My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1142: A 'Late' Start

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-02-2013 11:47 AM 841 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ll start out by admitting that I slept TEN hours last night. What the heck was that all about? I woke up sometime around 4am and thought – I’ll go back for a bit and the next time I awoke it was 7:30. Wow! Half the day was gone!

It may still seem early to you all, but for someone like me who is a morning person, it may as well be noon.

I haven’t had an alarm clock in years and years. When I did, I usually got up long before the alarm went off anyway and eventually just didn’t see the need for it. We do keep one handy for those occasions once or twice a year when we have to leave for something or have an early appointment, but other than that, I don’t bother.

I was really tired last night, and went to bed somewhere around 9:30. That was early for even my standards, as I am admittedly not a night person. But I was having trouble keeping my eyes open and thought – why fight it?

I tell myself that one of the reasons I rarely get sick is because I stay in tuned with what my body is telling me. While some people tell me that I work too hard or that I am always working, I do want to note that when I really feel like slowing down, I do. Fortunately, it isn’t that often that I feel the need.

I think that keeping busy and working hard – especially on things you like to do – is good for you in general. I also think that having a positive attitude helps. A couple of weeks ago Keith was feeling pretty crummy for a couple of days. We live in close quarters and most thought it would be inevitable that I would also catch what he had. But I told myself that I would have nothing to do with that and lo and behold, I am fine. I really do believe in “mind over matter.” (Scoff, if you will!)

Attitude certainly does play a large part in our existence.

So I am running a bit behind this morning and I have a full day planned. Unfortunately for the blog here, I am in the midst of drawing and I don’t have anything cool to show you all (yet!) I do have a surprise to show later on this week, but I don’t dare even hint at it in case something changes. I don’t want to get everyone all stirred up for nothing. So I will just have to torment you all by letting you know that it’s coming! ;)

So today’s blog will be short and this is about all I have to say. Those of you who have followed over the years may recognize that these lulls in writing usually lead to some good things in the near future. Even though I write here every day and spill my soul to you all, I still like to have a little ceremonious unveiling of what I am working on when it is ready. (But not a moment before!) While things are calm on the writing side here, I am feverishly working on the drawing and creating side on my next project(s) for you all to see. And that really makes it fun!

So enjoy this beautiful Tuesday! Even though I awoke to thick fog this morning, the hazy sunshine has already burned it off and as I look out now I see another beautiful and brilliant autumn day! It is truly perfect!

I’ll leave you this morning with a wise saying and a lovely cat picture to go with your morning coffee. Enjoy the season and embrace the day! And don’t forget to do something creative! It feeds your soul!

Photograph by Ron Kimball Studios

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. – Monica Baldwin

-- 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 10-02-2013 01:08 PM

Hi Sheila when the body needs the sleep that is the best thing
I see your cute cat and raise you four cute boxer puppies

Mama Thembi is a bit out of it as she gave birth to two and had the other two
by section
Shirley has not slept since Monday

Have a wonderful day


-- 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 10-02-2013 01:34 PM

Now isn’t THAT an adorable sight!!!! :) Congratulations, “Grampy!” What a nice little family you have there! Tell Shirley to take a long, long nap! Thank you so much for sharing your joy here!


-- 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 10-02-2013 04:31 PM

Good Morning Sheila. I think this time of year when the weather is changing our bodies need a bit more rest – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it! I heard the alarm go off this morning at 7.00am but didn’t see the light of day until 8.00am! So much for going to the gym this morning. Better get out and get a walk instead despite the rain.
Enjoy your day. Our sun will be back tomorrow.

Jami, cute picture. Congrats on your new additions.

-- Anna

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 05:52 PM

Yes, Anna – Something must be in the air! I was on my way to the gym today and my car was having “issues”. I had just picked it up from the mechanic yesterday for some routine stuff and apparently there was some adjusting to be done. So no gym for me either! :/

Our weather here is beautiful though. Warm and sunny and the perfect fall day! Sometimes you just have to go with the flow though. :)


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

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