Well, I suppose this last week or so has been my ‘vacation.’ I feel like I haven’t done any real work in weeks, yet every day has been full from sun up to sun down (and then some!)
I look around and see that I have accomplished a lot, but somehow I don’t feel like I have. Why does that happen?
Today I am preparing for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Even though here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving in the beginning of October, I am still American and I can’t allow the American holiday pass without cooking a full dinner. There are some things that I will never let go of.
This is my eighth year here in Canada, and every year that I have been here I have done this. It seems odd I am sure to people around me because around here it is just like every other Thursday, but I try to keep the tradition going and I will do so as long as I can because it makes me feel a little closer to home and my children and friends from the states.
Besides, I usually don’t have too much trouble rounding up some of my Canadian friends to share in a full turkey dinner in the middle of the week. It is another good way to celebrate family and friendship as far as I am concerned.
This year I will be having my ‘Canadian parents’ Bernie and Ellen over, as well as Keith’s parents. Even though our place is not large, we did this last year and everyone was surprisingly comfortable. I liked having everyone meet and we had a good time talking and eating and laughing and it was a day where everything was relaxed and fun. It felt good to be in the company of those who I feel close to here in Canada and I think it was a nice ‘extra’ holiday for them too.
I don’t go overboard on cooking, but I like to have the basics of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pie. Throw in a couple of vegetables and it is plenty of food with some great leftovers. What can be better?
I think it is good for me to change gears every now and then like this. Since I really don’t take much time off on a day to day basis, focusing on something else is rather nice for a change. While I feel a bit (just a bit!) guilty about neglecting the business, I am not really doing that at all, as I have been as attentive as ever with customers and orders and such. I suppose I am so used to being in high gear with designing that any slowdown whatsoever is rather uncomfortable and makes me feel as if I am slacking.
But what the heck? It’s times like these that make life fun and enjoyable and I believe that taking time for myself and family and just time to ENJOY life is what allows me to work the way I do most of the time. Think of how frustrating and boring it would get if I never took time out to enjoy things!
So with that said, I am going to take some time to be guilt free and prepare my dinner for tomorrow and take in the holiday. No apologies. :)
So I wish you all a great day today! I am going to be donning my apron and getting ready for tomorrow. There is a dusting of snow on the ground and the day is already beautiful. I hope you have a beautiful day too!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"