It always amazes me how as the seasons change, things just begin to feel different. Perhaps it is due to the angle of the sun in the sky, or that the days are getting shorter, but in the past few weeks you can definitely feel that something is different.
In driving through the woods the other day, I noticed that the tips of the trees are beginning to lighten. Soon everything will be golden and then a riot of bright colors, giving one final extraordinary show before the cold winter sets in. Living in the woods makes this an extra special time for me, as there is color all around me and it makes it all the better.
For the first time of the year, I have had to close the windows in the evening too, as the nights have been much cooler and even chilly. I prefer the room cool when I sleep though, and leave that window open so I can throw an extra blanket on and snuggle underneath. It makes for good sleeping for me.
I had a wonderful day yesterday. I am happy to report that I have practically nothing to report. I did as I intended to do and spent the majority of the day painting. In order to get started, I had to prep and cut out the wood, so I didn’t really finish what I began, but it is a work in progress. I intend to spend the evenings painting probably from now on, and it felt good to get back to it. It is something that I can reward myself with at the end of the day, and whether I am painting for work or for my own pleasure, I find that it is something that I thoroughly enjoy doing.
I feel good about today and getting back to the work that I was doing a couple of days ago. I look forward to finishing my pattern and also getting the site updated again. I anticipate a very productive period coming on and I do feel that I am ready to handle whatever the fall and winter brings.
I have felt a bit unsettled in the past several weeks. While I haven’t totally shut down, I have felt that I have had difficulty focusing on things. Perhaps it was the warm weather getting to me. Perhaps it was my need for a decent break. Or maybe it was that there was nothing really pushing me hard for the first time in months so I didn’t know how to deal with things in my usual way.
But now I feel that I am at least back on track a bit. I am always an advocate for setting goals in order to help us focus and thrive. Perhaps I hadn’t set my sights clear enough. After achieving my goal with my little skating pond, there was perhaps a kind of let down. I had been pushing to make that successful for so long that when it did reach a margin of success, I didn’t really know what to do next. I need another cause to fill that time and space.
I am in the thinking and planning stages right now and kind of mapping out the next few months of activity in my mind. I am ready to put the warm summer days behind me enjoy the cool days of autumn. I find the most inspiration this time of year. The world around me is beautiful and it is my favorite season.
During this time, I begin to plan for the holidays too. I love to make gifts for my family and friends and that in itself inspires many new designs that I will create for others. Traditionally, for me it is a good and productive time. I don’t believe that this year it will be any different.
So as summer comes to an end, I look forward to the next several months to be full of beauty and creativity and productivity. There is much to look forward to and I intend to enjoy every moment of it that I can.
Have a wonderful Monday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"