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Weekends: 04/06/19

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Friday online I see lots of versions of the question: what are you reading this weekend? While I always have at least one book going, the weekend isn't my time for reading.

Even when I've worked full time out of the house the weekends have been family time. In the past they were days when my parents took us places. Or when as a parent, I took my kids places. Now that they are super busy with their own things, the weekends often mean binging on TV (the only days where I watch most of my weekly TV), and it means time to work on my paintings or my photographs.


Take today for instance. We got up like it were a weekday so our son could meet his friends at the BART station. They had an all day event at Cal Berkeley. Then it was time to pay the mortgage and after that, our post-mortgage ramen date.

Mini Nature paintings 1 and 2

When we got home, I started on my second Mini Nature painting. I have ten 4x4 inch canvases that I'm painting with flowers I've photographed over the years. My goal is to get at least these first ten finished, and possibly a second ten, by November. The gallery where I now work has an annual arts and crafts boutique and I hope to sell them there.

So that's the sort of thing I do instead of reading on the weekends.

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Comment #1: Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 01:27:01


I do not always get in much reading on the weekends either. It definitely depends on what we've got going on. I love your paintings! I wish you luck with your sales. I hope you have a good week!

Comment #2: Monday, April 08, 2019 at 20:13:00


Thank you re the paintings. I like taking a break from reading over the weekends. It gives me a chance to recharge.

Comment #3: Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 09:43:11

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

My reading was sharply curtailed when I had kids at home. Working also filled up huge blocks of time that I wished I could spend reading. I've always enjoyed doing many things — playing guitar, walking, drawing, gardening, yoga, baking — but I've always loved reading best, even if it is just the last ten minutes before I fall asleep.

Your paintings are beautiful. I especially like the canvas on the left. It has such depth.

Comment #4: Monday, April 08, 2019 at 20:13:00


I do have kids and I am working, albeit part-time. I love reading. I love talking about books but I can only sit still long enough to read 50 pages at a go. I can (and do) push myself when it's the Cybils but that's the one exception.

I'm pleased with how the poppy painting turned out. When I'm done, hopefully the daffodil will have similar depth.

Comment #5: Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 10:33:01


Your post inspired me today to write my own post about my own weekend routine. Mine differs from yours, but it's where we each are, and I like yours that you leave place for creativity. I need to leave more room for creativity in mine too.

Comment #6: Monday, April 08, 2019 at 20:20:00


Sometimes my husband is on call over the weekends. On those days I'm extra busy doing his half of the errands and chores.