Hello, peeps! I’m having sort of a lazy Monday morning to finish off a pretty lazy weekend. I had an acquaintance (notice how I didn’t say friend?) ask me what I’d “been up to” lately. I don’t cross paths with this person often so that’s probably a fair question. A few answers came to mind.
- Well, I’ve spent the last year recovering from a traumatic accident and surgery.
- I’ve been solving all the world’s problems like famine, disease, and terrorism.
- Spiritually? Physically? Socioeconomically?
- I’m alright, slight bruises here and there, nothing i can’t handle (this is probably close to the truth).
- Today I’m a rutabaga, but tomorrow I’m thinking I’ll be a coconut.
But what I actually said was, “Nothing much. Same old stuff.” This must not have been the answer she was looking for because after few more minutes she repeated the question. And then followed up with the zinger:
Haven’t you gotten bored yet since you aren’t working?
WHAT? Bored? Me? She must not know me well at all. Now, you must keep in mind that I have never in 22 years known this woman to “work”. She stayed home with her children (which is ALL KINDS OF WORK) but did not have a job outside the home. Then after the divorce, she lived off support from her ex-husband and talked about trying to decide what to do with herself. She did that for years. And all of that is fine. Fine for her, but apparently not for me because she was all sorts of judgmental about me not working for the last 6 years. Never mind that I put in 25 years teaching science to high school students! In the end, I just shrugged her off and said, “I knit. I read. I have hobbies. I keep busy.”
But last night at meditation class, a retired friend said, “We are’human beings’ not ‘human doings’. The meaning of life is to live it fully in each moment. Our worth doesn’t come from a job.” She makes an excellent point!! And she also pointed out that they aren’t hobbies at all; they are passions. And she’s right again!
So here’s what I’ve “been up to” in the last few weeks.
- Hubby and I put in a no-dig fence for the dogs. It’s not a tall fence, but it looks nice and works for our two dogs. The golden is too old and not a jumper or otherwise we would have needed a taller option.
Shawzy looking out. She’s adorable, is she not?
2. I finished up a few knitting projects. One, a pair of socks for the hubby (to be discussed at another time) . The other is a baby sweater for a friend. I think the sweater turned out quite cute. Entirely made from leftover sock yarn. One solid gray and the other a self-striping. Thrifty and cute both.
3. Exploring local coffee shops. I take my dog to Pittsfield, IL to be groomed. While I wait, I support the local economy. There’s a gift shop, a diner, and a coffee shop that I love there. Not to mention a few antique shops. Free Press Coffee and Tea is a favorite. Great atmosphere (and it’s attached to a historic hotel), good coffee, and even some gluten-free choices (with more to come). It was pouring down rain last week when I was there so it was a cozy place to kill some time reading and enjoying a breve. (We did have snow on Saturday though!)
Free Press Coffee last winter.
While I was there I bought a cup to add to my hand-thrown coffee cup collection. I love it. It makes me happy having my tea in it. Small pleasures. Isn’t it a beauty?
Cup by local artists at Crooked Clay Creations.
4. Yoga. I’ve started a gentle yoga class to help improve my core strength in the hope it will alleviate some back pain. It saddened me a little to feel like the youngest member in the class, but it’s okay. I like it. I love the instructor who’s very helpful at guiding me away from moves that might cause me trouble. She’s one of the those people that you meet and know instantly that you could be great friends. AND, I’ve flexed my stiff spine in ways that it hasn’t been in over a year. That’s a good thing. I pay for it a bit afterwards, but that’s getting better too! I’m only going once a week since it’s a 40 minute drive, but I bought a DVD to try to add a couple of days on my own at home. I’ve committed to 10 weeks and from there we shall see. Maybe I’ll switch classes or add another class to the schedule.
A class at my yoga studio. Not MY class (notice the “youngsters”). My class would look much more “mature”.
5. Reading. Always a given. But this time I am reading a book that I have looked at many times but always put it back. I don’t care for the circus. Never have. I’m not sure why either. I just don’t like them. I’m not sure what kept drawing me to this book but I can’t tell you how many times I read the blurb on the back. We have a locally owned bookstore that I try to support, so last week I didn’t put the book back on the shelf. Instead, Andy wrapped it up for me in brown paper. (I love that old-fashioned nod to times past.)
Isn’t it lovely? Sort of like a living room filled with friends.
Anyway, the book that followed me home is The Night Circus. It’s very well written. Reads like a dream. . .both literally and figuratively. It’s not what I expected. It’s much, much better. It’s not a dash to the end, it’s more of a slow contemplating read with stops to imagine the magical circus the author has created. And I think it may be one of those books that I will be sad to see it end.
6. Watching Blackhawks hockey with the family!
7. Getting my pictures in order so that I can begin the scrapbook of last year’s vacation. I think I’m about ready to start it. It’s an overwhelming number of pictures to sort through. Plus the idea of telling the story which turned out so different than we had planned. I know I’ll cry often while I do it. It’s daunting. But soon I will get to it.
8. Laundry. Cooking. Cleaning. Grocery shopping. And all the other mundane things we do to keep a house running.
9. Tangling. Doodling. And drawing.
10. Cleaning up the yard and raking leaves. I love my big trees – but oh my- the number of leaves to rake!
The front yard leaves. Doesn’t include the back yard at all. That’s a ditch under there.
11. Sometimes I just sit in my chair with the dog on my lap. Small pleasures. (Again.)
So! That’s what I’ve been up to. It’s been pretty damn awesome too. Part of me wonders if that acquaintance can say the same.