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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #398: Almost Routine

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1144 days ago 2647 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I would like to be able to post an exciting or remarkable post every day. But some days, life isn’t very exciting or remarkable. That doesn’t mean it is bad. In fact, I would lean more toward those being good days. Although we all like to mix it up a bit, I have no problem with days that tend to be on the ‘routine’ side.

People tell me on days like today that it isn’t really necessary to write here every single day. No one expects it and no one would think twice if I missed a day or so. I really do know that. Although I do write every day, it is only because I want to. Not because I feel I have to or because of some record that I want to obtain. I truly am not a numbers type of person and I don’t view the statistics as either victories or defeats. I kind of figure if I write something of substance and one person benefits from it, either directly or even just by entertainment value, than it is good enough for me.

There were many reasons that I began this writing venture. I was at a point where I was rebuilding my business and getting it organized and I had been asked some questions that made me realize that others may be interested in how things worked for a free-lance designer. it also does me good to document my daily accomplishments. Then when those times come up when I ask myself “where did the month of March go?” I would be able to look back and see.

As an additional benefit of the blog, I found that the old saying “if you don’t set goals, it is impossible to achieve them” to have a lot of merit. Writing a daily blog is a good way of informally setting goals and mapping out what I planned to do with my business. Although I realize I am not under obligation to follow through with what I say I will do, because of the type of person that I am having stated things kind of makes me work a little harder. And that is a good thing.

And of course, there are the friendships that I have gained from writing here. I have met so many people who I consider true friends and have been a great support for me and helped me along the way. Whether it is with advice, suggestions or just to be there on my low days to cheer me on, you have all contributed in so many ways to make my life better. I have mentioned several times that writing this post each morning was like sitting down and having a cup of coffee with all of you. I thoroughly appreciate the fine discussions that have come from my writings here and it will always amaze me that friendships can be forged all over the world this way. It is one of the best by-products of the times we live in.

Who would have thought?

So for today, I am afraid that I am short-changing you a bit. I cut more skaters yesterday and the pile is growing quickly. I will be done in the next day or so and it is fun to see the little army of skaters growing. I listened to some old Rod Stewart yesterday while cutting. It strikes me as kind of odd because I remember when I was in high school I despised his music, and as I got older I liked it better. This album was his “MTV Unplugged” album which came out in about 1994 or thereabouts. While listening it reminded me of when my daughter was a toddler and Cari and I spent the summer days on picnics, at the park and taking the kids to the pool where we brought our paints and painted in the sweltering heat. It’s funny how music can bring you back to things, isn’t it? I spent the time cutting reliving those days in my mind, and it was quite pleasant.

Besides the skaters, there was a multitude of miscellaneous things I needed to do and before I knew it, the day was done. We went to a small hobby shop to get some CA glue activator for Keith for his pens, and spent a while chatting with the owner who was a friend of Keith’s family for years. It seems he is selling the hobby part of his business (he also sells lawn mowers and chain saws and other equipment and is hanging on to that part of the business.) He said that in the three years since he moved to that location, the hobby business had TRIPLED in sales. (TRIPLED.) He said his other business was growing too, as many small machine places are dropping out and his customer base is growing. He is looking to retire soon, as he is 65 years old and wants to slow down. I was again happy to hear that someone is that successful in our area. The shop is located right on the coast but a bit off the main road and it is kind of a little place next to their home. You wouldn’t think it would be so lucrative but apparently it is.

It brings some hope anyway.

So that is it for today. I will be cutting more skaters and doing more painting, as I didn’t even paint at all yesterday. It is cloudy and a gentle rain is falling this morning, so it is a good day to stay inside and focus.

I was almost going to apologize for a crummy blog post today, but if you have read this far, it most have held your interest and it couldn’t have been too bad. Besides, it is always nice just to stop in and say ‘hi.’

I wish you all a wonderful day.

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



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William

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#1 posted 1144 days ago

Well I say keep writing. On the days when it is routine you say you know people would not notice if you missed a day or two. It’s up there in your second paragraph. Well you are absolutely wrong. Some would miss it f you missed a day or two. You, in my opinion, have now become a daily staple here on Lumberjocks. If I check in late in the morning and see that you have not posted at all, I wonder what is going on.
You started it. You have posted close to four hundred times now on a daily basis. So now you have to keep it up. Some of us look for it every day. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
I go on Lumberjocks (almost) every morning. The first thing I do when I get on is to open in a new window things from the project and blog entries that interest me. By the time five or six are opened, my coffee has brewed enough into the pot for me to steal a cup out of (have one of those that stops pouring when you remove the pot). Then I sit down and start reading while I drink my coffee. If something interests me enough for me to comment, then I minimize it until I’m on my second cup of coffee. I have to wait until then before I’m aware enough to think clearly for writing. By the time I get through readon all that and go to forums, depending on what time I got up, your blog is usually up. If it is not, then I feel like I have missed something. I am a creature of habit. You change up my routine, and I’m going to be thrown all out of whack.
So anytime you think noone would miss your writing, remember that some of us would not just miss it. We depend on it. It has become a regular part of our morning routine. So even your routine days, are part of our routine days.
Hey, you started it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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wpreman

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#2 posted 1144 days ago

I must agree with William. Reading your post each and every morning is part of my daily routine.

-- Bill, Florida

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Billinmich

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#3 posted 1144 days ago

Read your blog every day,don’t comment much but I’m still here

-- Bill in Mich

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Druid

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#4 posted 1144 days ago

Hi Sheila, When you mentioned “some days…” in your note, it reminded me of a bit of humour that I thought I would pass along to you.

So keep smiling, and continue writing . . . please.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 1144 days ago

Well I certainly appreciate your kind comments! And here I thought I was giving you all a poopie post!

Believe me, it goes back and forth. You all have become part of my life too, and I would feel as if something is missing if I weren’t here every day to ‘talk’ with you. I am happy that i make you smile and perhaps look at things a little differently than you might have. I can’t imagine not checking in every day.

Have a good one and thanks for the smiles! :D

Sheila

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1144 days ago

I know I havn´t comment so much lately but be sure you are read and noticed everyday Sheila
not always understand the big picture of the blog but with the gooood comments people make
most of it makes sence to me …............ and you were missed on the saily basis when you had your
little trip back to the states earlyer this year :-)

Rod Stewart I learned to know his I am Sailing .. I am Flying when the Danish television showed
a weekly program with a British Hangar carrier … I think it was back in the aighty´s

another ruogh voice I remember showed up not long after is Bonnie Tyler :-)

have a great evening
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1144 days ago

Dennis:
I am very happy and flattered that you take the time to translate and read my posts every day. I know that they can get long sometimes (understatement of the year!) and I sometimes forget that you speak English as a second language. It means a lot to me that you comment all the time and we have become friends. I always try to think of nice pictures to put in to break up the many words I write and give you a little break.

Here is something for you to enjoy -

Take care, my friend! Have a great evening!

Sheila :D

(I like Bonnie Tyler, too!)

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 1144 days ago

Thank´s Sheila :-)
that was a vidioclip I hadn´t seen before
when I was disc jockey I alwas used the clip from the televison show
they started the show with
had it copyid to VHS tapes ….......hard work those days carrying around with all the equipment
every time we had a gig …. LOL

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 1143 days ago

That had to be fun to be a DJ. In the 80’s and 90’s I loved music videos. I have brought probably fifteen six hour VHS tapes of my favorite videos with me when I moved to Canada. Alas, I don’t have a VHS player anymore. But there are many of them on YouTube if I ever have the urge to watch them. They were classics back then and I could watch them over and over and over. When you think about how all the data from those many tapes would probably fit on a little jump drive the size of your finger, it kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?

I love technology. :)

Shiela

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

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William

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#10 posted 1143 days ago

I miss music videos. I grew up in the heyday of MTV. I made the mistake about a year ago of watching several hours of that network as it is today waiting to see videos. I was horrified and still didn’t get to see one single music video.
As for old technology, I enjoy taking everything off the top of my old console stereo and breaking out my records and eight track tapes now and then. My kids are horrified then. They act like I’m two days older than dirt. I can’t make them understand that these things really aren’t that old. Technology has just advanced so quickly.
In my shop I have all my CDs in a pecan box built for them. It’s amazing that for my truck I have an MP3 player that I can hold in the palm of my hand that has each and every one of those CDs on it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1143 days ago

yah tecnology is great but in the case of music it also a big step backwards when it comes to
the quality of the suond on a digital medie :-( every time I here some classic music digital
I miss the lower tones and the higher overtones outside the hearing range … still needed to bring
the music alive and give the dynamic in the picture that analog recorded and play can give
on a class A amplifire and loudspeaker system

take care
Dennis

ps yes being a DJ is fun .................. and hard work …......nothing I wuold do again … LOL

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William

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#12 posted 1143 days ago

Dennis, a gripe I have and was also discussing with a fellow lumberjock a while back is modern speakers. The modern ones are supposed to be superior to the old monster size ones that we hooked up to large suitcase size stereos. They may be more crisp in some tones, but they just don’t carry the bass like the old style speakers. Sometimes better, depending on what one considers better, is only different.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1143 days ago

I remember dating a guy in high school who drove a yellow 1970 Mach1 Mustang that had an 8 track player in it. I particularily remember that his favorite tape (I almost typed the word ‘disk’! LOL) was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. He turned out to be quite a jerk, but the car was cool and the 8 track player was cool and the album a classic! It was almost worth putting up with him! (but not really!) LOL

Sheila

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1143 days ago

now I know what the 8 track is thank´s sheila my tapes was a step older with loose spool´s
and a monster of a recorder to play them on .... but can´t be beaten with 4 different speeds
on it and possiple to record on a single track at a time … a studio mashine from the sixty´s :-)

William the big speakers advance is that it can moove more air :-)
but already back in the seventy´s they had found out that a 8 inch was the speaker that cuold
reach the lowest tones and be fast enoff for the classic music

but I don´t think you can compare with the speakers of today since they are developed to digital
with the rest of the stereo-system and its all about to make the system´s as small as possiple = loss of dynamic :-(

Dennis

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William

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#15 posted 1143 days ago

I have Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”, on 8Track and CD.
I left the room once leaving my daughter with my 8track player. I came back to her constantly tripping the switch to change tracks. I asked her what she was doing. She explained that it was broke because it wouldn’t go to a certain song. I had to forbid her to ever touch my 8Track player again while explaining how 8Track players work.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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