I had a good and productive day yesterday. I feel as if I accomplished a great deal. I have been working on a small job for my friend Bernie and I was able to complete it, as well as tie up several loose ends.
I also did a little bit of cutting for my partner. I had mentioned last week that his aunt was here in town and she picked through many of the prototypes that we have of our projects here and choose some nice things for herself and did some early Christmas shopping. One thing she inquired about was a pen that Keith had made for his mom. It was one of his first attempts. It was simple maple, but I had tried scroll sawing a silhouette of a cat in the blank and we filled it with resin before he turned it. The result was actually quite nice. It was a nice little added touch to an otherwise basic slimline pen.
In any case, his aunt requested one so I actually drew up a pattern for it and cut a couple of blanks. The cutting didn’t take long and it looked nice. He filled the pens and they should be ready to turn in a couple of days.
Today we are heading out to Bernie’s lake house for the afternoon and evening. Although earlier in the week rain was predicted, it now appears that it is going to be a beautiful day. It will be a much needed break away from things here and work in general, and a chance to visit friends whom we haven’t seen in much too long of a time.
I have been feeling restless lately. Just kind of blah. Perhaps it is too many weeks of working without a real break. By the term ‘real break’ I don’t mean just an hour or so, but some time away. Here it is August already and we have yet to have a day trip of just driving through the woods and back roads or along the coastline. I am disappointed about the car needing attention and hopefully when I take it in tomorrow, the news won’t be that bad. It is funny how those days away from the computer and the saw and the phone do so much to recharge our batteries. It doesn’t take long. But I believe I missed it.
When we went away in March, it was mostly focused around working and business. I realize that without the business, I wouldn’t have been able to get away at all. I think you all know how I feel about my work and how much that I enjoy it, but I think that even I need a break from things from time to time in order to keep fresh and not burned out.
The ideas are there, it is just the focus that is somewhat evasive these days. I feel as if I am all over the place some days and need to get a good handle on it so I can get back on track before the winter months set in and I have not choice but to be here in the house. Knowing that the car needs a repair and not yet knowing what is wrong is quite unsettling to me. I am sure I will feel better tomorrow after it has been diagnosed. Then I can deal with what the situation is and not worry about what it could be.
I am happy we started walking again. I think it is very positive for me in a lot of respects and I realize now how much I have missed it. It gives me a chance to take a break and think things through. I walked past the blackberry bushes yesterday on the path in the woods next to the river where I had been eaten alive last year while picking. The berries are almost ripe and ready to be harvested. Part of me wants to go get some and the other part is opting for buying them in the store or at one of the many farmer’s markets around my area. There are, after all other ways to get in touch with nature.
I have some things that I need to look into this morning that I should do before I leave today. I think that will be all that I will try to accomplish today. As you can probably tell, it feels strange to have such a short list of things to do, but I think I should listen to my own instincts and leave things at that for today. I am sure I will do better tomorrow.
Have a good Sunday.
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