Yes, I wish to discuss this quietly. There is a reason for this. I am obsessed with my hobbies, and I believe that if I discuss this quietly, like a secret, that maybe my subconscious won’t kick in and go craft-crazy.
Sounds easy, but when your “to-do” list is as huge as mine, just a thought of having a moment to myself for hobby stuff is insane. There is always something that MUST be done now, especially on a small farm like ours.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the rural life. I love the space, the gardens, the critters, and even the chores (a little less weeding would be nice). But I also love my hobbies. When it gets right down to it, I prefer my hobbies. I can easily do them any time of the year, day or night. I don’t have to wait for good weather, or a certain season to get things done. The bummer is that they are still just “hobbies” and do not pay the bills (yet).
I have been taking some online classes (all freebies-yea!) to learn all I can about running a home crafts business. I think I have boiled it down to one major problem – TIME. I never have enough time to do what I want to vs. what I have to do:
- Every morning by 5 a.m. I have to start the watering cycle.
- When it gets to be 90+degrees here, this must be done every day. We have some drip lines set up (in the corn & tomatoes mainly) which I can just turn on and let run for the allotted time.
- The rest is all hand watered. We have new, spring-planted, fruit trees which must get major watering every day right now. I know it’s working because the “shock” part is over and new leaves have appeared (woohoo).
- Then, while it is still cool out, I work on weeding. EVERYTHING needs weeding this year – all the time it seems. Normally we are not this wet so once weeded; an area would stay clear for a month, maybe the rest of the summer. Not this year. It was so moist and so cool this last spring, I swore I was back in upper Wisconsin. I even have a 10’x10’ canopy that I can move around to help shade me while I weed. It works great except that as soon as I move on to the next area, the last cleaned area starts to weed-up again – grr!
(NO – not THAT kind of weed.)
If I had less weeding in the front yard, and just concentrate on one major area each morning for about 2 hours (By then, it’s getting to be noon, and the wind dies – makes it awful to be outside because of biting black flies – hate them worse than mosquitoes. ); that would leave me time in the afternoon for my hobbies.
The only thing harder to do is decide which hobby I want to work on first:
- Card Making
- The list just goes on.
Oh well, tomorrow is another day, and another area to weed. Perhaps a moment or several for one of my crafts?
Happy gardening – or hobbying!
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