“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Sunday, March 15, 2009

So many patterns & recipes & blogs & bookmarks and so few friends & relatives & strangers...

After a fast-paced Saturday morning spent feverishly celebrating PINK SATURDAY (see below), prefaced by a Friday evening taking photos and thinking of witty, little things to say in my blog post, I generally spend Sunday morning at the kitchen table with my laptop reading and visiting and browsing and saving pages that I just can't bare to lose under any circumstances, you know what I mean? Sure you do, yes, I'm sure you do, after all, you're reading this, aren't you?

Just as I was "bookmarking" something I just HAD to remember or to keep or to make or to further think about, it hit me: "Will I ever live long enough to make all of the lovely, artistic, artsy-fartsy things "adornments" saved in my computer and in my files and in boxes and in drawers and...well, all over the place?" Even if I live to be as old as Methuselah...will that be enough time...really? Not to mention the cost of materials for making all of those Sugar Plums that stumble dance through my head at various times during the day. Now that Bernie Madoll is in the pokey, I don't think I'll ever be able to get him to tell where he put all of the billions I gave to him to invest. At least three to four million was set aside for crafts...sigh. It is clear to me, with his incarceration, that I just might have to do all of my creating with what I have stashed around this house or with the money I make at summer garage sales selling off my clothes and furniture so I can buy more supplies to feed my OC obsession creative pursuit.

And, there is the time to think about...the time spent making all of those wonderful, adorable, darling, precious goodies. There are only so many hours in my day to sit and to make or to glue or to paint or to sew or to cut. Once those goodies are completed, do I know enough people to "gift" them to or have enough family members who would like more homemade "thingies" from Mimi? Uhm, I've really piled those folks high with cute stuff over the years, not to mention the three to five crocheted or knitted afghans and sweaters and slippers and scarves and potholders and stuffies I've forced on them blessed them with either since they were born or graduated or had a birthday or married into the family!

I'm not even bringing into the equation all of the recipes that I've collected and arranged or computerized and put into the "must bake or cook or grill" compartment in my brain. Looking back, I should have had dozens more children to feed on Sunday when we gather 'round the table for a feast to bless after Sunday church service. At least then, I would have had more bodies to force on share all my containers filled with delicious left-overs culinary delight as they stumbled walked out the door with their pants unzipped...mumbling to their spouse, "Why did you answer the phone? We have caller ID for crying out loud!"

Is there enough time, really, to make and bake and give everything that nurtures my compulsive God-given talent and pushy generous personality? Oh, who knows and who cares! I live in a town where winter lasts longer than it should. During snow-storms, with wind-chill temps hovering around -42, I am doubly warmed as I sit in the family room by the fireplace thumbing through my recipes and patterns, picking out one or two out of the millions I've collected since I was approved for holding scissors by my mother. I clutch the selections to my breast as I make mental illness note of who will be blessed with the newest creation to flow from my insanity fingertips...wondering why my sister only gave me her phone number when she moved to California fifteen years ago.
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Photos of craft center and spices courtesty of MarthaStewart.com


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Mimi, I can so relate to this one! I periodically go through my crafting treasures & give away or donate things I'm no longer interested in. Projects that sounded so wonderful 10 years ago aren't nearly as thrilling to contemplate now. All this reminds me to purge a little more for my next donation drop off in the next week or two. We'll have a guest next month & I don't think she'll want to step around my donation piles in the guest room. ☺ Diane

Shirl said...

Hello, Happy Pink Saturday! Thank you so much for stopping by! Very pretty post. Feyja is so pretty! I had two shepherds and miss them soooo much. Just seeing her pretty face makes me miss them so!!!
I have been to visit you a few times but was having a problem posting. the page did not load all the way, it ended at the word verification so I could not post my comment. I'm glad I finally was able to post comment! Love all your pets. I rescue too!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

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The TinCan Cottage said...

Hi, I found you through another blog...I'm Addicted Now Don't you know :) anyway, I just wanted to Say Hi, Iam Vintage Almost Finished Travel trailer owner, I read in your comment,hope that was you?:), that your daughter just bought a Vintage Trailer? I just started my blog about that very thing...so I just thought maybe you/she might be interested. If you get the chance, stop by and say Hello. Not sure completely sure my little blog/trailer is going from here, but, I have a few more ideas rattlin around in this head of mine. Oh, and Iam also in Michigan! God Bless Us! hittin 60 today! Oh My!!! Have A Sunshiny kind of Day!

Loretta said...

Oh Mimi...you sound exactly like me. Whenever I think I should become disciplined and make a list of my projects and COMPLETE them one by one, my heart actually fails within me. I'm doomed but it's a fun life anyhow.