My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1339: Down But Not Out

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-20-2014 12:50 PM 1564 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It appears that I will be down for a couple of days. 

On Wednesday, after the gym, it seems I pulled a muscle in my lower back. It kind of threw me for a loop.

I am much too busy doing things to have something like this take me down. So many ideas! So many projects to develop! As I said on my Facebook page – when is a GOOD time to have this happen?

But happen it did and for the next few days I need to really switch it to low gear and take is slow. That is so against my grain!

As we get older, we need to consider things that perhaps we haven't considered before. Such as our bodies may need a bit more of tender love and care than they used to need. I try to take decent care of myself. I go with Keith to the gym usually about three times a week to work out and keep in shape. I am from the "use it or lose it" school of thought and I think it is really important to keep my muscles busy and happy. This is especially important for me because much of my day involves sitting. But apparently I pushed a little too hard and now I am kind of paying the price. I was slowly increasing the weight I used and I think I may have pushed a little too far. So for the next several days, I have to kind of lay low and let whatever I did heal. It isn't easy to do – especially for someone like me. :) 

I do feel it improving already though. I am taking some over the counter muscle relaxers and they do help. Nothing will help though like some quiet time. This is something that I have to send out a call to my patience and actually behave. 

On Facebook, I had many suggestions to go and see a chiropractor. Many of you may not realize that we are located three hours away from a larger city where one would be available. Since this is not a chronic thing, and just something that "happened", I do believe that it will heal and shouldn't be much of a bother to me in the future. I am counting on it. It will just require some time and care and then I can go from there. 

I was able to do some drawing yesterday. I have in mind probably 6-8 different summer themed  plaques that I will be offering. They will be simple, but cute and as always, I will be offering some different finishing options so that people can customize them to their own taste. Here is a sample of what I have come up with:

I know it isn't much, but it will be cute, I am sure. 

I even found a great idea to change my "All Season" tree over to a summer theme.  It still has the bunnies on it from spring and it is time to think ahead to summer. :)

I will keep it short today, as I just wanted to let you all know what is up.  We are planning a site update early next week so those of you who are on our mailing list, please use your discount code over the weekend if you plan on using it. I don't like to sound like a sales person, but we will be pulling it off when we load the next update. Those of you who are interested can still sign up for the mailing list here (Mailing List Signup) and I will send you a copy of the last newsletter that has the discount code in it. As I said, it will be good throughout the weekend. 

It is a beautifully warm and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. Summer is, indeed on its way.  I hope you have a wonderful day as well and a fabulous weekend ahead!

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 06-20-2014 03:32 PM

Get well soon.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 06:51 PM

Hi Sheila, I’m still searching for a local supplier for Mylar. I’ll let you know if I find one. Interesting design you are working on. Looking forward to see the completed project.
Take it easy and look after your back.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 07:04 PM

Thank you both so much. Hopefully I will be 100% soon. :) In any case, I will do what I can until then.

Anna – thank you for letting me know when you find out. I am just curious as to how it will work with the scroll saw. It may be something nice to offer my painting customers. :)

Take care and have a great 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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#4 posted 06-20-2014 07:52 PM

Take your time to heal up. You’ll be back at it in no time.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 12:59 AM

Shelia, it’s always hard to know when enough is enough when working out or just doing some heavy work in the yard (yep, that always gets to me). It’s just getting older in years…until we look in the mirror, we still think we are in our 30’s or 40’s. Most things I can still do, but it may take me awhile to get it finished. I have had back problems since I was 18… Now if my back and shoulders would feel good all at the same time, I could really cause some damage. Over the last year, I decided to “get in shape” for my age of 69. Can’t lift weights, but I can walk and watch what I eat. Lost 39 pounds so far…another 20 will be great.

Hope you are up and back at it very soon.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 05:54 AM

Since tomorrow (Saturday) is Summer Solstice, you can relax for the day, appreciate nature, and get better. Enjoy.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 12:11 AM

Thank you all very much for your nice words. I am sorry it took me so long to answer, but I wasn’t at the computer much this weekend. I am feeling much better though and I hope for things to get back to ‘normal’ in the next several days. I do believe I am on the mend. :)

I have several new things that I am working on so that is good as well. We had a good weekend here weather-wise and it was nice to see summer has finally arrived.

I wish you all a great week ahead.


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

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