I look around and there are “piles” everywhere. Piles of papers, patterns, wood pieces, etc. Even the cats know something is up, as Richard is flying back and forth through the house this morning like an idiot (well- as much as he can fly with a short runway!) Since I have sat down here this morning, he has ran the length of the apartment at full speed at least a dozen times, as if a rocket was lit under him. What a nut!
It’s time to enlist one of the most important elements you can have when leaving on a trip or traveling – “the lists.”
I found myself up and walking around at 3:30 am this morning thinking of stuff I had to do and bring and remember. That wasn’t good. I still have four more days to go and if I spent the nights pondering like I did last night I am sure I will be exhausted by the time I leave on Tuesday. I almost just stayed up, but I knew full well that if I did, come around 2:00pm I would woefully regret it and hit the skids. I went through some emails and scouted Facebook for an hour or so and then I managed to think of things other than the trip long enough to feel sleepy and went back to sleep.
It is raining today and is also forecast to do so for the entire weekend. I am happy that I spent the day preparing and cleaning the car so even if it rains up until Tuesday, I am ready. There was part of me that felt guilty playing with the car yesterday while living among the clutter here in the house, but I think it was a good decision. Today I don’t have any reason to leave the house and can really focus on getting many of the loose ends tied up and ready. I am close, but one good day is needed to really get a handle on things. I am looking ahead to a good and productive day.
I was absolutely shocked last night when I received an email from Jeannie that the paint brushes arrived for the classes. It was a mere two days since I talked to the girl at the brush company and after the previous six plus weeks with little communication from them, it amazed me that they were there already. I suppose once they got it in gear, they worked in high speed. AND she told me that the brushes that she sent were the elusive deerfoot stippler brushes that I had requested. I give them a 10+ for scoring a fourth quarter touchdown. The first thing on my list after the blog here is to write the girl I talked to a nice “thank you” letter for coming through for me. That is one less thing to worry about.
In looking at the UPS tracking number that was given to me by Ray from Seyco, the Excalibur saw is on the truck and should be delivered to Jeannie’s today. That is also exciting news and I can’t wait to see it and try it out. I received a call from Ray and he wants me to call him as I am setting it up to go over a check list and make sure that all is in order. He said that he usually does these things himself, but since the saw was shipped directly from General International in Tennessee, he was unable to do so and he wants to be sure everything is set up right. I have heard many stories about him and the wonderful service he gives his customers, and I am happy that he not only has such a great reputation, but in the short time I have dealt with him so far, has shown that the reputation is warranted. This is going to be a great chapter in my life. I can feel it.
I don’t have much more to report but “onward and onward”. I had a great time reacquainting myself with my car yesterday and getting it ready for the trip. Somehow it made it seem more “real”. After thinking about it for months, it is sometimes hard to believe that in reality it is only a couple of days away. I’m in the home stretch now and feel really good about everything. I apologize for all you hard-core woodworkers that my blogs here have not focused much on making projects, but I think that this trip is going to be a nice way to show a different side of woodworking.
I plan on taking a lot of pictures, not only of the show, but of the classes and the learning center and of course the offices at the magazine so you can all come along with us on this trip and get a feel as to what it is about. I don’t know if I mentioned it here before, but I may even be able to meet up with Rivergirl (Kelly) on my way to Chicago if our schedules work out. I will be driving kind of by her place and we are going to try to meet for lunch on my way across. That will really be cool.
So for today, I had better get to it. I hope you all have a great one!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"