In my alternate life, I reside in a small town in Maine. I live in an old white house that has seen better days, in a tiny village that is mostly quiet. But the ocean is just a walk away, and when the wind blows, I can smell it, and it's heaven.
My OPEN flag is out some days, when I feel like putting it out there. I've taken the front parlor as my "shop", and there are stacks of rag rugs, and place mats, and a couple of racks of shawls and scarves, only what I WANT to make. My looms are in the back of the house, in a room that used to be the summer kitchen. There are windows all around, and the light is perfect. I usually weave in the mornings, but since I live here, I can weave whenever I want. It's heaven.
I don't do custom anymore. In fact, I don't do anything in the world of weaving except what I want to do.
I had thought of buying a cottage on a pond, but then thought better of that. Realistically, when you get REALLY old, do you want to be alone out in the woods? Just because you love the loons?
Instead, I take my kayak to one of several nearby ponds, on a weekly basis. Sometimes I go in the early morning, and sometimes in the evening to catch the sun going down. Sometimes I just 'float' and watch the loons with their babies. Or sometimes, Roy and I just walk until we find a place to rest, and I read my book while he soaks up sunshine.
I have some blogger friends coming this weekend for a little get together. There are plenty of places for them to sleep here, and we're going to drink a little wine, and laugh a lot.
I'm making some Maine fresh blueberry muffins, and fresh pesto from my basil in the garden. We'll definitely be eating some lobstah and chowdah, and whatever else is fresh and local.
It's a good life. I don't worry about "business" anymore. I just sell what I make, on my terms. No pressure.
I guess I've retired, something I never really imagined that I would do.
I don't have any responsibility to take care of anyone, and the freedom to live my life on a daily basis is a precious gift.
I also love not having two houses. My studio and my home are the same place. It's incredible. I can weave in my pajamas, or late at night. I can work for a half hour and go do something else. Or I can work all day.
It's a wonderful thing.
In fact, this alternate life is so peachy, I may not go back to my "real" life at all.
Sounds like heaven!!!
I want to be one of those blogger friends that's on their way to a weekend get-away at your place. I love this!
I realized that it's been a month since I came here to visit ... too much going on and computer time had to be the one to give up something so other things could get done. Just sat and caught up on everything here at your place. I'm sad about your mom, but glad that you are staying the course and taking care of yourself.
I'm with Kate ... she and I can BOTH come up and get away for the weekend with you in Maine. We will drink wine and talk like old friends and wile away the hours in good company. A girl can dream, can't she.
Sending you hugs, and peace. Hug Roy for me.
yup, sounds pretty idyllic.
It sounds lovely!
Fairytales can come true, it can happen to you, if you're young at heart. :)
I want to be one of your blogger friends visiting too! Pajama weaving, now that is something I need to cultivate.
Ah, for a second there I thought you really were having some blogger friends for the weekend and I was really jealous. Oh well, maybe someday. That lunch looks amazing. I'm always hungry when I visit here. Big hug for Roy. Hugs, Deb
All sounds wonderful ! Lovely house ! I am glad things are good for you and you are able to really relax and enjoy ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good weekend !
Follow your heart..
Lucky bloggers who are going to spend some time with you. :)
And you're scaring me about getting old and living on a lake..
Why Maine? Really, it's a great dream.
Sounds like you've been hearing the dreams going around in our house! Very similar! Enjoy when you get there, we plan to! Stephanie
Day dreams. Release from reality or a path to real happiness?
Your alternate life sounds like my alternate life, though mine's not necessarily in Maine. I've always wanted to visit Maine, but I don't think I could take the winters anymore. I'm spoiled here in California as far as weather goes, but I do miss looking out at the snow.
I do weave in my pajamas though.
It is time to make your alternate life a reality! After all you have been through, you need to enjoy yourself.
This is your real real-life!! ;)
I am completely smitten with this version of your life! Keep wishing and hoping and dreaming and you never know how much of this may actually come to fruition :)
what a fabulous alternate life you have ... i am sure tho you still have lots of cats living with you and roy
It does sound heavenly.
This, my friend, is so totally doable. I say make it a plan .
Can I be one of those blogger friends too?
Sounds like paradise!!!!!
You are as gifted a writer as you are a weaver.
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