I must admit that I didn’t get all that I wanted to get done yesterday. (There’s a shocker!)
I did however made good head way and get things back on track though. It is funny how just being out of your regular routine for only a few days can cause so much upheaval. Not that it was terrible, but if let go, things could have certainly gotten out of hand.
We have a small place. And while I find it very adequate in size for the two of us, one thing about having a small area is that it is very quick to become cluttered if we aren’t careful. In a way that is good though because it forces us to keep things to a minimum and to stay on top of things. Keith would like to move up to a larger place. While he likes it here, I think he feels we would do better with more room. I do respect that, but we both know that what we have here is not typical and that it would be very difficult to find such a nice place in such a beautiful location at the price we pay for rent. We are just fortunate and it is as simple as that.
About a month ago, a friend of ours who is relocating to work up north for three years asked us if we would house sit. He and his wife had just purchased a fairly large house a couple of months before, and they didn’t want to leave it vacant while they were gone. While it was a larger place, it was an older home and much of their stuff would be left behind. It would have been difficult for us to move all of our stuff into their place and keep it separate from their things, and it would have been tricky.
One thing that I didn’t really like was the fact that if they didn’t like it there, they would have every right to come back (after all – it was their house) and we would have to find another place to stay. It was doubtful that our place here would still be available, and I didn’t want to risk losing it. It was very kind of them to offer, as they knew we would some day like a full shop and more room, but I didn’t want to risk a friendship on moving and honestly, I couldn’t fathom the thought of moving right now. Besides, I am happy here and I find that we do fine with our smaller space. Larger spaces mean more to clean and more clutter can accumulate. I don’t want that.
So I spent much of the day yesterday catching up on the house. There was laundry to do and general cleaning that had been neglected in the past several days. I find it amazing how just having a tidy place can make you feel so much better. So I spent much of the day doing that.
Richard is feeling much better. Although he slept most of the day, as cats do, his demeanor was much more relaxed. He is still not eating a great deal, but he is not a big eater to begin with. I am sure his tummy may still be a bit raw from the ordeal and from the medication he is on. We are going slow.
I did manage to get some drawing in later in the afternoon. I didn’t get to finish the first phase, but I am close. Hopefully I will get to do so today.
Things will come eventually. I still need to spend some time painting too. Somehow in the last couple of weeks, my painting got put on the back burner. I can’t let that happen, as I really want to be able to take some time in that direction.
Little by little things will fall into place. I need to remember to take things as they come and make the best of every situation that is presented. Everything has a way of working out for the best. It always does.
It’s Monday and a new week is beginning. It is cool here for July, and thankfully the high humidity of last week seems to have passed. At least for the time being.
I hope you all have a good start to your week. I really look forward to seeing my designs finished. Perhaps I can begin cutting out my pieces soon. That is always such a pleasure.
I’t time for me to get to it! Happy Monday!
(Just a random vintage kitty image to start your week!)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"