Today’s Potholders


“I started making some potholders today”, I told my Wednesday lunch dates, Mandy and Athena,  “I don’t even know if they’re good or not.”

I designed my Rain Quilt last week, but then spent two more days doing shipping and bookkeeping.

Getting back into a creative head will take me a couple of days at least.

In the past I remember hearing  different creative people say they became a writer or an actor or an artist because they just didn’t know how to do anything else.  I always envied them.  It seemed to me I was able to do so many different things.

But now I’m beginning to feel that I really can’t do much else than my work.  It just brings me to such a bad place when I’m not working.   One where I’m only looking forward to the end of the day.   So I can read my book or sleep.

Now that I know how good my days, each one of them, can be (not that they’re always wonderful or anything, but the potential is there and I’m more in control of how I spend my time) it’s hard to go back.  I mean, if I was in the Gulag I’d do what I had to do to survive, but barring that, I can’t really imagine doing anything else at this point in my life.

So here they are, good or not, today’s potholders.

4 thoughts on “Today’s Potholders

  1. Thank you for sharing your potholders. The thought that came to mind for me when I saw them is that they represent what I am feeling right now. My husband decided about five months ago that he didn’t want to be married anymore after 30 years of marriage. I was totally blindsided. These potholders make me think of how I’ve had to compartmentalize areas of my life as I adjust to my new status, but also how some things overlap still – which isn’t necessarily bad. Your artwork is a lovely and beautiful representation of life going on despite the bumps in the road.

    1. That’s a very insightful interpretation of them Jane. Best to you in your new life. It sounds like you’re figuring it out. Take care and be well.

  2. Your potholders are going to be pretty!! I love how scrappy they are and I love improv. I do hope you share your rain quilt someday.

  3. Oh Maria, What a post. I too find myself frequently in that “bad place” where all I want is for the day to end so I can get in my bed and read.This is the thread of depression in my soul that rears it’s ugly head at times. You’ve been reading my words for a long time, I,m sure you could intuit this.Yes it is hard to go back sometimes. I have the insight and potential to “snap out of it” as my mother would tell me to do…it ‘s just difficult to take back my control and power.
    And by the by…those potholders are most excellent.

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