As I sit here this morning and try to focus on a direction to move today, I feel a bit overwhelmed. I am not sure why, but it feels as if I have been not accomplishing much even though if I review the past several months, I do see that I have made progress on many things. Why is it we sometimes feel like that?
Part of the reason we took a break was to get away and have a change of scenery. It had been many months of working every day without time off and I know that Keith was feeling it. As for myself, the last several weeks I have felt that I haven’t accomplished much, yet I am up early each morning and don’t quit until I am ready to turn in most nights.
The time away was good in many ways. I was able to add to the growing list of ideas of things that I want to make that I think that others will enjoy too. I also enjoyed focusing on the house here a bit, and sprucing up our little place here is definitely something that is positive and will have good results.
I always have enjoyed making the best of my place, wherever I lived. Even when I was in university and lived in a small mobile home for $155 per month (heat included!) I was able to make it cozy and welcoming and comfortable. Since I have always been somewhat of a ‘homebody’, it has always been important to have a clean and inviting home, no matter how small it was.
Among our acquisitions we picked up this past weekend, was a large wall clock. By large, it measures almost three feet in diameter. Our main room here has minimal clutter, and the furniture consists of a couch, an end table the large cabinet we built last year and a stand for the TV. We also have to consider the speakers part of the furniture because they are so large, and last fall we picked up three matching trunks which open up for storage which look like tooled leather. The trunks vary in size and are great for storage, as well as some extra seating on the rare occasions when we have company over.
We have decided to go with a ‘steampunk’ theme, which is an odd mix of brass and gears and sometimes described as “Victorian meets technology.” Kind of a Jules Verne-ish look. Both Keith and I like the idea and look of the movement and it allows for lots of interesting combinations. The trunks were a good start, as they are a bit ornate and trimmed with leather and brass and are interesting pieces. While they weren’t expensive, they serve the purpose well and besides looking nice, they are great to store many of my painting supplies and other miscellaneous items. After all – for us it is all about storage.
The clock is quite attractive and it is certainly a statement in the room. It’s large size commands attention and really makes the room look warm and inviting. Funny story about it though, it was the third clock we picked up in our travels this weekend, with the other two going back as we came upon better candidates.
The first clock was purchased at a furniture store in New Minus (about half the way to Halifax from our place.) It was cool because it was made from what looked like an old wheel hub. It had large Roman numerals on it and it had that ‘aged’ look. While we liked it, we didn’t like that it had a whitish background, and I was even considering using paint and washing some gold paint on it to make it look more like parchment. It was only about 2 ft. in diameter. But at the time, it was the best one we saw and I bought it.
As we traveled on, we saw a different clock at another store only about 5 minutes away from the original place. This one was slightly larger and suited our purpose a bit more. So we went back to the original place and I returned the clock I had bought. They were very nice about it, and I just told them the truth – that I changed my mind and all was well. We then purchased the second one and were very pleased with it. It had the background that we liked, but the only thing was that I wanted one that was bigger.
We drove around for two days with the large clock filling our back seat, feeling good about the purchase, until we got to a store in Halifax and saw the clock we eventually wound up with. It was up high on the wall and was very impressive. The frame was much larger than the one we had and overall it looked much nicer and more of what I was thinking. Then we saw that it was regularly priced $289 and was on sale for $99. I had to have it.
It just so happened that across the street, there was a “Winners” store, which was where we purchased the second clock from. We took it in to see if they would accept the return (it was still wrapped in the box, unopened, of course) and they were very pleasant about it and graciously did the transaction. We then went back and purchased the final clock.
Am I crazy? Maybe. But I figure that we will have to look at that clock for a while and especially with something that will be so much of a focal point, I wanted something that I would be completely happy with. When Lee saw it as we unloaded, all he said was ‘that is massive!’. It IS big, and certainly weighs enough, but it is the look I was going for and we got it mounted yesterday and it looks just wonderful.
While sittiing here this morning, I find it to be somewhat ironic having a clock to be a focal piece for the room here. After all, lately it seems that time is passing by more quickly than ever. Perhaps my need to have the large clock here was to demonstrate to me how precious time really is. As I write, I can (barely) hear the quiet “tick, tock, tick, tock” of it next to me. Is it a reminder to myself as to how quickly time will pass?
This morning I noticed a post here on lumberjocks by HamS called Universal Equity. It seems that I am not the only one who feels that time slips away quickly. Being aware of this and how precious time is should make us realize that each day is a gift and we need to appreciate them and use our time wisely.
We are all given the same number of hours, minutes and seconds each day. While some of us use them wisely, others let them slip by, almost unnoticed. Thinking about the time we have here and appreciating each minute is something that makes our lives special and worthwhile. Being aware of this gift is a present within itself, and it should not be squandered. For once it has passed, time can not be recaptured.
Make good use of your time, and enjoy every second of each day.
”Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~Carl Sandburg
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"