Thursday, August 25, 2011

Suggestions Please

Alright ladies and gents, the time is upon us. The kids go back to school in 2 weeks. I'm starting to feel better and have much more mobility in my right arm (I'm a lefty but it helps to be able to use both arms) I'm still probably a good 3 weeks away (maybe longer) from beginning treatments (I don't get my path report until August 31 and the oncologist said I have to be completely recovered from surgery before beginning)

I'm running into a problem. I bore easily. Very easily. I've also never not worked. Actually not totally true, I did have 6 months off after Mary was born but I had a newborn and a 3 year old and I was knee deep in getting my home daycare set up and ready to go so I was busy.

I need something to do. I want to do something crafty. I want to do something that I can use to raise money for the Relay. I want to do something to make myself feel good. But most importantly, since I'm going to be a decidedly fixed income, I want to do something that will not require me to spend a lot of money.

I'm thinking of my photography. I'll have time, especially during my favourite time of year,  fall, to take pictures.

I'm thinking of my sewing. Perhaps it's time that I learn how to read a pattern. I want to try and sew myself some of those head scarves. And if I could figure out how to follow a pattern I could sew other things besides tote bags. Oooh, I'd love to make a quilt.

I want to write. I've been tossing around an idea for a book, a based on true events story about the PP. I think about us and I could see it being an Oprah book of the month book. I mean it really is a fabulous story. Maybe even as an collaborative effort between everyone in the PP who would be interested in participating, writing their story of involvement in the PP from their point of view. (so PP sisters, what do you think of that idea?)

I've been thinking about making Christmas ornaments with the Sculpey III  I have left over from the earrings and posting them in my Etsy store.

My friends came over last night for supper. No wait, that isn't right, my friends came over last night WITH supper. They brought supper over to us and stayed to enjoy it with us. It was fabulous. It might seem like such a little thing but really, it's so much bigger than that and I truly appreciated it. Not just to dinner but the company too. I guess, part of me worries that people will feel differently or treat me differently now, with kid gloves or backed off and I don't want that. Sure, I'm different now but only on the outside and not that I thought they wouldn't but I'm glad my friends see that.

So, throw me out some suggestions....what am I going to do to keep my mind sharp and my creative juices flowing when the kids go back to school??


  1. Jean, I've got a couple of ideas ... using your photos you could make 2012 calendars or a pack of Christmas/Winter-themed cards to sell. I know I'd buy a pack of Christmas Cards to use that had "that personal touch" which separates them from all the other ones found in the stores. Just a thought ... Rachel