OK – I am late this morning. Everyone’s coffee is cold and you are either going to be late for work or have to wait to read. We all have days like that.
At least you have coffee. I am on my second attempt of making it this morning. For the first try, I cleaned out the pot while the water was on the stove heating up and instead of putting the beans in the grinder (I have a French press that I use) I put the beans right in the bottom of the wet carafe. (DOH!)
It’s going to be one of those days (I hope not!)
In my defense I had a bit of a rough night. Even up here in ‘The Great White North’ it was sticky and too warm for sleeping. I was up half the night because I was so uncomfortable and sticky. Those of you who know me know that I am a big fan of winter and snow. I love the stuff. The cool/cold weather is OK with me too. I love snuggling with the kitties, making chili or a nice pot of soup, or baking and filling the house with the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls on a cold Sunday morning. Yes, I am crazy, but you all know that already.
I’ve made an observation over the past couple of days and weeks. Now my data is in no way scientific or anything like that, but just from what I hear on a daily basis from my facebook friends and such, I have noticed something. It seems to me that there are far more complaints from people regarding the hot weather than the cold. It is just something that I have noticed.
I realize how oppressive and dangerous the heat can be and all kidding aside, my heart goes out to those of you who are experiencing that. I feel that I have no right to complain with my little bit of heat and marginal humidity that I am experiencing here when I hear what others are enduring. And I am really, really, REALLY glad that I live as far north as I do. I remember the days when I lived in Chicago where you were pretty much a prisoner to your air conditioning. It was too hot to go out and too hot to drive and it sucked the life out of you. If you weren’t able to sit somewhere poolside than you had to be in an air-conditioned building. You would go for days at a time without being able to breath real, fresh and non-air-conditioned air. It was tough on everyone.
I hope those of you in the warmer areas take care. Go slow and drink lots of water. I honestly do feel for you all.
In other things, I got my next class lesson posted last night. One of the things that I have found to be the most challenging is remembering all that I want to point out. There are really a lot of variables in scroll sawing and pointing out these little things can quickly fill up a lesson. I began posting at around 4pm my time and I didn’t hit the final post button until around 10pm my time. Especially in the beginning, there is a lot of stuff to introduce people to and points to make. It isn’t like a miter saw where you kind of set it and cut. There are many variables such as wood size, blade size, speed, type of pattern you are cutting that all affect things. I suppose that is why I like it so much – its versatility – and I hope that I don’t forget anything or confuse anyone right off the bat.
I really appreciate the others too who offer suggestions and sometimes mention stuff that I left out. The questions have been intelligent and helpful too in soliciting more in-depth explanations on points that weren’t clear to everyone. This insures that everyone has a better understanding of the process.
All in all, I hope that people come away from the class learning something they didn’t already know. Hopefully too, those watching that may have scroll saws and have only used them on a limited basis will want to explore other ways to incorporate scroll work into their projects. I love scroll sawing because of the vast capabilities of this relatively simple tool. I hope that by hosting this class, I will make others aware of them too and open some new ideas for their own woodworking projects. That would be awesome.
For today, I plan to do a short video demonstrating what I showed in pictures on lesson 4. I am trying first to teach with only pictures, as I have several people who are following the class who aren’t able to really watch videos on their computers. I don’t want them to feel eliminated or left out because of that. But I also think that adding supplemental videos to go along with the lessons wouldn’t hurt, as the majority of people are able to view them comfortably and it will help for them to see things presented that way. I hope it works out for everyone.
So I had better get moving and get this posted. After my slow start, I feel like I am late before the day even began. I am half way through my first cup of coffee and starting to feel like my old self. I hope you all have a good day and for those of you who are suffering from the heat, please take care of yourselves. It is nothing to mess with.
Have a great day everyone!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"