My readers may have noticed that my “Cane of the Week” feature has slowed to a cane about every three or four weeks, [sigh]. Why? Last month, I took on a temporary full time job in an elementary school as a speech and language pathologist. It’s a familiar role for me, since in my former life I worked in this capacity for 28 years. I retired in December 2005, ready to conquer the world of arts, crafts, and e-Bay. At the same time, my house would become clean and impeccably organized, and home cooked dinners would be the rule rather than the exception.
Who was I kidding???? The first six months of my retirement was spent reveling in the fact that I didn’t have to drag myself to work every morning and attempt to keep up with a workload that was really meant for at least 2 people. I learned how to sell stuff on e-Bay, and I took over the vegetable garden from my husband. I did a little beadwork, a little polymer clay, and a little (very little!) ‘gourmet’ cooking. Housework, forget it….redecorating, none. My visits to the gym went up only slightly. My website never materialized. In the fall of 2006, a speech pathologist colleague of mine mentioned that her school department was looking for someone to fill in for another speech pathologist who was on maternity leave. The $ was good, too. At that time, I was starting to get really nervous about the major work needed on our house….especially a new roof, since the old one was leaking like sieve. So I took the job, and trudged off to work for the next 3 months. The working conditions were a lot better than I was used to in my former school system, but by the time the assignment was over, I was more than ready to resume my retirement. This time I vowed to make better use of my ‘free’ time and become more productive.
As you can probably guess, I didn’t accomplish a whole lot in the next 2 years, at least not what I thought I ‘should’ accomplish. 2007 came and went. I continued to do a little of this and a little of that, and a lot of not very much. I was not very happy with myself. Then, this past June, I started this blog. I was pleasantly surprised that people were actually visiting it. I bought a Nikon digital camera, and started taking photos of canes in progress. It was a lot of work, but I found I really enjoyed developing tutorials. There was no $ in it, but I figured that it was good ‘training’, and who knows what it would lead to? Meanwhile, the price of gas skyrocketed, our electric bill went up 21%, the clothes dryer died, and life in general had become more difficult and expensive. My pension is good, but it’s not that good. As fate would have it, I got the opportunity to work again in the same school deptarment where I had substituted 2 years ago. So, now I’m getting up at 5:30AM and returning home at 4:30PM. The workload this time around is heavier due to budget cuts in personnel, and the workday is 1/2 hour longer. I come home totally exhausted, and spend my weekends catching up on various errands and chores.
Fortunately, I will be finished with this ‘real job’ by Thanksgiving. By ‘real job’,of course, I mean the one that pays the bills. In an ideal world, one’s ‘real job’ and one’s ‘passion’ would be one and the same, but unfortunately that is not my situation, nor is it the situation for most people. Those folks who can make a living doing what they love are fortunate indeed! So, for the time being, I will try to squeeze out a few more Canes of the Week as my time and energy allow, and hope my readers will bear with me. I do have my next cane project rolling around in my head, and next week is Columbus Day weekend, so with any luck, I will get it posted sometime next week !