My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #703: The Office Helper

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-16-2012 11:24 AM 1307 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up this morning to the sound of the birds singing outside. There seems to be a family that decided to build a nest in the tall evergreen tree near the bottom of our steps right off the deck. The cats like that, as there is plenty of activity to entertain them from their window to the world.

After pouring my first cup of coffee, I looked outside to see why there was so much activity. There was more than normal, even for the birds and the cats were quite interested in what was going on. Apparently a small animal decided that they were going to raid the bag of garbage that I had left on the steps. The birds were gleeful as they fed on tidbits of garbage and were quite excited about it. I had been too lazy to walk the bag across the road to the bin and decided to leave it on the steps until the following day. Opportunity called much too loud for the creature to resist and it appeared he had a field day rummaging through the remains. It was quite the mess. Before the sleep was out of my eyes, I found myself out on the step in my jammies with a broom and dustpan in hand, tidying up. The cats were smirking as they watched me. I swear they were.

And so began my day.

I spent the bulk of yesterday drilling holes in the 2000+ ornaments and packaging up the kits. I don’t mind the drilling of the pieces, but it is quite mindless work and after an hour or so my mind begins to wander. At least the drill press was quieter than the saw, so we eventually had some background music playing. That helped to pass the time.

Keith was happy at the repaired scroll saw. He cut out two new plaques that he had drawn in the past couple of days while the saw was out of commission and I was using the back up for my own work. After several hours of cutting on it, we are happy to inform that it is indeed repaired and is working better than ever. You never know until you really give it a run, I suppose. The noise difference is amazing, and you could barely hear it above the drill press that I was using. If someone were to walk in on us, you would think that we were actually working. :)

I should be able to wrap up packaging the order today. I figure that it will take about four boxes to fit all the kits. My cat Pancakes has really missed me drawing and writing next to him on the couch. At one point yesterday, as I was sitting at the drill press and drilling hole after hole, he crept on to my lap and snuggled in, with his head resting on my arm. You would understand how unusual this is if you had seen how skittish he used to be around the vacuum or any other noisy tool. But here he was, almost sleeping in my lap as I drilled hole after hole after hole only inches away from him.

Later on, as I was packaging the kits up, he decided to come and help then too. I gave him his own ‘office’ which was one of the empty boxes, and he was content to sit there near me and supervise while I packed the kits.

Every once in a while, he came to try to sit on my lap and check on me, but I gently nudged him away as I reached for the proper amount of pieces to include in each bag. Sometimes we don’t need that much help.

I’ll be happy to have this job under my belt so I can get on with where I was last week. I am glad that I had the opportunity to make a little extra and I think that the turnover time was good. And all was done with a backup saw.

Thank goodness for “Plan B.”

Have a good day.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 12:16 PM

My cat, “abby” will come back in the computer room and loudly announce that she wants me in the living room area. If I have not yet paid her enough mind she will stand up and start patting me on the elbow. O the world of cats.

Going to try cutting today with some modified shop goggles. Took a black card to cover the right side and will try that way. I’ll keep you pasted.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 12:28 PM

When I lived in Digby, Coco used to come right up and sit on the back of the saw table while I was cutting (no kidding!) I had it on a larger desk top then. It is funny how they need to be near us. But nice too.

I hope your cutting goes well today. Try not to push too hard or cut too long. Maybe short sessions would work best.

Take care, Jerrell

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 01:22 PM

well Mr pancakes sure has a wonderful office, with a great view, i didn’t not see any office snacks for him though and as the workers comp man for all office cats in the world, i must ask you to make sure they have office snacks…next time you will get more then a verbal and i will be forces to take matters into my own hands…it wouldn’t be pretty………....glad all is going well, what a stack you have there, im off to the big city today…have a good one…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 01:41 PM

such incredible animals…

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 10:44 AM

so you find it tedius to be boring …. you better speakout , .... breakdown …. open your mouth
and confess …. you did fell asleep at the driil … I know I wuold

at least your cats stay on the table :-) our cat always sneak to jump up on my shoulders
when I´m in the blue dress the he can sit allday long when I go around and look like I´m working
in the shop or in the kitchengarden it doesn´t matter he sits there or lying wrapped around the neck
it does´t matter if I bend he just take a walk up and down the back
and they say it isn´t a hard job to have a cat weighting only 4kg
boy do I feel with combatsoldiers that walk around with 40 kg equiptment all day long

take care


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#6 posted 05-17-2012 10:56 AM

Yes, he must find me boring Dennis. For a while he was watching me as if saying “what are you doing??” He didn’t really grasp the concept of why each piece needed a small hole in it. So he fell asleep. :)

They are quite good companions. To them, we are their world. I truly enjoy having them around and I try to be patient – even when they insist on sitting on something that I need or batting it under the couch.

I would love to see a picture of your kitty when you have the chance.

Have a great day, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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