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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #564: Aftermath

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 975 days ago 943 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 563: We Wish You a Merry Christmas Part 564 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 565: It Finally Got Me »

And so another Christmas has come and gone. We had a wonderfully full and busy day and spent it with both families. The day began with a beautiful sunrise over a fresh blanket of snow. We had experienced a little snow a week or so ago, but it had quickly melted and I was concerned that we weren’t going to get anymore in time for Christmas. But I when I awoke, it was gently snowing and there was a beautiful and colorful sunrise on the horizon. How pretty it was:

We spent the morning packing up and getting ourselves ready and I got to talk to the kids. It feels so good to know that they are well and happy and while I wish we could all be together, visiting with them on the phone was the next best thing.

We spent the early part of the day with Bernie and Ellen and their family. Ellen put out a wonderful spread and made a full turkey dinner. We visited and exchanged our gifts, and it was a really nice time. Ellen loved the painted characters for her fence and it made me feel good to see her so happy with them. Keith had made some pens for people too and everyone was thrilled with receiving them. It was great to see his work be so appreciated.

We did have a slight problem though. On the way to Digby we heard some noise coming from the front wheel of Keith’s car. He believes it may be a bearing that will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, last week we found out our regular mechanic is retiring and it kind of leaves us in a bind as to where to get the car repaired. While there are several ‘back yard’ mechanics in the area, we need to find someone who is reliable as well as skilled. I suppose that is one problem in living with such a rural area. We just drove rather slowly and he is going to be looking for a solution today.

We stopped back here after Bernie and Ellen’s to reload the car and debated on whether to have Keith’s dad pick us up or not. The mustang is parked here, but with the snow on the pavement, there is really no way that we were going to even attempt to take it out. Since Keith’s parents live rather close, we just drove the Sunfire (which I nicknamed the “Wagon of Death”) and figured it was the safer of the two vehicles. We went slowly and carefully and since the noise is just barely audible, we figured it would be OK. But it is something that we need to attend to right away.

At Keith’s folks, we had to forego dinner (we did bring leftover rappie pie home!) and just snacked on some stuff later on. We had a great visit with his parents and his brother and fiancee. We stayed there quite late.

As I look around today I see all the aftermath of the holiday. Ironically, the gym is closed today but I can see a nice long walk in the snow in the day’s plans for us. The diet went to hell for the day, but I suppose we will both survive and recover from it without incident. It is fun to splurge every now and then. That’s what holidays are for – right?

Here’s one of our favorite gifts we got:

Just think of all the fun possibilities this will offer us! It will be fun to see what we can come up with.

I am going to spend the day tidying up and reorganizing. I have some designing ideas that I want to work on too. It is time for me to get back to designing and woodworking and painting and back to normal again. I hope to have some nice things to show you all by the end of the week.

I really enjoyed everything about this Christmas. Part of me thought that I was kind of ‘slacking’ the past couple of weeks, but taking this time out did me a lot of good because I feel as if I am eager to work on new ideas and projects. With the continuing snow, I realize that winter has indeed arrived and it is time to buckle down a bit and make it as productive as I can. And I look forward to that very much.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday too. Let’s all make some sawdust to mix in with the snowflakes!

-- 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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#1 posted 975 days ago

great to hear your belt has started to scream to you that it has reached the last hole in the line …. LOL
you now what that meens …. doing some hard time …. :-(
talking about doing hard time …. you asked if I was trying to get you in trouble on mondays ….
well I can see there is others that trying very hard to do it … lol
with that bottle in the house it wuold be nearly impossible to stay on the out side of the bars
here if the local sheriff saw it ….
enjoy the cooking …. he he he

have Silke beside me drooling over the picture with snow … she is real angry why there isn´t any here
the 24th we had 9-10 degree celcius sun and rain ... so no white Chrismas for us :-(

have a great day both of you
Silke and Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 975 days ago

Yes, Dennis – the eating frenzy needs to end. Now time for the New Years resolutions to kick in and for me to get back on the bike and get back to work. A little overindulgence once in a while doesn’t hurt – just so we don’t make it a habit.

I am with Silke with the snow! Rainy Christmases are the pits. But Keith crawling under the car probably doesn’t agree with me. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday despite the warm weather. I hope Santa was very good to you and you had a good day! Take care and have fun playing with your new toys!

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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#3 posted 975 days ago

yes I have enjoyd the days even though I was ordred not to go in to the shop or on the PC
while my mother is here (don´t tell me and Silke sneaked us to theese few minuts )
its realy werd not doing anything but sitting down talking and eat too much …....
I´m sort of glad its over since I have to go to work in a few ours from now don´t get me wrong
I love my mother and it has been good to see her here …. well I miss to do something with my
hands in the shop ….

I hope its a minor thing with the car
Dennis

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 975 days ago

Glad to see you had a nice x-mas!!!!

Words of advice:

Do ask the retiring mechanic who he would recommend in the area, after 30 years he wont be working on his car
anymore.

Don’t use Blair’s Original Death sauce, it will not make you feel alive.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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HamS

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#5 posted 975 days ago

Good Morning Sheila and I am glad you had a good Christmas. Hope the car is going to be OK. It is always ascary thing. I have a theory that car repairs are either the $50 – 100 kind which hurt but can be managed, the 400 – 600 $ kind which really hurt and take away from something else, or the 1,000 + $ kind which are a real problem and life disruptive. Here’s to nothing bigger than a minor pain.

On a different topic. I went to your site looking for a simple design to try and see if scrolling is something that will draw my interest and the free plan looked kind of intense for a start. I really liked the looks of the nativity ornaments. Are those suitable for a rank beginner with a really crappy saw to start with? I have lots of very thin walnut from a tree that was cut right next door and I have lots of thin oak, which probably would not saw for beans. Do you have any suggestions or any links to good begginer information?.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 974 days ago

Sorry to hear you had problems…

Maybe you can ask the retiring mechanic for some ideas of who to go to?

Hope things get cleared up fast…

Have a Happy New Years… as much as you can…

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 974 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments. :)

I think it is too late to ask the retiring guy because he may already be gone. We drove by today and there wasn’t a car there. Keith is already on the trail of someone who others in the area go to and he is scouting the part out. It shouldn’t be too much and I am really not complaining. Both his car and mine are paid for so we don’t worry about monthly payments and when things come up on older cars like this it is kind of expected. It is just part of owning a car. Funny thing is we took his dad’s car all the way to Yarmouth to get the part today and everything was closed (DOH!) Between boxing day and Christmas being on a Sunday, I suppose everyone wanted the extra day off. Oh, well. It was a nice ride anyway. Think of all the money we saved not being able to shop the after Christmas sales! LOL We’ll try again tomorrow, I suppose.

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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#8 posted 974 days ago

If you wrote a letter to him, it may get ‘forwarded’...

Yep, we have the same thing here…. No Mail… Banks closed…
I needed to get a hip x-ray… called ahead to see if they were open… They WERE! Was fast getting in & out of there… for a change!

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 974 days ago

Well, I am glad you got in for your x-ray, Joe. I hope you are doing OK. It is good that you got done quickly.

Take care, 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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Roger

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#10 posted 974 days ago

don’t use that hot-sauce on the windshield, it’ll melt the glass… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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