As we all hope for more "treats" than "tricks" this October, let's see what this second week has for us with the next set of questions for week forty-one of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Recreation/Entertainment lifeskill. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together in the last three years?
For the past two years, my oldest daughter and dad have camped together, traveling through the four corner states. This year they ended up at Silverton, Colorado, Polaris-style cruising the mountain side!
But the most enjoyable thing we all did together is when my youngest daughter surprised us from California for a spontaneous visit. It was a forever memory for this mom, for sure!
Question 2: How many hours of television do you watch in a week? A month? A year?
I watch about five to seven hours per week. That means on average about 24 hours per month and 288 hours per year. There are some weeks where it may be more than seven, depending on what I want to watch. About a third of the time I may watch a documentary on history or a biography, and try not to miss too much of the Olympics when it comes around.
I also like to watch via Netflix old reruns of Star Trek, Highway to Heaven, and Heartland, with an occasional movie thrown in. For current fair for my husband and I, we watch Bluebloods, Madam Secretary, and a Hallmark Mystery whenever they show up.
To offer you a curious comparison, check out Nielsen numbers for daily TV watching or media as a whole. Adults 18+ year-olds watch TV an average of four hours per day. You can also check what Americans have as their top watching, reading, playing, browsing, buying, social media venues.
Question 3: What is your favorite fictional story? (novel, movie, fairytale, etc.).
Both my husband and I love Clive Cussler adventure novels, particularly the Fargo series. Yet, we wouldn’t ever turn down any of his other series. We enthusiastically listen via unabridged audio CDs. We find it very relaxing and fun to imagine the adventures with the Fargos, or Dirk Pitt and the Numa team. And don’t forget about the early 20th century with chief Investigator, Isaac Bell, of the Van Dorn Detective Agency.
Question 4: What artistic medium do you use to express yourself?
As my readers already know, I am an avid fiber artist/weaver. With more than 30 years at a weaving loom, I always surprise myself with what I come up with. Whether it’s wearable art, a wall hanging, or three-dimensional piece, the hours float by like minutes. Check out my weaving page anytime to view my portfolio over the years and my latest piece.
Question 5: What have you lost interest in recently?
I used to be quite active in community efforts whether it was the arts, parks, or some other activity to preserve or improve our community and surrounding hill country. With the years flying by, I have had to pull back and prioritize what is most important to me, my family, and my health. I do try to stay connected and help in some way, but not be actively in the middle of it all.
Question 6: What do you usually think about on your drive home from work?
Although I am officially retired, I still do some coaching/consulting and website creating/managing each week from my home office. I also work on this byline and other writings in progress, in between my weaving hours. So, if simply walking out of my office or studio qualifies, I find myself thinking about those lingering “to do’s” of the day that need to be done—housecleaning, laundry, adding bird feed to the feeders, watering my herbs. I am also often thinking of my daughters, wondering how their day went.
Question 7: What simple fact do you wish more people understood?
Work and play always go together. If they don’t, work becomes drudgery, without purpose and joy. The solution: When it comes to work, do what you love, and it will feel like play every time. Then after work hours always find things to do that is just plain fun and not work connected. And remember, “doing absolutely nothing” is an awesome way to have fun too! And good for the body and soul.