My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1530: Spring?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-06-2015 11:55 AM 1316 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We've had a couple of busy days and there are busy days ahead as well. Part of me feels like I am on vacation, as it is going to still be a couple of days until I will be able to 'work' again. We had a wonderful holiday, with a great day and meal on Saturday with our family on Keith's side. It was good to get out for the day, although I was a little worried about Richard our cat. He wasn't doing well on the antibiotic that he was prescribed earlier in the week. 

While the medicine did help him, it also made him sleepy and he had no appetite. At first I didn't see this as an issue, as it was good to see him resting after being so agitated over the past weekend. But by Thursday or Friday when he still wasn't really eating or doing much beside sleeping, I began to worry a bit. I was only halfway through the pills and I felt like he looked really tired. On Friday when I opened a can of tuna for lunch and he showed absolutely no interest, I knew something was up. 

Of course, because it was Good Friday, the vet was closed. But our vet at least has an 'emergency' service and while I didn't feel it was an emergency at this point, I didn't want it to become one over the Easter weekend. 

I left a message and he called back within a couple of minutes. I really like this vet. He honestly seems to care about his patients. We talked over the issues and came to the conclusion that the best thing to do was suspend taking the pills and see how that goes. Rich's digestive issues seemed to calm down a bit and it was more important that he ate and drank at this point. 

I am happy to report that it seemed to have worked. While he was still 'quiet' on Saturday, by the time I got home in the later evening, he seemed more like his normal 'self'. By Sunday he was alert and once again eating and drinking. 

Crisis averted. 

It is funny how worrying about your critters can take so much out of you. It reminds me of when my non-fur children were babies and sick and they were too young to tell you what was wrong. You play a guessing game and hope that you can figure it out quickly and alleviate their distress. But it all worked out well. 

I had planned on making some new cat toys for all the critters in my life. In honor of spring and the Easter holiday, I had the idea of making some little felt bunnies that would be filled with catnip. We would be at Keith's mom's the entire day on Saturday, and she always invited me to bring my needlework so I can 'play' while we chatted. so I decided to bring some of my leftover silk ribbon and threads and bought a felt square and planned on making some cute kitty toys. I even brought some catnip to fill them with (the good stuff we get from BC). But when I got to the point of closing the first bunny, Keith and his mom vetoed the idea of making the bunny into a toy for the cats. I decided to make them into lapel pins instead. (Sorry, Kitties!) I guess they came out cuter than I thought they would.

They are kind of cute, I suppose, and giving them to the cats would be a waste. I will now have to think of something perhaps a bit simpler to make for the cats to enjoy. I am actually thinking that I may offer patterns or kits for these critters if there is enough interest. Even my days off seem to be filled with doing something creative, I fear.  ;) 

Yesterday was a quiet day for us. I baked for today's dinner that we are spending with my "Canadian family" in Digby. I also spent the day finishing up a special secret gift that I can't show until later. It was a good weekend. 

Richard is pretty much recovered it seems. He is eating normally and is alert and playing in between naps. Again – a great relief. 

I feel as if I am 'slacking' in the work department. Keith is working on a new set of seven plaques that will be available later on this week. I have some new painting designs to do as well as scrolling designs that I want to make. As usual, I don't know where to begin first. 

But it is all good. Today will be a great day to visit with family and friends. Things will come as they will and eventually everything will get done. I have to keep reminding myself that I need to take time for relaxing and enjoying life as well as working. Even though my 'work' doesn't feel like work. 

It snowed off and on over the weekend. At times yesterday, it was nearly white-out conditions. It was rather comical actually. I am happy that even though we had several squalls of snow, there was sunshine in between and nothing additional seemed to stick. I can actually see the front bumper of my car now and I am once again dreaming of being able to drive. It is an odd spring so far. But eventually it will come.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well. 

Happy Monday to you all! May your week ahead be filled with fun and creativity! 

-- 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 04-06-2015 05:52 PM

Good call Keith and Keith’s Mom! Those bunnies are way too cute for cat claws! Great lapel pins.
Hope you have seen the last of your snow!:)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 09:02 PM

Glad to hear that Richard is back on his paws. Now he can play with the bunnies . . . You did make one or two for him didn’t you?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 04-07-2015 11:47 AM

Good morning both of you! :) Anna – if you read the next post, you will see that we are not quite done yet. :( Hopefully soon!

John – I certainly will be making him one in the near future. Maybe not as elaborate though. ;)


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

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