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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #665: Good Days

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-08-2012 11:07 AM 998 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a good mix of fun and work. It was a beautiful day out with warm sunshine and cool air. My kitty Pancakes definitely has ‘spring fever’ and is anxious to come out on the small deck with me and sit.

I don’t let my kitties outside at all, except on the deck when I am with them. After growing up in Chicago and seeing the horrible things that happen to outdoor cats, as well as hearing stories of pets here that are either harmed by other animals or vehicles, I don’t take any chances.

Coco and Rich don’t have a lot of interest in venturing out. On the occasion, they will come out on the deck when invited, but are cautious and skittish. They usually only last a couple of minutes before something spooks them into scuttling back into the house.

Pancakes on the other hand, loves the outdoors and love to sit on the deck and plays a game with me where he scampers down the steps and rolls around in the grass. He has never taken off, but as the season goes on, he gets braver and braver and I am afraid of losing him if he chooses to bolt. We have woods behind us and who knows what evil lurks there. I usually give him ‘three strikes’ of running down the steps and then he is put back inside. In the beginning of the year, it is a battle of wills and his stays outdoors are quite short. But as the season progresses, he does make the connection that running equals going inside and he settles nicely and sits out there with me on the nice days. It is our time together and very quiet and pleasant. I try to do things like hand sanding out there and it is nice to have my furry companion with me on the nice days, soaking up the sun. I look forward to those times again, as the weather gets warmer.

Today however, as I look outside, there is a light SNOW falling as I write. It is a fine-grained variety and is barely covering the cars and the pavement, but it is white all the same. It is early though, and it will be several hours before we leave for dinner at our friends’ house. By then, we will probably only need a light jacket.

I got a lot done yesterday, as well as had fun. It was a really good day. I made crepes for Keith’s mom’s birthday and we had a wonderful evening of visiting and eating rappie pie over at their place. I also made some Caramel Sticky Buns and gave some to our neighbor Lee for his breakfast this morning. I, of course, had one this morning with my coffee and it was a yummy treat. I even got a bit of cutting in, starting to work on the boots for the production cutting. It is good to push the pile and get things done.

Today, I feel relaxed and content. I have some cooking to do before leaving this afternoon, and I don’t know if I will be getting much else done, but that is OK. My goals for the day work-wise are low and I look forward to the visit and evening ahead. Life is good.

I wish those of you who celebrate Easter a happy day. For those of you who don’t, I wish you a good day too. It is good to take time for family and friends, or even just for yourself to relax and enjoy things in your life. After all, isn’t that what we are working for in the first place?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 12:02 PM

Happy Easter, from the cats on the deck

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 12:33 PM

Thanks, Martyn! You too! If it doesn’t stop snowing, we will have to replace the pitchfork with a shovel. (That picture of the kitties is “Wood” related, too. Very clever!

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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patron

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 02:04 PM

enjoy your day too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 02:15 PM

LOL, David! That’s a great one! :) Thanks!

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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gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 01:25 AM

You may make a ‘cat guy’ out of me yet! Train them to do something (fetch,attack,sit/stay) and I’ll be hooked. The worst thing about outdoor cats is they will kill all the ground nesting birds.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 10:24 AM

I can get my kitties to do more than the average cat, I think. Richard will be “the baby” on command. When I ask him to “Be the baby” he (most of the time) rolls on his back, belly up and tilts his head. One of his many talents . . .

My three are all quite social and entertaining, even when others are around. But then again . . . is it they who have trained me? Humm . . . . . I wonder . . . .

;)

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 10:51 AM

A dog has a master, a cat has staff.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 12:48 AM

Martyn, That is SO true!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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