As we close out the final weekend of March, I can't help but be amazed at how quickly the year is passing by. I realize that for most who have been experiencing an exceptionally snowy winter, time is not moving fast enough. But for myself, it seems that these first three months of 2015 have zoomed by in a flash. Being busy can do that to you.
I was pretty much out of commission yesterday as far as my computer goes. It seemed to have a problem running slow in the morning and after running a quick scan and finding a couple of threats on it, I decided to run a full scan just to be sure that nothing was amiss. While I have it protected with anti-virus software and it runs weeks full scans, I wanted to be absolutely sure that everything was OK. As a precaution, I changed all of my passwords and ran the deep scan program called Housecall by Trend Micro. It is a thorough and free software package that I have used before and not only does it detect problems, but it fixes them as well (it allows you to choose what to do with the files it deems suspect.) Its only drawback is that it is s-l-o-w in doing a full, deep scan and it actually just finished up at 8am this morning, taking 22 hours to scan my computer. All it found was some Adobe stuff from Flash Player but as a precaution I still changed all my passwords. It was about time to do that anyway. It is never a bad idea to change passwords of your important sites periodically – especially personal and financial sites. It is just a good habit to get into.
So for most of the day I stayed off of the computer, or I used Keith's when I had to answer questions or fill orders. I must admit, I experienced a bit of withdrawal, but I got through it alright and I had orders to cut on the scroll saw and other things to keep me busy. It is all good.
This weekend I will be completing my Artist's Club order and shipping it out on Monday. That will also feel good to see it on its way. Our site update has and will keep us pretty busy as well. So I should not be 'bored'. ;)
I wanted to mention something though for those of you in the New York area. This weekend is the Northeastern Woodworkers Association's Fine Woodworkers 23rd annual Showcase in Saratoga Springs, New York.
I love this show and Keith and I have attended it and I was able to teach there a couple of years ago. We were supposed to teach again last year, but we were hit with about a foot of snow right before we were supposed to leave. All the highways were closed and we had to cancel. It was really disappointing to us.
There will be demonstrations, hands on classes, make-it-take-its, and of course – lots of selling of wood, tools and related products. My friend Cherie Eppler is teaching the scroll saw demonstration and that will be a lot of fun for sure!
If you are anywhere in the area, you should really try to attend. They are also running the "Totally Turning Symposium" concurrently at the same location, so I think if you attend and like woodworking, your biggest problem will be what NOT to see!
It is good to see that it is time for the show already. To me, that always signifies that spring has really arrived.
Here it is raining and dull out, but I am beginning to see through the piles of snow and there appears to be some brown grass peeking out from the drifts. Hopefully, things will continue to melt and before long the lawn will be lush and green.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am finishing up some loose ends today and then I will begin working on some new ideas. As always it will be busy and fun.
Happy Friday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"