Time Sure Flies

Gosh, where is the year going?  I can hardly turn around anymore without wondering where I am.  Oh, that’s pretty usual for me isn’t it?  Well, I guess if I ever figure out how I got to where I am, I might know where I meant to go.  Make sense?  Me neither.

I know I got pretty hyped up about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle a year ago and honestly I was pretty disappointed once I got it.  I didn’t feel like it helped me or hit where I was at.  Well, I told myself I wasn’t going to waste anymore money on those ebook bundles.  Until Monday.  I got this little 4-step mini-course on restarting your creative juices.  I really enjoyed the challenge of looking at creativity as part of my life instead of something I do if/when I get the chance.  So, I bought the bundle (it’s no longer available, sorry).  I was surprised.  Between the ebooks, ecourses and bonuses, I am going to be so busy, sewing, knitting, crafting, writing, learning to digitize photos, scrapbooking my smart phone photos – and the one I’m most excited about – learning to art journal, that I’m going to be super creative for two years at least!!!  It just made the juices flow.

I told Kristen I’d have her new show vest done for Regionals (a week from Saturday), but things have gotten in the way (of course).  So, between shopping for SOMETHING for Kurt’s birthday next week and making Easter dinner on Saturday so that it can warm in the oven while we’re at church on Sunday, I’ve GOT to find time to get her vest fitted and sewn.  I promise pictures – I PROMISE!

I do have a great collection of pictures on my phone and just uploaded them to dropbox, so it should be easier to get them here and to photobucket.  Anyone have experience with Snap Monkey? (I think that’s what it’s called).  I’m not as happy withe photobucket as I thought I’d be.


Remember our art making cat, Catnip?  He chased chickens yesterday.  For a whole minute he thought he was a wild safari animal.  Then he realized what he was doing and panicked.  Silly cat.  I guess he doesn’t really want to live free and in the wild.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm




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.