My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1072: Will We Ever See the Sun Again?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-03-2013 10:27 AM 1551 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is getting kind of ridiculous. Here it is already July and it has been wet and rainy for what seems like months. I am forgetting what the sun even looks like here in Nova Scotia, and it is starting to get depressing.

We did go on our day trip yesterday, but it certainly wasn’t one of those lovely “top down on the convertible” days. It was dark and dreary and rainy – much like it has been for the past several weeks – and I must admit it is starting to take its toll on me.

It is funny to see the stores closing out all the summer clothes and things before we even started our summer here. Last week Keith finally brought up my summer clothing from the basement where they are stored, but I haven’t even really went through them and exchanged them with my warm sweaters and outfits that I keep here in winter because I am still using most of the warm clothes on a daily basis. It’s crazy.

While driving we also noticed that most of the fields that would usually be lush with crops at this time of the year were nearly barren, or the plants were just beginning to sprout. It is hard to not feel bad for the farmers and who depend on the weather for their livelihoods. The same for the businesses that depend on tourism, as besides the lack of people due to the tight economy, the addition of the poor weather can’t be helping. It doesn’t look good.

But I am trying not to be a downer about these things. Many of the stores that we were in were pretty crowded. Perhaps the rain brought people inside rather than them spending the day at the beach. So maybe it is only from my view that things aren’t that good.

Keith and I did have a nice day, but we wound up keeping it shorter than usual when we left. Most of the driving was done in moderate rain, and we didn’t go all the way to Halifax as we would have liked to do. We will wait until a couple of more weeks have passed to do a longer trip such as that, and then we can enjoy things a little more. That is something we will look forward to.

So there is nothing new to report on the creative front today. We didn’t get to our favorite wood place in Halifax and even though we walked through Michael’s and took our time, we actually came out empty handed. I believe it may be one of the first times in history that I didn’t buy anything after going through that store. ;)

I’ll be positive and say that it is perhaps because I have “enough” in my life and really don’t need anything. I did buy a new pair of shoes for the gym, which I desperately needed, and we got some supplies like paper and cat food from Wal-Mart. But other than that it was a quiet trip and we spent much of the day dodging rain drops.

Today as I look out, it is foggy and a light rain is still falling. I don’t really mind though because I have taken my breath and that is all I needed to recharge my battery. In my mind I was planning my next project for the magazine and I plan to begin working on it today. Then after that, I will be able to move ahead with some new scroll saw patterns for the site. So all is good.

I wish you all a great day today. I feel good after my break and ready to move ahead. Now if only the sun would come out and summer would appear, things would be perfect. But either way, I will make it a good day!

(Black Cat ACEO Blue Umbrella Print By I Garmashova)

I wish you all a great Wednesday! :)

-- 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 07-03-2013 12:02 PM

I certainly can agree with the changing weather. Everyday here in good ole New Jeyyyyyysey…lol, it is extremely humid so much that with the sun out you would rather have it not be. Then each day there is some sort of bizarre thunder storm, followed by more Our climate on this part of the map is changing, it is a time in my life I do not ever recall experiencing and things seem more weather related than before.

As you say though it is good to keep being creative, positive, and hopefully all things will even out.

Interesting blog Sheila. I hope your day is good and creative. I will not say “productive” hahahaha…because you are a sure bet on that.

Take care and be well,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 12:12 PM

Lotsa rain here in KY also. Some hot, and some nicer days as well. Don’t let it get you down. Sometimes those cloudy days are nicer than the sunny ones. :)

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

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 12:39 PM

Good morning Sheila, We have been having Key West Fla. weather here in central NY with high humidity and thunder storms in the afternoon that dumps a ton of rain which in turn leads to massive flooding. I have lived here all of my life and can’t remember the type of flooding that has been going on here since late last week. Every storm that passes thru drop around 3-5” of rain in a short time. I am considering giving up scrolling to build an Ark!!
Have a great day,

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 12:44 PM

Thank you Joe, Roger and Rick.

Joe – it is nice of you to say the blog was interesting! I am afraid on some of my days that I bore you guys to tears! :) I am finding that these gloomy days are getting to me a little. I don’t like the humidity either and I am glad that it is cool I suppose, but everything is still “sweating” and clammy. YUK! Very few have air conditioning here, as there is usually no need for it. The warmer days still yield to cool evenings and I haven’t ever had a problem with it. But lately it is that cool and damp feeling that you don’t know whether to put covers on or not, as either way is uncomfortable.

Rick was right when he said “Key West Weather!”

Now I see myself complaining about the stupid weather that I can’t do anything about and I feel silly. I know there are so many more positive things to focus on, and I promise to do that.

On the good side, I am working on a new pattern today and hope to do some cutting, too. I am going to experiment with the new DecoArt Metallic Lustre metallic wax and see how it works with the new project. That should be fun anyway. :)

Have a great day guys! Thanks for sticking by me and putting up with my “not so exciting” posts. It is still a nice chance to say “hi” to you all and hear what you are up to! Have fun!


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

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 01:27 PM

Just imagine 36.6 degrees Sheila.
We were within point one of a degree of breaking a record that has stood since 1924 in the Okanagan,
further south from us Osoyoos did set a record, 38.6.
My basement shop is only 22 ;-)
Horizontal Mike has a thread going on weather/temps that’s been drawing responses world wide,
I actualy feel quite cool when I see some of the conditions !
then there’s this in your area ?

“People living in a southwestern Nova Scotia village that flooded more than two years ago after a record rainfall are keeping a watchful eye on two nearby swollen rivers.

The province’s Emergency Management Office is advising residents of Quinan that water levels in the Tusket and Quinan rivers have risen significantly in the past few days because of heavy rainfall.

Officials say the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days.

They says residents of Quinan should have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours in the event of a potential flood.

Homes in Quinan were evacuated in November 2010 after a record 250 millimetres of rain fell on the Yarmouth area in a matter of days.

The Acadian village has a population of about 300 people during the winter months and about 400 in the summer.


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 02:27 PM

Poor kitty… Hope the weather improves soon and hope the mettalic wax project turns into something incredible for you…

-- Dan

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 05:07 PM

Good morning Sheila. We just need to take better care of our planet!
I’ll b interested to see what you do with the Metallic Lustre. I got the Copper Kettle one with my order yesterday an I’m looking forward to experimenting with it on different surfaces.
Have fun. Your sunshine will be in your heart as you create.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-03-2013 06:26 PM

Glen – I remember that well. We are about half an hour north of Yarmouth. Bridgewater (a town on the South Shore) also flooded very badly then. It is not good.

I am sorry that I complained. We have very little to gripe about other than the general dreariness of the day. I thought about it later and felt bad for even saying something. I realize that many others have things far worse than we do here.

Anna – I am taking your advice and making my own sunshine. With encouragement from you and all the others here, I am sure that things will brighten up here soon – if not outside then inside here. :)

I wish you all a wonderful 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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#9 posted 07-03-2013 07:44 PM

Sheila, here in the Pacific Northwest the sun comes out usually after June 27th and goes away again between October 5th to 15th. The rest of the days are usually dark and rainy. We might have summer this year; but the last three years it didn’t really happen. All the announcements in the news about super moons and stars and planets don’t really apply here. Be happy you are in a location where sunshine is!
Have a great day!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 04:13 AM

Are you just trying to be nice, Rich? Last year we set a record for rainless days in a row. And the sunny weather lasted until November. You must have been in some other Northwest (grin).

-- Dave K.

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