Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Realization...

It is official...I have too many hobbies. Now the question becomes how to pare down. I scrapbook, bead, stitch, crochet, take photos, journal, quilt (if one can call my feeble beginning attempts quilting) and "garden". In addition I have books on woodworking, writing, drawing (and supplies) plus all of the ones I actually do. I used to rubber stamp and have plenty of supplies for that as well. As a child I had daydreams of having a room/building devoted to crafts. It would have excellent lighting, work table space for working with beads/gemstones, more worktable space for scrapbooking and drawing. There would be a potter's wheel and kiln. There would be an area for sewing/quilting...I've never had the desire to design and make clothes but long to make teddy bears. There would be an area with easels for painting or drawing. The lighting would be natural daylight as much as possible...both overhead and through windows with a beautiful view. Realistically...I'm too busy at this time in my life for all of these and I can't see actually having the space for that room. But the thought of paring down is rather overwhelming.

On a different note...Stretch is home from college. He had a blast and made friends who I hope will be lifetime friends. He learned a lot...spent the drive home talking stream of consciousness and pretty much non-stop. He is sold on having a Mac computer for college. He pulled an all-nighter in celebration of successful finishing of the course and has been falling asleep in the recliner since we got home. He has decided that he will likely apply to this university after high school and that he will apply for the honor's program. I'm thrilled at that news...I know it will be more work for him but believe he is able to handle the load.

Squirrel has been watching "Star Trek - Voyager" since we got home. He was pretty much counting the hours until we could leave this morning to get his brother. He missed his brother...though he enjoyed the county fair demo derbies. He also enjoyed mostly our trip to Chicago to see family.

Dipstick is out on a camping trip this weekend. The original plan was for it to be a biking trip so the troop could earn their badges. However due I think to the extreme heat forecast for this weekend the plan was changed...I am not sure what they are working on.

The computer is fixed...thankfully. It had to be completely formatted so I've still not got everything totally back to the way I like it. However...slowly progress is being made. No pictures are loaded yet.

5 comments:

Linds said...

All those hobbies just mean that you are an interesting and talented person, Edith. I wouldn't get rid of anything yet. I would instead consciously timetable an hour or 2 a week where you can sit down and craft away. And I too have dreams of the beautiful crafting room with natural light etc. Sigh.
Wonderful news re your son and wanting to apply for the honours programme!

Linds said...

Our comments crossed! Are you on Facebook? If so, we could chat!

Edith said...

I am...

Linds said...

Lindsay Langdon. Same photo on blog

Widsith said...

Linds' advice sounds good to me too, because I have the same problem--I don't want to cut any of my interests and hobbies, yet they could easily take over my life if I don't schedule them. :)

I hope you find a solution that works out for you, Edith! :)

By the way, it's awesome hearing about the boys' experiences. I'm so glad Stretch had such a positively life-changing time in his course, and that Squirrel is enjoying the life that summer and time off from school has to offer. :)