I can't tell you all how GOOD it feels to be back at work and productive again. With being gone for our little trip and then catching up and then all the things that were going on last week, I felt like I accomplished very little.The ideas are here, it is just a matter of sitting down and concentrating long enough to actually DO them.
I speak with many people who experience the same thing, so I don't feel like it is "only me" that this happens to. I find one of the most difficult things is recognizing the fine line between caring for ones' self by taking some down time every now and then to being outright distracted.
But those days are all behind me now and while part of me may feel a bit guilty for not accomplishing as much as I want, I do realize that some of the down time was necessary to digest what had happened and plan ahead for our future. We can't just expect everything to fall into place. Especially when they are things that have such a far reach in our lives.
I had a wonderful day both yesterday and the day before. On Thursday, Keith's mom came over for the day and brought with her a wonderful birthday dinner. We had marinated steak on the grill and homemade macaroni salad and for dessert, she brought a wonderful ice cream cake! I had always wanted an ice cream cake for my birthday and this was the first time I actually had one. It is funny, but 'at my age' the lists of 'firsts' gets shorter and shorter and I think we really appreciate things more. This 'first' ice cream cake was just yummy and we had a really nice day together. I painted some Halloween ornaments (well – started them anyway) and things were nice and relaxed.
Yesterday was a great day as well. In between drawing and chatting with friends, Keith took me out for a nice birthday lunch. It was a relaxed day that was low key. I find as I get older, that is the kind of days I like best. One of the best things that I received was a little Lego Unikitty – a tiny kitty/unicorn Lego figure. While it may seem silly to you all, I thought it was thoughtful and dear. Keith always teases me about living on my 'pink cloud' because of my optimistic attitude and after the week we just had, it was an appropriate reminder to myself that it is better to look for the good in things than the faults. Those little pieces of plastic represent a lot to me and I was very touched by it.
As I mentioned, I DID get to finish up drawing my next design, and I will be cutting it out today. Here is a little teaser for you all to think about . . .
As you can see, it is something for Christmas. I had many requests for these items and I thought it would be a good start to get me back in the swing of things.
I am going to keep things short today, as I am anxious to get going on my project. It is good to be back in my 'happy place' again and good to feel productive. Thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes. I am quite overwhelmed that so many of you did. But it really does remind me that through this blog and through my computer I have met so many dear, dear friends from all over the world.
It is a great place up here on my 'pink cloud.' I am glad I have lots of company!
Have a wonderful weekend!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"