I am currently unemployed, and won’t be employed until our bed and breakfast opens again in April. So what to do for the next 4 months? Hopefully lots of things. I’ve just finished my last of eight painting classes. I absolutely loved spending 3 hours a week thinking about how something looks, why it looks that way, and how to achieve the look you want through paint. I made some terrible art and loved it. I also made a few things I adore, and some mediocre bits too. Luckily I have fairly low standards so I am generally pleased that I have produced anything at all.
So more painting, and perhaps some singing classes are in my near future. Exercise is big on the list too. I am going to surgically remove my behind from the couch this winter. This procedure is exponentially more complicated when the couch is situated in front of a roaring fire. Once successfully removed, my behind will be attached to legs that are in motion and capped off in running shoes. Automated levers will be stitched into my bum and fastened to the ends of my arms. This will allow me to continually raise and lower my arms in 8 hours shifts without disturbing my day to day chores. I have already designed a new wardrobe that I will sew this winter to accommodate my new body machinery. Obviously, all my sewing will be done by my feet so as not to interfere with my upper body workout. Fun fact: I have spent much of my life practicing doing chores with my feet just in case I lose my arms in a freak accident. That last sentence is really true.
We are also working toward a less consumer base Christmas. Our gifts to each other are either previously used, experienced based, or homemade. Most of the gifts I’ve purchased for my girls have come from the thrift store. I found a great selection of brand named clothes, and some excellent books at Value Village. I am going to make a little something for each of my girls as well. Some homemade bath salts, candy cane bark and mediocre art will be under the tree. I’ve asked the girls to clean the interior of the car, and a date night from Jess. Jess is planning several family fun days as a gift to us all. The first one will be this Saturday. Jess and the girls will spend the day baking and decorating gingerbread houses while I help a friend at our local craft fair.
The outdoors is high on our list as well. Our house is now cozy, comfortable and warm. This triple threat can sometimes hinder our enjoyment of the extreme cold waiting beyond our back door. As an enticement, we have a built an excellent fort from next year’s firewood supply. It has a fire pit, stumps for seats, and walls to protect you from the bitter wind. It’s the perfect spot to roast marshmallows, watch the starry sky, or simply take a break from your sisters. We have plans for a big skating rink in the backyard to keep us moving this season. We had a great rink last year, but Jess is aiming for a bigger and better one. It is all mapped out, and he is almost finished his prototype for a self flooding rink robot. He is fairly thrilled with his new robot and even more excited when he realized it could do double duty and water his garden next season too.
We have big plans to be more creative in both art and technology, more organized, more relaxed, do more cooking, more reading, more volunteering, watch some good films, and simply hang out more with family and friends. All this leisure time is paired with leaner financial times this winter but it is well worth it. We didn’t move here to get rich. We moved here to get living, and we are loving it even with a long winter ahead. It is a time to feed our souls, and before we know it spring will be upon us.