My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #938: Pushing the Pile

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-20-2013 12:13 PM 3665 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I had some unexpected things thrown my way. For some reason, my body decided to show its age in a somewhat nasty way. While getting up, it seems that something went awry with one side of my lower back, causing me a great deal of discomfort. There was no warning with this and I was just standing up when it happened. I didn’t lift anything heavy and I was fresh out of the shower, so my muscles were warm. I am completely confuzzled as to how this occurred, and I wouldn’t believe that it could have even happened but for the sharp pain in my lower back when I move.

Poopie! :(

I had Keith rub the area for me and took some Ibuprofen and had to take it quite easy yesterday. It was pretty much impossible for me to paint, because of the way I sit when I do so. It just wouldn’t work with this going on.

I was able to sit at the computer a bit, as long as I got up to move around periodically (which usually meant removing several cats from around my legs and warm blanket!) We had fortunately just purchased a new couch this past year where the two seats on the end recline and it is quite supportive and comfortable. Fortunately, it is where I typically sit while on my computer here, so that is good.

In the afternoon I was getting quite antsy and I decided to change gears and even though I abandoned the idea of painting for now, I still wanted to do a version of the masks that were scrolled. So I drew.

I got the first one done, and I am quite pleased with it. I took my time and as I said, I stopped frequently to get up and walk around and stretch. Here is a little sample of the drawings:

While I realize that resting is something that I need to do, so is creating. One good part about working in many directions is that it gives you lots of alternatives to do something that is comfortable to do at the time when something like this happens. It isn’t as if I have the flue and my whole body feels horrid. It is only my back and then too it is only when I move around and sit certain ways. Once I am comfortable, I am good for a while. So why not make good use of that time and push the large pile of ideas along a little bit?

Today I am going to go slow. If I hadn’t seen any improvement, I would have headed to the doctor, but while I am not “all better” just yet, I do feel much better than yesterday. What baffles me the most is I just don’t know what I did to trigger this. We do sit a lot in our various part of work, but we also do go to the gym three times a week to keep ourselves somewhat fit. I hope it was just a fluke and something got pinched or something like that.

In any case, I am slowing it down for a couple of days.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t still be a little bit productive. I have a couple of “girl” movies in mind to watch today. as Keith will be out for a while and I have some cats here to keep me company and I can draw here for a bit and work on the scrolled part of these designs while I wait for my crystal rhinestones to arrive. So all is good. :)

At least the pile will move forward a bit, even though it will be a bit slower than I originally intended.

Our snow turned to rain yesterday and once again we have a muddy mess on our hands. Reports from my friends that are west of me say that colder temperatures are on their way in the next few days. It is a good time to stay warm and cozy here anyway. So that is what I will do.

I wish you all a wonderful day today. Have fun and enjoy some time being creative!

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 03:20 PM

Sheila take it easy, chill and enjoy your movie
The new mask looks great.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 04:18 PM

Thanks, Jamie! :) Have a good day too!


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

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 04:25 PM

Hope you get better soon, the back is one of those parts that just has to speak up and let you know it is there.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 05:04 PM

Hi Sheila, I haven’t been around much lately. It looks like your still working hard at your passion. That’s why your so talented, I love seeing all your work you are a big inspiration to me. Thank you.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 05:26 PM

Get well soon!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 06:15 PM

I can tell you from experience that you will never know what hit you to cause the pain. You could have picked up a box yesterday or turned wrong. At the time you were fine. Most likely it will go away the same way it came. Some heat and moving around as much as you can will help.
Have fun and don’t make any quick moves and you will be good as new in a short time.
Good Luck.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 06:26 PM

Thanks again all for your kind words. I probably wouldn’t have mentioned it, but when I put things out here every day and said I wanted to get these ornaments done by the weekend, you would all kind of wonder if I came up empty, wouldn’t you? I promise I am going slow. Ice and heat alternatively and just taking it down a notch. I am going to put on a movie and maybe draw, but I am trying to take the pressure off of myself and tell myself that there is nothing screaming at me so I can afford to slow down. Besides – if I don’t I may be laid up a lot longer.

I appreciate all of you nice comments. I promise just to take it slow. Really.

:) <—- Still smiling!


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

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 06:31 PM

Take care of yourself and put your health first and foremost .
Your business can wait ,but I know how you feel about that ,just cant sit still and always thinking . Get well soon and all the best .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 07:54 PM

Might try touching your toes and stretching when you can. That has fixed all my back problems when I remember to keep stretched! Hope you get better quick!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 10:51 PM

Hi Sheila,
Maybe it’s your body telling you that you need some “me” time! Take it easy and enjoy your Sunday. The scroll saw mask is going to look awesome!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 12:05 AM

Sheila, I hope yer back gets better. You don’t have to be doing anything to throw your back out. One time I reached above my head into the cabinet to get a sandwich baggie, and, wham, next thing I know I couldn’t stand on my own body weight. I balanced myself on the washer & dryer until Kat got a walkin stick and a cane. To the Chiropractor I went. 3 days later, I was fine. I’m a firm believer in Chiropractic. As long as the Chiropractor is good, then the treatments are good also. But, and this is just FYI, in case ya don’t know, lower back mostly is somethin is pinched. A bag of frozen peas, or whole kernal corn is the best. Wrap a bag up in a washrag, and place it on that lower (sachariliac) area…........20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for an hour or so. That should help considerably. Heal fast..Your scroll saw awaits your return.. :)

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

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