My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #407: Blame It On the Heat

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-21-2011 01:49 PM 7273 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 02:17 PM

I also believe people complain about the heat more than the cold, with good reason. During the winter months (it’s only cold here for maybe two months a year) I can put on more clothes or build a fire. Of course my pain level is usually elevated during the inter months, but that eases some too when sitting in my shop cozied up to the wood heater. In the summer monts though, they seem to go on forever here in the south, I’m kind of stuck. I can stay at home and do nothing, and go nuts while driving my wife nuts in the process, or I can go to the shop. Of course, unless I am down rea bad, I choose the shop. In the shop though, I have four fans going, and during the middle of the day all they are doing is circulating hot air. I could take off as many of my clothes as the law would allow. That would create a panic though. Anyone passing by and catching a glimpse may very well go blind. Little children in seeing distance may run home to their mother’s, scarred for life. grown men may cry at the horror of it all.
So yes, the heat creates more problems than the cold. Actually, the only reason I dislike winter is because of my health and pain issues. Before I messed my back up and before the years turning wrenches caught up with the other parts of my body creating arthritic conditions, I loved cold weather. The only single complaint I had with the cold in Mississippi was when ice or snow hit the ground. I’ve been all over the country and learned how to drive on the slippery stuff. The majority of citizens here though have no common sense it seems when it snows or gets ice on the ground. I keep saying every year we get slippery stuff that I’m going to pull out my video camera and shoot some videos for YouTube. The things people do here are so funny that the videos would be overnight internet sensations.
By the way, in the last few weeks we have had triple digit heat indexes on a regular basis with the humidity climbing into the eighty and ninety percent range. It gets to a point where you can’t hardly breathe out there.


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#2 posted 07-21-2011 02:17 PM

I know what you are saying about the heat. I for one enjoy the heat, sleeping in the heat is a different matter. My better half enjoys the A/C but neither of us like cold very much. We like ice even less.

Be careful with the heat, its effects creep up on you and put you in a bad way before you know it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 02:30 PM

My wife stays inside under the AC except for early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are more bearable outside. The only exceptions to that is when she briefly comes to the shop to check on me, or when she is simply going from the house to her Jeep where the AC in it is promtly turned on. She refused to even consider driving my truck in the summer simply because it doesn’t have AC.
I for one have problems with the AC if I’ve been outside though. If I have been out and gotten hot and then come in under the AC without sitting in the shade and cooling down some first, I get very sick at my stomach every time.
I think some of that though has to do with what you mentioned about the heat sneaking up on you.
Twice in the last couple of weeks I’ve let the heat sneak up on me and pass me. By the time I realized I had gotten too hot, I was doubled over beside the shop vomiting. On those days and a few others I came home with my only good leg cramping so bad I could hardly walk at all. With all my other health and pain issues, that’s all I need is cramping and more pain.
For what it’s worth, there is a home remedy that does help with cramping if you get too hot. It does sound crazy and some can’t stomach it, but drink about four to five ounces of pickle juice.


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#4 posted 07-21-2011 03:01 PM

We have AC in the bedroom got one of those portable AC units works great you can also use it just as a fan . It is temperature controlled so that save money there too

We have a Excessive Heat Warning in affect here , My dogs ( pomeriana and lab sheperd ) , they didn’t even want to stay out . There is a breeze but it is a warm one .

I agree with William on the arthritic conditions , but learning to deal with it for the most part but there are days that it gets the best of ya take care everone

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 03:07 PM

Yes, it is so hard on everyone – pets included. I give my kitties ice cubes for treats a couple times a day. They all flock to the water dish when I do so. I hope that you all stay comfortable and safe during this weather. I know I have no right complaining, as we have it much better here than you all do. Take care of yourselves.


-- 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 07-21-2011 05:22 PM

Your observation that more people complain about the heat is dead on. Reason? You can only remove a certain amount clothing to cool off, after that you’re down to wrinkles and still too warm.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 07-21-2011 05:31 PM

Yep! AND you risk getting hauled off to jail if you take too much off! LOL (I wonder if it is air-conditioned there though?)


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

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Steven Davis

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#8 posted 07-21-2011 06:16 PM

Sheila -

You may want to try Slideshare for people who can’t do video (it is also another good place to post material).

I’m enjoying the course a lot as a lurker :)


-- Steven Davis - see me at

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 07-21-2011 06:18 PM

Thanks, Steve! I will look into it. It’s always good to offer options! I am glad you like the class. :)


-- 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 07-22-2011 05:42 AM

Nope, jails are air conditioned in the offices only and the jail cells only minimally if at all. I once had a welding contract to do some welding on some pipes in the utility room and I was shocked at how hot the prison areas were and I was told not to say anything in the presence of the inmates. Needless to say I was soaked when I was done.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 12:39 PM

I’ve been following your blog, and class for a couple of days. Really enjoying both! Thank you, Sheila! I have been scrolling for over 20 years, on/off as a hobby, and there is always something to learn!
Hit 100 degrees here in Akron, Oh. yesterday! In my basement shop, it was 68 degrees! Enjoyed my scroll time to the max!


-- Paul,

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