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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #497: Chasing My Tail

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-20-2011 12:08 PM 789 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK. So I come here to write this morning’s post and I noticed that there is a contest for a Halloween candy holder. I have been kind of sluggish lately with getting some stuff done and kind of getting distracted (you all know how that can be!) and I am thinking the last thing I need is something else to get me off track.

Or is it?

Sometimes I do my best when I have twenty things to do in front of me. While I am not quite at twenty yet, it seems that things are kind of piling up. I wish I could figure out how this works.

Yesterday was good. I finished my written instructions for the calendar holder so I am good on that. There were over twenty pictures that I submitted with the plans and although the magazine certainly won’t use them all, it is good to have them there for them to choose from. I need to proof read everything today and then that is good to go. The main thing that I wanted to work on today was writing up the stack cutting article that I am submitting to go with the calendar project. Since I have all the photographs for that one, it should also go smoothly.

I spent several hours yesterday planning two different sets of ornaments. I want to update the site by the end of the month and I have ideas for a couple of different types of ornaments. Actually I have three and I think if I push really really hard I can get at least two of them done by then. Or am I dreaming???

Now this contest was brought to my attention and I have a good idea of what I want to do for it. My idea is not complex, but I think it is kind of cool and I would love to try it out.

I am torn in so many directions!

Last night I pooped out at the end of the day and wound up going to bed before ten. I think that writing and doing research all day pretty much wore me out. I was able to take a couple breaks, as it was a rare day when both of my kids called me and I got to catch up with each of them and find out what was up in each of their lives. (You parents out there will understand how good that feels!)

Today my son is getting eye surgery and I can’t help but be apprehensive about it. I wish I could magically be in Chicago to be there for him and his wife. It is classified as ‘minor’ surgery to adjust one of the muscles next to the eye, but he will be under general anesthetic for most of it and as a mom I can’t help but worry. That’s what moms do. He will be off work for a month and not able to drive for a couple of weeks so in my mind it can’t be that ‘minor.’ I’ll feel much better when I hear from him later on today.

It’s raining here and it is supposed to rain all day. I washed the car the day before yesterday and I am thinking that it is almost time to pack it in for the winter. I got the undercoating done a couple of weeks ago (No, I didn’t wash the undercoating off!) and it is all inspected, tuned up, and ready for another year. So now it is time to put it away. :) I figure I have a little time left, but I have been preparing for the winter months ahead and not having the freedom that I do now. Of course I have Keith here to take me places but we all know it isn’t the same when you have to depend on someone else to get you around. One day I will learn to drive a car with manual transmission, but there have just seemed to be so many better things to do. It isn’t really an issue beyond the one in my head anyway. Maybe I will learn next spring.

So today I am all over the place. I do have a list of what I want to accomplish, and I think that I should just start picking things off of it one by one.

(By the way – I checked the tracking on the package to New Jersey (the calendar) and as of 10:30 last night it was still in Quebec. There is no way it will arrive at the magazine today. I think that the French shore is quite safe from any singing on my part in the near future. Thank goodness for that!)

I hope you all have a good and productive day. I am going to get an early start at working and quit fooling around here on the computer and do some ‘real’ computer work. Maybe I will even get to the saw for a bit today. That would certainly be a treat!

Have a wonderful day!

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



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littlecope

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 01:26 PM

Sheila, I read your “Journey” almost every morning, and I’m always amazed at your endless reserves of enthusiasm!! It helps to start up my day, to read your plans for yours… Thank You for that!!
Best wishes to your Son for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!! And He’s going to be Fine Mommy!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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BertFlores58

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 04:38 PM

Just came back from Singapore with my wife and daughter for 5 day holiday tour… nice time. I was catching up with your day to day blog and just the same, I am always getting lot of information from you. I cannot let this blog pass by without sharing my prayers to your son’s speedy recovery for his eye surgery. Like anyone else, when it comes to such medical operation, the mother comes always as the most worried person. So please be strong and hope that both you and your son will be well soon… I and my family is hoping the best for the speedy recovery and faithfulness of God…
God Bless,

With regards to your previous blog… I like most was the design of chain hearts and snowflakes … they look so beautiful. Hope for the best.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 07:01 PM

Thank you both very kindly. I will certainly let you all know how it turns out. I also appreciate your support and friendship and you all motivate me in return.

Sheila

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 08:28 AM

hey Sheila the dayly blog isn´t fooling around on a computer …..its serious work to let us
walking at your side (sort of) .... :-)
I gess you have talked with your son by now and everything is well
the only reason to why he have to cover the eye with an eyepatch is that the eye and the mucles
have to relax while it recovers compleetly …. it is a minor thing but becourse the eyesight is so
importen the wont take the risk of let him use it before its totely healed not like if its a major
surgery where you have changed a knee or hip they want you to start the training right after
the surgery now a days ,instead of having you in a bed the next ½ year as they did in the old days
before you start trainning to walk
the reason to why he isn´t allowed to drive … is as long as he had the eyepatch on … he doesn´t
have 3D vision and there for can´t tell if there is 60 meters or 20 meters to the object infront of him
so he can´t coordinate when to breake or when the turn right/left
you can learn to do it but it takes more than a month to learn ….. (been there done that )

up with your head put on the smile and jump right back to the pink cloud where you belong :-)

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 10:57 AM

Yes, Denis (and everyone) I did hear from him and things went well. I was very relieved and was so pleased he called me on the way home from the hospital. (He must have realized how worried his mom was!) He told me that the procedure went well and already he was amazed at the improvement in his vision. This wasn’t elective surgery. The muscles on the side of one eye were kind of out of place, causing him to have double vision. His long overtime hours on the police force seemed to be contributing to this problem, as the muscles were fatigued. From what I understood, the surgery was to adjust the muscle so the eye was supported properly. He was under anesthesia for most of the operation, but at the end he needed to be awaken so they doctor could adjust the sutures. He said no more double vision and it is a whole new world for him. It will take a couple of days for the full effect, but even right after there was a marked improvement. But a full month was needed to heal completely.

I am very happy that it went well and is over. I feel a lot better today and I am happy that he is on the mend.

Thank you so much Dennis for your kind thoughts. :)

Sheila

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

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BertFlores58

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 11:19 AM

I’m happy too for the good news that everything went well. It’s weekend again and Friday is closing out here. Hope this weekend, I can be productive and be back to woodwork… finishing those pending jobs. Have a nice day and weekend too.

-- Bert

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 11:25 AM

Goodmorning Sheila early on today .-)
good news to hear it went well for him

I´m out to have the next patient on the hostpital now :-) yes we drive it all …lol
last weekend I had to play patrolecar for the police in the mittle of the night
since they cuoldn´t get there´s with the small airplane …. LOL
we had a fire in the village they had to come and look at … nothing they cuold do
they had to sendt for techie´s to invastigate

have a great day
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 12:45 PM

Yes, Bert – today is a day for tying up loose ends. I feel better and I am sure I will accomplish a lot. :)

Dennis – your job sounds quite exciting. It sounds like there is no such thing as a routine day for you. Stay safe and have a great day yourself!

Sheila :)

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 10-21-2011 11:37 PM

I’m glad that everything went good…
... now, you can breathe!!
... and relax!

We always have to have something to worry about… because we’re LOOKING for things… if it isn’t this… it’s That…
So, when it happens, we’re READY! LOL Yes?

I’ll bet you slept pretty good too! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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