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.