No, not those lights you see in the sky. In the case, UFO is short for "Unfinished Objects" of which I have a few-both physical and mental.
I tend to be someone who has a lot of things going at one time. I have about six quilt tops on my quilt rack, for example. I have more than one art work in progress, including the picture from a collage below. I have three writing projects going on that are not blog related (a frugal retirement book, a book on homemade gifts for folks who hate homemade gifts, and a cookbook for two or one) not related to blogging. As if that were not enough, I have two knitting projects (one easy and one for when my knitting group meets in case I need help).
It's not just the creative side of me either. I realized today that I have four major trips planned, and yet I only want to take two long trips in the next year. I've been wanting to do some arranging in the house now that I am fully settled, and I'm kind of "stuck in the middle". On top of all this, I'm trying to adjust my retirement routine-to leave a bit more down time, and to allow time for meditation or yoga daily. Twice now I've decided to sign up for on line courses in drawing and writing at Open2Learn and twice I have not finished them.
Now, just because I have these unfinished projects, that is not to say I don't complete things on a regular basis. In the past month I've completed a quilt, designed two patterns (still trying to figure how to turn everything into PDF for downloads), experimented with at least one new recipe, and more. And that of course is in addition to two road trips.
If I've learned something about myself, I know that I'm person who often has a short attention span and changes what I'm interested in doing, on a fairly regular basis. Fortunately this works for me because I an entire room that is my own space, and that allows me to have a quilt on the table, artwork in another area, and a computer desk. I've always been willing to sacrifice the "guest room" into my office, I'm not sure what that says about me (my husband was the same way, so I guess we figured people would stay on the fold out sofas and we would pay for the hotel rooms down the road. Of course, we've had a few mattresses and sleeping bags on our floor a time or two as well).
I also tend to be the kind of person who at times gets into doing a specific task, even thought it may seem monotonous, and continues on. Those are the times my mind is working and I find the task relaxing. For example, I hate the cutting portion of the quilting process. But I enjoy the planning and find the sewing part very restful and that it allows me to think. What this means is that I have a sketch book full of ideas, patterns and plans, as well as a wall full of quilt tops. I tend to like the mixing and the decorating, but not the cutting out of those decorated cookies. So I'm liable to cut out sugar cookies for three or four occasions and freeze them (sugar cookies freeze very well, do not go stale in many months and may come out tasting better, especially a chewy cookie). There are days when I have the energy to sit and look at maps for hours and those I don't. You get the idea.
I also have my "picky" days. Although I am a mellow person, there are times when I know exactly what I want and will wait until I can find it. Such it is with the fall quilt, where I waited since last fall to find the perfect border. Most of the time I am the queen of substitution and creativity. Once in a while though, I can see it in my head, and until I find that image, phrase or ingredient I am, so speak, on hold
Recently a friend reminded me that I was well, retired. That means that I can do what I want when I want (or not do what I want when I want). I can keep a half day free for meditating and reading every day if I wish (and often do). I can take on a research or writing project here or there for extra cash and use my brain-and not do that for a weeks at a time. As long as I don't fall into one extreme or the other, what I do is put simply up to me.
Which means I'll just keep on keeping on. Eventually things get finished and done, and put away, given away or used. Chapters get written, cooking gets done, and travel plans get made. And so it goes this week in retirement, as I finish one fall quilt, begin another, help a client write a book and natural cleaning hacks, and try a new pulled pork recipe.
Meanwhile, I have this book I downloaded and plan to spend this particular afternoon reading and having something as simple as frozen lasagna. I just need to take my proper place in my reading chair. What do you think my chances are?