The past month or so has passed in a blur, with a flurry of activity. It seemed that only yesterday we were getting ready to head to Chicago, stopping on the way in New York to teach a couple of classes, and now we are already midway through November. What a busy time it has been!
I can’t speak for Keith, but as for myself, I am a bit tired. Not sleepy tired, but tired in the good way as when you just finished a nice, healthy exercise routine. In a way, the past month or so has been very much like an exercise, preparing us for the upcoming winter.
Unfortunately, during this time (as you can imagine) I didn’t have much time for designing. After all, I am only one person and while I find myself inspired on trips such as the ones we just returned from, there is usually little time to actually sit down and draw (or cut or paint for that matter!) There just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Our trip to Halifax on Tuesday went well. We left early and made many stops along the way. I can’t begin to tell you how many stores we went to. While we had a couple of things on our list that we wanted to get, for the most part we just poked around and looked at the displays that stores had set up for the holidays (already!) and went on our way.
It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to do my holiday shopping in November, and make a long trip to the city to do so. With the changing weather and the snow and cold arriving, the reality of knowing that soon it would be time to put away my Mustang for the winter months. As it gets older, it is even more important for me to do so, as not only is it not safe to drive in ice or snow, but it is not good for the car either. This was probably the final trip I would take with it before turning in the keys for the winter months. But that is part of my life here.
We had fully intended to get a room at our favorite hotel in Dartmouth for the evening. But somewhere around dinner time, both Keith and I felt that things were pretty much winding down and we were both getting our fill of malls and stores and we decided to head home instead. If we hadn’t just come off of a long road trip, we may have felt differently about spending the evening in a nice hotel. But for both of us, nothing seemed more appealing than our own bed, and for me – a nice snuggle with one or more of the three cats – along with some warm spiced cider. So home we went.
We didn’t arrive home until just after midnight. Along the way, it was lightly snowing – yet another indication that it was time to put the car away. The three hour ride seemed short however after the 21 hour days we had driving home from Chicago. Along the way I thought about many different things that we had seen. The Christmas displays. The busy-ness of the malls. The people in general. While I enjoy this to an extent, I found myself longing for my quiet seat here at my computer in our place across from the river. It is where I feel most comfortable.
We did get a few things for the house. And of course, I got some wonderful new boxes. With all of my things neatly organized, we actually had a couple of shelves to spare and I got some beautiful new boxes to store future things in. I was thinking ahead and feeding my ‘box addiction’ at the same time. But overall, we really didn’t get much. We had all the wood we need to get us through the winter, and I didn’t have any desire whatsoever to stop in Michael’s to look at craft supplies. You KNOW that means that I have had my fill!
It is good to feel this way though. It is good to think that you can go through a store or series of stores and honestly want nothing. It must mean that I am pretty darn happy right now. My only desire is to nest here in my home and have time to bring all of these new ideas that I have to life. And I look at that as a privilege.
The “Spring Chick” project is just the beginning!
As I was settling down yesterday to draw, I received a call from my eye doctor in Digby. In earlier blogs I had mentioned that I had my eyes examined by a new doc right here in town and I wasn’t happy with the results. I really liked my eye practitioner in Digby, but it is a 45 minute drive from here, and with winter coming I thought I would try the new group of optometrists right near me. I thought it would save the trips of going back and forth to fine tune my prescription, as my Digby doctor always did. But as often happens, things didn’t work out well at all. The new doctor didn’t want to listen to my needs, and had me using two different pairs of reader glasses – one for reading close and one for the computer – in addition to wearing my contacts. It was driving me crazy and the week before I left Chicago, I had a headache from trying her suggestions. When I went back to her just before we were to leave, she told me that I may not be able to wear contacts anymore, which worried me a great deal. At the same time, she tried to sell me a new pair of glasses for several hundred dollars, even though the prescription she had tried on me was not working. I still couldn’t see right and still was getting headaches.
I finally abandoned the new contacts she had given me and made an appointment with my former doc in Digby and went back to wearing my old prescription for the trip. They worked far better than the new ones from the new doc. I was only able to get an appointment on December 2nd, but I was happy to wait and be put on a waiting list for a cancellation by another client. Yesterday I received the call that they could see me, so it was off to Digby I went.
The trip was very much worth it. My former (and now permanent) eye doctor took time, listened and set me up with what seems like a “Purr-fect” prescription. I will still need readers for the closest work (which I don’t mind at all!) but the computer screen is crystal clear with only my contacts. AND I can see good at a distance as well. I left my glasses there for them to change the lenses to the new prescription as well. AND there is no danger of me having to give up my contacts any time soon. It is amazing what a difference a good doctor can make!
So all is well and I am home and safe and ready to work. We have supplies for the winter and I have a million or so new ideas for projects. Our trips are behind us until spring, and I can take the time I need to work and design and settle into my comfortable place here with my kitties and Keith. Life is good.
I hope to have some drawings for you to see tomorrow. I plan to accomplish a great deal of work in the next several weeks. I spent the remainder of the day yesterday at Ellen and Bernie’s in Digby and I went through the remainder of my things that I had there and sorted it and brought what I wanted back with me. For the first time in years I have all of my stuff in a centralized location. It is a wonderful feeling.
These past couple of weeks may have not seemed productive for me to you my readers, but the work I have done has set the foundation for me to be the most productive. I am happy to hear that I have inspired some of you go through your own things and organize in the same manner, and I know that you will be like me and consider it time well-spent.
I feel ready for the winter now. I am home, and safe and organized and inspired. And that makes me very, very happy.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
PS – Today is the last day for Lee Valley Tools to have FREE shipping on $40 or more orders. It’s a good chance to get some nice gifts for yourself for your holiday crafting. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"