Grumpiness and the Creativity Factor

I’ve been a little grumpy lately. And no, it is not because my husband has retired and is home now. Though I would be lying if I didn’t say it is an adjustment. To his credit, he has been doing a good job of respecting my space and time. So having ruled that out, I have narrowed my grumpiness down to two causes.

One reason for my general malaise is the darn rain. We needed rain so desperately in Houston. But enough is enough. Too many days of rain and gray skies are doing nothing for my mood. Maybe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Or maybe I am bummed because I haven’t been able to play tennis. There is definitely something therapeutic about being in the sun and smashing a tennis ball around. So much so that I once suggested to my husband that he move my tennis expenses from the “hobby” category in our budget to the “health” category. He didn’t buy it.

The other reason for my bad mood is that I haven’t had much studio time. I am having creativity withdrawal symptoms. Other than doodling on my napkin during a two day retirement seminar, I haven’t been able to create. I don’t know why this makes me grumpy, but over the years I have definitely noticed a correlation between my mood and the amount of time I spend creating. It doesn’t necessarily have to be creating in glass, but I have to be doing something creative. Next week I will start working on a new custom stained glass piece. So I am sure thing will look up. In the meantime, I am going to turn on all the lights and put my creative efforts into baking a cake for my mom’s birthday tomorrow.

Speaking of mom’s birthday, I made this plate for mom a few weeks ago. I hope she likes it.


4 thoughts on “Grumpiness and the Creativity Factor

  1. Karen Hudson says:

    I soooo can relate Margot! Would love to hear more about your stained glass piece and the relationship with color that you are working on. I am working on a project with color too.

    • Margot says:

      I’ll be blogging about it for sure. It is a very different design for me. Usually I get requests for flowers or geometric designs. This one is more of an abstract sunset.

  2. Bette Belanger says:

    Margot, I discovered this blog when I was looking thru saved pages on my iPad. I had looked at your website but not read this blog. It gave me quite a laugh. You and I could be twins when it comes to grumpiness. I am an Alaskan transplant from California. Sun and tennis are paramount in my life. I discovered working with glass when I moved here. It was a vain attempt to replace tennis. Now I do both. Luckily they have indoor courts. I’ve invested quite a lot in my glass hobby ( just like tennis). I love learning new techniques and, like you, have found that the creative process is extremely important to my mental health. And this absolutely does not negate the importance of turning on every light in the house when I walk thru the door:-). I read this blog to my retired husband. He thought I was reading about myself. Happy glass working and tennis, Bette

    • Margot says:

      Bette, Don’t know how you do it in Alaska. I honestly don’t think I could survive there. But I hear it is beautiful. Hope to visit there sometime next year. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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