So who is this Susannah person, anyway?
Okay, jumping in. Here goes:
My primary adult occupation has been life partner to my DH; mom to three terrific adult human beings (and mother-in-law to their equally wonderful significant others – yes, I am their mother-in-law, and yes, I do think they’re wonderful); and finally, grandmother to three of the brightest, most well-rounded, best-looking adolescents in the entire world, bar none.
What’s that you say? Of course not! Come on, would I lead you astray in my very first blog? It’s the absolute truth, spoken as a completely unbiased observer.
So I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and so on – you know the drill. I expect these folks will be popping into my conversation from time to time, since they’re smack dab in the centre of my life! So I’ll wait until they appear before I begin hauling out the photos. [Don't THINK I didn't hear that comment!]
I spent the second-best chunk of my long working life wearing many hats in a frantically busy two-person office that I shared with my boss. On any given day I could be Receptionist, Payroll Department, Administrative Assistant, Personnel Department, Graphics Department, Copy Editor, Bookkeeping Department, Janitor, Receptionist, Public Relations Department, Fundraiser Co-Organizer, and Dishwasher. To be fair, janitorial and dishwashing services were often shared; my boss was one of a kind.
It was, to say the least, never dull.
Eventually I “retired” to start a home-based business in complementary therapies as a teacher and practitioner. This was definitely the best chunk of my working life. Loved teaching; loved working with clients. Inevitably, of course, the day came when it was time to move on to the next chapter of my life. So now I’m officially retired, for good this time, and relishing every minute of it.
Whoa, wait just a minute here…that last bit is seriously understated. Actually, this chunk, the retirement chunk I mean, is the absolute best of all. Good grief, I’m having the time of my life! Now I can do all the fun things I was either too busy or too tired to do before – and do them for hours at a time if I feel like it. Man, how good can it get?
So what turns my creative crank?
- Knitting lace
- Making chainmaille bracelets
- Knitting cables
- Writing, when inspiration strikes
- Buying gorgeous yarn – and thereby
- Adding to the largest yarn stash in the free world
- People who make me laugh
- Adding to my knitting library
- Adding to my art library
- Knitting, period
- Walking in the woods
- Buddhist philosophy
- Bead weaving
- Watercolour painting
- Designing jewellery
- Oh, and did I mention knitting?
What turns me off? In general, not too much – although there are a few things:
- Cooking (if I had my ‘druthers, I’d live in a house with no kitchen!)
- Folks who aren’t kind to each other
- Endless rain or snow
- Filing bills and other stuff (personally, I prefer to let it marinate for at least six months before I even touch it)
- Brussels sprouts. Meh. Yuck.
So that’s the “who,” in a nutshell, and I guess it’s also the “why.”
Oh…and welcome to Susannahsays!