My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #428: Unexpected Surprises

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-11-2011 12:53 PM 1471 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes days are heading in a direction, and out of nowhere something unexpected happens and the day takes a whole other path. Yesterday was like that for me.

I was finishing up the third letting plan and getting ready to do the necessary things for the web site update and I received an email that needed my attention. It seems that I had to put my attention elsewhere elsewhere for a while and get some paper work done for something that I am working on.

While I was doing that, I had some unexpected guests stop in. My partner’s aunt was in visiting from the United States and we hadn’t seen her since last autumn. She is a fun and personable woman and we always have a great time together. Of course, things here were messy. It seems that when things are all tidy we never get company and it is only when things are a little upside down that we have visitors. Life is just like that. But she is the kind of person who doesn’t look at those things and is here for the company. That’s the best kind of friends.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting and catching up on things. She was thrilled to see all the new stuff we were working on and kept on asking us to show her more. My partner has recently made several southwestern themed projects and her husband makes beautiful southwestern jewelry that he sells so she was particularly interested in seeing those things. It was a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

After they had left, it was back to the paperwork for me. It was one of those time when I was really glad that I am somewhat organized because what could have taken days to complete was actually done in an hour or so. It is a good feeling knowing that things are where they are supposed to be and although it takes time to get things that way in the first place, it is very much worth it in the end.

So I am afraid I don’t have much to say today. Today will be focused on getting the updates done on the site and getting my newsletter out to my mailing list people. With the site set up as it is, it’s not as daunting task as it used to be. I feel good about the new things that will be there and I am looking forward to seeing how everything will be received.

I read on a blog this morning that it is only four months until Christmas time. I know that is obviously true, but I hadn’t really thought about it yet. It always amazes me how fast those four months go by. The autumn is certainly my favorite time of the year. I wish there were some way that I can make it last all year long. It is silly to think that way, but I do anyway. I try to enjoy every single moment of the season.

It will be good to get this update under my belt. It will be a nice resting point for me. After it is done, I want to sit down and re-prioritize things and make a new list of goals and deadlines to work on. I may even take a breath in between and enjoy some of these days of summer. I know I won’t be completely idle though.

Surprises are nice. What is better is when unexpected things happen in life and you are on top of things enough to allow for them and enjoy them as they should be. I know that I push myself hard sometimes when I don’t have to, but I do that so when times like these come along, I know that I have some breathing room and don’t have to panic and get things finished.

I do listen to my friend’s advice. I take time to slow down a bit and enjoy the things around me. Otherwise I would be in danger of burning myself out. There is a great feeling of peace when you find balance in life. I am learning that. Although those quiet times may only last a moment, they are there right beneath the surface and all you have to do is allow them to rise up a bit to enjoy them every now and then. And doing so makes everything else worth while.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

-- 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 08-11-2011 02:49 PM

A surprise visit from some one I like always makes my day, and I’m glad you had one yesterday, Sheila. Have a great day today also!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 03:23 PM

It sounds like you enjoyed your visit and still was able to get work done . Sometimes when I get company ( the ones you see often) I’ll put them to work .

have a good day and looking forward to the updates

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 03:05 AM

that was nice to hear
such visits even though this one got around to be half work showing your new things
count twice in the brake time

and a brake at bennies house sunday …............luxus week you suddently got :-)

take care

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