago, she had asked me if I would make a set for her and I agreed to do it. I had honestly forgotten about it until I received a call from Ellen on Saturday saying she was inquiring about them. (YIKES!)
I am happy that it is a good time and that I can shift things around and get them done. I should be able to do so today, so hopefully I will have pictures of them tomorrow.
I love the diversity of what I do. It seems that between designing, scrolling, painting, office work, customer service, website stuff and dealing with all the wholesalers, editors and companies that there is always something fun and exciting to keep me busy. It is a lot to think about sometimes, but I think that it is what I thrive on and makes the job wonderful. It doesn’t even feel like work most of the time.
I hope you all enjoy your day today. Have a happy, wonderful and creative Monday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"