Little house 8 miles out of town and 40 miles from my day job…

In all of the hustle and bustle of moving and starting our new journey, new adventure..creativity has been a challenge. Aside from the obvious adjustments, new town, new job, starting over with household items, there was also the challenge of being without the boys, for 2 and a half months. Now that I finally have them, nearly a month now, we are readjusting to being together again.
The dynamics of our family are completely changed. Now I am the ”out of the home” working mom. My time is not as flexible as it used to be. Peter has been relaxing for 2-3 weeks and job searching for one week. Luckily and because good references, he had 3 job offers, one from each of the producers he applied to.
The big choice. Well, it was not a 3 way tie. There was one producer he was definitely NOT getting good vibes from. I could see it on his face and in his demeanor after the interview. There was one job he could make pretty good money from. He would get an hourly wage, not at all common in the farming world, and it included the bonus of overtime for over 40 hours at time and a half. Then there was the interview from which he came home happy and with a bounce in his step and a gleam in his eye., which everyone needs, especially when you are starting from scratch again, or the position that you think is the best fit for what you are looking for, but with a 40 mile drive for the wife’s job. There is housing available which would offset the cost of fuel…
There was much conversation. We knew he could make A LOT of money–farming is not a 40 hour week, more like 60-80 hours or more with the one job. Then the job that made him happy. Well, there were many pluses that made the job interesting and there was a living wage plus housing. It was a struggle to decide. He wants to make money for us so we can achieve our goals. I want him around and happy, not working he 80 plus hours a week, each and every week. And the winner is….the little house 8 miles out of town and 40 miles from the wife’s day job. We are making changes to our spending habits so that we can be together and reach our financial goals, best of both worlds.
So, back to the creativity…see what I mean? It takes a real effort just lately. But! I am not making any new years resolutions, I am not really into that. I will, however, resolve to allow time for creativity each day. I may schedule an hour or more on some days or as little as 20 minutes. I figure it is like fitness, a little is better than none. And to begin is better than to wait.

Now, I am going to grab some paints and papers and get going before the boys wake up. Good Day! : )


2 Responses to “Little house 8 miles out of town and 40 miles from my day job…”

  1. Janet Riehl Says:


    Remember that everything you are doing now is part of your creativity. All the changes, choices, and reconnoitering.

    You’ll get back into your studio and your quilting when the time is right.

    Janet Riehl

  2. Carol Says:

    Thank you, Janet. Making the time for creativity, I just feel like it should come more easily. ;D During these times, I forget that it does, often run smoothly and much is accomplished.

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