My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #536: Cutting today

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-28-2011 01:36 PM 1473 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a good day and I was able to finish up all the drawing that I needed to do for the next project that I need to send out to the magazine later on this week. That means that I get to spend the day at the scroll saw cutting. As always, that is one of my favorite parts of what I do. It will be nice to see everything come to life.

My partner Keith is still fighting his cold. Unfortunately it has turned into a cough and sounds like it is going into his lungs. Even though he is coughing quite a bit this morning, the chances of getting him to go in and get it looked after are slim. You guys all probably understand. I don’t mean to sound sexist but I just can’t see it happening. Not yet anyway. I did suggest it yesterday and I got the reply ‘It’s only a cold’ from him and left it at that.

I really hope I don’t get it too. I have been extra careful and taking lots of extra vitamin C and washing my hands fifty two hundred times a day and hopefully my own immune system is strong enough for me to avoid getting it myself. (Well, I can hope, can’t I?)

I must say my little kitty with the mask avitar has gotten some attention. I would have never thought. I received several comments and messages on it and I am glad I could make you all smile. I think I am going to keep it until I am out of danger from catching this cold that Keith has. Besides, I am cutting today and we should wear our masks when doing so.

Many of you think that all the kitty pictures that I post are of my own three, but usually they are not. I don’t think that they would stand for half the stuff that I show. I just love cats as many of you figured out and I find it fun to see them in silly poses and situations.

I used to dress up my cat as a child. From the time I was three years old until I was sixteen, I had a beautiful sleek all black cat we called Cindy. I remember dressing her in a pink night gown, complete with a little pink night hat and she would allow us to push her around the neighborhood in our doll buggy. One time in particular, a neighbor stopped to see our “baby” (I was about seven years old at the time) and pulled back the top of the buggy, expecting a doll. I will never forget the look on her face when she saw the black, furry face with golden eyes staring up back at her wearing a pink night dress! It startled the dickens out of her! Cindy was a good pet for my entire childhood and I am sure that my love of cats began with her. There has rarely been a time in my life when I was without feline companionship and for the short times that I was, I felt as if my life was missing something.

I am glad you enjoy my pictures that I find. As you can imagine, after over five hundred posts here on the blog it would get pretty boring if I strictly adhered to woodworking and only woodworking. (Come on! Admit it!) Those days when I am ‘in between’ doing stuff or drawing or days like today when I am cutting, but don’t really have woodworking pictures to show yet, I still like to give you a little bit of eye candy to brighten your day and make you smile.

Here is a picture of my three:

It’s not a very good one, I must say. But it is a rare time when all three are sitting together. That’s Coco on the left. (I named her after Coco Chanel) She is big and beautiful and has the most gentle disposition of any cat I ever saw. Her fur is long and feels like silk.

Pancakes is in the middle. He is the cat that my daughter brought (and left) with me. He was born on a farm in Michigan and given to my daughter when he was just four weeks old (don’t ask!) He lived in Chicago with her for a month or so and she then brought him here to Nova Scotia. He is one well-traveled cat. But he is settled now and loves his “grammy” (me!) and is constantly at my side, as he is now, sleeping next to me on the arm of my couch. He turned out to be quite the friend.

And the handsome thin guy on the right is Richard. He is probably the smartest of the bunch and does many things that you would only expect from a dog.

Rich and Coco were chosen from the nearby shelter. After being ‘catless’ for my first few months after coming to Nova Scotia (I had lost my dear companion of 17 years, Jasmine the week before I moved here) I thought it was time to find some new friends and I thought the shelter was the best place to look. I never regretted it.

Tomorrow I should have some actual woodworking pictures for you of my new project. I look forward to cutting it out today and I know I will enjoy the process. I am already planning on what music I will listen to while I cut.

Have a wonderful Monday!

-- 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 11-28-2011 11:15 PM

as you see we survived the storm pretty well over here … beside one ferry stayed on ground for 19 hours
148 people on bord nothing have happened here but other parts of the country was hit a little hard
by the wind and with seawater in the streets no mentions of killed or hurt peoples sofare
only damage on dead things …except for my right knockles and my back
but that was from the saturday night fights in the taxi ….
don´t they ever learn not to tuch the Chrismas beers and the Snaps …. gess not
had to change my clothes two times becourse of damage and blood on it :-( ... don´t worry not my blood :-)
but I´m getting way toooooo old for this night driving in the weekends
but the last two days have been stressfull but fun with helping people over the telefon how they cuold
expect they cuold get with one of the ferry´s and witch one to take
so now I´m deadtired as the say here and can hear the bed call on me

have a great day

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 02:21 AM

I am glad that you and Silke are alright, Dennis! I was thinking about you and the storm and was going to write you later on and ask you how you did.

It is sad that you have to put up with stupid drunks and fighting. What a bunch of dopes. You should throw them out on their butts and not look back! I often wonder why people have to be so stupid!

You rest up and have a good sleep. I hope it calms down there and you get some good weather, too. Tell Silke to make you a nice cup of tea. I am sure she wouldn’t mind.

Thanks for letting me know how you are doing. It is one less thing to worry about.

Take care, Sheila

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

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 12:41 AM

sorry I´m little late on this reply but I think its fit best here :-)

in the summer time if they are real bad and have earn a lesson of the big ones
and I can come around doing it with out having to swing the arm
I drive down to the harbor very very close to the edge near a latter and say … now you step out of this car
nice and quiet …... they never see the first step ... but I always warn them on the way out
to look out for the first high step …. but … splash… never failed yet …
even with more than one in the car ......:-)

though the police had say´d don´t do it when its cold ….
then we have to bust you for trying to kill them …. but they said it with a big smile on the face
but the warning was real enough ….. good to know the local sherifs …. :-)

sometimes I wish I didn´t have to wait to get the first punch aginst me before I can react in self defence
well … as long as it is becourse of beer and alcohol they are easy enoff to read
but I hate when they are on drugs of some kind ….. best when you have a real nice smalltalk with them
then the hole car explode while you are driving at a higher speed :-(

and today you can´t say how a tour is going when you get the costummer
workclothe , suits or leatherjackets doesn´t matter young or 40 -60 year old doesn´t matter
today there is just no respect for other people and the job they do to get them
from A to B safely without accidents when they have been out having good times in freinds company
over a good dinner or dance

well sorry for the rant … it was realy only the funny step I wuold have shared

have a great evening both of you

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