I had an epiphany today.  Don’t you just love light bulb moments?  I met with the accountant this morning and then ran to the jeweler to get my bling cleaned & a watch battery, good thing I went too because I had a stone loose in my anniversary band.  I just love the folks at Jared ( sigh, he went to Jared) 🙂

Anyway, after I did the have-tos, I went to JoAnn to see if I could find a piece of craft plywood for a project I want to do – that actually translates as more stuff to put into my fancy pants new sewing room.  You should see my room two months later – piling up just like before because no matter how good my intentions are, I just don’t have time, energy, warmth (in the room), or want to to get back there and start working on something.  And everything I removed to get rid of is back in there because we decided we just HAVE  to break down and have a garage sale this summer.  Ugh, Ugh, UGH!

So, all of that to say:  I bought a magazine – HGTV Magazine.  Me buying a magazine is nothing new; I’m a magazine Junkie!  I love to buy magazines.  But, I’ve never bought THIS magazine before.  Because we don’t have cable or satellite TV  I  don’t watch HGTV, so the magazine was a newbie for me.   I took myself off to Cosi for a Tuscan Pesto Chicken Sandwich and raspberry iced tea and opened up my new magazine.  I LIKE it!  It’s inspiring!  It’s creative and tasteful & full of bright colors – which everyone needs this time of year and especially after the winter we’ve been having here in the Midwest.

And after my solo lunch with my new friend, er, magazine, I decided to skip Whole Foods (hey, I can buy milk at Kroger) and go to Hobby Lobby.  I walked in the front door, turned left and for 35 wonderful, blessed minutes I wandered around the store and let myself be inspired.  I breathed in the creativity and the beauty of decor and supplies.  And when I left I new what has been wrong with me.  Well, part of what’s been wrong with me anyway.

My soul is starving.  Not my spiritual soul, though I’m sure it can always use more food than I give it, but my creative soul.  I’m famished, hungry, STARVING for a creative outlet.  I’m so desperate to be making something beautiful, fulfilling, celebratory, or just plain new and useful.  I know I finished stitching Kurt’s stocking and I’m about 2/3 of the way finished with my new barn and bought a wedding sampler that will need to be done in the fall for Karra’s BFF, but somehow cross stitch just isn’t as fulfilling to my creative needs as sewing or painting and crafting.

I wish I could say my epiphany came with a big lightening bolt of ideas on how to find the time to feed my creative soul, but alas, it did not.  But don’t they say that identifying the problem is the first step to solving it?  So, now that I realize that I NEED that creative time the trick will be coming up with creative ways to steal that time.  Let’s face it between the kid’s school, the animals, the usual cooking, cleaning, laundry, church, upcoming garden, basement/garage/workshop cleaning, and that necessary summer garage sale, I’m a rather busy gal!

And speaking of starving, I can hear SugarBelle demanding her supper.

And That’s What’s Reflecting on the Pond today.

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