Busy, busy hands . . . and not enough time.


Retired people always talk about how busy they are. I could never figure that out. They don’t have to get up early and take a shower and put on grown-up clothes every day. They don’t have to drive to work and find a place to park. They don’t have to work for 8 hours! And then drive home and get ready for the next day at work. Just how busy can they be?

Then I retired, pretty much the minute I turned 55, from my career as a college professor. And now I am SO busy, I truly cannot find the time to do everything I want to do!

I want to do what you want to do—make things.

10 things I wish I could fit into every day:

1)   Quilting—I have a beautiful quilt that needs about two days work to be finished. I’d love for you to see it!

2)   Making jewelry—You should see my studio! I have everything I need to make pretty things.

3)   Baking—I used to bake bread. I love to bake cookies . . .

4)   Getting the dirt out—I get the weirdest thrill out of soaking a stained and smelly old tablecloth, made by someone else’s loving hands, and seeing it come back to its shining glory!

5)   Ironing—no, really. I love to iron. I can explain it and someday I will.

6)   Making music—my husband plays his guitar and sings almost every day. I should, too. It’s just good for the soul.

7)   Gardening—I actually do get into the garden almost every day. Those pesky weeds insist.

8)   Trying a new candy concoction—Last year, I developed new recipes for mint meltaways and peanut butter meltaways and they are FAB, if I may be so impertinent as to say so. What can I make next . . .?

9)   Getting out of the house—all these projects keep me home but when I go out to look at what other people are doing and making, I get a huge creative jolt!

10)  Trying something new—I’d love to learn to weave. And hook rugs. I’d love to learn to play the banjo or the fiddle. But, the problem is I don’t have time for the things I already know and love, so I tell myself I shouldn’t start something new.

So many creative outlets, never enough time. I imagine you feel the same way, too. Right?