My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1452: May Your Day Be Merry

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-28-2014 02:03 PM 1476 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No. I did not go shopping. 

I my 53 years of life on this planet, I have not once participated in what began as an after Thanksgiving Day event but now encompasses anything from a week prior to a week after Thanksgiving. I was (somewhat) shocked to even see "Black Friday" events held here in Canada, as this country's Thanksgiving is held in early October. I can't help to just shake my head and think it is all about greed. When I read the stories of violence and panic and rudeness, I wonder what our "civilized" world has come to. Perhaps we should just throw a steak into a cage of starving dogs instead. The results would be just about the same. 

Do you think I am a bit touchy about the subject? 

I would have to say it is one of my least favorite days of the year. 

I received a notice from an online store which I purchase supplies from that they were hosting a 20% across-the-board site sale for two days only. I dismissed it, as I have several of the other emailed offers that I have been sent over the last couple of weeks. However, when I looked through yesterday's mail (in Canada it was a 'run of the mill' day) I browsed their catalog and saw an item I was considering to purchase from them listed at regular price. I had been toying with the idea of purchasing it for some time, as it is a "want" rather than a "need" and I knew I would probably just get it to have it if I ever did do the deed, as it was a craft item and my plate is quite full. 

But seeing the regular price of $24.99 I thought that perhaps getting the 20% off would make it worth it – just so I could have it in my stash. I retrieved my email from my email trash and the 20% certainly was valid until today. 

Hum . . . 

So I went to the site to look up the item, and lo and behold – There was the item I had considered. Only now it was marked to $28.11, which was about a 19% increase from the regular price. 

Imagine that. 

I may just be acting over-sensitive, but it rather disgusted me. I doubt that I will ever buy anything from that company again. Just on principle. It was a clear reminder why all these 'super sales' annoy me and leave such a bad taste in my mouth. 

Oh well – it saved me about $25. 

Yesterday was a very low-key day for me. I still celebrate Thanksgiving every year at the end of November – even though I now live in Canada. In the 11 years that I have been here, I haven't missed one. Sometimes it was with family. Sometimes it was with friends. Other times it was just me and the cats. It is my way of remaining connected to my American roots. 

This year was rather quiet, but I think one of the nicest ones in recent years. I had intended to have Keith's mom and our dear friends Bernie and Ellen over for a full turkey dinner. I always make a full dinner, whether it be for many or just for myself. One of the bonuses of the day is having the house smell of turkey. It is just my own preference.

But living in Nova Scotia, we had snow/rain/ice warnings and Ellen called the day before with worry in her voice about them. After speaking to her, we decided that we would have our dinner together sometime after the holidays, when the days were quiet and long. I didn't want them to risk driving on icy, hilly roads and I knew that if she did come, it would only be out of obligation. 

Our neighbor Lee also needed assistance, as he needed one of us to drive him to Yarmouth for a minor medical procedure that he had to have done. Keith wound up doing so, as the Mustang that I drive does not do well in either ice or snow. Besides, Keith doesn't know how to make a turkey dinner. So they left in the morning for what was supposed to be a short time and he would bring his mom on the way home. 

But hospitals and doctors being what they are, it turned out that the short appointment was delayed several hours and to make a long story short, they arrived home about 5:30 – just about when dinner was finished. As a result, I spent the day here with the cats, preparing the full but simple meal and reflecting on Thanksgivings past. Since we have no 'regular tv', I had some soft music on. First Christmas music then I switched to some of my favorite classics such as Vavaldi, Rachmoninoff and Mozart. There even came a point where I was able to sit and read through some of my painting books. That may seem like a small thing, but it rarely happens, since I am always on the go with something. It was truly a 'day off' for me. 

When Keith and his mom arrived, we had a wonderful dinner. There were leftovers, but not too many left overs. Just enough to enjoy again without getting tired of things. We didn't stuff ourselves, and had a wonderful evening. His mom worked on her embroidery and I worked on my "A Perfect World" sampler until past 11. It was a wonderful day. 

Today I am moving a bit slow. I wound up staying up until nearly 2am and I awoke later than my normal 6am. I have much that I want to accomplish today, but I am happy that my holiday went so well. There is much I am grateful for. I spoke to my son briefly yesterday and my daughter the day before. Both are healthy and doing well. I spoke to a good friend of mine too yesterday and he is happy and busy and that also makes me feel good. I have a wonderful little family here and many extended family and friends whom fill my life each day with joy and laughter. What more do I need? 

I will be finishing up my next  project today on the scroll saw. As I took the photo this morning of part of what was cut, it made me think how fitting it was to see:

The word describes not only the upcoming season, but my life in general. And for that – I am thankful. 

I wish you all a wonderful, safe and "merry" day! 

Happy Friday!

-- 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 11-28-2014 04:36 PM

Happy Thanksgiving! And, I agree 100% with your observations/feelings about “Black Friday”. Have a great weekend.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 11-28-2014 05:32 PM

The old english font you used in the new design looks great. This would look really nice on a Christmas wreath.
Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Time with friends and family are what this time of year is about – just my opinion.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 03:54 AM


We have much the same mindset. . . the simpler things of life, minus all the shopping greed. It does make life so much more pleasant.

Will we be seeing another Perfect World panel soon? I’m working on a pig cutting board out of curly maple for my niece to give to her prayer partner. My husband has made numerous cutting boards that my dad requested, but this is my first. It was a much more rewarding way to spend the day than dealing with crowds. And we enjoyed turkey a la king with fresh biscuits tonight after a full Thanksgiving dinner yesterday for just the two of us, while every day thanking God for everything. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 11-29-2014 01:37 PM

Thank you all for the comments. I am sorry I didn’t get back here until now. It was a busy day. :) I hope you all had a great day and yes L/W – the simpler things are definitely the way to go. :)

(By the way – I did just complete the next panel of my “A Perfect World” project last night. I will show it in the next few posts – I promise. :) )

Have a wonderful weekend!


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

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