How many of us have made plans to do more than we accomplish over the holiday season? I know I do! It seems that no matter how much I plan ahead, the last week before Christmas is one of me wishing I had done more. I am SO happy that I spent much of the summer and autumn painting the skating pond set for Bernie and Ellen. That is one big relief to have it done (although I still need to build another bridge for their set. Oh well – I have a couple of days yet!)
I needed to go to the post office and get some last minute cards out that have to go to the States. I think they will make it in time because they all were mailed to the New England states which are just across the Bay. I hope that Canada Post hired extra beavers to transport the extra amount of mail during this busy season (I always say that their mail is so slow because they strap it to the backs of beavers and send then on their way!) So yes, I am a little tardy with sending those cards out, but what’s even funnier is that I have some more mail to go out today and I actually think that it may reach its destination by Friday. How’s that for “pink cloud thinking?”
What remains though are for what I will call ‘local’ people – my friends in Bear River and such – which is located only about 45 minutes from where I live. Certainly if I mailed cards to them they would receive them in time! I could probably walk there with them between now and Friday. So today’s task will be to get all those written and to the post office by pick up time which is about 3pm.
I found out yesterday though that procrastination does have its merits though. After the post office I had a couple of errands and some grocery shopping to do. I found that several of our local stores are putting stuff at half price already. It used to be that the day after Christmas everything would be half price. I remember heading out early with my friend Cari on a couple occasions the morning after Christmas and stocking up on wrap, ornaments and decoration for the next year. It was a sight to be seen and I always felt that it was the final blow the season and the epitome of commercialization. But heck, it was rather fun and we always went out and had a great breakfast and sometimes a good lunch to boot! It was to us, the official end to the Holidays and after all the rushing and wrapping and busyness, a well-deserved girl’s day out.
But seeing all the half price sales and stuff right now, the week of Christmas was quite surprising. I don’t really shop much for the holidays, as most of the gifts I give are hand-made. I have already talked about my box obsession and I how the majority of my meager spending goes toward the packaging. I just now needed “a few things” to add on as stocking stuffer type items and last minute gifts that were not really considered. Long story short, I made out like the proverbial bandit. I got some gift sets and cute, useful note pads and ribbon and such and little thingies to tie on the packages and all kinds of stuff for a fraction of the regular price. It was so much FUN and I had that rush you get when you get a great price on your favorite tool or make a great wood score. You all know what I mean. That warm and fuzzy “man – I am COOL!” feeling.
So I am wondering if we are being conditioned to procrastinate. It is amazing how easily my mind can be swayed by a little positive reinforcement. I am already planning for next year. While everyone else is rushing around all December in a tizzy getting their gifts and wrapping and (worse yet) others are bragging how they were finished with their shopping and wrapping before Thanksgiving (don’t you want to slap those people??), I will be sitting here smugly and quietly, knowing that good things come to those who wait and if I can hold out long enough, I will be able to find an array of bargains we never dreamed of prior to December 25th.
I also got a couple of inspirational ideas for scroll saw projects. Perhaps that was the biggest ‘find’ of all. Many of my outings are in reality scouting expeditions to see what people are liking these days and many times they are a source of a wealth of ideas that I can apply to woodworking.
My partner and I were in the toy aisle and he was rummaging through the Lego sets and reminiscing about his Lego building days and he had a great idea to make some cool accessories on the scroll saw that would hook into traditional Lego sets. We then needed to stop at his parents and he crawled up into the attic there and retrieved several dust covered boxes of his Lego sets from his youth (because we needed them here to fit the piece in!) and brought them here. We all know how when inspiration hits we like to jump at it right then and there and while I was unpacking things and putting things away, he was drawing and at the scroll saw. Before dinner was ready, he presented me with “Cowboy Pete and Rocky – his trusty moose” complete with carved cowboy had that he carved on the Dremel.
He is not quite sure where he will go with this idea, but it sure is going to be a fun trip, no matter where it winds up. To me Cowboy Pete is a great example of finding inspiration in the most unlikely places and situations.
So today will be packing up those last things for the post office. I have my Christmas music playing and I am really feeling that I am getting into the spirit of the season. This is the FUN part! I still have my baking and wrapping to do, but that is OK.
I still have lots of time! :D
Have a fun day everyone! I know I will!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"