What Do You Do All Day?

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Being creative is truly a wonderful thing. I get annoyed with people who ask me, since I’ve retired, “what do you do all day?”

What Do You Do All Day?

They have visions of me, getting up at midday, scratching my bum and sitting in front of the television until gone midnight. Did I forget picking my nose, too? It is the complete opposite of what I do. I’m one of those people who are commonly known as a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none.’ A flibbity gibbet is another description. What is certain is that there are never enough hours in the day to do all of the things I want to do.

Brooklyn Art Gallery Sketchbook Project

My eldest daughter gave me a small sketchbook for Christmas. A delightful little thing contained in its own colourful pouch. It’s part of the Brooklyn Gallery Sketchbook Project in New York. The idea is to fill each page with a sketch using any medium you want, although they recommend you don’t use oils or acrylics as the pages stick together. When you have filled the book, you send it back to the gallery and they archive it together with the thousands of other sketchbooks from around the world. There’s a cut off date in August 2020.

Getting Musical

So, first thing in the morning (at the moment) I’m usually sketching. When that’s done I will probably pick up my guitar and either practice or learn a new song for the monthly ‘Open Mic’ at the local watering hole. By the time I’ve finished sketching and guitar playing it’s lunchtime. The afternoon will be taken up with the maintenance of my blogs, including this one and perhaps setting out a new story or two. As darkness descends, I switch on Photoshop or Gimp and start laying out artwork that I would like to produce. They are very creative programmes and the only barriers are your imagination.

Evening

Now we’re into the evening and I’m probably still at the laptop either digital drawing or blogging. Never a dull moment. Of course, it’s pretty easy to do all of this during the winter months when there’s little to be done outside. Once the Spring arrives though, a lot of my sketching and painting will go on hold as I tend to build or repairing fences and making the garden nice again. I keep all of my interior decorating jobs to the summertime too.

Knitting

Years ago, I mean aeons ago, there was a particularly stressful period in my life when I needed to relax, but couldn’t afford money for leisure things etc. I found some cheap roles of second-hand wool in a charity shop and started knitting. All I did was cast on a row of stitches and kept knitting, row after row using the cheap, second-hand wool. Eventually, I ended up with a scarf of many colours that stretched all around the house, upstairs and back down. It was so heavy and when I rolled it up, it took up so much room I kept it under the dining room table.

All You Need Is Pencil and Paper

Eventually, I couldn’t add any more to it and I and the children unravelled every stitch. We rolled the wool back into their original balls and donated them back to the local charity shops. It got me through a difficult period in my life, just using my hands and being creative. I’ve never been one to sit back all day and do nothing. I know I’m fortunate to be creative, without it, my life would be so dull. There’s so much more that I would like to do, but I am happy and content doing the things I do now. If you ever want to pass a morning by quickly, pick up a pencil and piece of paper and draw. It costs next to nothing and you can lose yourself or find yourself, I’m not sure which. Enjoy.

This story was prompted by the Weekly Prompts challenge: Home Crafts

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56 Comments
  • susiesopinions
    January 29, 2020

    Working out all morning, and sometimes in the afternoon too. Blogging, and read as many posts as I can. Food shopping, pharmacy trips, cooking, and taking care of my husband 24/7.

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      You are an inspiration, Susie!! I don’t know how you do it all. πŸ™‚

    • Yes I get the same comment with being a single parent. Well clearly they think I stay in bed all day and just watch telly. I do like the sound of the sketchbook project.

      • admin
        February 8, 2020

        I do wonder why people have certain assumptions about others. Thank you and yes, the sketch project is great.

  • smzang
    January 29, 2020

    Absolutely super!

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      Thank you, Sarah. πŸ™‚

  • librepaley
    January 29, 2020

    You’re a creative powerhouse. I secretly (guiltily) have a hundred projects for after the kids leave, never mind retirement. Inspirational.

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      That’s very kind of you, librepaley, thank you Never be guilty. You’ve earned it. πŸ™‚

  • allenrizzi
    January 29, 2020

    I work more now than before I retired. As an author, there is rarely a free moment. When there is, I play guitar. 🎡

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      I love it, thank you, Allen.

  • Mystic Dee
    January 29, 2020

    I find some days are busier than before I retired.

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      Thank you, Mystic.

  • SueW
    January 29, 2020

    That same question is asked of me. ”What do you do all day?”
    It’s fun being creative, there’s always something to do.

    My late mother in law used to unravel knitwear and make it into something else. All I ever unravel are my mistakes!

    Thank you for doing the challenge, Trev.

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      Thank you, Sue. I enjoyed taking part in the challenge. I’m sure you never have many mistakes if any. πŸ™‚

  • f0509c
    January 29, 2020

    Interesting post… It’s about something what I am doing every day. I love to be alone with my two blogs, sometimes I try to draw portraits, I bake simple cakes with fruits, I cook, I clean our house, I like everything in order and clean. All the time is My Freddie (Mercury) with me. They are my memories. I love him and I don’t know forget him. I don’t know what it’s boredom. πŸ™‚

    • admin
      January 29, 2020

      Thank you, Camilla. Sounds like you are busy all of the time. My cousin wrote a book about Freddie Mercury. The Definitive Biography. πŸ™‚

  • Yetismith
    January 30, 2020

    I don’t sit around staring into space either but I don’t seem to accomplish much either. I spend an inordinate amount of time looking for things, often things I only saw the day before but didn’t want then….it’s so annoying. I need to sort things out for once and all photographs, old letters, pictures…stuff….will it get done….maybe next winter, or not. I used to love doodling on my iPad but all the good art apps seem to have disappeared…maybe I am out of date.

    • admin
      January 30, 2020

      You sound busy to me, Yeti. Thank you 😊

    • Rachel McAlpine
      February 17, 2020

      Yeti Smith, it’s tough when you feel a job has got too big to handle. Instead, try just putting one thing in its place each morning after breakfast. That way you accomplish something, start a habit that will grow. No guilt! Excuse me: I shouldn’t offer unsolicited advice. You are not out of date: you are yourself and that’s perfect.

  • chasingbeans
    January 30, 2020

    Nice Art!!!!

    • admin
      January 30, 2020

      Thank you 😊

  • Content Catnip
    January 30, 2020

    Love this, it was so inspiring to read. And I couldn’t agree more about keeping your hands busy being creative it can bring you out of the gloom of sadness. Also I would add moving around and eating well are good ways of avoiding sadness

    • admin
      January 30, 2020

      Thank you and yes, simple exercise or even a good walk is good. 😊

  • Photography Journal Blog
    January 30, 2020

    That sketching project sounds awesome.

    • admin
      January 30, 2020

      It is Marian. Have a look at their website. Thank you 😊

  • Doug Thomas
    January 30, 2020

    I agree on retirement. I stepped right into it, even learned it was the thing I was born to do because it finally opened up time to do all the things I enjoy most. One thing that care out of eclectic interests was my blog featuring Andy and Dougy, my Persian kitty brothers!

    • admin
      January 30, 2020

      My thoughts exactly. Thank you weggieboy 😊

  • KINDNESS
    January 30, 2020

    I think you are superhero 😁 gee you make me laugh πŸ˜… incredible please keep typing Mate best read ever. πŸ€“πŸ€“

    • admin
      January 30, 2020

      Thank you, Kindness 😊

  • mitchteemley
    January 30, 2020

    I can so relate, Trev. Creativity underpins all I do or want to do: work, play, think, pray…

    • admin
      January 31, 2020

      Thank you, Mitch, it is so important.

  • restlessjo
    January 31, 2020

    Not much walking going on then, Trev? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • admin
      January 31, 2020

      Not as much walking as in the summer, Jo. Too wet and cold for me this time of year. Thank you 😊

  • Invisibly Me
    January 31, 2020

    I’d love to see more of your sketches (hint hint) πŸ˜‰ What a fantastic idea, too, to send it all off where thousands of other sketch books are collected together. How amazing – your work, at first so personal, will become part of something so much bigger. x

    • admin
      January 31, 2020

      Thank you, Caz. I will dig out some more of them and see if I can show you. 😊

  • Dave Kingsbury
    January 31, 2020

    arm in sling so lower case and good excuse to be idle tho full of admiration for your busy retirement as for knitting does woolgathering count

    • admin
      February 1, 2020

      I think anything counts, Dave, as long as it’s not doing anything 😊 Thank you

  • SEO Company
    February 1, 2020

    Awesome post! Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  • parkermccoy
    February 1, 2020

    I’m all in favor or scratching any body part along with watching TV, but I like to productive some of the time as well. I really enjoy writing and blogging which is why I do it. Do what you enjoy and to heck with the rest! Haha.

    • admin
      February 1, 2020

      Thank you, Parker. You’re spot on, do what you enjoy, so long as it doesn’t cause anyone any harm. πŸ™‚

  • KINDNESS
    February 1, 2020

    Good Evening Dear πŸ•―πŸ•―

  • studyinuk
    February 1, 2020

    I can so relate, Trev. Creativity underpins all I do or want to do: work, play, think, pray…

    • admin
      February 1, 2020

      Thank you, Nagale, I totally agree

  • ladyp25
    February 2, 2020

    ………………They have visions of me, getting up at midday, scratching my bum and sitting in front of the television until gone midnight. …

    This made me giggleπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

    • admin
      February 2, 2020

      Thank you, Pamela 😁😁😁

  • azurea20
    February 7, 2020

    Hago lo que puedo jugando con las palabras. Con ellas he logrado un sitio donde me recreo..

    • admin
      February 7, 2020

      Well done, Azurea20 and thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Eat Dessert First
    February 11, 2020

    Very nice article, well done!

    • admin
      February 11, 2020

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Very much appreciated 😊

  • KINDNESS
    February 13, 2020

    Waiting for a new blog handsome πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

    • admin
      February 13, 2020

      πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  • Rachel McAlpine
    February 17, 2020

    What a boon it is to love these solitary creative activities. People are so different. For many it’s genuinely impossible to imagine that writing and drawing and so forth could bring so much joy. That I’m never happier than when “working”. They cannot be us and we can’t be them. But your knitting project takes the cake. I loved that story, every step of the way.

    • admin
      February 17, 2020

      Thank you, Rachel, your kind words are very much appreciated

  • Anonymous
    February 27, 2020

    Love your blog Trev, it’s great when you’re retired and you can fill your time doing what makes you happy. I am the same, I sometimes wonder how on earth did I have time to go to work πŸ˜†

    • Trev
      February 27, 2020

      Thank you, your kind words are appreciated. Sorry I can’t thank you by name as it says Anonymous 😊

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