It’s been hot the last couple days. Okay, well, not HOT HOT the way it is in Texas or Louisiana, but steamy so it’s hard to breathe hot. So I decided not to expend a lot of energy today and indulged in a ‘day off’, especially as the last week has been spent running around.
My indulgence came in the form of cross-stitching. Something I haven’t done in quite a while. Usually I did pulled thread work, metal and bead work – cross-stitch is paint by numbers for me, soothing, relaxing. Now as I’ve blogged before, I used to do sample stitching for a professional designer – my work has gone around the world on trunk shows. And I’ve run out of wall space for what I have framed, and have about 14 pieces waiting to be framed – which it probably never will be unless I win a lottery. So a lot of times I’ve convinced myself that sewing any thing more would be a waste of effort – but this particular piece I’m planning on giving to a friend of my mother’s.
And as I was stitching today, I realized since I made my resolution to get professional about my writing, I’ve given up my hobby. In fact most of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside over the years – karate, thanks to a kneecap that ended up on the wrong side of my leg, watercolor painting – just couldn’t satisfy my own expectations, quilting (although I’ve got all the equipment, I lost my sewing room when we moved to this house *pouts*), amongst others.
I know several of my fellow TRW members have hobbies – Claire Delacroix aka Deborah Cooke and Claire Cross knits – she does some tremendous work. I can crochet, but I’ve never mastered knitting, so I am in awe of her work. Amy Ruttan does cross-stitch (Amy, I’m still waiting for a photo of the piece you did as a wedding present.
Which made me wonder – if you’re a writer – or just a reader – what hobbies do you have other than reading or writing? Or what did you used to do and do you wonder now why you stopped?