Now I Can Play

The taxes are in the mail!!!  I know I shouldn’t be this happy about it, but I am!  It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.  Now I can play.


I think we should all be able to play.  Play keeps us young.  I find too many adults do not know  to play.  Thankfully, they are not knitters or writers.  Creative types seem to have that built-in sense of what it means to let go and play.

I’m trying to encourage Sam the cat to retain as much of his “kitty-ness” as he can.  We have regular play times together.  And we both enjoy it.

Yes, as adults, we all have responsibilities and I’m not suggesting you ignore those.  But I do hope you will approach your life and each day with a playful attitude.

This week, I’m had a bad case of casting on new projects.  We wont’ discuss just how many things I’ve got in the works.  But it’s a lot.


Maybe I’ll use some of my Rhinebeck haul.  Or maybe something totally new.  It’s fun to think of what’s next in the line up.  It’s fun just to look at the yarns.  Sam may play a little too much if I don’t put the yarns away.  He’s pretty good about it though for a kitten.

I’m also thinking of a few garden projects if we ever get consistently warm weather.  Might have to call in Michael to help me with that.  What he planted last year is for the most part thriving.

So what plans do you have for spring and what are you doing to play?

Whatever you do I hope you have FUN.



New Ideas

This week I worked on taxes.  Now that’s a left brain task.  We all know I’m strongly right-brained.  It was NOT fun.  However, thanks to my dad, I do have some mathematical skills.  Not mad math skills like he has, but I do have enough to get me through business math without a problem.  It’s just not FUN.

When I was 5, I got my first book of chess.  To this day I can play a very decent game of chess, but I don’t enjoy it.  My first book on math came that same year.  I think it was called “I Love Numbers” or some similar title.  I did not love numbers.  Instead of reading that book, I’d curl up on my grandfather’s lap and listen to his stories.  He was always good for a few good stories.  And I think that’s when my love of story-telling came into being.

So it didn’t surprise me too much as I plowed through my taxes this week that my mind drifted to story ideas.  And boy did I come up with a fun new series idea.  I’ve had tons of fun this week working on characters and plotting.  I’m hoping I can do a rough draft on this one fairly quickly.

Now this doesn’t mean that Becca and the River City Mystery series will be put on the shelf.  Not at all.  I’m still working on Becca and the gang.  But I have new excitement and energy around this latest series idea and I’m going to run with it.

It’s sort of like casting on for knitting.  I love bright, shiny new objects – whether it’s a knitting project or writing project.

Do you have a bright, shiny new object in your life this week?  I hope so.  We need new things in order to keep us interested and to help us grow.