I'm just getting a chance to read your comments and appreciate them all.
I was definitely not ready to retire but circumstances dictated that I did. And as for volunteering--I live in a town of 2600 and there is not much opportunity to do that. I have found a very, very part time job-every other Friday-and that helps some. I have plenty I could do but need some motivation to get going. I know things will turn around, hopefully once this crazy winter is over, and then things will be better (at least that's what I told myself last summer). I'm going to try the UFO suggestion since I have several of those. Thanks! Happy sewing!!!
I am sorry u do not like your retirement. I retired 5 mos ago and love it. I sew a little everyday. Suggestions: start by making a list of 4 projects u want to make or UFOs. #each project, put in a bag and draw one out. Sew on this project each day for 30 min for one week. Then put away. Draw a second # from the bag, sew each each day for the 2nd week., third week new #, etc. soon u will have 4 WIP, repeat next month same projects new #s drawn. This will let u know if this is something u want to continue or look for another hobby. At the end u will have 4 projects done. If u want to sew more u have permission to do so.
I retired for a year and really didn't like it.
Maybe you could get a part time job.
sorry to hear that retirement is not what you hoped for--I retired in June and am just loving it! I am keeping busy not only with sewing, but am very active in my guild, several community organizations and church--plus trying to get a longarm business off the ground. Sounds like you are not liking being at home so much--what about volunteering, getting involved in some classes, etc that would give you some structure (which goes with work) and get you out of the house?
Hope you are warm to day. I remember Illinois winters...we relocated to Arizona I. 1984. Hubby and I are both retired and are enjoying life, everyday is an experience. Take a few breathes and enjoy what you have and do what makes you happy..maybe you just were not ready to be retired - some of our friends are still working and are happy also.
Judy in Phx, AZ
Well, it's officially a year since my retirement. And I still do not like it!! I worked at a local store for about 6 months but found it cut into things I wanted to do with my family esp. on the week-ends. I guess I wanted the best of both worlds . I still have not been sewing much but like checking out this website and buying magazines and even more fabric. I have enough to last me for some time, like most quilters, if I ever decide to get busy. On freezing cold days like today (wind chill is -26 here in central Illinois), I'm really glad I don't have to get out and go to work. Hopefully, I will come to like being home all the time and start sewing. Everyone have a great day!!
I grew up working in a grocery store that my dad owned so I approached the young man that is now the manager of our one grocery store in town (he went to school with my son). I asked if he thought they would be hiring after the first of the year and he told me he would always find a place for me if I wanted it. Really made me feel good. Not sure that I will follow up on it but it's nice to have the option should I want it. And right now I'm wishing I had not given 3 months notice--I could go home today and be very content.
I retired 3 years ago after 19 years at the Health Department. I am never bored. I love waking up in the morning without the alarm screaming at me and rushing to get dressed for work. Besides taking care of my husband, cooking, cleaning and running errands, I still find the time to quilt. I love being able to travel and visit my grandkids and spend quality time with them. At times, I feel that there's not enough time in the day to finish the things I want to do. Never thought of going back to work. So many quilts to make and the grandkids are growing so fast and I'm getting older.
I was lucky enough to retire almost four years ago, one month short of my 51st birthday, after 29 years from the US Postal Service. They want to pay less and give less benefits to new employees. The door did not hit me on the way out, in fact by request I retired 3 months earlier than they wanted me to. I volunteer for the Red Cross on blood drives, as well as donating platelets and making appointments for drives from home. And enjoy time in my sewing room. Retirement has allowed me time to learn embroidery & applique, do BOMs (that still need to be sewn together so I can quilt them), take classes to learn all kinds of new techniques, and of course SURF on this board and many other quilty websites & blogs. HAD to make a goal this past week to complete 4 UFOs for gifting and was successful!!!! Never a dull moment unless you want it to be.....can you tell I am a very happy retiree. ))))
I retired a year ago but got pretty bored because the dog was awful hard to talk with. I got a part time job recently which is great. If I didn't have this option I would volunteer some place. You likely have a lot skills that shouldn't be wasted. I bet you're good at organizing..want to practice on my sewing room?lol
I understand your reluctance in retiring but that will pass, I promise. I was lucky enought to retire early and it frightened me. I can honestly say it is wonderful. I don't know where my days go. I am so busy and able to spend time with my grandchildren. My sewing room is a mess because I'm in it all the time. I would love to tell you my house is cleaner than ever but it's not and boy have my priorities changed. My husband loves it and especially likes the idea of me being home when he gets here. Good luck to you and happy sewing!
I just ordered a small quilt kit from CT using the Bookish line of fabric. I'll let you know how things turn out. I thought if I really liked the fabric I would order yardage later. Thanks to all who told me about it.
I know at times it's difficult to find what your heart shows you'd like. I've seen quilts that have "books in them" that have each book spine hand pieced or made with iron on backing. The nice thing about this is that you can actually put specific books you'd like with specific titles. I'd love to see your finished project posted. I'm a real "book fiend" and love anything book related. My family probably has over 1000 books and we just never get rid of any of them . We raised our son with books and the library was a weekly enjoyable event for all of us. He's now well educated and a professional person and I always thank the librarians who contributed so much to his education and continued love of reading. Good luck
Thanks--I looked at Connecting Threads and it is actually what I'm looking for. I now need to figure out what pattern I want to do so I will know how much to order.
Hi I'm also new but if this helps, have you tried Connecting threads.com they have a new fabric collection with stacks of books!
Thanks everyone for the thoughtful comments. I am trying to get back into sewing a little at a time. I actually had one whole day with no one needing me and I sat at the sewing machine & worked on a small project. It is very fulfilling to accomplish something and I hope I can continue. I did print off the info. about the AAQI quilts. I will look into it further. Thanks again.
I encourage you to start making mini quilts for AAQI.org (Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative). They are no more than 9 inch by 12 inch...can be less. Many times I use an orphan block from previous project or want do a block (but not the entire quilt). Usually I can do one in an afternoon, register it on website, mail it off & KNOW it helps the cause. They can be as simple or elaborate as you like...see some of mine http://www.alzquilts.org/nicholslinda.html
Just sew a nine patch scrappy block together each day....won't take long and you will get something accomplished.
Being a caregiver is not easy. My Mom was sick with cancer less than 2 months and she is the only one I was was caregiver for. She was caregiver for two of my brothers, knowing they would die. Then another died from suicide....so unexpected....and broke her heart. From 1987 to 2009, I have lost both parents and three brothers.
If you are dealing with depression, know you are not alone. Helping others will make you feel better. I also volunteer for the Red Cross with Blood Drives and I donate platelets (which helps cancer and transplant patients).
PM if you need to talk ))))
See your healthcare provider, Take care of yourself & take time to grieve. You will get back in the game, don't rush it. Praying for you!
So sorry for your loss - it is very difficult to get back in the quilting habit sometimes. I fell and broke my arm and was unable to quilt for almost a year! I spent so much time just sitting around (probably depressed and not even knowing it). It has been hard to get motivated again ... start slow and small ... I am so motivated now that I have even become "addicted" to applique ... go figure! Will say a prayer that time will help. Keep going to your local quilt shop - I know mine has been an answer to prayer when I am feeling blue.
I am sorry for your loss. I had a friend who got back into quilting after the death of her mother by making a special quilt and donating it in her mother's name to Project Linus. She knew this is something her mother would have loved. Maybe something like this would help???