My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #355: What To Do Next? (And Other Random Thoughts)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-30-2011 01:10 PM 2998 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some days you can be busy from dawn to dusk and when the day is done, you just don’t know why it went by so quickly. Yesterday was very much like that. There were many things that I had been neglecting around the house that needed attention and it seemed that I spent most of the day doing that. It was not unpleasant though, as getting things accomplished around the house always seems to bring me a sense of satisfaction. I like being organized and find that I get much more accomplished when things are in order. Although I did the basic scrubbing and cleaning, I have yet to attack the closets and go through the supplies that I want to load into my new case and reorganize things there. It seems that I am going to have to plan almost a full day for that, however, as the task is nothing that can be accomplished quickly.

I tend to put off those things, even though I know that they are quite functional and that once it is behind me I will wonder why I didn’t get at it sooner. I don’t quite know why I am like that. I suppose that when I prioritize things in my mind, it isn’t really bad enough to come out on top of the list, so I make due with the way things are until I can’t stand it anymore. The problem there is that I think about having to do it in the undefined near future and it is just another thing on “the list” to clutter things up.

Maybe I should do it today . . .

It’s Monday and being an American/Canadian it is somewhat of a half holiday for me. I have been here in Canada seven years now and even though I feel that I have been welcomed warmly, I still feel homesick at times. I like the thought of dual-citizenship. It allows you to be a part of both countries without having to give up the other. After all, I do pay taxes in two countries, so I may as well be able to have the benefits of calling both of them my home. It eliminates that either/or mentality that would be an emotional struggle for just about anyone. After all, sometimes it is hard enough being in a different country on its own. If I were to have to add that I was no longer a citizen of my native home, I don’t think I would be able to stand it. There is and always will be a part of me that belongs in America. My children are there as well as many, many memories and people that have defined me and made me who I am. I love to go back and visit and I never fail to feel a sense of pride and belonging each time I cross the border.

I suppose that when I most feel my ‘newness’ here are during some of the holidays. The two that are the most noticeable seem to be Independence Day and Thanksgiving. In Canada, we have “Canada Day” which is usually right around the first of July. It is celebrated much like Americas’ fourth, with parades and picnics and parties. I have many fond memories of Independence Day from both my own childhood all the way through to my children’s. We always had a bar-b-que and went swimming at the local park district where they had carnivals and music and bands and the evening was topped off with a huge fireworks show at the local high schools. I think of my friend Cari and pulling the kids in the wagons and sitting on blankets with snacks to watch the fireworks and they are some of the fondest memories I have.

But now things are so different. The kids are all grown up and on their own, and Cari is no longer with us and so many other things in life has changed that it would be impossible to have things the same. I find as I am writing this that I sound old. Looking back on these experiences and the many phases that my life has gone through make me realize how fortunate I have been (and still am) to have so many wonderful experiences and so many good friends and family. I don’t look back on those busy times with any regret. I look back on them with happiness. To me it is like watching a favorite movie over and over again. Each time you see it, you find something else to appreciate about it. You don’t seem to ever tire of it either.

Perhaps that is why I look at each day and experience the way I do. I try to appreciate every single one for what they are. Maybe it is a sign of maturity or maybe it is just a sign of getting older. I don’t mind though because it is good to be aware of these things I feel.

Well, I don’t know what got me off on that tangent! Too much thinking. I have been watching my friends and family on facebook and seeing pictures and hearing of their long weekend celebrations and I suppose it stirred up some things inside of me.

It’s Monday and it is raining here. Pouring actually. It is much darker now than it was when I awoke an hour ago and the sky is just opening up. It’s an in-between day for me where I am not driven by any particular project. It seems that those are sometimes the least productive days, and other times the most. I need to set a short term goal and have a cause to start moving toward. I have several choices of which direction to head. The new candle trays are selling well already so I should probably do more of them. The little antique animals are doing nicely too, so there is another choice. I need to really map out the scroll saw class that I will be doing online here too. And then the closet . . .

I am going to pour another cup of coffee and sit a bit and think. Perhaps in my mind I will come up with a good way to prioritize these things that makes sense. It is just a matter of deciding.

We all get days like this, and I am no exception. Just by writing things down, I am already leaning in a direction. The rain is letting up too. And it is once again beginning to get brighter out. Its odd how quickly the storm can pass. Although I don’t quite know how, I am somehow certain it is going to be a good day. I hope you have a good one also.

-- 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 05-30-2011 01:27 PM

Thanks for the good wishes. Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 03:29 PM

have a nice as well Sheila and get that closet done before its turn to a nightmare hunting you at nights :-)


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#3 posted 05-30-2011 03:33 PM

I am kind of leaning that way, Dennis. By the time I am done with that, I should have some time to draw before the night is over. You have a wonderful day too!


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

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 04:05 PM

Could make it a me day . Relax and enjoy mother nature

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#5 posted 05-30-2011 09:05 PM

Lifes a journey, not a destination, Sheila. There is forward as well as back.

I think I said this to someone recently (it may have been you I can’t remember). Some days I feel ancient. Other days I wonder what I’m going to do when I grow up.

Keep scrolling

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 01:02 AM

Shelia, I think we are all allowed a blue day every once inawhile. I am in the middle of doubling the size of my shop and for some reason, it has given me an excuse to “not” work in the shop…to much mess, not enough room, etc. I find I am spending way to much time on the computer instead of doing what I love, scrolling!! I keep saying once the shop is finished in a couple weeks I will spend all my time in there. I have even purchased some new tools and parts to upgrade one of my bandsaws and the table saw…think I have installed the parts or opened the new tools…nope!! I sure will glad when I am over this period. Of coures I guess I spend the day on the sunny beach instead of setting here typing away….and there is that shop that needs to be finished…oh yea, the guys are coming in the moring to help with that…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 01:27 AM

Thanks again to you for your comments.

Dave – I don’t know if a “me day” would work right now. I know when the weather is a little better I will be sure to take some time off and enjoy the beautiful landscape here in Nova Scotia. Many will remember last summer that I had several short excursions. I don’t think that I short change myself in that department. I learned from the past that not allowing rests and times for other recreation isn’t good for me.

Thank you Martyn for the reminder. There are times when I feel the world is ahead of me and then there are other times when I look back and think of all the experiences that I have already had. At the end of the day though, I am not regretful and I do like my life the way it is now. Changing anything in the past, even one decision, could have changed where I am now and I wouldn’t want to do that. Sometimes though, pleasant memories are triggered about my kids or my friend and it is difficult not to miss ‘old times’ every now and then. But there is a lot ahead and most of the time that is the direction that I choose. As far as feeling ‘ancient’ – there are days I forget my age and feel as if I am in my twenties and others when I think and act like an old fart. I guess it depends on the day. It is good to know I am not the only one.

And Larry – I do think I am quite overwhelmed, as you must be with your big project. I know it is a big task ahead of me to go through everything and get things in order and I am at the point of looking to clean the cat box before doing what I need to if it puts it off a bit. Any excuse will do. But I can’t let myself stay in that place too long. I have lots of things to do and I want to be able to feel good about my business.

So onward and upward we go!

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

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 02:51 AM

The only different with one’s perception is when you comprehend and decide what to do with the situation. Being as positive as you are Sheila is a sign that there will be a lot of beautiful changes and growth in life and business. Keep it up!

-- Bert

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 05:33 AM

Wow, Larry is doing exactly what I am doing right now! I am doubling the size of my workshop and have a great loft to store stuff I don’t use often or is too good to throw out, so I know exactly what Larry is going through! We just got it closed in and an hour later had a hard rain, good news, no leaks! Now I’m working on insulating and wiring(almost done), paneling(done), painting(still to do) solid vinyl tiles(still to do) then moving in(still to do too) Hopefully we will finish this week.

I have a few projects that I am in the middle of and wish I could get back to them already!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 05-31-2011 06:57 AM

Erwin, what size is your shop going to end up? I will end up with a 20’ wide X 42’ long. Here in Hawaii we don’t really have to worry much about the weather…yea we do get some rain, so I the fiirst shop was a tall metal 2 car carport and I am putting up another one at the end of the first…I put plywood on the sides and frame in the endcaps and use fiberglass to allow lots of light in.. Finishing the forms tomorrow and pouring the cement floor on the new part the day after, and then put up the new carport. Thank goodness I have lots of friends that love to help each other…not up to doing it all myself any longer I don’t think. Goodluck on your shop building.

Shelia, after writting my post I got up off the chair and spent the afternoon watering plants and working in the garden…perhaps it gave me the push I needed to get back to doing what I know needs to be done. I also cleaned our cat boxes. Now if I just finish up the shop building so I can get back in working. So many things to buld and so little time….Oh yea, I have to find some time to play on the beach as well…...after all we moved here to Hawaii from the Northwest becasuse of the great weather and we could do so many outdoor items!! Goodluck on your cleaning

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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