My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #804: Just Thoughts

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-01-2012 10:11 AM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 803: Back In Control Part 804 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 805: Site Update Completed »

I awoke early this morning. It was just one of those days when I had enough sleep and wanted to get my day started. I have been up over an hour already and it is still pitch dark outside. I suppose I am a bit ahead of the sun today.

In checking through all my mail and facebook stuff, I noticed that last night was the rare ‘blue moon’ phenomenon. I stepped outside to have a look, and the moon was still high in the sky, although not blue in the least. (Yes, I know that it really isn’t ‘blue’!) It was however full and beautiful, as we here in southern Nova Scotia have a perfectly clear sky at the moment.

While standing outside in the cool night air, I could hear the sound of the river across the road and crickets chirping. It was quiet and serene and a good way to start the day.

Today is my daughter’s birthday. Danielle is 22 years old. She is my youngest and is a beautiful and intelligent young woman now, finding her place in the world. Danielle and her brother live in the Chicago area, and although we talk often, it never seems to be enough. I miss both her and Phil, and it is days like this when I find myself reliving the many wonderful memories of when they were growing up. Time seems to go by so quickly.

In the back of my mind, I am planning a trip to see them next year. It has been far too long and I would love to spend some quality time with each of my children. Last year when we visited, it was in between teaching and the middle week of a three week trip. While it was nice to do so many things in adventure, I would love to have an atmosphere that was a bit more relaxed and not so dependent on scheduling. It is just a thought.

It is difficult to think about getting away for a decent period of time. While I know the world won’t crumble, there are just some responsibilities that we have here that are hard to delegate to others, or neglect. We only were gone for two days this past weekend and I am just catching up with things now. I find myself torn between wanting to be in two places at once. But I suppose that is normal.

So I will concentrate on working hard over the winter and then perhaps come spring I will be able to slip away for a bit. It will be a nice goal to look to in any case.

I accomplished a great deal yesterday. The majority of the day was spent on writing the packets for the Halloween ornaments and plaques. I also worked on the easels and will be finishing that packet up today. Both patterns, plus Keith’s new patterns will be added to the site hopefully by later on today and I will send out a newsletter. We are doing fairly well with our loose schedule of getting a newsletter out at the beginning of the month. While it has varied a bit as far as the time frame, it is close, and that is pretty good we think.

When the site update is finished, it is time for me to concentrate on the recent production order. Keith has been working on it for the most part while I am finishing up my side of things with the site and doing all of the printing, but it is my turn to jump in and help with the remaining cutting. With the holidays and all, the order should go out on Tuesday. We are happy with that time frame.

The sun is about to arrive, and the edge of the horizon is just now beginning to brighten. Another day is beginning and it is one of those days where I feel it will be a good one. I don’t know why that happens some days, but it does and I like that feeling.

I will end today with wishing my beautiful daughter Danielle a wonderful and happy birthday. I am so proud of her and miss her so much! Dani – you are beautiful inside and out!

What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be. – Helen Claes

-- 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 09-01-2012 10:58 AM

good morning Sheila, I am up early also…saw the “blue moon” too. nice ! take care & have a great day !!

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 12:09 PM

Hi Sheila,

Your daughter is a beautiful girl. What a great age that is.

If I knew now, what I thought I knew then…


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 12:17 PM

good morning sheila, what a nice day for you and your daughter, its so neat to watch our children grow, i just wish i was closer to mine…she looks very much like you , or is that a picture of you when you were…well a bit younger…lol…...wishing you a bright and sunny day…....let the saw dust fly…grizz

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

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 12:26 PM

Wish you a good day, and your beautiful daughter a very happy birthday. I relate very well with you on how life is so fast, and our kids grow up way too fast. My youngest daughter (my baby girl),is going to have her first child in Jan., and our 7th grandchild. I can’t believe it. Enjoy every moment you can get

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 04:39 PM

So I was looking thru face book and I see the start of your blog….had not read anything, and I look at that beautiful picture of your daughter and i say to myself, ” WOW….What a great picture of Sheila!!!!” It actually took a long minute for me to figure it out. A definite family resemblance exist.

I know how hard it is with family far away, our daughter is in FL., and the last time we were there was 2010. We also have to get away to see our kids.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 07:14 PM

Thanks so much everyone. Yes, she is beautiful! Not only on the outside, but inside where it counts. She is kind with a gentle heart and smart too. I call her my “free spirit” as she is still finding her way in this world. The hardest thing about being where I am is not being with my kids. But they are both grown with lives of their own and I am ever so thankful for the internet and the communication that we have now. When I came here to Canada, the round trip plane ticket was under $300. I thought – that will be easy to go back and forth several times a year. But now it cost about $700 each way and it isn’t as simple to go and see them. As I said, I hope to go next spring or summer. We will have to see how things are. :)

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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