I feel like I have been on vacation for a month! I am not sure why, because I was doing things all the time. Lots of them had to do with the business too. But I suppose the main focus was getting my personal stuff done and really enjoying the holiday. And that I did.
I have been wishing for snow for the last several days now. Having a beautiful white blanket during the holidays just sets the mood right for me. We have received nothing but a couple of light flurries which dusted the landscape only to be gone in a few short hours. Last night however, we finally did have a decent amount of snow. In the middle of the night the lights flickered a couple of times and I needed to get up and unplug all the electronics – just in case. The last thing I need is a computer blow out.
I awoke this morning to resetting things and getting the network back on line. I must admit that I am getting pretty good at it, as things need to be done in a certain sequence in order to connect properly. It only took one try and here I am, back and ready to go.
I did, however hear some unsettling noises from one of my hard drives as I rebooted. Although I have everything backed up through the network on a different computer altogether, I really don’t want to have to go through the motions of reformatting and all so I am going to check it out further when my partner is here to help me. He knows far more than I do about computers and stuff. It wouldn’t hurt to throw another hard drive in there for some extra security and peace of mind. You never can have too many back ups as far as I am concerned. Right now too they are so cheap they are practically giving them away too, so it may be a good time to expand. Just something I need to think about.
I also need to do some general organization in my folders. My computer desktop probably has 50 things on it and like a real desktop, is annoyingly cluttered. I look here and think that it is just as easy to have a ‘virtual mess’ as it is a ‘real mess’ and that it can be easy to not file things properly and let things get out of hand. Usually I am pretty good about it, but in the last minute flurry of activity, it got away from me. Time to clean up and back up again.
On the woodworking side of things, I watched a couple of carving videos over the last couple of days and I think I want to try my hand at chip carving. It really looked cool and I liked the fact that it needs only a couple of tools to accomplish good results and that it really isn’t very messy. I can see combining some chip carving with some scroll saw patterns and also even doing some power carving with the Dremel to make some interesting designs. Lee Valley has a nice set of knives that aren’t very expensive and some free shipping offers and I am debating whether I will use my Christmas money to invest in them. If any of you have had any chip carving experience, I would love to hear what you think. After seeing all the beautiful carvings here I would love to learn at least the basics.
Why aren’t there 48 hours in a day?
I have a long list of new woodworking projects I want to get to, so hopefully I will have some new woodworking projects to show you here before long. I thank you for indulging me over the past few weeks when I sort of drifted off in other directions. I know that painting isn’t really what you all want to see, but it took up much of my time and I did want to share it with you all. (By the way, Diane really liked the sewing box. I was very happy to see her reaction.)
Most of my companies that I deal with are closed this week. Even here in Canada, the banks and post offices are all closed too. They have what is called “boxing day” here which is a holiday that I don’t quite understand, but since Christmas fell on a Saturday, somehow the holiday is extended to today and I think the banks are closed tomorrow also. And then on to the New Years holidays a couple of days after that. So it will be happening all over again.
It is a good time to stay home and eat leftovers and get everything organized and ready for the new year. I will enjoy talking a nice long walk today, as I much prefer the snow to the cold rain that we have been having. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and get some time this week to take a breath and enjoy the remaining days of 2010.
Happy Monday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"