Mother nature can be a trickster. Especially when it comes to weather. Just when you are lulled into enjoying one type of weather, you wake up the next day to something completely different. Add to that the volatile season of spring and that I live in Nova Scotia and you have a recipe for the unexpected and even on the best days you wouldn’t be able to predict what tomorrow may bring.
I woke up to snow this morning. I admit to having slept in a bit later than usual and when I awoke, it was already light enough to see outside. When I looked I had to look twice, as there was a thin white blanket of snow on the grassy areas and also on the branches of the trees. Looking across to the river, it did look quite pretty. But this is late March and while I love snow and the winter, I have mentally prepared myself to enjoy the warm weather and accept the heat, sweating and the bugs that came with it. I planned to spend more time at the beach this year, figuring out what work I can bring there so I can still feel productive while enjoying the quiet and the beautiful scenery.
I suppose it isn’t as if those plans are spoiled, but they will just be delayed a bit. Last week (while I was contemplating getting all my shorts out of storage, mind you!) when the weather was warm, I even took the Mustang out for a short ride. It felt so good to have my own car back, and I couldn’t wait until I would be able to drive again on a daily basis. It has been parked since November, and while Keith is good enough to take me where I need to go, there is something about the independence of not having to ask and just getting in and driving. And besides, it is so cool! During the short ride I took along the beach, I found myself thinking ahead to the upcoming summer with anticipation of the warm days to come. I even went ahead and ordered the new tires that it sorely needs so that it is safe and ready for the road. The tires are in and they are to be installed tomorrow. While the roads are clear and the snow will probably melt, it is still a reminder that the snow and cold isn’t quite finished with us yet. I must be cautious and patient.
Last year at this time, we were already heading to New York for the Northeastern Woodworkers Association's Showcase in Saratoga Springs. I was one of the featured speakers there and coupled that trip with teaching scroll sawing and painting classes, as well as a side trip to Chicago where I got to visit my children and friends. All in all it was a three week trip and during that time, we saw snow more than once in our travels. So having it snow now isn’t really that unusual.
In thinking about the show and the trip, I really wish I could be there this year, too. It was a wonderful time, and seeing all the wonderfully talented people and learning from them and networking was something that I would highly recommend to anyone who is in the area and may have a chance to go. Part of me considered attending this year, but with work here at Sheila Landry Designs gaining momentum, it wasn’t really a good time for us to leave for any length of time. It seemed that between the time we spent preparing, the three weeks we were actually away and the ‘recovery’ time of catching up when we returned, it was quite a bit to handle. We need this time to stay focused here at home and work on the business from this end. Perhaps by next year we will be in a better position to leave.
I spent yesterday working on the two projects and also the pattern packets for the kits finished printing. For those of you who are interested, here is what three hundred 16 page patterns looks like:
I have about 1/3 of them stapled and will do the rest today while watching a movie or something. There is no hurry at this point, and I find that it is a good activity later on in the day when my brain is tired and I want to wind down.
I oiled the two new projects yesterday and I was going to take the pictures, but I felt that the oil needed to dry over night so I held off. I am still debating on whether to add color to the mouse cheese tray or not, but I am leaning toward not doing so. I am going to be talking to my editor Debbie today and see what she thinks. I am sure we can offer the option, but I almost like the curly maple left natural, even though much of the curly nature of the grain is lost on the small mice and cheese. I am really on the fence with it.
I also plan to start cutting the kit pieces today. The sooner I do that, the clearer it will be to me as to the amount of time it is going to take to complete. Like the printing and the other steps involved, small steps are the best way to approach this and since they are not due at the warehouse until mid-May, I want to take advantage of the generous amount of time and do them little by little, keeping the job at a pleasant level. Who knows? I may surprise myself and just jump in and get it all done by next week. ;) You never know!
I wish you all a good day this beautiful Thursday. May your day be productive and the anticipation of spring inspire you to do wonderful things!
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"