I had told myself that I was going to spend the day yesterday doing pretty much what I felt like doing. There usually aren’t many days like that, but since it was one of those rare occasions when I felt like I was getting caught up with things, I wanted to take advantage of the day.
Besides being on top of work, the sun was shining and it was simply beautiful outside. While there were still some remnants of snow piles here and there, you were able to sit out side with only a light sweater and not feel chilly. I opened the door for a bit an let the cats out on the deck for the first time in several months. All three ventured out and appeared to be happy to smell the fresh air and feel the warm sunshine. Even Coco – who is the most timid of the three – sat on the deck with her head tilted slightly up, taking in the gentle breeze and sunshine with her eyes closed as if she was at the bow of the Titanic, her eyes closed and her fur blowing.
Even Keith decided to take the day off. He was headed to his friends’ house to work on his new hobby of remote control cars. They are building a track on his friends property and it was the perfect day to get started. I had the place to myself.
I began the afternoon by tidying up a bit. Things weren’t too bad, but I did the basic things like vacuum, dishes and general straightening. All the time I had some music on that I hadn’t heard in a while. When that was finished, I decided to begin thinking of my next project(s) that I would be doing. With all the fresh air and sunshine, I decided to work on some things for spring and summer. For once I was happy to leave fall and winter behind.
I suppose that fact that I chose to work on new projects is a good indication that I truly love my job. You with think that when I have a day “off” the last thing that I would do would be design. But there is something about planning new projects and working on new designs that is so much fun that I had a great time planning and thinking of the new things to come.
I spent pretty much the entire day planning. I have so many different ideas of projects and I was trying to get them organized so as not to overwhelm myself. I even looked at my beautiful little all season tree, with all its winter decorations and polar bears and penguins and I thought that the time was quickly approaching when it needed to change. As much as I love it, I believe that I have had my fill of winter and I am ready for the spring. It is time to move on and there will always be next year to look forward to.
That’s the good thing about living in a place with four seasons. It seems that you will always have a new beginning to look forward to and it makes you appreciate each one as it comes. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So today I will be doing more planning and actually beginning to draw. I had some nice ideas about what I wanted to begin with and I want to get started on them. Sometimes when I work like this, the ideas are so many that I get all muddled up and don’t know where to begin. I am going to try something new and just jump into one idea after another and see where that takes me. Many of them are simple and some are more complex, but I think that offering a variety of ideas is something that is important.
I’ts Monday and a new week is beginning. Monday is always my favorite day of the week because we have a fresh, clean slate to start off the week. I look forward to what the week has to bring and I can’t wait to get to my new designs. After a warm and beautiful weekend, I look forward to the approaching spring season and all it has to bring. Spring is right around the corner.
(Photo by Jan Geerk – http://www.kantlicht.ch/ )
Have a great weekl!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"