Summer has definitely arrived here in Nova Scotia. Even at this early hour of the morning it is quite warm. I have heard the rest of the people in North America talking about how hot it is, and it is difficult for me to complain because what is considered ‘hot’ here is still much cooler than what they are experiencing. Still I much prefer the cool, fall weather on a day to day basis.
Yesterday was a good day. I did some drawing and hope to finish up my next pattern to the point of cutting it out by today. I know I said that yesterday but we spent the latter part of the day out. Again that is not a bad thing. While it seems that I have been taking quite a bit of time off this last week, I still have been getting a lot done and in between recharging my battery. I do think I needed it, as after this last round of cutting I was feeling quite exhausted. Often I am asked how I keep from feeling burned out from working and I expect if I didn’t take the time that I have been taking recently, there certainly would be a danger of that happening. I was beginning to feel quite overwhelmed by work and as if I didn’t get a minute away from it from dawn to dusk. While these times away seem to be self-indulgent, They are in essence what is necessary to keep me going in a positive direction. I don’t want to resent my work, and by taking an afternoon here or there to just relax, it keeps me away long enough so that I begin missing it, and I return to drawing or the scroll saw or painting with enthusiasm. I realize that it isn’t always easy to control when I can take time away so I have learned to do so when the opportunity arises.
We spent the afternoon and evening at Keith’s parents house. Keith helped his dad with various yard chores and I worked on the vehicles (Keith’s dad’s SUV, Keith’s car and my own) and cleaned them all inside and out. All three were in dire need of attention and it was a nice and relaxed atmosphere. When Keith was done helping his dad, he pitched in with the cars and by supper time all three were looking much better. I find that it is really a good feeling to have a nice and clean car to drive in. My car is over nine years old and while it is showing some signs of wear in places, for the most part it shines up pretty nice and can look really beautiful. I have always kept my cars in good condition, but here it is already July and I had yet to really clean it up for the season. We had promised to do Keith’s dad’s car too, as the last time it was done was Father’s Day of last year. While it wasn’t terrible, like our own cars, it was definitely in need. Since the weather was cooperating, it was as good a time as any.
I had made a salad earlier in the day and we had a simple dinner made on the grill. Keith’s mom, who is always a great cook, had a wonderful spread of grilled potatoes, hot dogs and sausages, and a variety of fruits to round out the meal. No one left the table hungry.
Although today is Monday, Canada is for the most part ‘closed.’ The official “Canada Day” was yesterday, but most of the businesses like the post office and banks take today to observe the holiday. I look at this as an opportunity to get some extra things done and get back into a good routine. I plan to work on the bird cage ornaments and hopefully finish them up to the point of cutting them out.
They are nearly done, but I had another idea as to some additional things I want to include in the pattern and design so it is slowing me down a bit. It isn’t a negative though because I feel it will add a lot to the pattern and give people several more options. I am excited about them and I can’t wait to see how they will come out when I cut them. They are an intermediate pattern, with several nice curls and turns and cutting them should be a lot of fun. I look forward to that.
I suppose that is all that is on the agenda today. On the back burner, I still want to address the issue that I had with the spray glue and if I have some extra time, I will start looking into that. But for now I want to see some of these ideas that I have been thinking about materialize.
I wish you all a happy Monday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"