My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1807: Life's Little Curve Balls . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-05-2016 03:48 PM 1876 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Every once in a while, life throws us a little curve ball. These little surprises often come when we least expect them (thus – the term "surprise") and knock us for a loop. They never seem to occur during the lulls in our life, but when we seem to be the busiest. Sometimes that is just the way it goes . . .

Last week, I had to take my dear kitty Pancakes to the vet. He was having some issues and in general not feeling his best. I could tell because I just "knew" that he wasn't his usual self. While the changes were subtle, they were definitely present. 

I wondered if I was over-reacting when I took him to the vet. After all – he was eating well and looked OK, but I felt there was something out of whack. I am really glad that I did bring him in, although I don't know if I was prepared for what we found out. 

It seems the little guy is going through some sort of trauma. His spleen is very large and he needs to have surgery on it. They will possibly remove it. After a battery of blood tests and x-rays on Thursday, they found no abnormalities and everything else seems to be in order. It is perplexing for both the doctors and us. 

So on Thursday he will go for 'exploratory surgery'. I know that sounds excessive for 'just a cat', but those of you who know me know this is a family member. I am not even considering not trying to get to the bottom of things. Pancakes is only ten and has many, many good years left if we can solve this mystery. The fact that he appears to be cancer-free from the x-ray and everything else is "normal" from the blood work shows that he has a lot in his favor. Now if we can only figure out why his spleen is so large. 

I will be worried until Thursday and probably a mess on that day. But I will also remain hopeful that all will end well. The doctors I have are excellent and really do care about their patients. Their office just called this morning to check on him and see how he was doing. So until the day, we will just try to keep working and moving ahead. 

I wanted to show a couple of new designs that Keith has on the site. The first is his SLDK695 - Philippians 4:13 Bible Plaque pattern:

Like all his other bible plaques, it is beautiful and elegant. This pattern even has two different layouts that you can choose to make.

He also created this SLDK696 - Do All Things Through Christ pattern:

It is another nice all-season plaque that would look great just about anywhere. 

Next, he created this SLDKBPSet 2 - Set of 4 God, Lord, Christ and Savior Bible Passage patterns:

I believe he had all of these plaque patterns available individually, but now they are available in a set. They would look lovely as a vignette displayed all together. 

Finally, Keith created a plaque with two different, yet similar sayings that are based on Matthew 19:26 – With God – all things are possible:

The item number for that pattern is SLDK697 - With God All Things Are Possible. I think it is another all-around beautiful project. 

As for me, I spent the weekend working on the video for my SLDP254 Winter Bunny Snowflake Ornament project for ToleTown

As you remember, this was the piece that I wrote about in my blog entitled "Bunny Blunder". I was happy that I was able to pull it out of the fire and make it look decent. I worked on the fur and it turned out pretty nice:

Kind of in between realism and a cartoon. I practiced it again and painted it for the progression photos for the pattern packet on Saturday and then again for the video on Sunday. In the end, I am happy with it and I have a two-part, hour and a half video lesson to go with the pattern.  The video is uploading to ToleTown as I write this. 

It was fun to do the video in my new home here. I am learning to do videos quicker and more efficiently. It made me think that I should be doing more in the near future and I hope to do so. 

I really have lots of great things planned and I know that now I am getting settled, I should be able to accomplish more. I thank you all for your continued support. Creative people are the BEST!

I wish you all a wonderful day today. Be sure to try to make some time to do what you love! Life is short! You never know when one of those curve balls will come your way!

Happy Monday 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 12-05-2016 05:50 PM

Wishing the best possible outcome for Pancakes.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 07:32 PM

Hang in there Sheila, The vet will take great care of things in your and Pancakes’ favor. Keith’s plaques are so well sized and positioned for their use; and your artistic ability continues to amaze me, as the fur and eyes of the bunny are so real ya just wanna pet it.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 07:33 PM

Best wishes for Pancakes to return to 100% really quickly. Hope to see photos of him back on duty as your Supervisor. Stay positive.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 08:25 PM

Thank you, all. I am trying to stay as busy as I can so I don’t think too much over the next few days. My little friend is here by my side and I am sharing all of your good thoughts with him. He purrs his thanks to you all. xo

I will keep you posted!

And thank you, Russell. I was glad it worked out with the bunny. Sometimes persistence pays off.

I appreciate you all very much, 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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#5 posted 12-05-2016 10:02 PM

Pancake is in my prayers, and for you and Keith, I wish for time to move faster than normal in the surgery and recovery! I know how hard it is when my family is not well. Like a heavy cloud around my heart. Sending a cyber hug! Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#6 posted 12-05-2016 10:57 PM

Thank you so much, Suzanne. We all appreciate it a great deal! ((HUGS))


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

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#7 posted 12-06-2016 06:12 AM

So sorry to hear about the problem your Pancakes is having and the stress you are under. I love the Bible verse plaques. Maybe I should try some scrollsaw projects. They are for scrolsaw aren’t they. will pray for you.. The bunny is magnificent too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 12-06-2016 12:17 PM

Thank you, Brian. Yes – it has sucked a lot out of me. Keith said he misses my “Pink Cloud”. I apologize to all my readers for not being my cheerful self these days. While many, good things have come this year, there have also been many stressful things. Those who have followed me over the years know that I don’t dwell on the negative things. I try to look past them and focus on the good things in my life. There are many.

I have some good plans though for the near future. I am sure that once this is behind me (the Pancakes issue) I will be able to start to feel better. Fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. I have two more days of “what if’s” and then I should have some answers. I only hope they don’t find anything life-threatening. I feel ill just thinking about it. . .

I appreciate your friendship and concern. I also appreciate your patience with me. Things will get better. Right?

Have a good day! 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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