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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1464: Time to Enjoy Life

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-22-2014 01:27 PM 1306 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really feel as if I have been neglecting my blog here lately. I have been taking it a bit 'slow' these past couple of weeks though and the time off has been very good for me, I believe. I have been doing a lot of reorganizing – both physically and mentally – and also working on some new things for after the holidays. I don't really want to show them though until next week, as it seems that everyone has their plates full these days with one thing or another. I think it is OK to take a rest. 



This weekend was not quite what I expected it to be though. Sometime on Friday, I started feeling really achy. By the evening, I was positively hurting and it turned out to be an onset of "flu". Friday night was rough and I spent most of the day Saturday fitfully sleeping. It was not a fun time for me and it reminded me of the fragility of our bodies and how important being in good health is. It has truly been years since I was that sick, and all I could do was kind of lay there. I was amazed that my loyal cat Richard didn't leave my side for nearly two days. No matter how much I tossed and turned, he just patiently shifted over to accommodate me. Here is a picture of him a couple of years ago in my painting bag:

He is truly a loyal companion. 



People go on about how cats are not loyal and dogs are. I have had both and I find that not to necessarily be true. Cats just seem to take a while longer to share their trust and are far more cautious. To me, it is a bit of an honor when a cat accepts you and trusts you, for they don't seem to give it as freely as dogs do. It is a quiet, gradual acceptance that is only built through time and patience. 



What I like about Richard also is that his companionship has very little to do with food. Of my three, Richard is the one who eats the least. He eats out of necessity rather than pleasure. Even when I feed the other two, he keeps napping or lounging until an hour or so later when he is actually hungry. Then he approaches us.  



Catnip is another story however. We keep the catnip in the drawer of the sideboard that the scroll saw sits on and every time we are working on the saw or looking for a blade (the blades are in the same drawer) he is Johnny on the spot, looking for a bit of nip. It is funny how each of them have such different personalities. 



In any case, by Sunday I was again able to eat and the deep aches had subsided. I actually felt pretty good and puttered around most of the day yesterday catching up and doing some last minute gift organizing while listening to some holiday music in the background. I had the place to myself for most of the day, so I watched a "girl movie" (Little Women) which is one of my favorites. I love all the versions, but I suppose I like the 90's version the best. 



In the evening, I did some painting for a new project I am working on. It felt good to paint again, but rather odd to be working on something past Christmas stuff when the holiday was so close upon us. Perhaps this year I really WILL be able to keep ahead a bit better. I promise myself to do so every year and I have yet to fully achieve that. 



I wanted to show you all a beautiful ornament I received from my friend Linda.  I met Linda through a  painting group here on Facebook and I am always in awe of her wonderful talent. 



It is a truly beautiful "painted lace" ball and I absolutely love it. My little tree is really bursting with lovely ornaments from my friends. I feel so fortunate! 



I suppose that is all the news I have for today. I am sure once the holidays are past and I am back in full swing I will be posting some more interesting blogs. I always seem to mention how we need to take steps to back off our work and enjoy the days as they come. This may be the first time that I am truly doing so in many, many years. 



It feels pretty good. 





If

by Rudyard Kipling

 

If you can keep your head when all about you 

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, 

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 

But make allowance for their doubting too; 

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, 

Or being hated, don't give way to hating, 

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:



If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; 

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; 

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 

And treat those two impostors just the same; 

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 

And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:



If you can make one heap of all your winnings 

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 

And lose, and start again at your beginnings 

And never breathe a word about your loss; 

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 

To serve your turn long after they are gone, 

And so hold on when there is nothing in you 

Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'



If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 

Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch, 

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 

If all men count with you, but none too much; 

If you can fill the unforgiving minute 

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, 

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, 

And – which is more – you'll be a Man, my son!






Enjoy your Monday! :) 

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



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Roger

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 04:49 PM

Mr. Kipling sounds very wise.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-22-2014 05:00 PM

Yes, I like that poem. I know it is long, but I liked the meaning behind it.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, Roger. Thank you for your friendship and thank you for all your comments here.

I also wish you a happy, healthy and creative new year! ((HUGS))

Sheila

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

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 12-22-2014 06:26 PM

Just out of curiosity, did you get a flu shot this year? Glad youʻre feeling better.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy (and Healthy) New Year.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 08:31 PM

Hi, Tyvekboy –
No – I never get a flu shot. I have heard both sides of the arguments and my own doctor said that I am not a high risk so we decided to forego it. I really don’t get sick very often. I’ll blame this one on Keith because he was sick for a day or so last week. :/

Hopefully this is my quota for the next few years! I will do my best to stay healthy and happy! :D

Sheila

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

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tyvekboy

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#5 posted 12-22-2014 09:42 PM

Sheila

Must be nice to be young and not in the high risk group for the flu shot. In the 70ʻs I had the flu shot and got sicker than a dog and didnʻt take another one till about 10 years ago. So far (knock on wood) I havenʻt gotten the flu since. Maybe that cold freezing weather you have up there doesnʻt give the flu bug a chance to get around as easily.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 12-22-2014 09:53 PM

So far, so good! I have been pretty fortunate in my health so far. Being over 50, I try to watch as much as I can and eat good, go to the gym, etc., etc., (No kidding!) It is really rare that I get sick at all and this one came up as quite a surprise. I have heard of people getting pretty ill from the shots and then every year there is a new strain of flu anyway, so many of us decide not to partake. I do consider it though and weigh the options each year. Nothing is in stone. So far though, I have been lucky. :)

I like the cold here. To me it is refreshing. Coming from Chicago I find the climate where I am very similar, except it doesn’t get as hot and humid in the summer. (I’ll take that!)

All the best of health to you in 2015! :)

Sheila

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

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Celticscroller

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#7 posted 12-23-2014 03:40 AM

That painted lace ball is beautiful! A very talented artist!
Have a great Christmas Sheila and take lots of time to enjoy the season.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#8 posted 12-23-2014 01:54 PM

A very, very Merry Christmas to you and Jim, Anna! I can’t wait to see what we both come up with in the upcoming year! (((HUGS))) to you both!

Sheila

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

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