One of the main reasons I haven't had time to work on it is that I started attending a two week real estate seminar. I wanted to take some classes that were not art related, as I tend to do more art during the warmer months. So I had been thinking about doing something fun, but something totally different. The course is actually an accelerated course so you can get your sales license. The first week was quite interesting and I enjoyed everything I was learning. The first weekend is what really got me. I had to study all week end for a test and it reminded me quite firmly that I was STUDYING. I don't want to study. I don't need to pass a test so I can become employed. I quit work eight years ago because I wanted out of the rat race. Anyhoo, we had a test yesterday and a substitute instructor. I did not like him at all and he kept hammering away at the point that this course is so you can get your license, get your license, get your license...I just wanted to learn something new and I did. I learned that real estate is never for fun, even if you can afford for it to be. It is work and I don't want or need to go back to work. I would be great at the real estate game, if all you had to do was meet people and show them houses, but it's so much more than that. I have a new found respect for anyone that has to make their living in this way. You have to love it to do it and I say, if this is your thing, go for it!
So from now on the classes that I take will most likely be hobby related. I don't want want to change my life, that will happen no matter what I do. I don't really know if I want to do anything different right now. I may take some art classes if I feel the need to get out and socialize, otherwise for now I'm going to concentrate on having the inside of my house painted and having new flooring put in and just doing my thing.
Taking classes is really nothing new for me, over my lifetime I have taken:
Key punch classes
Glass Bead Making
Precous Metal Clay
I know just enough to be dangerous in things like:
Just enough to be dangerous...herein lies the key. I don't want to be totally proficient at anything. I don't want to be an expert or a master. I just want to learn enough to see if I like it and if I will be good at it. Take gardening for instance. Don't care for digging in the dirt, planting stuff and weeding out in the yard. Don't like it at all. I have several house plants that I haven't killed, but please don't suggest "Garden Club". Everyone is different, I don't like to do things that I'm not good at immediately. I give up too quickly if I feel like a failure from day one. No one wants to feel like a failure, and they deal with it in different ways. My late husband was much more of a perfectionist than I and would delve into something with everything he had. He would become fixated on whatever it was that he was doing and he didn't understand by casual attitude to learning things. My attitude has always been, "looks good enough to me" and I seldom pull out a seam that's not completely straight (that's why quilting didn't work for me) and if I'm three feet into a knitted afghan and see a dropped stitch, it's "oh, well, whatever". I would not frog (you know, rip-it, rip-it) unless it was a really bad mistake, and then chances are that I ball it up in a Kroger bag and eventually give it and the yarn to the Goodwill.
Perhaps it comes from my mother. She would say things like "it will never be noticed on a galloping horse" which meant "you're a kid, who's going to notice or care if that hem is straight". I took this to heart. That is probably why when we painted our living room, we used masking tape to repair the wallpaper before painting over it, and why she and I removed a corner cabinet with a claw hammer and dry-walled our kitchen using a butcher knife AND probably why I have a partially finished nightstand in my guest room. Seriously, who cares? Not me. All those things worked for what we needed.
Now, know that when I've done something well, I'm properly proud of it, but I'm just as proud of the not so perfect things that I have created, also. After all, as Peri the Great knows and says...
"That's how we role in The Shire"
So,in closing this post, I'd like to say, if you don't like the way I do stuff, then you can just kiss my @$$ and stay home. Ohhh, I do so hope you're not offended, if you are, please see previous sentence.