27 May 2019

The Travails of being a retired person

As is usual, I started my day before 4 am dressing for a two plus mile walk with my three dogs. Camera at the ready, I took some photos of wonderful cloud formations - future work? Future like today? Then I came in and started to tidy up a bit laying hands on couch pillow covers in white and the twenty five rayon infinity scarves I bought in preparation for a silk screening frenzy. I think the pillow covers in nice heavy 100% cotton will get an indigo treatment during one of my workshops. The rayon scarves need a soda soak before silk screening. I also found an old sketch for a crow quilt I made years ago and want to remake. I had sellers remorse after letting that go too cheaply. I am also currently reading "How I Paint" by Thomas Buechner and I am finding it had to put the bookmark in and leave it. I currently have three sketchbooks going that I am working into at the same time. Can I turn my back on them? So the travail is about what to do first? I do have visions of those luscious soft rayon scarves in vibrant colors dancing before me like multicolored carrots......



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  1. Hah! Being retired is tough! So many things we want to do, so little time! I love the picture... is that a pillow cover you've screen printed? Yummy!

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  2. I guess you are not the kind of person who has only one project on the go....
    I am like that. Sometimes I envy people who are able to work on one thing and move on. Does it ever stress you to have many things on the go?

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    1. No. I like being able to pick what I want to do. If I leave something undone, I always have a starting oint the next day to get me started.

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  3. You were wired, I think, to be a fast and creator of many things...What I sometimes wonder, is how did you fare when working full time and raising a family, with all of this creating of art that is inside you!!? Love the colors in the photo..

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    1. I painted, caned and rushed seats, made baskets and started a folk art reproduction business. In the 90's I tied Fishing flies. I also taught all of those things in Adult Ed at night in Madison as well as Portland.

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  4. I understand completely! I am not (in my mind) "retired" -- but I only work for someone else (in a yarn shop) very part-time, indeed, especially in the summer months. Having completely my in-home "reno" (paint a bedroom wall; sort out and cull various household items, and yarn) and finished my major gardening challenge for this year (extend 2 beds, fertilize and plant bedding plants and flower seeds), I need to get back to my art work...but what to start first? I have at least one project under-way, materials for two more lying out, and a 3rd that has a deadline (so I'm procrastinating on that one!) Sigh...

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    1. It's always the one with the deadline that we drag our feet on!! I like thew "pull off the bandaid" approach and just jump right in and get her done.

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  5. What yummy choices! I hope you can follow your heart and pick the activity you will ENJOY the most!

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    1. Today quilting and tomorrow a silk screening workshop.

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