I had to do some errands yesterday and that took up most of my day. I also was able to meet up with a dear friend from my painting group in Bear River that I haven’t seen in about a year. It was a really good day on lots of levels.
My bags arrived and I will be shipping out the second batch of skaters this morning. It will bring closure to another project and allow me the time to focus on finishing up the bird patterns today and getting them into a packet and up on the site. the clock is ticking for my next deadline and I hope that I am able to get the second set done in time for that. Usually, the first one is what takes a bit more time and hopefully I will be able to produce another set relatively quickly. I need to really get to work and focus on that though.
I had some other good news yesterday too. I got a phone call from the manager of the Firestone place in Shorewood, Illinois where I had my car worked on when I was visiting my son. They decided that since they did the repair improperly, they would send me a credit for the related work that they did on it. It took them a couple of weeks to come to the decision, as they said that it had to go through the proper corporate channels, but I feel that it was a fair one and I am happy that they were accountable for their mistakes.
In addition to reimbursing me for the error, I was assured that the mechanic involved was spoken to and made aware of the mistake that he had made on my car. While I didn’t want to get anyone in trouble, I did feel that it was important to make them aware of not only the actual costs and problems that the sloppy work had caused, but also the potential for an even more costly repair had we not noticed the noise it was making.
The manager seemed genuinely concerned and told me that he wanted me to ‘leave with a good taste in my mouth’ regarding his establishment. I felt that was good considering that I was living in a different country and the potential for me being a return customer was slim. Perhaps he DID really want all his customers to be happy – no matter where they lived.
It was a good end to the story, and the best one I could imagine.
Finally, I received some correspondence from a customer (MrsN here on Lumberjocks) who had purchased my witch’s hat painting pattern from me. MrsN is a teacher, and teaches woodworking as a living. She has also purchased some of my See Creature Animal Eyeglass patterns to teach to her students in class and has like them.
She wrote me that she really liked the hat patterns and enjoyed painting them very much. She even sent me a picture of her work:
I was so thrilled when I read her email and saw her picture! I think she did a wonderful job! As a teacher, it is times like this when I feel the best about what I do. To me, the best reward is helping others find their potential and discover a creative side within themselves that they may have not known to exist. I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw the picture of Katie’s work, as it really made me remember what this is all about.
I love what I do and I love seeing others create wonderful stuff. I suppose that is the bottom line of everything for me. It really gives me a wonderful boost to know that I have helped someone be more creative.
Yes. It was a good day! :D
I hope you have a great day today too!
“Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers.” - Richard Bach
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"