I had such a good day yesterday! It was a nice mix of work and friendship and being creative. I was all set to spend the day working on my project and I got a call from one of my friends that I used to paint with in Bear River and she was going to be in my little side of the world and asked if I wanted to meet up. Since I only see her once or twice a year, I jumped at the chance to do so and switched up on my plans.
I suppose that is one of the best parts of being self-employed. You get to switch things at the drop of a hat if you need to. Now that doesn’t mean that you could do it all the time, but sometimes you are fortunate enough to have enough slack in scheduling that you are able to shuffle things around a little bit. Since it was Saturday and my stuff for the magazine can’t be mailed out until Monday, I had a day of play in there and was happy to change things up.
We went to take her computer to the local repair shop (her “excuse” for being in my area) and then we went to our little Chinese restaurant and split a meal for lunch. There is only one Chinese place in the area and it is small, but very clean and the food is really excellent. Since Keith is not partial to Chinese food, it was a great opportunity to visit. We had a nice relaxed lunch and caught up on lots of things. It was great so see her after so much time. We talk on the phone every few weeks, but it isn’t the same as visiting in person.
After lunch we went to a couple of the gift places in the area. They were all having sales this week it seemed and we picked around and did a little shopping. Nothing much, but it was fun to see all the Christmas displays set up so nicely.
After shopping, she stopped by our place here for just a bit. I like when people come here and are shocked at how neat and uncluttered we have it here, knowing that we also use our place for our workplace and shop. It gives me a sense of pride to be able to keep it up and after the overhaul of the past couple of weeks, I was particularly proud it.
After she left, I had a quick dinner. It was amazing that the entire day was just about over. Here I didn’t get anything done on my project yet either.
So I sat down and decided to do at least one of the months pieces before I called it a night. I worked on March.
I think the colors really make it look cool! I was sitting there last night, with some nice soft Christmas piano music playing in the background, looking at the orange glow of my Autumn tree, and painting shamrocks and thinking what a funny time warp my life is.
It seems I am all mixed up with my holidays. But that is OK. Every day is a holiday to me, it seems!
For today, finishing up all the staining on these pieces is a first priority. I am excited about seeing how they come out and I look forward to seeing how they look too. I also will be photographing them properly (these photos that I am showing you are what I call ‘snapshots’) and packing them up to send on their way tomorrow.
I will then take the remaining day to do some holiday stuff around the house. It is time for my little orange lit tree to get changed over for Christmas. I need to do that but first I need to find the multi-colored lights that I bought for it. I may have packed them and put them into storage (DOH!) and will probably take a run to Keith’s parents later on to retrieve them. I also want to do some baking. And I need to wrap stuff for the kids so I can get that ready to send out too. And if I still have energy left, I am going to work on Ellen’s project that she wanted me to paint.
I suppose I won’t bet bored!
It promises to be a good day all around. I look forward to every one of the tasks I have to do and hope I can make headway with them all.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"