I can honestly say that I didn’t do much regarding the business yesterday. It isn’t very often that I can claim that. It always seems that even if I spend the day painting or doing something like that it is still related to the business. I suppose it was just time for some time off.
It was a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. The sun was shining from the time it peeked over the horizon until it set into the ocean. The day was nearly cloudless, with only a few wisps here and there floating by in the distant sky. It was warm, but neither humid or uncomfortable, as there was a light and gentle breeze that was strong enough to keep the air moving.
Normally on days like this, I would be thinking about taking off and doing a road trip. The day would have been perfect to be riding along the shore in the mustang with the top down. Or exploring the back roads along the many hundreds of small lakes in our area, or even going to Keji, or the south shore. I had filled the car the other day so it would be ready for such a trip.
But on Saturday, we were heading to the grocery store and could hear a faint noise coming from the rear axle. It is difficult to define, and didn’t sound too serious, but it shouldn’t be there and we wound up turning around and taking the other car just to be safe. I would rather err on the side of caution and have it checked out before any major damage would be done. I plan to take it in first thing this morning to see if it can be looked after.
So I was restless yesterday. I don’t really mind not driving during the cold winter, but it is on these warm summer days that I realize how much I like it. I found myself feeling quite unsettled, and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t really feel like working at the computer.
I spent my time and energy well though. I wound up cleaning the entire house, including doing five loads of laundry. I washed everything in sight with the exception of the cats, and cleaned and organized it all. I even made a pie (I am not the greatest pie maker, but this one came out decent.) I also spent a couple of hours washing and waxing the car, as well as cleaning the interior and making it look its best. Even though it is sick, it doesn’t have to look bad. It looks pretty decent for its age. I can’t believe that I have had it over seven years already. It has its little nicks and battle scars, but overall it is holding up well. I hope to keep it another 20 years.
All in all it was a very productive day. Even though I didn’t get much done for the business, the day off did me good. I woke up this morning to a tidy environment and feel good having taken the day off. Last week was rather stressful and reading about the economy and the perils that many are facing was taxing on me. Not only for my own business, but for the plight of others who are and will suffer because of this financial crisis that the US is facing. I know I don’t discuss things like that much here (nor do I really want to) but I do read and the world issues do weigh heavily on me at times.
I feel good today and ready to move ahead. It is a new week and a new month and I have lots of good ideas that I need to work on for patterns for the upcoming season. I notice that it stays darker a little bit longer each morning and I know that soon autumn will be upon us and we will be winding down the year. There is so much that I want to do before then.
I hope you all have a good day and week. I look forward to it being a good and productive 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"