When I lived in the Chicago area, I grew up with the notion that the weather could change at any time. One minute it would be 70 degrees and sunny and half an hour later you would need your heavy coat and rain gear. It was one of the residual effect of living lakeside and many errant weather forecasts were attributed to ‘lake effect.’ I find that living here in Nova Scotia is no different. Whether it is the ocean or the changing climate that the entire planet is going through, it seems that weather-wise we are full of surprises and adventure.
The day started out beautiful. We had a small amount of snow on the ground, but not enough to even think about. We took our early morning trip to the gym and when the sun came up it was bright and sunny. When I got back around 9am I talked to a friend who lived about an hour away and she said it was dark and snowing heavily by her. It was hard to believe as I looked out my window at the nearly cloudless sky. After all, she was just up the coast a bit and usually we get the weather before she does.
Around noon, Keith arrived home from his errands and all was still clear. I thought little about the weather and was more involved in my painting and work. It had clouded over a bit, and was no longer bright and sunny outside, but it was still calm and nice out.
I continued with my painting for a while and then about 2pm Keith mentioned that his package of pen making supplies that he ordered was waiting at the post office. I was also expecting a package and told him I would take the trip with him. As we got ready to leave and looked outside, we were shocked to see the incredible amount of snow that had fallen (and was still falling hard) in such a short time. In less than two hours, we accumulated at least 8” of snow, with not stopping in sight! Here’s what it looked like outside our door:
Even in my Chicago days I rarely have seen such an accumulation so quickly! It was pretty though and fools that we are, we decided to take the drive anyway and go the five miles or so to pick up our packages. We shoveled the path and cleaned off the car and headed out. Unfortunately I didn’t bring the camera with me, as it was a winter wonderland to be sure. We took our time and drove slowly and even though the visibility was not great, few (idiots) were out and there was little traffic.
I am happy to say we had an uneventful trip. We obtained our packages and stopped for a cup of coffee (and some donut holes) and made it home without incident.
I finally got my winter! :D
The package that I received was another story. In it was some fun and exciting things that I will be using to create in the very near future. It is a new product that I ‘discovered’ through my painting connections and I see applications for it both in the painting world and also in the woodworking world (for those adventurous woodworkers, that is!) With my supplies came a nice instructional video and I must admit, I took some time off of working on my boots to watch part of it. It was all I could do to not crack it open and “play” with the stuff for a bit, but I behaved and after the short time away, refocused on the boot project.
I finished three more yesterday and I am getting more and more excited with each one! I will show you a picture of one of them here:
I still have some refining to do, but I think they are coming out cool.
I am going to continue on today and work on the rest of them. I was up half the night though thinking of new ideas for the new stuff that I have to play with. I began a notebook to write down the ideas so I don’t forget them.
It is a beautiful sunny day outside and we have over a foot of snow in place. It looks like a post card and I am playing some wonderful music by Antonio Vivaldi. I recently discovered how much I like Vivaldi. I have, of course been familiar with the Four Seasons that is so often backgrounds for weddings, movies and commercials, and I think that almost turned me off to the music completely, as it seems to be so over-exposed. But recently when viewing a video on YouTube, I heard some wonderful music in the background and it turned out to be one of his lesser-known pieces. Since then, I have listened to, and really enjoyed many of the wonderful violin concertos and it has opened a whole new world of listening for me. It just goes to show that you are never too old to learn something new, or even learn to like something you didn’t think you would.
So I had better get to work here. My only complaint of my life is the short 24 hours that each day offers to us to create and have fun. I need to use them as best as I can and try to pack everything into them that I want to. I don’t think that is possible though. There is just too many wonderful creative avenues to explore.
I hope you all have a great day today. I will have fun on my (snowy) pink cloud painting and enjoying all that life has put in front of me. I know in a blink of your eye everything can change and I want to enjoy things while they are here.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"