My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #488: A Very Full Day

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-11-2011 12:39 PM 5244 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are so many things to be grateful for. When I look around and see the big picture of my life, I understand how very fortunate I am to have so many good things. I do realize this all the time and really don’t take anything for granted. My life hasn’t always been like this and I have memories in the not-so-distant past of when things were troubled and I had much to worry about. Not only for myself, but for those who I loved the most.

Everyone goes through difficult times. I know that it is a part of living. I do believe in some ways that we experience adversity in our lives to remind us just how fortunate we really are. It certainly makes us appreciate what we do have to a much deeper degree. I for one realize that not everyone is able to come out of their troubles as well as I have. I truly appreciate that.

What a good day yesterday was.

After writing here and doing all the morning mail, we got out early and went to the gym for a bit. I think I am going to like doing that. The more I go the more of a habit it becomes. You all probably figured that I am big on habit and routine. Once I get started doing something, I like to follow through with it. I think it is important too for me to get out of my place every now and then and see other people. Even if it is only in passing. One of the dangers of working here at home is that I can become quite reclusive if I am not careful. Getting out a couple of times a week and having a change of scenery will be nothing but positive for me. I think that on the ‘off days’ we will be filling in with our walks. I don’t want to let that go. Now that it is cooled down, the bugs don’t seem so bad and it is quite pleasant. In any case, it was a good way to begin the day.

I spent the morning and afternoon finishing up the drawing on the new project. Yes, it took longer than I wanted. I tried a couple of things and then I thought of better things. I suppose it is my prerogative to change my mind. I am happy I did though. In looking at things on paper, I am really pleased at the outcome and can’t wait to get at the saw and cut today. After thinking about this project and planning it for over a week and a half now, it will be truly exciting for me to see it finally get cut.

There is a lot to be said for planning things out like this. While some projects just seem to fall into place on their own, there are others such as this that require more thought and development. Knowing the difference between the two is the key. In the end, what is important is looking at the finished design and being able to say to yourself that you are proud of it and it was worth the extra time. Quality and not quantity and all of that. So far this project is working out quite well and I can see the pattern being around for a long time.

I should have some pictures of it tomorrow. That way you will have a better idea of what I am talking about here. Hopefully everything will work as I want it to and since the main parts of it are pretty much figured out, the rest will fall into place nicely. It is going to be a full day.

The afternoon and evening were spent up at the lake at my friend Bernie’s cabin for Thanksgiving dinner. Since I have come to Nova Scotia, I have spent just about every year at the cabin with them for the holiday. Since I came to Canada over seven years ago, I found that Thanksgiving was one of the times when I was most aware that I wasn’t in my own country anymore. It seemed so strange to celebrate it so much earlier than we did in the United States, and I really felt out of place. But over the years, I have come to look forward to it and having that final evening of the year (for me anyway) at the cabin. The trees are turning colors and Ellen decorates the entire place and it is always a good and relaxing time.

Yesterday was no exception. We had a wonderful meal and spent the evening chatting and catching up on things. It has been a busy summer and we haven’t really had the chance to get to see them as often as we wanted. It was a good reason to take at least part of the day off and relax.

It was a beautiful day. We took the Mustang for one last ‘topless’ ride of the season. The days are definitely getting colder here and we both realize that soon we would be parking the car for the winter. It was sunny and bright even though the breeze was cool, the warmth of the sun made us comfortable.

As the sun began to set, the moon rose over the lake. Although the moon isn’t completely full until tonight, it was big and bright and lit up the entire sky. I was happy that I remembered to bring my camera. It was a beautiful end to a day filled with friendship and creativity and beauty.

Yes, I have much to be thankful for.

Have a wonderful day today and take the time to appreciate all the good things in your life.

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

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