Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I want a little bit of empty nest syndrome!

I am having quite a bit of difficulties in writing regular blog post's!  It's frustrating me no end.  Is it a lack of sewing projects to show?..........no.  Is it having nothing to write about?..........no.  Is it time management?........a little bit.  What is making it hard to blog is the fact my son keeps wanting to use my computer which makes it hard for me to get access to it.

To write a blog post I really require a decent sized block of time, uninterrupted to write, edit etc.  I require private time and for it to be at night time.  The time management bit is that I need a regular time slot to be available .........regularly.  Mornings are also great times to write blogs but some mornings I have to get up, get ready for work and then go.  There is no time for personal activities some mornings!

What can I do about reclaiming my computer back for me?  He has a laptop of his own and our house is a hotspot.  Yeah, yeah I need to get a spine!  Tonight I will.  I have already asked my daughter for help! lol

I realized that I have put myself on hold until the kids move back out of home.  I want a little bit of empty nest syndrome!  They are both adults and act like ones when they live on their own but since moving back home I find they revert back to kids again and I treat them like kids.  Washing their clothes, cooking, cleaning after them etc. I am my own worst enemy!  Yeah, I know!  I need to get a spine..again!

The daughter is not so bad at helping with household chores.  Often when I come home from work I will find she has done some tiding up and the dishes.  My son though is a typical bloke that just doesn't see mess.  Just like my husband!!!!!

I made this kitchen floor mat using an old towel and some cotton fabric scraps.  I thought the idea for this mat came from some random blog surfing awhile ago but could be from a craft book I borrowed from the library  ages ago.  I stumbled upon blog posts of the towel projects the other day that came from the same book. The book is "Handmade Home" by Amanda Blake Soule from the "SouleMamma" blog.

The other mats were done differently to mine but look a lot easier to do (and quicker!).  A rectangle of towel and a rectangle of cotton fabric sewed together around the edges and turned right side out.  Towel scraps appliqued to the top.

For mine I layered two towel rectangles together.  Appliqued cotton scraps on top and binded the top and bottom raw edges.  I slip stitched the side edges together.  Looks alright, and being two layers of towel means its soft and plush.  The cat loves it and sits on it whenever it can.

I wish I could sit on a post all day by the river. 


Cyndi said...

Hey Kylie! I wish I could offer you some sage advice about how to handle the kiddos, but since I don't have any myself, I am afraid that I wouldn't be much help! But I can tell you that you aren't alone in feeling the way you do. My nephew is in college now and lives in the dorm; however, he comes home frequently and stays the weekend at home. My SIL said that when he's away at school he acts like a 20-year old should, but once he's home, he reverts back to acting like he's 12. Go figure!!

I like the mat you made...looks really soft and good for your daughter to stand on while she does the dishes! :o)

Hope you have a great week, my friend.



Merry said...

Kylie...i love the mat that you have made it looks so comfy. I am due to make some more for around the house so will have to keep this in mind. I hope things improve with the time you have on your computer. Maybe you just have to let your son know that you need the computer at a certain time on certain days. Being male he may not even notice that you need the computer. Our son is at home now since finishing school and now looking for work. Luckily we manage the computer time fine. It's just the whole house I would like to myself for at least half a day maybe. I just miss my time. Good luck.

jane p said...

W we have 2 computers plus 1 netbook so we don't have any issues. For me it's about the noise. My home is pretty small and it's never quiet enough. Right now hubs is singing and strumming on his guitar. My girl is learning to play the guitar too. I just want to scream Quiet. I would love to be alone once in a while.

Karen said...

Maybe you should try and wrangle a separate studio for yourself where only you have the key. Sounds good doesn't it. We already negotiate computer time with our 6 year old son. Mostly he wants it just when you are doing your stuff. We only have 1 computer. I would really like to get a tablet so I can keep up with my blogs. Good luck trying to find some balance.
I just love your mat. And so easy to throw in the wash. Do you have a replacement one for when the other one is dirty. You could evendo a seasonal theme with them. And a Christmas one! take care.