My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #271: Who Asked for "Snow"???

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-01-2011 01:51 PM 4432 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer. I don’t really think I am stupid either. But what do I know? . . .

If yesterday was an indication of the weeks to come then we are in trouble. It is amazing how such a simple plan can get so fouled up in such a short time.

It started out simple enough. I wanted to get a new battery for the Mustang so it would be ready for the trip in three weeks. I had to be in Yarmouth (which is about 40 minutes away) for another appointment anyway, so it was a good opportunity to get some errands out of the way. I had been making a list of things I will need and it was getting to be quite long and with just three weeks left for preparation, we thought it would be a good idea to cash in a day and get this stuff out of the way. So off we went.

Since the Mustang has been parked since November, we saw no reason to have to jump it to get the battery. After all, installing a battery is a simple procedure and why should we pay more to do something we could easily do ourselves?

We got to Yarmouth and at the store they told us that there was only one battery that was recommended for the car. It was not the brand we were considering, and had less power and we inquired about the better brand one. The clerk was very helpful, and brought the other one out to compare and it was slightly larger in size in height and width. (By slightly I mean about 1/2 an inch) Not a lot when you consider the overall size.

We talked it over with him and asked if we could buy the better one and if by chance it didn’t fit, we could easily return it. He informed us that although we could do so, it would be a troublesome for him because of the paperwork involved with the warranty. Since is was only around noon at that time, and my appointment wasn’t until 2pm, we decided to go back home and get the Mustang and bring it in to be sure. The weather was overcast, but the roads were clear and there was no threat of snow.

We drove the 40 minutes home and I checked the weather while my partner proceeded to jump start the Mustang. It looked good. There was a chance of rain, but the temperature was to be nearly seven degrees. The plan was that we would drive both cars to our usual garage (which was on the way) and then we would drop off his car and take the Mustang to Yarmouth for the new battery and errands and then come back to the garage where we would leave the Mustang for our mechanic to check out when he had the opportunity and come home in my partner’s car. In theory it was a great plan.

We got to the garage and while my partner was in talking to our mechanic, I noticed a few flakes fluttering around (I didn’t dare turn off the car yet). I thought it must be my imagination, as it was. after all windy out and certainly those two or three flakes were just the snow that was on the ground fluttering in the wind. We drove away thinking nothing of it.

About ten minutes later, it really started to snow. We couldn’t believe how quickly this storm came up. It was blowing and swirling and fortunately not really sticking on the ground. We spoke of turning around, but by now we were getting too close to the time of my appointment (one that I couldn’t miss) so we went back from the secondary highway to the main highway where there were less curves and hills and more likely to have the salt trucks out first. We were already over half way there by the time it got bad, so going backwards would not really benefit us at all. We slowed our speed and forged on.

Twenty minutes later, we were almost in a white out (again!) and made it to Yarmouth. The snow was turning to rain, and we could hear it pelting on the roof of the car. It was a windy slippery mess. Our original plan was for my partner to drop me off and go get the battery done and come back for me, but the streets were slick with snow and sleet and getting around town was not easy so he parked outside and waited instead.

By the time I got out, things had once again changed. It was now a driving rain and quite windy. This, however was a welcome change from the ice and snow an hour earlier. The rain, although messy, was melting the snow and ice and we wound up continuing with our errands and going to several stores. Each time we got out of the car we were soaked. But there came a point where it didn’t even really matter anymore.

We finished up around 6pm, and had a car load of office supplies and groceries (and of course, a new battery in the car, as I opted to pay the extra to have them install it there). As we drove home (carefully and slowly) it was only raining, with all the snow being erased by the monsoon of water. You can actually see grass in most areas (or mud, if you will) with only the highest piles of snow lingering. We drove near the ocean, and the tide was high and the water was barely a foot under the bridge near Mavelette. Spring was definitely arriving.

The last insult was that I realized at some point while driving home that we would need to transfer the booty from the Mustang to my partners car at the mechanics, and then once again from that vehicle to the house in the driving rain. We arrived home after 7pm, cold and wet and hungry. I had 42 emails in my box and we had to put everything away, but at least we were here. Safe and sound.

I spent the remainder of the evening catching up on emails (I still haven’t finished) and reading. I put on my jammies and dove under a warm blanket while doing so. My kitty pancakes was good enough to snuggle up with me and get me warmed up again.

I hope that this isn’t going to be an indication of the weeks to come. I realize the weather is quite volatile in my neck of the woods and we have planned extra days to allow for things like this. I suppose that is the good thing about driving – you can make your own schedule and adjust it accordingly.

So with those things checked off of the list, we will keep moving forward. I look to today with a positive attitude, knowing that I don’t have to leave the house at all and that I accomplished quite a lot yesterday, despite the weather. Of course it is calm outside today, though it is overcast and muddy and generally icky looking out. For these reasons, Spring is probably my least favorite time of year. But I suppose it is necessary to take us to the next step.

I am very grateful to have the day behind me. I hope I can stay out of trouble today.

Happy Tuesday to you all!

-- 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 03-01-2011 02:22 PM

Be thankful you are in Newfoundland. We have weather like that here with the Puget Sound convergence zone when 2 systems meet coming around the Olympic mountains. When that happens in Seattle, everyone is 10 hours late getting home if they make it!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 02:26 PM

Yes, Yarmouth is a very volatile place too. (I am in Nova Scotia, but you are close! :) ) I suppose the best thing is to “expect the unexpected”.

Looking at it from my usual “pink cloud” mentality – at least it turned to rain! If it were all snow we would really be in trouble!


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

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 02:38 PM

It’s these kind of days that will beat us all down if we let it… don’t let it do dat to ya :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 02:44 PM

yes isn´t it amazing how fast wether can change in ocean zone´s :-( .... :-)
but it wasn´t me who ordred the snow we still have what we got two weeks go
good to hear the old mustang still works pretty good after the long period
speciel breakes can bee a #&% to loosen up
have a great day Sheila I´m of to the shop now :-)


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 02:46 PM

Yes, Roger – It was a LONG day! LOL It seemed like three days. We just looked at each other at one point and both said “Boy! Are we stupid!” (Humm . . . . . seems like we have done that before not too long ago when we went to Halifax. I hope it isn’t getting to be a habit with us!)

I suppose it will keep us humble! :D


PS – @Dennis – looking forward to your next blog entry!

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

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 02:49 PM

My strategy with 3 million idots that cannot drve in snow under any circumstances is to stay off the road the first day. On the second day I am free to go as I please. All the idiots, well most, take the bus, stay home or are in the ditch where they can’t do any damage ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-01-2011 07:07 PM

I think your story illustrates why I love medium size towns. Where I live, an hour north of
your Chicago haunts, I am 2 minutes away from most everything my family needs. But the
rolling hills of the country are only 15 minutes West. And of course the one thing I hate about
large towns is no parking, parking is always easy here. The weather can get bad here, but
most the snow plow drivers probably live within 10 minutes of there work. Helping to keep
driving safe. As for your long day….God has a sense of humor. :) LOL

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 03-01-2011 08:20 PM

It seems to me your prblem started with the battery confusion at the parts house. Because of that, I don’t think it’s a sign of things to come. I think it’s a sign of the times.
The clerk at the parts house should have known the battery your wanted would work fine without you having to go back and get the Mustang. Most people in parts houses these days only know what the computer tells them though. I done mechanic work for most of my life. I could tell you some funny stories about people behind the parts counter that had no business walking into a parts house, much less working there. You don’t want to go there though. I still get angry every time I think about the lady who tried to tell me I didn’t know what I was talking about because the alternator she was trying to sell me was indeed a starter, “because the computer says so”.
Take this time to be happy if you were able to get everything you needed from your trip. My problem around here lately is finding supplies. I went to town the other day to pick up four things. All four of these things I knew for a fact Wal-Mart carried, so I decided to go there. Well, they may have carried all of these items, but one they didn’t carry any more and the other three they were out of. So I had to check elsewhere. I didn’t want it to be a wasted trip as high as gas has been. I should have just went back home because after three hours of killing my back from getting in out of my wife’s Jeep (should have carried the blazer, but it get’s terrible gas mileage), I would up coming home with one of the four items I needed.


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#9 posted 03-01-2011 08:37 PM

You are right on several accounts William. They did only go by the computer. It didn’t seem that they had any knowledge whatsoever beyond that. It is a sign of the times and sad that without their programmed answers, they have nothing helpful to offer. :(

As far as the small towns – they all have their good and their bad. I came here from Chicago seven years ago. Talk about “culture shock”. I grew up in the city and lived in the suburbs my entire adult life where everything is open 24/7. Here things close at 9pm most days, except the restaurants which close at 7pm. Nothing is open on Sunday except the pharmacy for a couple of hours. Yarmouth has more, but it is 40 minutes away.

I have learned to call ahead and do lots of mail order on the stuff I need. That is why when I say I am heading to Halifax, it is a big deal for me! I usually have a long list! I suppose being organized is the key.

I still like it here better though. Having lived in both environments, I like my peace best. Perhaps because I am older. It just seemed like a long day of chasing my tail. Today (naturally) is sunny and dry! Go figure.

It all turns out alright in the end, I suppose.


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

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 12:25 AM

All’s well that ends well sheila, you got it licked now..

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 03:54 AM

Sheila, you sure know how to have fun! I’ve heard more ‘weather related’ tales from you than anyone else…! It must be an interesting place where you live?

Because of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado also has interesting weather patterns. It’s always fun to see a new meteorologist ‘predict’ what’s coming. Typically, they get it very wrong. It’s a good laugh, until the figure out that up is down and in is out with the wind coming over the Rockies.

Glad you made it home safe and sound!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#12 posted 03-02-2011 05:08 AM

Welcome to the Great White North :)


-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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#13 posted 03-02-2011 06:27 AM

Shelia, I culture shocked the other direction. When I left home and came to Seattle from the farm, the capitol of Idaho, Boise, had about 30,000. We never went there cause you could get lost and never find your way out. One day while watching the football game in the Kingdome, they announced there were 72,000 there for the game. That is 2 Boises!! In one building!!!

WE have the best of all worlds here, water, mountains, most anything money will buy all within an hour’s drive or less. I stay out to traffic being self employed and we only have close neighbors on one side and across the street;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 03-02-2011 01:41 PM

Hi, Ron:
I guess I do talk quite a bit about the weather and my surroundings. I suppose I don’t remember being so aware of it when I lived in Chicago. Maybe it is because I still feel like I am on “vacation” here being able to live in such a nice place. It just seems that I am more aware of my surroundings. I love the walks that I take every day and there are so many different trails and forest paths here in my own back yard that they are always fresh and new to me. And then there is the ocean . . . . :)

I do like it here. I like the slower pace of small town living. I find that even when I go to Halifax, which is smaller than Chicago by far, it is overwhelming for me at times. I like the peace and quiet that living in the country brings. I am with Topamax when he says we have the best of both worlds.


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

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