I got up early this morning and it is still dark two hours later. It is odd how quickly the days get shorter once a certain point is reached. It is getting dark much sooner as well, and I suspect that is why I wound up going to bed shortly after 10pm my time. It just seemed like my day was done.
I love these cool, autumn mornings. Even though we are only a day into autumn, it is nice to be able to say that. I sat on the deck yesterday with the cats for a bit, just taking in the warm sun and doing pretty much 'nothing'. It felt good.
I no longer leave them out there unattended even for a second, as a couple of days ago, Richard decided to take a stroll around the grounds. Usually, I could leave them for a few minutes at a time with the door open and check on them every couple of minutes. The furthest they roam is to the bottom of the steps where they could nibble on grass. That was mostly Pancakes, but since I brought a little planter for him that I fill with fresh grass from time to time, he is much happier staying up on the deck.
This time, however, Richard decided to head all the way around to the back of the large ranch house we live in, and for a brief period of time, I couldn't locate him. The panic I felt was not a good feeling, and I was truly relieved to see him cautiously stepping through the tree branches out back (our landlord recently took out several large trees out back and is still in the process of cleaning up the branches). Behind our yard is miles of woods, filled with coyotes and other animals that would do harm to cats. I knew if he got that far, he may panic and get lost further.
When I spotted him, he looked scared and like he was deciding whether to come to me or bolt. I had to contain my excitement in seeing him and slowly and gently approach him. I didn't want him to think he was in trouble and run. Fortunately I was able to get close enough to gently scoop him up, stitches and all, and bring him back into the house.
He could no longer be trusted for even a minute out there.
Coming from the city, I learned at an early age of the dangers of allowing pets to roam free. There used to be a black, long haired cat in our neighborhood that was owned by one of the neighbors I never met. The cat used to greet us as we walked to the store in urban Chicago, and he was friendly and cute. He did this for years, until one day he just disappeared. Not too long after, we were walking through an alley near our house and there was a small barbie case laying on the side of the road. My friend and I opened it to the horror of seeing that cat stuffed inside – suffocated. I was probably around 7 years old then, and it impacted me hugely. We later found out that the boys across the street were the guilty ones, and they said they were just 'playing' with it and didn't mean it harm. I never spoke to them again, and it changed my view of others. As I think about it nearly 45 years later, it still angers me. Such a nice cat. It was senseless.
Add to that the great number of pets that are hurt or killed by traffic, and illness from being outside animals, and I can justified with how I feel. I read somewhere that an outdoor cat's life expectancy is 3-4 years. I have had most of my pets for over 15. Even though I live in the country, I hear of or see many pets that meet their end in the street. I just don't want to take that chance with my group here. There are worse things than not letting them go out.
I didn't mean to go off on that tangent . . .
The majority of the day yesterday was spent working on some wood orders I had to do. I love that part of the job, because it not only keeps my skills sharp, but also it is fun to work on things that I know my customers will be enjoying. I can't help but think that I am creating 'future heirlooms' when I cut wood pieces for others. I love seeing when others paint and enjoy the patterns and pieces that I create. It was a good day.
On that note, I came across a photo of my SLDK316 Scrolled Nativity Set w/optional painting instructions that was created by my Facebook friend Theodore Buzzelli:
Theodore created the nativity set using cherry wood, and he did some of the extra lines on the manger piece with wood burning. I really love how it came out, and I had almost forgotten about that pattern, as I created it a couple of years ago. (Thank you, Theodore for allowing me to share your beautiful rendition of it!)
I also have a painted version of it that is cute and simple to paint:
The painting pattern is the same as the scrolled one, and the instructions for both versions are done in the pattern. I dont' show a product for the silhouettes of the pieces to paint, but if anyone is interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to make one for you.
Today we are working on a site update. Keith will have another pattern for you all to scroll as well as his two new patterns that are already on the site. We will have some other things changed up on the site as well so look in your emails for your newsletter sometime later today.
I will also be working on the videos for my banner and my bonus skate project for Art Play Date. I want to have both of them done by Monday and perhaps be ahead of things for once. Then on to new projects.
It is light out now and while the morning is cool, I know it will be a warm afternoon. These are my favorite days – where you need a blanket in the morning and evening and no jacket during the day. I hope to enjoy my lunch on the deck again, and take it in as long as I can. Even though all of our trees are still green here in Nova Scotia, a few of them are beginning to turn the slightest bit golden at the tops. Soon our area will be filled with color and then winter will set in. We will have to enjoy these warm days while we can.
I wish you all a great day today. Enjoy the day to the fullest and have fun doing something creative. Happy Thursday 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"