Avoiding plopping down in front of the television has been a long time goal of ours. We only have cable for Steven’s Mom, she watches sun up to sun down. We vary rarely turn the cable part of our television on. There are the rare Seattle Seahawk games, Rafa Nadal tennis matches, and NCAA Basketball I admit. The only problem is that the television limits what you can accomplish during the time you choose to watch.
I have long been a book on tape enthusiast. To say that I love to listen to programs is an understatement. Our son, Shamus, encouraged me to buy the Sirius Radio equipment and subscription 2 years ago. It is one of the best investments we have made. Instead of being held captive by the televised sporting events, I take the sporting event where ever I am going! It’s fantastic! Whether I am gardening, cooking, sewing, or just plain lounging in the yard, we have all our sporting events with us. Oh, and the music is also wonderful!
Over the last few weeks, we have started to watch our grandchildren afterschool 3 days a week and on the weekends. Their Dad was finally able to secure a good full time job. With both of their parents working the same schedule, we are filling in the gaps when needed. Our grandchildren are televisionaholics! Seriously, this inability to entertain themselves without the benefit of a video, movie, or a television show is frustrating.
When the weather is nice, we send them out to ride bikes up and down our lane, but otherwise it is a struggle to keep them busy. Exhaustingly so. Through out the winter/spring seasons growing up we never struggled to find a solitary pursuit. Reading, needlework, sewing, solitaire, and baking were always waiting for me to pick up where I had left off. Oooooh, let’s not forget PUZZLES. A puzzle could fill up all the spare time, in a hot minute the day was gone. My whole family loved puzzles. I spent many wonderful hours with my Grandma, Mom, and sisters doing puzzles.
I bought some fun 150 to 300 piece puzzles for our grandchildren to try. They are 10 and 11 years old, way past the time I started assembling puzzles. Too funny, they both said that they were too complicated and “complex” my grandson said. Steven and I laughed and said “that’s the point, to solve the puzzle”. They were just not entertaining enough. So, I have pulled one out that Steven bought me for Christmas.
I know once I get it started they will be wanting to help. I think I will start one of theirs on the kitchen table for them to take over.
The trick is to pace myself, I don’t want it to go too fast. If only that will happen, lol. I have a spare in the wings…..
The weather is cold and damp again, with rain on the horizon. This was the perfect time to get a puzzle going. Just like Pinterest, I will have to make sure I limit my time or the day will be gone before I know it…….Cyn