My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1803: "Just Another Day" here in Canada . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-24-2016 02:05 PM 1360 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are two times during the year that seem to affect me the most regarding living here in Canada.  For those of you who may not know, I was born and raised in the United States. More specifically, in the Chicago area. I lived the first 42 years of my life there and I have many ties and fond memories.  About 12 years ago, I decided it was time for a change and the time was just right for me to move here to Nova Scotia. I am not going to go into details here, as it is a long story, but overall, I am very happy and enjoy having two countries to call 'home'. After all, we are all North Americans, aren't we? 

For the most part, I am very happy here. After some rough patches, I have settled into a good life that is filled with love, creativity, and peace. It doesn't mean that I don't sometimes miss my old neighborhood, as both of my grown children and their families are there. But I seem to feel it more both on the 4th of July (America's Independence Day) and on Thanksgiving. It is on those two days that I am most aware that I am no longer in my home country. 

For the 4th of July, we usually have a Canada Day celebration around that time. It isn't always on the same day, but it is close. Close enough to 'feel' that I am celebrating for both countries. It kind of melds together. 

For Thanksgiving, though, it is a different story. Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in early October. That is something I never realized until I moved here. The first year when someone mentioned Thanksgiving being then, I thought that they had too much Captain Morgan. It seemed so out of place. 

But it came and it went that first year and it felt incredibly odd to me. Oh – I was up for a good meal, for sure. I celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving with enthusiasm that first year. But when it really hit me hard was at the end of November. That last Thursday of the month came and went just like any other Thursday. No parade. No football. No turkey. Just business as usual. 

I felt incredibly homesick. 

Since that first year, I decided to do something about it. Since I was fortunate enough to call two countries home, there was no reason in the world that I couldn't make my own celebration late in November and have my own (second) Thanksgiving here myself. And that I did. 

Each year, on the last Thursday of November, I make my own turkey with the trimmings and celebrate. I have done this with a house full of my Canadian friends and I have done it with only me and my kitties, and just about every combination in between. After all – with all I have to be grateful for, it didn't seem inappropriate in the least. Today is no exception. 

I am taking this day to reflect on all the good in my life. It will be a quiet day with just Keith, myself and the cats. Keith's mom is home from the hospital, but recovering nicely at home. We are grateful for that. I have a small turkey and will make that with stuffing, cranberries and green bean casserole (one of my favorites!) and it will be a wonderful and low-key day for me and Keith. I will get some drawing in, too, I think and I will also work on my sloth pastel drawing. 

Here is the progress I made since last time. 

The branch was a beast to get looking right, but I think I have it where I want it. I am good on the eye, but the face is nowhere near done. These are just the under-layers. You can see the comparison to the (somewhat crappy) reference photo I have:

It is coming . . . 

I hope I have a bit of time to work on it later. But drawing new designs will come first (along with cooking, of course!)

I also wanted to mention that Keith has two new pattern designs available on our site. His first one is SLDK696 - "Do All Things Through Christ" word art (simple version.)

The second is a more detailed version of the same phrase, with two layout options. (SLDK695 - I Can Do All Things Through Christ)

Both are really nice, I think. :) 

As I look around me while I am writing. I can't help but be thankful. We live in a nice, warm and safe home, have good friends, and wonderful families. What more could I ask for?

My three companions are happy as well. There is Coco:

Richard on the daybed (with his "Kitty", of course):

And my 'Executive Director of Operations' – Pancakes:

As you can see, he still has possession of my nice chair. It has been over a month now and I think getting it back is a lost cause. Oh well – as long as he is happy. :)  

I wish all of you and your families a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving. Even though it is "just another day", I don't think I need a specific "day" to be grateful, as I truly am grateful every single day of my life. I know I am very, very fortunate. 

Enjoy your day – no matter where you live. 

Happy Thursday to you all!

-- 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 11-24-2016 02:47 PM

Ever since you mentioned American Thanksgiving I was planning to do something special for my wife as she is American but it has just snuck up on me with no plans yet. Maybe I can plan a nice supper, baked potatoes etc. We met in Berrien Springs MI., not that far from Chicago, at school. Been married since 1970. Enjoy your post when I have time, been busy in the shop.
P.S. The wild cat saga. I held the food dish and managed to have it come and eat out while I was still holding it, then after awhile I would stick out my finger and touch the top of its head, eventually progressing to rub the top of its head and behind the ears. Now lately I have been able to pet it with the food in front of it. He pushes against my hand and seem to enjoy it. Still can’t get close to it but progress has been made.
Have a nice Thanksgiving, I almost think we could be thankful that we don’t live in the US.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 11-24-2016 03:02 PM

Hi, Brian:

I am so happy you have made contact with the kitty. We all need to feel a gentle and loving touch. You are wonderful to take the time necessary to care for your little hobo. I am sure he is grateful. You are a good man.

I try to refrain from expressing my political thoughts here. That is probably why I am still here writing after over five years. But yes – I am concerned about the USA and the world in general, as we will ALL be affected by any change that will take place. (How’s that for being gentle? )

I wish you and your wife a wonderful day. I bet she would appreciate a little something to honor the day. It is a big deal in the states and it doesn’t hurt to stop and take stock of the good things in our lives on ANY given day. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Also, thank you for keeping me updated about your little furry friend. I am sure you will win him over completely with time. :)


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

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#3 posted 11-24-2016 07:23 PM

Happy Thanksgiving, Sheila—enjoy your day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 11-24-2016 07:39 PM

Thank you so much, Dean. :)

I hope you have a great day as well!


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

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#5 posted 11-25-2016 04:12 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Sheila!
Your sloth is coming along really nicely. Your cats are sure enjoying your beautiful new studio

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#6 posted 11-25-2016 08:29 PM

I did have a good one, Anna. :) Quiet, but a nice turkey dinner that I made for just Keith and myself. Yes – everyone is finally getting settled here. It is a process, but one worth going through.

Have a great evening, Sheila

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

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