photo: Margaret Horrall

Happy Saturday morning fire pups!

As most of you know by now, I’ve been unemployed for a bit over a year and though the drawbacks to being out of work are many and sometimes overwhelming, there are one or two upsides. Household projects for example, is one. I’ve found a great deal of time to do all of those little chores that we all begin and never find time to finish, that we collect materials for which then sit in our closet or garage or underfoot until they are eventually thrown away out of  frustration, that we plan and envision in exquisite detail but then get sidetracked along the way.

In the last year, one of my projects has been losing weight. I originally started to lose weight due to health reasons as my blood pressure peaked at 195/105 but now I’m on my final push to lose twenty more of what I’m calling “vanity pounds”. I haven’t just been losing weight and looking for a job though. Both of those activities, while time consuming, hardly take up my whole day. I’ve also been catching up on some reading, I’ve organized my closet, (three years after moving in), I’ve gotten a great deal of writing done on my ever expanding, never finished book, repaired some rickety furniture, made a stab at gardening and several other little things that I’ve been meaning to get around to.

I’ve even had time to do projects for friends.

I recently replaced some light fixtures, outlets and switches, repaired a screen door, organized a garage and built a workbench, (in the picture), for my friend and ex boss, who as a Colonel in the Air Force and a physician, has even less time than most of the rest of us do. It’s a lot of fun for me to work with my hands and I’m pretty good at it, though not really good enough to make a living of it. There’s a certain satisfaction when you complete something both creative and utile, even if you’re not the one who finally uses it. Personally, I’d rather have a full time job but staying busy is important too. It keeps the mind sharp and the skills intact and though much tastier, vegetating on the sofa with a bucket of ice cream is not conducive to longevity.

So how about you? What are your projects that you’ve been putting off? What are some that you’ve accomplished? Feel free to be boastful! This is your Saturday morning “dig what I can do” thread.



49 year old very progressive female trying to turn Texas blue again.