My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1110: Back From My Break!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-23-2013 11:05 AM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1109: A Short Rest Part 1110 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1111: Finding that Balance »

It feels good to get back to routine again. While taking some time off to feel a bit better and do some other things, it felt a bit different not to write here every morning and communicate with so many of you that I have come to call my friends. I truly appreciate all the nice messages and warm thoughts that you all sent my was this past week. It is nice to know that many of you think that I add something to your mornings with my writings here. I want you all to know that you also add to my day, and I find it a nice way to communicate with so many.

I am feeling better now and almost back to my old self. I finished taking the medicine yesterday, so with that behind me I am hoping that my stomach will settle for good and I can get on with designing. Even though I may have taken it a little easier this past week, the ideas didn’t stop coming. I have more ideas than ever that I want to develop and make into patterns. The holidays are coming as well, and with it are many new ideas for fun projects for everyone to make.

On Wednesday Keith and I went on a short road trip. Here it is the latter part of August and we had yet to take a day or two to explore the beautiful province which we live. We decided to combine an overnight expedition with picking up something that Keith was considering purchasing – a new car.

It isn’t a “new” new car, but new to him. Since I have known him he has been driving an older Sunfire. It is a good car and runs well with little maintenance beyond the routine things that older cars require. It’s front wheel drive has gotten us through the Nova Scotia winters with little problem, and allows me to park the Mustang during the cold months.

But it is getting old, and Keith was thinking he wanted to have a nicer vehicle for everyday driving. While we still intend to keep the Sunfire for winter, he was looking to a nicer, sportier car for himself.

Over the web he found a 2001 Miata MX5 Convertible that he really liked. It looked nearly new and had low miles on it and had been owned by an older gentleman who said it never saw snow, as he stored it in the winter. Although this was the second owner, he had said that he purchased it from another older gentleman that did the same. From the pictures and talking to the owner, it looked like just what Keith was looking for.

The car was located in northern New Brunswick, which meant a 6-7 hour drive from us. Keith wanted to be pretty sure that the car would be as promised, and began a dialogue with the owner. After several conversations and lots of additional pictures, he thought that it would be something that he wanted and could afford at this time. We decided to take a trip to go look at it.

We left Wednesday evening, and drove until just past midnight. When we stopped we were close to our destination. Since we were in a small town, our pickins’ were slim and we had to settle with a place that would take us. I will say, it wasn’t the best of accommodations by any stretch, but we were tired and it was late and we just needed a place to lay our heads. We probably spent all of six hours there altogether.

We headed out as early as etiquette would allow. We didn’t want to arrive to see the car until after 9am. So we stopped for coffee along the way and then finished the last leg of our trip. When we arrived at our destination, we were pleasantly surprised. The car looked beautiful:

It looked nearly brand-new:

You could tell by the way it looked that it had been well taken care of. There was barely a mark on it – inside and out except for a small scratch on the rear bumper where the owner said a neighbor grazed it with his bike. But that was only one small mark that could be touched up on the rubber bumper. Everything else was near- perfect. The engine was just as clean as the rest of the car, and upon taking it for a test ride, it seemed fine.

Long story short, for the money Keith thought it was a fair deal. I am sure he has some modifications of it in mind, as he wants to do some upgrades, but it was a great starting point and really is a fun and beautiful car. So he bought it. I am thrilled for him and I think he is really happy about it.

We went to file all the necessary paperwork and everything went smoothly. We had everything needed and so did the owner. Everything was well-planned and went smoothly and by late morning we were back on the road again heading home – each in our respective convertibles.

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day to drive. The sun was shining and the temperatures were in the low to mid 80’s. I followed Keith all the way home, being happy that he was so thrilled about his new car.

It was also my first road trip since Keith installed the new sound system in my Mustang, and I had a USB key with all of my favorite music to keep me singing the entire ride home!

We decided to take some of the smaller roads, travelling through the beautiful Nova Scotia countryside. I would have taken pictures, but since I was driving, I thought it best not to try. It was the perfect mix of sun, weather, scenery and music, and it was truly one of those “good to be alive” days. It was just the rest I needed after feeling poopie for the last week or so.

So today is a new day and a fresh start. While Friday usually signifies the end of the work week for most people, I look at it as the new beginning in the next chapter for myself. I feel great this morning, and even though the day is overcast and foggy, it is still beautiful to me.

I have two projects that I am working on at the moment, and then I have several more lined up right after that. The small break was enough to recharge and feel good, and I hopefully will be able to show you all some more things very soon.

I missed talking to everyone, but I am sure I will be catching up soon. This trip was the first time that I was away from the computer for 24 hours in years, as the small place we spent the night didn’t have any internet access. I spent the evening going through emails and filling the orders that I have to fill and mail out. I have some wooden painting kits ordered as well so they should be on their way today. It’s all good.

It feels good to be back and in routine again. While the break was nice, I am glad to return to routine. It was needed though and I do feel much better and rested. Perhaps part of why I wasn’t feeling well was because I was a bit run down.

I wish you all good day. I hope you enjoy your weekend and remember to take some time to do what makes you happy. Be it scroll sawing or painting or anything else you enjoy, it is important to remember that you only live once. Life is short so you may as well make the journey as fun and pleasant as you can.

Happy Friday! :)

-- 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 08-23-2013 12:39 PM

Welcome back Sheila! You have been missed. That is a nice looking automobile and Keith certainly looks happy with it. So glad you are feeling better! Have a great Friday! Looking forward to what you are dreaming up next.

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 12:46 PM

Thanks, Candy and thank you for checking in on me! I am glad you guys look forward to seeing what I am up to. I know it may not have been very thrilling when I wasn’t feeling well, and that is why I decided to take a break. I like my posts to be positive and uplifting and some days is hard when I am not feeling good. But I am better now and back to my old self!

It gives me a great deal of joy to see someone I care about so happy. Even though I am the one that communicates our day to day activity, Keith is such a huge part of our team and works so hard for us and our customers. It is good to see him have something that he really likes. I am thrilled for him! I put this photo that I had fun with on Facebook and I thought I would share it here. I think it says it all!

The caption under it should read “Life is Good.”

:) 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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#3 posted 08-23-2013 02:49 PM

Love the car!! Congrats Keith! Glad you 2 got out a bit and had a great time. I’ve been watching your painting videos learning the different techniques, taking notes and ordering list from paints to mediums and brushes. Lol lookink forward to ordering next week and giving it a try!

-- Nancy Antley

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 04:46 PM

Congratulations on the new wheels Keith, I have heard lots of good things about the Miata. Glad that
both of you have nice convertibles for the warm weather, and a good winter car. Shiela, hope you have
a lot of better days ahead.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 07:24 PM

Thank you both Nancy and Gus. It is good to be back at work and online as well. Feeling crummy is no fun at all. I have so much nice stuff to do and I really want to feel up to doing it. I took much of the day today so far to fill orders and get things organized. I hope to have a great weekend. I wish you all a great time as well. There are only a few weekends left of summer! Hard to believe how quickly it passed by!

Have a great night, 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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#6 posted 08-23-2013 08:30 PM

yea , sorry i fell behind on your blog here, but im up to date now, glad you had some time off, had a nice road trip and wow keith has got himself a james bond special, what a great car, and he looks great in there, especially love the hearts around him, are those special order, where do i get those…lol..have a great weekend, im sure after your rest, and all the ideas that flooded into your mind, you will need as many hours as you can muster to get it all done…take care you two…:)

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

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 11:51 PM

Ride on….........ride on

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 08-24-2013 10:46 AM

Hi, Bob! I hope you are doing well. I thought Keith would kill me for posting the picture with the hearts, but he is just that excited that he just smiled! As I said, it is good to see him so happy!

I am feeling much better now and getting back in the groove of things. So much to do and so little time – always my biggest complaint. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is really good to hear from you!

And Roger – I hope you have a great weekend as well! Life can be 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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