New Hobbies, Old Friends

December is cold in northern Indiana, so outdoor hobbies are limited. In the warmer months, I love to be outside. Bikes, parks, rivers, and (sometimes) even my own garden.  Christmas brought us some warm weather hobby gear, and that gives us something to look forward to. In my Oprah voice, ‘YOU get a kayak and YOU get a kayak!’ YAY!! We have lots of river to explore, and now we’ll be able to. The downside of kayaks for Christmas is that we probably won’t break them out until spring.

I’ve never really though of myself as a creative person. I’m a problem solver, a thinker, a researcher, a connector, a relationship builder. But creative? nope. A blank sketch pad makes me nervous, I feel like it should be full of to-do lists…

But then, I stumbled on some brush pens at Target (wouldn’t you know it….), and another new hobby was born. Hand lettering and modern calligraphy are not things I would have guessed would be part of my days, but they are- and I’m just happy making loopy letters and playing with shapes. Practice makes progress, and I’m really just having fun. Scan insta and you’ll find a whole community of artists and creators. Pretty Cool.

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I think this will be a fun adventure. I’ve already started a couple of daily challenge groups to help me and keep me practicing.

In the midst of starting this new hobby, we also said goodbye to our sweet black cat. He was 15 years young, and we loved him very much.

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He was the cuddliest, sweetest, neediest kitty we’ve ever had. He was a terrible jumper, and loved shiny things. No one napped better than a black cat. Goodnight my babe, we’ll keep you in our hearts.

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