Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Heigh ho, heigh ho...



I have been frantically trying to clean house, decorate for the holidays, and catch up with laundry and errands before holiday guests come on Friday. With an attendant puppy at my heels since late summer, things have been piling up on me. So now, he is helpfully trying to keep me from catching up.

I can't blame all of my household neglect on Booker, though. I have also had a lot of painting and weaving, which I consider 'my work,' that has needed my attention since he came. For quite some time, I have put the studio work first. But now the housework, etc. has to come first, and I feel that I am neglecting my studio work! I have a tapestry design begging to be begun for the Enchanted Pathways exhibit, and I have several paintings that are partially done, plus several more I really want to begin.

Isn't it funny that one 'job' seems to make me have to ignore and neglect the other? I just can't seem to keep up with both at once. At least not now, with the 'help' that I have on my heels at all times. I'm sure this is probably a common conundrum for those of us who have in-home studios, and who often find ourselves running behind, trying to catch up with where we believe we should be.

I took the above photo in a main street diner. The man was doing business over coffee on his cell phone. Ah, if only I could get my cell phone to clean the house, while I sat and sipped coffee and watched shoppers trudge through the snow! But I clearly must have a cheaper cell phone than he has. I can do very little of my work with my cell phone.

6 comments:

Life Looms Large said...

I really like your coffee shop picture!

It is so hard to balance everything and feel like you're doing justice to all the things that are important. I have trouble with that too!

Sue

Theresa said...

The only way I can keep up is to make a dedicated time to clean. Monday mornings, the stigma of getting up to go to work has never left, so what better time to get it all out of the way. I have many helpers too, a few just love to attack the vacuum. Nothing like a Cairn, an Aussie mix and JRT all vying for that little
floor attachment.
Now that I'm whistling that ear worm I'm going to go clean up the dishes. :-)
Wish my cell phone would do the work too.

Julia Kelly said...

I can relate totally- love love my home studio- but always some other thing is calling- definitely a quandry!!
Your photo is wonderfuo- do you have an account www.istockphoto.com- I would buy that image!!

Sherri Woodard Coffey said...

Balance-I have been struggling with that all my life it seems, so I definitely relate. I have started doing the zip through the house with vacuum and dust cloth, but for company much more is required. Starting on that right now! Well, maybe a little weaving first...

Margaret said...

Lol. The way we're headed, in a few years they'll probably be offering cell phones that can do tapestry and watch your children at the same time!(that's quite creepy, actually).

Amber said...

Balance evades me too, and I don't even have a studio. Pretty sure that would only make it worse.

Like the photo -- it reminds me of Norman Rockwell.