We all get them every once in a while. A day we consider to be 'perfect'.
I am sure that description can very greatly from individual to individual, depending on peoples' goals, likes and taste. I think it even varies from day to day for everyone, as our lives and seasons are ever-changing as well.
As I mentioned yesterday, I had an early eye doctor appointment that I had completely forgotten about. I had thought I posted the date in my Google Calendar, but apparently I did not, as the phone call from the office which confirms the next days' appointment took me completely by surprise. I think it is wonderful when offices call for these reminders anyway, as they must realize that most of us live very full and busy lives.
In any case, the weather forecast had promised a beautiful, warm day. I was happy when Keith decided to accompany me to the appointment and suggested we take advantage of that forecast and take the day to go for a long drive. I knew I had drawing and cutting to do, but the summer is so short and before we know it, our 'summer cars' will be put away and we will once again be shoving snow and battling the winter. Add to that the disappointment of our magazine folding a couple of weeks ago and trying to shake this "blah" mood that I have been having and it didn't take much convincing to get me to run away for the day. I hoped it would rekindle my inspiration.
And inspire me it did!
The eye appointment went well – better than expected. It was just an annual checkup, but my eye doc was ready to leave on maternity leave and would be gone until the beginning of next year and with all the issues I had with my eyes last year, I wanted to be sure to see her before she went. The test results were good – with one of my eyes even improving (which she stated at my age was unusual) and I left the office with the confidence that I would continue to be able to see well and do my job properly. I was glad that I had it checked though, as eyesight is something that I don't ever take for granted. I think of how much I depend on seeing well and I am sure to take care of it.
When we finished, we stopped for a nice, full breakfast. It was already a glorious day with the air warming, the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky. We couldn't ask for better.
We had the Mustang, as we took the Miata to Prince Edward Island a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to give it a good run. Besides, Keith had installed a new sound system in it last year and I have barely driven it at all this summer. I think I was only on my 4th tank of gas for the year. We left Digby and just drove north. We still didn't quite decide where to go. When we got to Annapolis Royal, we saw the turn off for Keji State Park and decided to go that way. While we didn't go to Keji directly (we are saving that for autumn when the colors are full) we passed by and decided to drive to the South Shore across the province. We drove across the countryside, listening to Eric Clapton, Bob Dillon, The Black Keys, and more of our favorite music. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL and I remembered how much I love the place that I live. We went through Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and drove north along the coast, stopping whenever we felt like it to browse through the shops or take in the view of the ocean. We were planning to head to Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (I have never been) but it was already nearly 3pm and we thought we would head back across the province and stop in New Minas for some shopping and dinner. We took some more less-traveled roads back across and once again, I found myself in awe of the beautiful countryside.
We picked through the towns and drove home in the dark, with the top down and a million beautiful stars overhead in the sky.
It was truly a "Perfect Day"!
It was nearly eleven when we returned home. I spent the next hour or so filling orders and working on email (I still have more to do today!) I fell asleep after 1 am thinking how fortunate I am for all that I have. Sometimes the simplest things in life can make us the happiest.
I am going to finish my drawing and perhaps begin cutting my remaining reindeer and sleigh pieces today. I saw lots of inspiring things yesterday and I have a new list of ideas of projects to make. What a fun and incredibly productive day!
I think that the power of resting is underestimated many times. As I get older, I am learning the value of taking time for myself, and allowing myself to enjoy life to the fullest. I used to think that working harder and continually was the answer to finding success. But I am understanding that taking breaks such as these from time to time – and working hard in between – is a much better formula for succeeding and not only helps you to avoid that feeling of being burned out, but also you find yourself happier and even more inspired than before. After all – we only have one life to live.
I hope you all can learn from my experiences here. Sometimes I have to fight the urge to keep working – especially when there are so many ideas of projects that I want to do – but in the long run, that time off will pay off to you many times over, as not only will you feel more creative, but you will accomplish more in the end as well. I can almost guarantee it.
As a last note, I wanted to share one more project with you that Keith and I thought was incredible. Several months ago, Kieth did a blog on creating "carvings" using scroll saw patterns and a Dremel. (You can read his blog here: Carving Using a Scroll Saw) Wayne Morrow tried his method, and made this beautiful plaque using Kieth's FLK110 Grizzly Bear Endangered Leaf pattern:
We truly love when others show us their pictures of projects they created using our designs. It really makes us feel great. Thank you so much Wayne for posting your picture. Seeing it was the "perfect" end to our "perfect" day!
I hope you all have a "perfect" Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"