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On This Choosy Tuesday


That is a question I am asked a lot and over the last few months I have really become a little weary from answering the question.  I think most people look at me and can guess that I am at retirement age and they assume I do not work.  My husband and I were effected by the economic downturn here in the US in 2008 and were forced to retire.  We both chose to work part time.

When I worked in the corporate world before my retirement, I heard the question “what do you do?” a lot.  I think many people would have great projects for the weekend or participate in some sporting event or travel.  Lots of times I spent the weekend at home.  I would get unusual looks from people when I told them that is what I planned to do.  It seems a little strange to me that our home is probably our biggest investment but many times we do not have or take the time to enjoy our homes.

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In the last month or two I began to consider the question of “What Do You Do?” very seriously and have given it some serious thought.  My husband is a wood turner and many times people have looked at his creations and then turned to me and asked me “that question.”  I think they expect me to have the same creative juices that he does and that doesn’t appeal to me at all.

So being the list-making, organized person that I am, I decided to consider all the things I do and I realized I do lots of things.  First of all, my working hours have increased and I now work over 25 hours a week.  I write this blog and that is definitely something I LOVE to do.  I love to have household projects and in the past I have always had something that I was working on to improve my home in some way.

Somehow, I got off track and tried to “do something.” That is when I started getting a little mopey and I could not figure out what was wrong with me.  Then we were working on our spiritual gifts in my Sunday School class at church and I did not have a high score in arts and creativity.  I realized I am just not made that way.

My guest bedroom is now filled with my projects that I am looking forward to completing. I have all the family photos from the last year to organize and put into albums or photo boxes.  I will be making a couple of pieces of jewelry for some friends and family that will be having birthdays soon. I have some pictures that are framed from recent travels and I plan to arrange them and place them on a blank wall in our home.

By the way, I did create a post earlier when I created the wreath below that now hangs on my front door.

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I am much happier right now with my well suited projects that I enjoy in my spare time.  Happily, I will be able to share my blog with you and talk about food, cooking and the South and that is a very special part of my life.  I think the next time I am asked “the question” my answer will be that I am a homemaker and it makes me very happy to make my house a home.

Thanks for stopping by.

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