My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1285: A Breath of Spring

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-05-2014 12:09 PM 1423 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had quite a full day yesterday. However, I have no new pictures of my project to show you. For yesterday was one of those ‘maintenance’ days where I needed to get some everyday things done, take a breath and catch up with life.

As the weather gets warmer, more and more of those days will come. I think I need them to come. While I like being able to stay here in my home and create, I do miss getting out in the real world and experiencing all that it has to offer.

Not every day though. I think one thing that I cherish about my life is that I have somewhat control of how much I have to get out of my comfort zone and face the real world.

I can be a bit of an agoraphobic, it seems. Perhaps that is why I enjoy the winter months so much. By the time winter arrives, I need my rest from the rest of the world – even if it is only for a little while. For when I am here on my computer, I am the one that determines what I see and read and I think I like having that luxury. I think it keeps me happy and productive.

Yesterday however was one of those beautiful days we probably think of when we hear the term ‘spring’. While it was still a bit chilly out, the sun was shining brightly and after such a long winter with so many days of snow and grey skies, it was positively uplifting.

I had intended to finish up my little bunnies, but instead I took the opportunity to take my car out for a drive to Yarmouth to pick up and install the new tires that I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I know that probably doesn’t sound like much fun to many of you, but after parking the car for the past several months and being at the mercy of other drivers (no matter how kind and willing they were) it felt good to be independent once again and have the day to do as I please.

Keith decided to stay home, as he had some other things to do here so I was truly on my own and I took advantage of every minute of it and had a splendid day.

I didn’t get on the road until after noon, as we still made our morning trip to the gym. Keith had thoughts of getting his Miata out of storage, but when we stopped to see if it were possible, no one was there. They are due to release the cars this upcoming week, and he was in hopes of getting it early. I know he was disappointed as well, as he is probably feeling the same way as I do.

My first stop was at the post office where I received a package from my wonderful friend Charlotte in Tennessee. She is a very talented painter that I met through my online painting group and one day we were talking about things and she mentioned coconut M&M’s. I had never heard of such a thing, as being here in Canada we sometimes have different products and such and I expressed how wonderful they must be. Well wouldn’t it be just like that Charlotte to MAIL me TWO bags of them? I couldn’t believe that she spent the time and energy (and money) to send something like that and it honestly made me smile the rest of the day.

Acts of kindness are so powerful, I think. I don’t always think that people understand how much a kind word, smile or even a small gesture can lift a person up. I sometimes feel that we are so busy with our lives, we forget to take time to do simple things such as these – or at least not as often as we would like. Thoughtfulness costs nothing and goes very far to make someone’s day better.

I had several random conversations with different strangers throughout my day. Many of them made me smile. I suppose I am just that kind of person that finds it easy to strike up a conversation with in line at a market or just about anywhere. My daughter used to tease me about it when we would go out together. “You could talk to anyone” she used to say to me.

“Wait until I am old!” I would reply.

One funny conversation was in the lot of the grocery store. An older couple came up to me as I was getting out of my car and began admiring it and asking questions about it. (What year it was, how nice it was, etc.) Naturally, I was proud of it, as it had its new wheels on and I had just washed it and while it was beginning to show its ten years a tad here and there, the interior is close to perfect and overall it is pretty nice looking. They then offered to purchase it from me, as the wife said she wanted a car like that all of her life. I had never had anything like that happen before, and I gracefully declined. It made me feel good though, and proud of myself for taking care of my things and keeping them nice.

I drove both there and back along the beach for the most part. I found myself longing for the days when I could bring my “work” to the beach, so I could work under the warm sun and the sound of the waves lapping on the shore.

Soon . . . soon . . .

There were too many incidents to relay to you here without becoming boring. I find though that I appreciate every single one of them, and they reinforce my belief that this world can be a good place.

It costs nothing to be kind. Many times throughout every day, we have the choice of getting cross with something or taking a breath and understanding. While for many it is a reflex to feel cross or disappointed when things don’t go as we plan, with a little self-training, we are able to look at things with kinder and more understanding eyes. I found when I do this, I can almost feel the anxiousness leave my body, and it is replaced with a calming peace.

This doesn’t always come naturally, as some days are filled with more stress than others. But I am learning to catch myself and stop myself from ‘reacting’ without thinking things through a bit. And that is a good thing.

So even though I didn’t accomplish much designing yesterday, I don’t feel at all that the day was ‘wasted.’ If anything, it rejuvenated me and lifted my soul and spirit. Today it is dull and raining. It is supposed to be like that all weekend. But I don’t even mind because I have had a taste of what is to come and I know that eventually I will get to the beach and have my day in the sun. Until then, I will enjoy what is sent my way.

When I finally sat down at my computer at the end of the day, I was greeted with some lovely new pictures of my grand daughter, Willow. How she is growing!

She is almost seven months old, and changing so much. While I miss being with her and Phil and Briana, I feel very happy that I am able to at least share in her life through the computer. Her smiles were the end to a good day.

Our lives are only as good as we choose to make them.

Have a wonderful weekend.

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- 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 04-25-2014 11:47 AM

She is a cutie. They grow up way too fast

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

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 12:41 PM

Thank you, Roger – She is certainly a darling! :)


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

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