Blogging Break


If you read my blog post from yesterday, you know that I am seriously considering a big change in my life—buying a quilting machine. But before I can do that, I need to clear space in my little study, which is crammed full of things I love but have no other place for.

Part of my messy study
If only this were the worst part of my room. Unfortunately, it’s not. I won’t show you my desk.

Alas, this is a big task, one that has been on my to-do list for years. My original plan was to clear space for my domestic machine, which I always have to set up on my kitchen table and then put away a couple of hours later. I told myself that in just 15 minutes a day, I would get this room whittled down in no time.

But, no, the study is so much of a disaster that the improvement after 15 minutes is invisible. I can’t do this job in small intervals.

I really need to devote big blocks of time on a daily basis.

Which means I’ve got to use my writing and blogging time.

So, until this job is done, I won’t be writing any new stuff.

I do have a few little posts scheduled in the near and far future. I am pinning this post to the top of the page as a reminder that I’m taking a break, so if you’re on my home page, scroll below this post to see if anything new pops up. Or better yet, subscribe to get an email every time a new post appears.

I don’t know if I’ll have space for the new machine and the old. I’ll have to wait and see.

And I don’t know whether this project will take two weeks (please please), two months, or until the end of the year or longer. But when it’s done, I’ll be back.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

16 responses »

  1. Hi, Andrea, I know how you feel! I’ve been doing stuff like this on and off for years. It can get overwhelming at times, and I sometimes fall into the “ignore it and it’ll go away” mindset, which of course makes no sense because it doesn’t go away! It is gratifying to see the results when I work at it, though. Good luck with your task!

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    • Part of my problem is that we’ve lived here 34 years. If you move every decade or so, you have to make decisions about what to keep and what to pass on. When you don’t, you just keep accumulating. We raised five kids in this house. Now it’s filled up with just two people’s stuff.

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  2. I’ll be praying for you as you take on this big task. Wisdom, for deciding what to keep and what to part with, endurance for the length of time it may take, and joy as you sort through it all. I’ll miss reading your posts and look forward to your return.

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  3. You deserve a break! And think of all the new blogging ideas you will get as you sort all your stuff. 🙂
    This year, I have had stuff come into my house from both my parents and my mother-in-law — I need to do a major clean out myself! I will be working alongside of you!

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  4. A quilter!!! Yay!!! My office, predominantly for writing, has just a corner for quilting. That sewing machine is ready to go, right next to a small 2-drawer filing cabinet with patterns. The real plus for quilting is the big closet, for this is dedicated to fabric organized by projects and styles and patterns stored in open and closed bins. All hidden when I close the doors, giving me the illusion of order. Sometimes when I’m writing, that break to sew a little helps clear my way forward into the story. I hope you’ll see this slow transformation as something that will bring you many rewards. And blogging? You can always talk about your progress and what you’ve learned. For what is it we really need as we pursue our creativity?

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