My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #475: Backup Plans are Good

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-28-2011 11:47 AM 1453 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I did pretty well yesterday. The Lumberjocks site here was down for most of the day and my blood pressure didn’t even rise (much) at all!

It was one of those days where I came here in the morning to write and I couldn’t get on the site. I remember when it happened several months ago and I felt like I was missing a limb. I was pacing around like a caged animal and checking every three seconds to see if it was back. Not too comfortable.

But yesterday, I had everything under control. It is good to have a backup plan. Backup plans seem to take most of the stress out of things like this.

I simply wrote my blog in MS Word and posted it on my site. I then shared it with my Facebook page (Sheila Landry Designs Scroll Saw Art) and I was good to go. For those of you who do Facebook, I have a page there that I have been pretty good about updating with new stuff and pictures and that. You can ‘Like’ it and then it will be included in your news feed. Lately, I have linked the blog to it too and I have had a good response from it there. I have lots of friends in my groups that are artists and they are interested in the painting part of the business too. It keeps me in touch with everyone.

This networking thing is really getting going it seems. I know that it has been in place for a while, but it seems that sharing information just gets easier and easier every day. I know there are those of you who balk at technology and that is OK. But I am (and have always been) kind of a technology junkie and love to see the new things that are possible.

I got my first PC in 1996 and I remember how I thought it would be a great luxury to have a computer to keep my recipes on. What a great way that would be to organize them! Then, when I found out about the world wide web, and how you could talk real time in a chatroom with people all over the country, I was thrilled. Some of my earliest computer ‘addictions’ were when on every Tuesday and Thursday nights a group of us would meet in the ‘Wooders Chatroom’ for a couple of hours. We had a ball and developed great friendships and I am still friends with many of our regulars today. (Leldon – my dear friend and proof-reader is one of them) Throughout the years, many of us have met several times and true friendships were formed.

And now look at us. We are friends even though we live all over the world. We speak every day if we want and visit as if we are physical neighbors. There are so many ways to communicate. It is a great thing!

I spent most of the day drawing when I wasn’t running errands. The new project is falling together nicely. I am on the picky part of working on the lettering for it and that takes me several hours to do. I hopefully will get it done today, but I still have some appointments to deal with.

My partner and I are considering attending the nearby gym and checking out the machines there. We are both realizing that with our sedentary lifestyle of our work, we need to do something more than even the walks to keep in good shape. We are going to give it a go on a ‘trial’ basis and see how it works. I want to go first thing in the morning, being the morning person that I am. The place opens at 7am and I would like to get it over and done with so I can move on with my day. I think that is the only way I will be successful in doing something like this.

So if the blog posts are a bit shorter three days a week, you will all understand why. It will be for a good reason and I am sure I will catch up the following day or in the comment section if anything is missed.

With that said, I will be off. I don’t know how well I will stick with it, but I figure it is worth the try. I am sure this will be something that will ultimately improve my lifestyle and make me healthier. I am fortunate that I have no health problems now, as I really try to eat right and take care of myself, but the older I get, the more I see a need to not sit so much and with my work being what it is, it is difficult to avoid sometimes. This will be a good change for me.

Have a good day today. It is Wednesday already and we are almost finished with September. Boy, that went fast! Before you know it, it will be snowing! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 12:50 PM

Interesting post Shelia. I felt lost and wondered what do I do without LJ ;-)) Well, maybe not quite that bad, but I certainly missed browsing through projects while eating breakfast.

I discovered the WWW about the same time. My grandson, 3 at the time, asked if he could play games on grandma’s computer. I told him i did not know how to turn it on or find his games. He said, “I do grandpa.” I will never forget those words. He started the computer, loaded the disk and started playing games. I decided if a 3 year old could do it, I had better figure it out ;-))

I already had friends scattered around the US and Canada, but the www expands them to overseas and keeping in touch is a lot easier than before.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 01:39 PM

Yes I noticed LJ’s wasn’t there. I just got on with my boxes. Martin and the crew are pretty good with the upkeep of the site. As I suspected it was back before bedtime.

Its good to communicate but meeting people is also an essential thing. I feel sorry for those who rely solely on the net, especially when there are problems with it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 02:30 PM

Topamax – one of the biggest compliments I had recently was when my son asked me to help design his logo for his new company. He is a computer wizard, but I have more experience in computer graphics than him. I was happy to help him and it made me feel ‘smart’. :D He tweaked the logo I gave him to his liking, but was very appreciative for the help. It is a funny feeling to be so proud of such a thing.

And Martyn – I suppose I was happy that I didn’t panic and as you did – I went along with my work. While I depend a lot on the internet for many aspects of my life, there is still plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble when it is not up and running. Again it has to do with balance. All (well, most!) things are good in moderation. I think that balance and moderation are two very important keys to healthy and happy life.

Have a wonderfully creative day! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 02:44 PM

We become so set in our daily routines that a disruption can be quite troubling. I’ve become so used to checking my email first thing in the morning that when I’m at a hotel with lousy internet access, like this week, I feel cut off from the world. I didn’t realize LJ’s was down yesterday as I couldn’t get service here most of the morning. I’m at a conference being held at a casino/resort five miles past the middle of nowhere. I think 2500 people must be sharing one DSL line.

I had to walk around the parking lot until i got cell phone coverage, then I could check my email on my phone. I believe they call that an addiction!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 03:02 PM

Like Dan I have not noticed the disruption because Manila was in total power lost last night due to the typhoon. The typhoon was not as strong as hurricane Irene but it had brought a lot of rain that flooded most of the roads. A total of 100 plus trees just in Metro-Manila were toppled down. Here in my place two tree trunks are just lying beside the road waiting for someone to get it… I don’t have a place for it. The amazing part… the coast of Manila bay were the famous sunset lies, waves surges to the shore and flooded the area chest deep… destroyed 700 meters of sea wall made of concrete.

Sheila, health is wealth! I like your moves in balancing the physical part.. Some of my officemate are into boxing exercise these days at the gym. Good luck and enjoy it.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 04:05 PM

i find LJ’s a real blessing too

so many good friends and sharing here

it is a catch 22 for me
it opens so many doors in life
but takes time away from the shop too

i’m learning to step back some
to do both

and for equilibrium
i do prono yoga

lay down
clear the mind
breath deep

when you wake
you are refreshed
(if there is still time get back to work)

if not
then find something to watch
(my thumb is getting good exercise
with the remote skipping commercials)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 11:17 PM

noticed yesterday and down again today this evening :-(
had to check if my nervepills was around …. just in case ….. it didn´t came back today …. LOL
I very well remember how it was with a dial up line to the net back then
time to boil water and make coffee before a site was downloaded … now adays its a bless to click
on new sites even when its a vidioclip it takes no time :-)

and for the gym … skip the payment and build a footdriven scrollsaw and lathe that shuold
you both a good execise while you still work….. LOL
and if that isn´t enoff then a bycicle with a powergenerator on to give electricity to the computer time …
12 minuts will give a ½ hour Pc time on the net …. :—)))

David I like your prono yoga thecnic …. :-)

have a great evening

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-29-2011 01:07 AM

I understand that it has been intermittent here again today. I had a couple of people email me to tell me. I was quite busy today. I had to run to Yarmouth for a couple of things and went to scout out the gym.

I don’t know if it will work out or not, but I did have a good time there today. I was taken through all the machines and stuff like that and got to try them out. I didn’t do much but give things a try, but I think I will like it if I can stay motivated enough to go. When my Dani was small, I went five times a week in the mornings. Right now I plan on three visits a week, and I hope to be home by 9am. We’ll see if I can stick with it or not. I didn’t make a big financial commitment so if it works out, great. At least I tried.

If not, Dennis may be on to something . . .

Hummmm . . . .

Have a great night! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 09-29-2011 07:38 PM

thats even better ….. two in one :-)


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