Monday, January 7

There's a world where I can go...


          The Wranglers are talking about favorite escapes this week. Being a person who can barely tolerate television married to a television worshiper has made me an often frustrated expert on the subject. I think three or four hours a week is a good amount of TV to watch. My hero thinks three or four hours before noon every day isn’t nearly enough.
          Yes, escape is important.
          I’ve always been able to find a book to get lost in, a place to go, or friends to hang with when I needed to get away from the never-ending flip of channels. But sometimes I don’t want to get away. I want to be home and have quiet. Or be home and watch all of something I like as opposed to a few minutes of many different things.      
          Another part of the story is that I sew. And I’m not a tidy sewist who puts things away when she’s done. Oh, no, I have stuff EVERYwhere, and when I’m done for the day, I want to leave it there so that I can go right back to where I was. Kind of like opening the manuscript file and there it is, just like I left it. Only sewing is decidedly messier than writing.
          So, last year, my husband and son took a fourteen-by-twenty-four foot portion of our garage and made it a room. Complete with a window with a view, a fridge and a microwave, an office space at one end, and a cutting table and two sewing tables. I even have a flat-screen TV complete with my very own remote control.
          I spend hours there, writing and sewing and sipping tea while trying to figure out exactly where my manuscript is heading (because I’m afraid it’s going without me—I can’t seem to keep up). And when I grow lonesome for the other half, he’s only as far away as the cell phone or the intercom. He visits me, too, and we laugh and flirt some and are glad to see each other. It’s the very best kind of escape.

22 comments:

  1. I love your escape, Liz! Our TV-viewing habits have completely changed since bebe came along. We're around your 3-4 hour/week thing. Except football weekends, but that's a whole other thing!

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    1. Well, yes, football's not really TV--it's football! But I only watch the Colts, so even it falls into the 3-4 hour thing. :-)

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  2. I used to 'escape' to the basement every Saturday when we had the TV down there. I would catch up on all my DVR'd shows and the family left me alone. But now they'r both upstairs, so now my 'escape' is either Tuesday nights to the coffee shop or karaoke nights.

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  3. Oh I am green with envy, how I would love to have a sewing studio like that!!!

    Terri

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    1. I love it, Terri. I'd love to have someone come in and arrange it for me, to make it more efficient, but even with my haphazard placing of things, it's pure pleasure. Thanks for coming by!

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  4. How lucky that your son and husband did such a nice thing. It's wonderful to have your own space filled with your own escapes! Love it. I don't have a room to myself for escape, but I do enjoy cooking as an escape. Not that I'm a gourmet chef by an means...lol...but I like creating things in the kitchen and trying new recipes and enjoying the old ones. It's a form of relaxation for me and also gives me time to think about current wips. :)

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    1. I like cooking, too. I'm not creative with it, but I do enjoy the time in the kitchen.

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  5. Ooh I love the sound of your haven, Liz. My hubby watches his tv in our bedroom, I hold court and write in the living room and sew in the upper floor of our cabin next to the house. Once warm weather returns I might hole up in the cabin to write too.

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  6. Liz, you are so fortunate to have such an escape. I have a sewing room but somehow it has become overflow for my husband (the pack rat). I agree with you about television. My husband and I have an agreement that if he wants me to watch something with him I get to hold the remote! Otherwise I just wander through the family room and check in on him when I happen to be there. My escapes are reading, writing, cooking and gardening (although not in the winter in Indiana).

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    1. I am lucky! We're in the winter rental now, and it's harder, but it's all good. :-)

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  7. Your "woman cave" sounds awesome, Liz. My favorite escape is taking the laptop out to the patio and writing outside. Have a blessed and most successful new year!

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    1. We keep calling it the Mom Cave. Not sure yet what name will stick!

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  8. Oh my gosh! I'm turning green.

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  9. Love the sound of your workspace,Liz. A fridge in my workspace? Not a bad idea. Since hubby got his own man cave, we don't have the tv issue anymore.

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    1. Good on you for getting around the TV issue. It's an "ugly head" that seems to rear up a lot. :-)

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  10. Your haven sounds wonderful! Lucky, lucky you.

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  11. What a great way to have worked it out. Tweeted.

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