It is hard to believe that it is Thursday already. I honestly don't know what happened to this past week. It is difficult for me to understand how quickly time can pass, and just when I think it couldn't move any quicker, it seem to accelerate to an even greater speed.
I can finally say that I am pretty much caught up with things. While we only were gone for four days, it seems to have taken the next several days to get caught up again. I think it shows me just how busy I can be on a daily basis.
I had several wood orders to cut and get into the mail. I really like doing that part of the business so I am pleased that is going well. It seems there is just enough work in that area to give me some time to feel like a 'woodworker' and not be overwhelmed. Since Keith and I had been cutting the wholesale wood pieces for Artist's Club the past couple of years, most any size order seems manageable. It is a nice change of pace. I currently haven't submitted any projects to them, but I plan to do so in the future so that perhaps next summer we will have some work in that area. This year I felt we needed to concentrate on our own business here and I am glad we did that. It really is a game of checks and balances when running our business. It isn't always apparent which path is the correct one to take, and sometimes we just have to try something new. But to me, that is part of the excitement.
It always feels good though as I walk out of the post office and the orders are all on their way. It is a great relief to me to finally be caught up with things and have a clean slate ahead. It is one of those rare days when I am caught up on all fronts – the magazines, the distributors, my own website and personal orders. For that brief moment, the world is my oyster and I alone decide which step to take next. What a great feeling.
Everything seemed to fall into place. Just as I was finished with my orders and obligations, we were fortunate enough to have a nice visit from some friends. I 'met' Erwin over four years ago through the Lumberjocks.com website when I began this blog. Erwin lives in Florida with his wife Edith and is a wonderful wood turner. Our friendship began by him commenting on my posts there and over the years we became friends on Facebook as well. I was also able to 'meet' Edith on Facebook and I enjoy seeing her wonderful photography that she frequently posts there.
They have both been on the road since April, travelling all through the United States and Canada in their nice camper and taking in the sights of both countries from the perspective of back roads and less-traveled paths. What a wonderful experience they are having! I think many of us would envy them and wish we could do the same.
I had been watching their progress via Facebook and saw that they were heading our way here to Nova Scotia. Actually, they were in Prince Edward Islands last week the same time that we were. But since Keith and I were only there a short while, it was difficult to schedule a time to get together, so we decided to wait until they came down here. It turned out that yesterday was the day that they would be in our area and it was the perfect time to take a break and finally meet them in person.
We made reservations at our favorite little restaurant by the ocean, although the fog was so thick you couldn't even see the water. But that didn't matter, as we had such a lovely visit and from the moment we did meet in person, we felt we had been friends for years. After a lunch of rappie pie (and shrimp for Edith) we brought them to our little place to see our 'workshop' and meet the kitties. It was wonderful to finally meet them in person and we had a wonderful visit.
They generously gave us two beautiful rosewood bowls that Erwin had turned:
Aren't they beautiful?
It was such a wonderful day all around! I truly love the friendships that I have made through my posting here and on Facebook. I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world that I truly consider my friends. Finally meeting them in person is such a wonderful experience.
My only regret was that I didn't take any of my own photos. I was so caught up in things that I completely forgot to do so. I am 'borrowing' a picture from Erwin's Facebook page of them and I hope they don't mind. Edith took some photos of us so maybe I can get some copies of them for myself later on.
What lovely people they are!
Today I think I am going to spend the day sorting and posting receipts. While I have several other things that I would like to do, I find that I neglect that part of the job most and then at tax time it is kind of a burden for me to get things done. Since I have this lull in my schedule, I think it will be the responsible thing to get things all posted and filed and caught up while I have nothing really pressing. I have so many new ideas for designs and I am anxious to begin them soon. This way I will be able to do so with a clear head and good feeling.
Today is another foggy day here in Nova Scotia. While most mornings start off like this, it is so thick that I can barely see across the road to the river. Usually it burns off an hour or two after daylight, but it looks as if it may be foggy for the remainder of the day again. It has been an odd summer in the sense that it hasn't really been 'hot' here with the exception of a couple of days. I am not complaining about that, as I enjoy the cooler weather. However, even though it is August, we still need jackets at night and the mornings have a definite crispness. Autumn is certainly not far behind.
I wish you all a wonderful day today. I hope you enjoy each day's beauty – no matter where you live – and do something creative to feed your soul.
"Creativity itself doesn't care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless." – Elizabeth Gilbert
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"