I tend to be single minded … so when I get interested in something, that’s all I think about. If it’s a home project, I’ll want to call in sick (or beg to work from home so I can “multi-task” 😉 ), and if it’s a project at work, I don’t complain about coming in early or staying late.
Is that the opposite of ADD?
Anyway, for the last few weeks I’ve been single-mindedly sewing. I’ve skipped out on social activities, let my nails go ragged and not answered the phone. G is impressed that I have found a hobby that will endure, but I’m not impressed with myself for getting too wrapped up in one activity.
The thing about sewing is that it has no end. There’s always a new project or skill to learn (and I have plenty to learn). The last obsession was my Marie Kondo journey, but with the tidying up there was a beginning and an end. Yup, that tidying-up has endured and my closets and drawers still look fantastic! My other ongoing obsession is gardening, but with that there is a season – especially in parts of the world where there is a hard freeze. As my sister has said, the only thing better than gardening is the months when you let the beds rest and dream of gardening.
But I’ve missed posting in my blog and I really need to get onto a serious workout regime, so I’m going to seek more balance, starting now. On Monday I finished a wadder sewing project (the sewist ladies at patternreview.com taught me that some projects deserve to be wadded up and tossed). Thus with that unsatisfying project done, now is a good time to broaden my interests and quit obsessively working on one thing, or the other. Balance.
So the first order of business is a blog update.
G managed to drag me away from my sewing machine last weekend for a long-planned visit to Portland, Maine. We don’t know anyone there and aren’t really leaf peepers, so why Maine? It’s on the list of possible retirement locations. (I know the winters are cold, but I grew up with cold weather, and as Rhoda Morgenstern said, I figure I’ll keep better) Seriously, our ideal is a place with considerably lower population density, mountains and the sea.
We stayed in Portland, right along the waterfront. Portland is a small city, but very picturesque with considerable history. Harbourside Portland is a foodie’s dream – so many cool, funky, interesting restaurants in old buildings. In 2009 Bon Appetit Magazine named Portland the “foodiest small town in the US”.
On Saturday we drove north to Acadia National Park (about 3 hours from Portland). This photo is enroute to the park. These sumacs were the first to begin showing colour. The day was unfortunately quite grey, so not too many photos.
Saturday night we found a great little restaurant called the King’s Head. Their Fish & Chips rivalled our favourite chippie in London, and this Brindle was the best cocktail I’ve had in a long time.Portland seems to be a young city, so lots of people out for dinner, drinks and socializing.
Sunday morning we drove over to the Portland Headlight, at Port Elizabeth. After a day of rain and wind, and another of cloud, Sunday was beautiful albeit crisp. After spending the morning here, I could see myself walking or jogging along this cliff wall when I don’t have the burden of work!
As we flew home, G asked me if Maine was still on the list. Yes, it is …
Oh, and once again I didn’t watch my Atlanta Falcons play their weekly football game (relied on Twitter for the highlights). They won and are currently unbeaten for the season! I’m beginning to think that it’s bad luck for me to actually watch the games because they’ve done so well when I haven’t been glued to the TV. I will say that this sunset while flying home makes up for missing a weekend of sewing, organizing or football watching.