Lately, I've been thinking of all the things I wish I was able to do but cannot for whatever reason. None of them are necessary things, hence the wishing part. But you know how it is, sometimes you get things in your brain, or someone reminds you about something, and you just keep thinking about it.
For example, nearly everyone I know here in Philadelphia who is a knitter is going to Rhinebeck this weekend. I've never been to Rhinebeck, but would love to go for the following reasons:
2. Supposedly there is wine- and/or cheese-tasting. See #1.
3. Upstate New York would be so pretty this time of year, and I would love to see the changing colors.
4. It sounds like there is so much to see and do, both as far as actual activities, and what people are wearing that they have knit.
I do wish I could go some year, and who knows, maybe I will. Again though, not necessary.
Also, I would like to knit a sweater. Technically, I would like to finish a sweater I have been knitting (way more off than on) for two years. Now, again, since I do not depend on my knitting skills in order to be clothed (thank you, Fiber Jesus!), I don't ever have to really finish it. But I want to, for the following reasons:
1. I like the yarn and the pattern - from a Custom Knit class I took at Loop.
2. I started out like a house on fire ... then found a mistake, ripped back, and lost inspiration.
3. Theoretically, being a Custom Fit pattern, it will a) fit properly and b) look nice.
4. I would like to actually start knitting a sweater, finish knitting said sweater, and then wear said sweater. You know, like some people do.
Theoretically, this can happen. Not soon, as I am not allowing myself to be derailed from my gift knitting until it's all finished. Fortunately I'm enjoying it. Unfortunately, so is Jack the kitten, so I don't get to knit as much as I'd like. But if nothing else, I plan to knit more for myself in 2017, so perhaps I will actually finish said sweater then.
Another thing I'd like to do is learn to how to do watercolor painting. I adore watercolors, and had a knitting friend who was also an artist who offered to teach me. Then she moved to Florida. (Coincidence? I think not.) Now there are any number of places here where I could take classes, but I have not for the following reasons:
1. I cannot currently afford classes in anything.
2. They all require some other classes as prerequisites (Intro to Drawing, Basic Painting Techniques, Other Ways to Get Your Money Before You Take the Only Class You Want To, etc.), and due to the combination of #1 and my lack of interest in the others, it isn't happening.
3. I am not overly artistic. I mainly want to learn so I can entertain myself with colors and shapes on nice paper. Even more basic than basic.
4. In reality, I don't actually need another hobby. (See also: Why I Haven't Learned to Spin)
Now the aforementioned friend recommended an online class that costs ~$75.00, and you can go at your own pace. At some point, I may be able to afford that, so I'll keep it in the back of my brain. Again, not something I desperately need to know/have, just something I'd like to try. Having said that, online things with audio are often frustrating for me, since it's usually the situation where the audio goes for about half a sentence, and then pauses for five minutes to load the rest of the sentence. Even on my best day, that makes me stabby!
Finally, I would like to have someplace to go occasionally that is near the ocean and that I really like. Fortunately, this weekend while everyone else is at Rhinebeck, we will going to Rehoboth Beach for a long weekend - YAY! I think I've mentioned before that my niece's husband Pat's family has a beach house there, and Amanda and Pat invite us a few times a year. However this visit will be our last, because the owner of the house has decided not to renew their lease. We don't know why - I'm sure we'll hear all about it this weekend - but I fear it might be because he wants to sell it to someone who is planning to tear it town and build one of those obnoxious Beach McMansions. The house is perfect for the following reasons:
1. It is a nice, little, beach cottage. Like there should be everywhere.
2. It has screened in front and back porches.
3. On the front porch, you can look down the street and see the boardwalk and sand dunes.
4. On the back porch, there is a view of lovely trees and a little lake.
5. It is less than a block to the beach.
6. It is within walking distance of most of the shops and restaurants - including yarn stores! - that we like.
7. It felt a teensy bit like it was our own.
It's unlikely that we'll go to Rehoboth or anywhere once they no longer have the house. Hotels are expensive, even in the off-season, and you usually can't take your dog. (Dug LOVED the little beach house, and someday when we have another dog, I'd like to take that pup with us as well.) Granted, sometimes over the summer, we go to the Jersey shore for the day, and that is better than nothing. But the past couple of years we haven't done that, due to health issues, and problems with The Tim's work schedule and mine meshing.
Not necessary. But lovely. So we will make sure to eke out every bit of loveliness that we can this weekend. :-)
I guess these are good problems to have in the grand scheme of things - they are, to quote one of my sisters, "White Man's Problems." And they are not in fact real problems.
What about you? Do you have any things in your brain rolling around like this lately?