It is funny how quickly the seasons begin to change. While so many people are going through sweltering heat, I have noticed a definite coolness in the morning air. Even if the temperatures get quite warm in the afternoon, the days are already starting off with a crispness that is reminiscent of autumn. It won’t be long.
I find it is noticeably darker in the mornings too. It is almost back to the point where seeing full daylight as my eyes open in the morning will mean that I am sleeping in and running behind. My favorite time of the year is approaching and I do look forward to it.
I did get several things accomplished yesterday. One of the most important things was to get the next lesson for scroll sawing posted here. In doing so, I also added two videos to go along with it. I was having a little bit of difficulty explaining the technique that I was teaching. I made one video of me showing the process on a drawing board and the other one was me actually cutting. I hope that is sufficient. I tried showing still pictures and explaining things that way but it was difficult to see how I was turning the piece and get the idea across. At least I think it was. I am not sure.
I hope that the feedback will tell me if I am on the right track or not. I didn’t get the lesson posted until after 9pm my time which left little time for feedback last night. After all, it was a Friday night and with summer and all people are doing other things. Hopefully by the end of the day today I will have a better idea as to whether I am on the right track or not. We will have to see. . .
I am finding the videos to be a litter easier to make, although I still do make mistakes in them. Perhaps the most restricting part is that I don’t have a camera person and need to leave it on the tripod and focused on one particular area. It restrains me from doing and showing some of the things that I would naturally do. But the important thing is to get the point across and I believe that even in my limited capacity I am able to do that. At least I hope so.
I spent most of the day organizing and preparing the lesson and redrawing the practice pattern. I am somewhat surprised that it takes the time it does to present this properly. I suppose I shouldn’t be though. After all, I know how I am.
The actual shooting of the videos is coming much faster now. I believe the lighting was better on both of these and it seems that I am tackling one problem at a time and making each one a little bit better. By the end of the series I should be a pro.
I do enjoy teaching and find that doing so in this way is working out OK for the most part. I hope everyone else thinks so too and people are learning. I realize that many won’t be looking at the lessons until the summer is over, so I hope they do stand on their own and are helpful down the line.
In other things, I did get the car in to the mechanic yesterday. He didn’t pull it apart, as he was pretty busy, but he did go for a ride and believes the noise in the rear end is from the differential bearings. He needs to take it apart to see though. Unfortunately (for me) he is on vacation next week and won’t be able to do so until the week after. I find it funny that the rear end was just serviced in March (in Chicago) and now there are more problems. In Googling the problem and reading about it, I wonder if it was put back together properly when they had it apart then. I suppose it doesn’t matter, because it would be a lot of fun to try to make good on any type of warranty that they gave in Chicago anyway. So I am going to just have to eat the cost and hope for the best and see what they find in a week. In any case, it is not a happy thing and I am kind of bummed out about it. I suppose that kills any thoughts of day trips in the next couple of weeks. Even though I can drive it for now, I don’t think it is wise to take it far. I am only keeping it here for an emergency.
So it is back to drawing today. I need to fall on my ‘things happen for a reason’ philosophy and I figure that for some unknown reason I need to work these next few weeks and not think about outings. After all, there is so much to do and I shouldn’t be wasting time anyway. I have lots of ideas for holidays and I need to make them a reality. Nova Scotia is beautiful in the fall anyway, and perhaps when the leaves are turning colors would be a better time to take a break.
It is getting to be time for those walks again, too. I miss getting out and taking an hour to think. I got a lot of thinking done on them and it took me away from the computer and the chaos of things. It sometimes amazes me how quickly we give up our personal time when other things are pressing.
I hope you all have a good day today. Remember to take some time in between the chores and responsibilities to stop and enjoy what is around you. I will try to do the same.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"