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Putter…Putter…Putter…

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I am a putterer.  A putterer, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.  I have named myself this because it is impossible to keep my mind from flitting from one subject to the next.  Where some people have the ability to focus on one thing exclusively and become good at it, I on the other hand, flit about, or putter with hundreds of things.  I guess I get bored or maybe I have adult ADHD and this is what it looks like.  Who knows?  All I know is that I cannot stick with any one thing so diligently, that I actually succeed at that one thing in a big way.  I guess I am the epitome of the quote, “Jack of all Trades; master of none”.

Here are some things that I have puttered with…

Singing.  I have always wanted to be a singer.  As a little girl, I stood in the bathroom mirror and sang to Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson songs.  At 17, I joined a band for about six months and lost my voice singing “Highway to Hell” by AC-DC.  I have sung at karaoke night, been in a talent show, and even tried out for “The Voice”.

At one point in my early years, I was not happy with myself; and I hated the way I spoke.  Following this further, I went to the library, picked up some English workbooks, and taught myself proper English.  It was not that hard, I had learned English in school. I just used too much slang when I spoke.  This helped me talk better and made me feel comfortable around others.

When my children were young, my family needed another income, but I did not want to get a job outside the home and leave my kids with strangers.  So I opened up my own daycare. It was a legitimate business with a license and a food program.  I had many clients with many babies who came and went through my home while my kids were growing up.  I even claimed it on my taxes.  Nevertheless, I got bored and it was hard always having your home as a place of business. Consequently, daycare led to going back to school full-time and working part-time to become a teacher.  After all, I still enjoyed kids; I just did not want to have them in my house.  With my own children older and in school all day, I could now focus on getting a BA in Education.

However, that still was not enough for me.  I then began reading about alternative medicine. No, I didn’t become a doctor! However, I did learn some interesting things about supplements, and ailments, and different cures for everyday things.  I also learned how eating affects your health, which lead to cooking!

Trying out different and healthy recipes became a new hobby of mine.  I took old recipes and adjusted them to the new and improved recipes.  I collected recipe books from garage sales and thrift stores.  I made some delicious meals and a few duds that even the dog would not eat.

I took up hobbies like sewing, woodworking, and gardening.  I collected books on each of those subjects, too.  I have made curtains for my whole house and for a few family members’ homes. One Easter Break, I decided to make a queen-sized bed out of pine. (I still sleep on this bed.) In addition, every spring I plant my garden of tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumbers.  I still have not perfected a good gardening technique.

When my bathroom desperately needed to be gutted and redone, I convinced my husband we could DIY it.  That too began on an Easter Break and lasted a few weeks after break to my husband’s dismay.  I have since, challenged myself to redo a room for under $500, laid two laminate floors, and painted every room in my house twice.

Then there is writing….  I have always, as long as I can remember, written: Diaries, journals, stories, jokes, articles, poems, and now, blogs.  I have tried to write novels, without much luck, because, I believe, I cannot stick with anything that long.  However, short blogs, short anything, I can do.

I am not sure if I will ever find one thing, I can stick with long enough to be good at it. I guess I really like to putter.  Oh, did I mention that I have been married 31 years?  Maybe I am a star at marriage.  Who knew???

Are you a putterer or dabbler like me?  Tell us about the puttering you do in your daily life.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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10 Things I Did Not Have When I was 10

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It was 1972, the year I turned 10 years old.  My parents purchased our house for 25,000, a gallon of gas was 55¢, the Watergate Scandal was in the headlines, and The Godfather was a box-office hit.  I was a lucky 10-year-old who had a pool in my back yard, my own bedroom, and a new blue bike.  However, many of the things kids have today were not available when I was young.  Here is a list of the 10 things I did not have when I was ten.

    1. A Computer.  I did not even know what a computer was or what it could do.  When I needed to research a report for school, I had to walk to the library and look it up in the card catalog. Kids today do not know just how lucky they are to have information readily available whenever they want it.

    2.  Cellphone.  We had a phone with a 25-foot cord.  The phone hung on the kitchen wall and when someone called, you ran from where ever you were in the house to answer the phone.  If the car broke down on the side of the road, We either walked to the nearest gas station to get help, or we hoped some nice person would stop, pull-over, and give us a hand.

    3. Remote control.  Our TV did not have a remote control to flip through the channels.  When a channel, and there were only six channels, needed to be changed, we got up and changed it by hand.  Usually, the kids changed the channel while dad sat on the couch.  My dad would call me in from outside, just to change the channel.

    4. Air Conditioning.  We did not have air conditioning.  It was available; however, it was too expensive.  We did have a pool.  In the summer, when it was hot, we slept with the fans in the window with as little clothing on as possible.  We would go swimming at night, right before we went to bed, so that we would have cooled down before we went to sleep.

    5. Wii, X-box, Playstation.  No video games for me!  If I wanted to play a game, I got all the kids in the neighborhood together and we would play things like red-rover, Barbies, steal the bacon, or hide and go seek.  When I had to go home, my dad would whistle.  Every dad had his own original whistle so we kids would know whom he was calling home.

    6. Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars, and Juice Boxes.  A fruit snack for me when I was ten would have been an apple, a handful of grapes, or an orange.  Granola bars were not around; we would just eat cereal from the box.  Moreover, no juice was found in a box.  You poured yourself some Kool-Aid in a glass.  Sometimes you dropped the glass and broke it.

    7. Bottled Water.  I could have had water in a bottle.  All I would have had to do was take an old glass bottle that held soda, rinsed it out, and put water from the tap in it.  Mostly, I used a cup.  Sometimes, I drank from the hose, a water fountain, or just put my mouth on the faucet.

    8. Netflix, Cable, Satellite TV.  I watched whatever was on TV.  There was not on-demand anything.  If I wanted to watch a show for kids, I had to get up early in the morning to see it.  After, three in the afternoon, all shows were geared toward adults.  The only time I was able to see a movie, other than the 3 O’clock movie on ABC, was when my parents took us to the movie theater. Occasionally, they would take us to the Drive-in, but that is another story.

    9. Texting, Email, Face book, Social Media.  The only social media I had as a ten-year-old was school.  When I went to school, I would see my friends in class, or in the hall and talk.  If I wanted to talk to my friends on the phone, I would have to ask permission to use the phone, first.  Mostly, I walked to my friend’s house, knocked on the door, and asked if they could come out to play.

    10. Microwave Ovens.  If I wanted my food cooked, I put it in a pan and cooked it on the stove.  I did not have microwave pizza, fries, chicken nuggets, nachos, or anything.  If I needed to have lunch, I made a sandwich of whatever was leftover in the refrigerator. (Yes, we did have refrigerators!) LOL!

      Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
      Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

       

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