Beets me….

some might dread the coming of winter-

a few weeks of CSA beets waiting for attention

me, I’m actually looking forward to fewer little tasks that need attention-

like harvesting the last of the garden, remodeling the bathroom, and the end of an interesting but time-consuming contract job. Gives me itchy fingers just thinking about it.

In other words… more time in the studio ahead. Why do I get myself involved in so many other things that distract and dilute me?  Can I not say “no” to an opportunity to replenish the bank account, gain satisfaction from doing things myself….hmmm…I like a challenge and being handed a big project.

But the down side is that I’m uber organized, and that translates into sleepless nights occasionally.  The curse of being able to look ahead  I did just read that the optimum amount of sleep women need to live the longest is 6 hours a night- just anecdotal I’m sure, but it gives me some bizarre comfort!  My pledge for the year starting November 10 and thereafter is to only do things that help my art, help my physical health, and help my happiness quota!

(by the way- baked them, and shredded them, made borscht, and might even pickle some!)

3 thoughts on “Beets me….

  1. Hi Nancy, just found your blog and have been enjoying reading your thoughts. I’ve had some of the same experiences of late, having to figure out all over again just what I need to be doing with my work. And new directions have gotten me going again too. Am working in textiles now, painting and stitching on fabric, but it was a long scary dry period.

    I remember that demonstration by Nathan Oliveira. For me, it was his painting back into the monotype after printing it that amazed me. I had done some of that in monotypes, to enrich or clarify, but didn’t know it was acceptable, or could be seen as just part of the process. Opened my eyes.

    I’ll be reading more, and wish you the best.

    1. Sally- How great to hear from you! I think I got on Facebook mostly to get reconnected with old grad school pals!
      I assume you are teaching in some capacity, which I kind of miss- I have a small press in my basement, and now that ALL my stuff is down there, I hope to start making some prints again. I really enjoyed that rhythm, and still remember those hours we spent noodling around in Robert Glasgow’s class.
      The internet IS a good thing after all! Yay

  2. I actually retired four years ago, just kept the UW-Stout email address. We moved to northern Wisconsin when our house sold in 2009 and are still settling into a new house. Can you send me your email address?

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