they’re multiplying like rabbits down here

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.

knitted blanket

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.

 bunnies getting faces bunnies nearly done

 stuffed bunnies bunnies

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.

be happy

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.

8 Responses

  1. Emily@squiggleandswirl
    Emily@squiggleandswirl March 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm |

    You have been busy, but in such a lovely and creative way. This is my first visit to your blog and if my husband wasn’t waiting for me so we can with a show I would read on.
    I’ll pop back another time though. Emily

  2. Deb Baker
    Deb Baker March 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm |

    Your lifestyle sounds idyllic. I hope my retirement is like yours. I could happily make bunnies all day. I too, have so many unfinished projects but like you say, they are what makes up life. All the little things in life make for a truly happy one. Lovely to have found your blog. x

  3. Anja
    Anja March 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm |

    Hi Sandra, I’ll be a regular here as it gives me glimpses back into the life I thought could be mine. But as you say “life happens while you are making plans”. The line borrowed from John by Marlon Roudette for one of my favorite songs of the moment “When the beat drops out”. I remember hearing it full blast a few months ago while gardening and while making plans …. that was before life happened and took an unpredictable turn into an uncertain future.
    Those rabbits are beautiful. Oh and that blanket is just divine.

    Much love to you

  4. sue
    sue March 12, 2015 at 10:03 am |

    Hey Sandra,
    Wow! beautiful blog. Some sound advice when I am needing it most. Thank you.

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