A lot of projects get started here in the Tassie cabin and remain in their work-in-progress stage for a very, very, very long time. This isn’t something new. It took me around ten years to finish this knitted blanket for the couch! I lost the pattern a couple of years in and almost forgot how to knit several times during that period. But it was worth persevering as I love this blanket so much now.
Anyway the latest project going on in the Tassie cabin has a deadline and I’m determined to finish in time. I’m making softies for Mirabel. I read the shout-out to make bunnies for Easter over at Meet Me at Mikes. I’ve participated in the Christmas softie drive before and thought what a great stash buster this would be while I was doing my February challenge. You can read about that here. My plan was that for day 28 I would say that 28 bunnies were going to be leaving home. I’ve been busy cutting, appliquéing, sewing and stuffing for the last couple of weeks.
This is the kind of thing I do instead of working at a so-called real job anymore. Believe me it’s so much more fun. To all those people who ask what I do all day now that I’m retired, well, I do things like this. Actually I’ll do this for a little while, then some other idea will come up which sounds like it could be more fun and I’ll do that instead. Go for a bike ride, pick some flowers, learn a bit of Spanish, go for a bushwalk, read a book, volunteer somewhere, make some bunting for a child’s birthday party, meet a friend for a long lunch and plenty of chit-chat, listen to podcasts, read blogs then cook some yummy recipe I just saw, walk to town for a coffee and cake, walk home. That walk to town is around three hours return by the way!
All those little distractions lead to me having so many unfinished projects. But it’s all the little distractions that are, in reality, life. Aren’t they? Like John Lennon sang in Beautiful Boy, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. I’ve always loved that line as a reminder to be aware and present in my own life. Living in the moment. Mindfulness. It’s a trending topic for sure and it’s certainly not new. But it’s terribly important to remember.
Well, of course, day 28 has come and gone and the bunnies are not quite ready to leave home. Luckily the deadline is really mid March. They’ll be hippity-hopping off with love in their hearts to find new homes by then.