In a perfect world, people clean house when they retire. It makes sense, doesn’t it? By getting rid of things that you don’t want or need, you are welcoming your retirement by having space for the activities that matter to you.
It has been over 10 years since my retirement, and it’s only now that I’m cleaning house. This includes the greenhouse and the storage shed out back. I don’t even want to think about cleaning out the garage.
You can move stuff around all you want. But if you can’t find what you need, then it’s time to seriously look at what you have. At last count, I have 7 scissors and 7 hammers hanging around the house. I don’t know where they are, but they have been missing for years.
Maybe you already have a hobby (or hobbies) that will take you through retirement. I still need to find a hobby that will suit me, but that doesn’t keep me from trying new things. I must say that I’m not trying very hard because I always seem to return to the writing and the photography.
So I find a quilt that I started about 5 years ago. I can tell you why I didn’t finish it. All I did was cut pieces from a yard of watermelon fabric, then pieced them back together with my sewing machine. Even at that time, I wondered, “Why would any sane person cut up a perfect piece of fabric so that they can sew it back together?”
I’ve seen women work their magic with quilts. They use European sewing machines with names that I can’t pronounce. They can go as far as design their quilts by computer.
Even with my simple quilt, I refused to finish it. This would mean more work. I would have to “sandwich” everything together. The quilt, quilt batting and backing would need to be sewn together.
Quilting is a precision science. When you measure and put together pieces of fabric, they have to match up. I look at my quilt, and I see a lot of mismatched seams. I can tell you right now that I have no interest in ripping up this project and doing it over.
I’m no quilter. But at least I found this out before I went to the classes, bought an expensive sewing machine, attended quilt conventions or dragged my husband to every quilt shop on the West Coast.
I could give this quilt away so that someone will finish it. Until then, I must say that it looks pretty good as a tablecloth while I’m serving watermelon.