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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #551: Catching Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 957 days ago 786 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 550: Please, Mr. Postman Part 551 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 552: Holiday Spirit »

Well, I am really glad yesterday is behind me. It wasn’t that it was a terrible day or anything, but it just seemed like there were too many errands and getting everything coordinated and done was a challenge.

I waited around here until about 11:30 for the pick up of my two kids’ packages from Purolator. I am very fortunate that they offer pick up service at no additional cost. I actually couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it. But they do and all I need to do is set up everything online and they magically appear at my door. I even print out all the documents and shipping labels needed for things and then I can track the packages from the moment they pick them up and scan them. (Did I ever say that I love technology?)

Coming from a big city like Chicago, I was more used to driving through traffic and waiting in line at the post office or at the UPS store. Fortunately back then I didn’t have many larger boxes to ship, but I still had work orders that had to go out regularly. I usually sent them through the post office and when business was good, I remember standing in lines of ten or fifteen people at the post office on a daily basis.

Living here in the country things are quite different. I don’t think ten or fifteen people would even fit in the lobby of my local post office and there is seldom more than one or two other people there at a time. It is a whole different world.

After the larger packages were picked up, I was out to door to do some other errands. I hit the gym and then had to go to a couple of stores and the bank and then the post office. I felt bad walking in with a box of assorted packages and envelopes because most of them had to go to the United States, which meant extra paperwork. In thinking about it, i figured out that there was no good time to do this without disrupting things. I had all the ‘like’ items together and tried to work as quickly as possible to fill out the short custom forms for the small packets. The clerk was very patient though and besides the initial “wow” she said when I walked in, didn’t seem annoyed by things at all.

A couple of people came in while we were doing things, and fortunately they only needed stamps so it was OK to allow them to cut in and get their business done. It made me feel better about it anyway. After about fifteen minutes or so, we were done with everything and all was on its way. Now only time will tell as to who will get things before the holiday. We shall see. . .

That was a great burden off of me. I was quite anxious the past few days as I watched the clock tick down. I always tell myself that I won’t fret about things like that but I can’t deny being tense the past few days despite it. I get my moments of panic when it seems like I am spinning my wheels in the mud and like I am late with everything. But walking out of the post office, knowing that most everything is on its way alleviated a lot of the anxiety that was building. It was a small victory.

Today I am heading to Digby to meet with the group of girls that I used to go and paint with. It has been almost three years since I have seen some of them and I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone. Unfortunately, our painting group kind of fell apart, as life just got in the way for many in our group. The last time I attempted to go was the day when my car slid into the ditch, and after the six weeks or so it took for them to fix it, followed by the summer when we never met anyway, it just seemed with me living where I do now, it wasn’t practical for me to continue going. Most of the others fell off too, and it is rare we all get together anymore.

Lunch today should be wonderful and I am going to thoroughly enjoy it. I then have some other appointments, including meeting up with another good friend in the afternoon that will make the day full.

I like this part of the holidays. Although it is busy, it is a good excuse to reconnect with friends and get together. In all the busyness, sometimes the best thing for us is to take some time out and just have fun.

I hope today finds you all getting caught up with your holiday preparations too. Part of what makes the holidays fun and special is the anticipation and getting ready for what is to come. We have to remember to take the time to enjoy those days and remind ourselves to appreciate them. And spending that time catching up with friends is a great start!

Have a wonderful day!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 957 days ago

Sounds like you are off to a good day, even if you did start it with a picture of your attempt to herd cats.
Enjoy and thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 957 days ago

I gotta have some eye candy in here each day, Gus! I was in a hurry and it was the best I could muster up to go with the story!

Have a great day :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 957 days ago

yep geting ready for Chrismas …. one big thing is covered and just outside the house
ready to be brought in and dressed up with fancy colours and candles all over and the star is polished
the matches is bought …..... so my job is done …. yah right start to believe on Santa …. my job is done :-)
we have disided not to make cookies and candy this year realy try not to get stressed by that too….
though I know I will miss both to make it and to eat it …. I got some shoptime the last two days … with ironwork …. a smithsvice and a bunch of deviders,compass, in and outside calibers , etc is now brought back to life …... those days life is good

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 956 days ago

You should post some pictures of your tree, Dennis! I would love to see them and some pictures of your little Christmas Elf (Silke) decorating it! :) I did the same with the cookies. After making the one batch, I just don’t have the time. I did find some really nice fancy shortbread cookies that were all different kinds (Many were decorated with CHOCOLATE!) and I splurged and got them. They came in a nice tin too (you know how I like boxes and containers!) so to me it was like getting a nice box with a cookie bonus! :) They will do fine, as I don’t need too many or my waistline will protest! LOL

Have a wonderful time decorating and sprucing up your tools. It sounds like you are having a good time and are really enjoying things. It makes me smile!

Take care, Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 956 days ago

its a little funny, us that love to work with wood and make things ourself
do have a little corner in the hart to those tin containers …
I got some last year with retro pictures /comercials
of cola just for dekoration … lol
yes I realy enjoy my time in the shop nomatter what I have to do :-)
and it most be becourse of this that they say here in this article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2068416/Improve-health--garden-shed-How-solitude-help-lower-blood-pressure.html

its the perfect excuse for the shoptinker when the partner complains over the time they spent in there
and when they bring new tools into the house …..........we are thinking of our health .... LOL

have a great day
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 956 days ago

That is funny Dennis! There is a satisfaction of being in your own world alone with your craft. It does bring peace and calm to your soul I believe.

I am fortunate that my partner is just as bad as I am in regards to woodworking. Although he has his time at the lathe for his own solitude and I have my painting. I think it is important to take that time to do what we like best for no other reason than we like to do it. There is a great sense of accomplishment and peace that I find in that! I am happy you find it too!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 956 days ago

Hope your day today was better…

When I first saw your cat picture, it reminded me of those Puss in Boots pictures of yesteryear… with the chief cat in a Pirates hat, sword in the air, and with a knee propped up… Cat food I think… but they had fun with it…

NICE.

-- 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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