I am running late this week. The past two weeks have been busy, busy, busy. The work load has picked up as it usually does in the Fall, we have been trying to finish several outside projects at the farm before the weather gets cold (and hunting season kicks into high gear) and we are having our second annual chicken stew on Saturday which takes some prep work as well. So while I have a few minutes left…
I have decided that it is time I got serious about a few things. If you have read any of this blog you should be getting the idea that I’m serious maybe 20% of the time. It is not that I don’t take things seriously. I do. But something happens in my brain and often what went in seriously comes out with a warped and amused twist when it exits my brain and oozes down to my fingers or springs from my mouth. Serious stuff has happened over the years and that tends to make me selective about what really is serious. Did that make ANY sense at all??
Back to where I was going with this. I can do lots of things. That is not tooting my own horn, it is just my reality. I have had to learn how to do lots of things. Artsy stuff you know about, but I can also do minor car repairs, use power tools and do some basic carpentry, grow my own food, run a business, raise kids safely to adulthood (any parent will tell you that is HUGE), and a ton of other things. I bet you can as well.
The problem is that I am a jack-of-all-trades but the master of none. Most of what I know I had to learn quickly and “git ‘er done” on the fly. Even the subjects I wanted to explore and learn more about I have not had time to. Then there is that Creative Attention Deficit Disorder. Surely I am not alone in this. You are starting a new creative venture and loving it. About half way in you are doing some research and come across some new cool thing and BAM, you drop the first or thirtieth project and dive into the new one. This is actually how studios and storage units are acquired.
So now that life no longer includes sitting beside a soccer field for days on end or attending numerous networking meetings per week, I THINK I have time to begin drilling down on some skill set improvement. Number One – I need to do some concentrated drawing and painting again. You use it or lose it. Number Two – Improve my sewing. Actually I have been doing pretty good on this one. I have made myself several pieces of clothing lately. I will do a post on those soon. Number Three – I can’t just sit and watch TV or a movie. I have to do something. That something is usually knitting or crochet, but I have never challenged myself with much more than simple scarves, prayer shawls and the occasional fingerless gloves. Now I want to tackle socks. Why socks you ask? Because I need them and because sock yarn comes in luscious colors so I will have a reason to buy it. Number Four – I will soon become mama to three horses. I don’t know squat about horses. Guess it is time to get some horse sense.
So those of you who patiently read this rambling of mine each week, please keep me accountable. Heck, join me and let me know what you are working on and we can help each other. I’m going to need help badly. In the Spring I am getting married (yeah!) and that means ANOTHER move, plus we are remodeling his house extensively starting NOW (that should give me plenty of blog posts and new DIY skills).
Wishing you a wonderful week!