Thursday, February 4, 2010


Ever felt that way?

That is me - right now. There are just not enough hours in the day.

I want a comfortable and decorated home.
I love playing in my home.

I want the seasons reflected in my home.
And any holidays that are special to me and my family.

I want my household organized. But ever since I went back to work 5 years ago - are you kidding me? My filing? (Don't even get me started!)

I want clean and organized closets, where everything is in their place and labeled and nothing is "stuffed". HA! (cracking up here!)

I want to get all of my photographs edited, printed and placed in books. An overwhelming task!

I want to blog. I love my blog and everyone here - but sometimes, there just isn't time to visit everyone! And then you miss something and you feel awful and . . . and . . . and . . .

I want to craft. I want to solder. I want to experiment with jewelry. I love working with paper. I love mixed media art . . . I just want to PLAY! And I have joined so many swaps lately and now with Petticiats and Parasols coming up - OMG I am SOOOOOO excited!

I want to read!! That is one thing I have almost literally dropped. And I am a reader. But I think that's my problem - get me into a good book and I don't want to put it down. If I get in 15 mins at night before I turn out the light - that's a good day.

(look what I just bought! shhhhhh) 
I want to go thrifting and antiquing. I want to go to craft shows and flea markets.

I really do want to finish this photography class, but it's SO FAR OVER MY HEAD NOW. These people want to become photographers. Not me! All I want to do is learn how to use my camera! Jeanne keeps singing "Camera school dropouts!" to the tune of Beauty School Drop Out from the movie Grease. We both are not quite sure if we need to keep going. It is HOURS each week, for something . . . am I really all that into it? Hmmmmm. . .

I NEED, desperately NEED, NEED, NEED to get on some sort of a physical fitness program. Even if it's walking an hour a day, 4 days a week! Something!

I want to paint my craftroom. Really, really bad. I Picked up some paint chips yesterday . . . we'll see!

I want to learn PhotoShop. And I'd really like to learn how to just more completely use my iMac. This thing does things . . . I had no idea. Did you know it will VERBALLY READ MY EMAILS TO ME! Who knew?

I keep thinking, if I had ONE GOOD WEEK, with no one here, nothing expected of me, no school, no work, NO COMPUTER!!! then I could get the organizing and the painting and the paperwork done.
Yeah right! Like when is that going to happen?

I hope this doesn't sound like I'm whining. But if I can't complain to you - who can I complain to?

So how do you get through this? Is it a phase? How do you scale down the expectations you heap on yourself . . . how do you "make the cuts"?




sissie said...

Hi Karen,
Oh, I feel your pain. Sometimes I get so anxious about all the things I want to do that my heart palpitates! Seriously! I was in Tuesday Mornings, a store much like Home Goods and there was so much good stuff in there that my heart started racing! The I went to a thrift store and found so many things, more projects that is.
I love the blogging too and it is very time consuming but I will not stop, I cannot stop. Wow, I'm getting all worked up just writing this comment. Shish!


Jodie LeJeune said...

Girl, you are so C-R-A-Z-Y!!!! ;)
I laughed as I read this whole post. Your mind runs about 10 feet in front of you with no catching up!!!!
I love your enthusiasm.
I love that you want it ALL.
A sign of a true artist.
When you really think about it, all an artist really "needs" is TIME.
HOWEVER, I don't feel sorry for you ONE bit! ;)
You are soooo spoiled Karen DeCapite!!! hahahaha
Well girl, get off of the computer and go create's all waiting for you!!!!
everything vintage

Theresa said...

Hi Sweet Friend! You wore me out:) I would like to do a lot more than I do... but don't like the pressure! I do things at my own pace but I don't work. So, I take my time and LOVE to shop. I make time for that because I really enjoy it. My filing is behind too, I don't enjoy that:)

So my dear Karen, you do what you can with the time you have and the rest will just have to wait.


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said... wore me out. How do I do it all??? I don't. I have so many things I would love to do...mine isn't a time issue, it is energy issue....but still, it doesn't get done.
Try to enjoy what you do get done, which is a LOT, and beautiful!
Sounds to me like you need an Arizona break!!

Blondie's Journal said...


Your post sounds like I could have written it. The only thing is that I don't work out of the house. I DO want all the things you said, organization in rooms and closets, all the lovely things I see when I shop, a home that has a zillion dishes and is decorated to the teeth...I want it all. And SO much like you, I want to read again and I feel SO guilty that it has become a chore or something that I have to make an appointment with myself to do. Sigh...

There is nothing wrong with posts about blessings and gratitude, but on the same token, we are women and very much alike. We want it all and there is never enough time. SO thanks for airing your thoughts...I wish more people did!


Connie said...

You are too much! I know how you feel though...the days do go by too fast. Whatever you do...make if fun!

Missed you at class however I do know what you are talking about...I think if the class was smaller it would help alot too. Too bad you missed was fun!


Amy Arnaz said...

Dear Karen ~
I am visiting you for the very first time. I found you thru a link-link-link hop. I saw the name of your blog and it intrigued me. I'm so glad I stopped by. I think I wrote your post today! It sounds just like me. I, too, want to do all the same things. I "wanna do it all" and just can't. My mail pile looks like yours. And my book pile has been untouched since last summer (a crime!). I enjoyed looking thru your posts and your "about me" info. We have a camper, too, and I love seeing America. I really want to see Yosemite ~ it's on my to-go list. I'll come back again soon. Bye for now ~ Amy Arnaz (Boulder City NV)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm not even working anymore and I feel this way. I always feel behind reading blogs and I have endless things I want to do, try, change, redo, read, make, visit...and so on!


debi said...

Oh, I hear you! I was just telling my sister yesterday, that I wish I could have 30-40 hour days. Then maybe, just maybe, I could get some of the many things done that I want so badly to do.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Karen I feel you girl...I just wished I could be like Samatha on Bewitched and do the nose job and all would be done for me...I need a maid at least one day a week I'm so far behind and I ♥ blooging but it gets in the way some times ha ha!! Hang in there girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

diana said...

i can relate. but i don't think i want it all as bad as you do. i think it also comes down to expectations. i know i can't do it ALL, so i have to prioritize and just keep chugging along.

good luck!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Karen, I know that feeling. I also have always so many ideas in my mind. As long as I can sort them by priorities, I'm doing o.k.. When too many supposedly "urgent" things pop up in my mind at once, I'm getting into trouble, because then I usually don't get anything done. Then I try to "collect my thoughts" and start with an easy task to get a sense of achievement and to be able to tick something off my to-do-list.
Hey, I could help you to reduce your list. Just let me go to the Petticoat and Parasol event for you. That will give you some more days to work on the more important things ;-). O.k., I guess we won't have a deal here. You are such a lucky girl! Savannah must be such a gorgeous town anyway and that event must be the icing on the cake. I'm sure you will have a great time :-).

Mimi said...

I went back and read everything you posted about the camera, after my Motivational seminar today, and how mad I was that I forgot my new zoom lenses!!!! I did figure out how to change it quickly though!!!!
I need to work on that Manuel mode, I like a sharp pic with a fuzzy background kind of look!!! How do I get that?????
I also went back and read alot of your old blogs, before I met you in Oct., so I saw your wedding pic on your anniv page!!!! So cute!!!!!!I was married in 76, and ours looks ancient now to me!!!!!So dated!!!!
Your nephew's wedding in Carlsbad was beautiful!!!!!
Thanks for tips on the camera, I want to get some good ones at the Olympics, so I have a week to practice!!!!!!

Christine Edwards said...

Me too! Me too! Maybe we can clone ourselves, like Michael Keaton in Multiplicity, and do all of the things we want to do. Sounds pretty good to me.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Karen, that is a lot of things to want...but a great list.

I used to feel this way...I don't anymore as it caused me too much pressure and robbed me of much of my joy. If the house is picked up and organized.....I take everything else as it comes. I really have stopped putting a lot of demands on myself. Took me along enough!

Barb ♥

stefanie said...

I am with you...aghhhh

Nina Diane said...

I know where you're coming from...I feel like that all of the time. I have this thing that keeps getting in my's called a job! I keep telling Johnny we need to just go aheadand retire!

Zuzu said...

Hi Sweet Karen!

I'm not working now, and that was a MAJOR cut. But here is one thing you could try.

Grab a piece of paper & draw a line vertically down the middle. In the left column, list the top 10 things that you do now that uses up your time. In the right column, list the top 10 things that you would like to spend your time doing. Compare the two. What can you change?

Honestly, not watching TV was THE BIGGEST time-maker for me. All of a sudden there was 4 additional hours/night to do things. You'll figure it out. We really can't do it all, but if you make a list and think it through, you might find that you are able to do what matters to you most.


Anonymous said...

Well, woman, you are finally as stressed as me. I'm sorry our crazy family has rubbed off on you! "Camera school dropouts" can be added to all those crazy nicknames we have for ourselves (including Lucy & Ethel!) I wanna do it all, too: my artwork is stuck in Montana while my creativity shrivels up in some corner to die; my suitcase is never unpacked for long; and my paper piles have extended to cluttering up your life, too. Ah, time is the one elusive thing we cannot capture. Remember: This ain't heaven, so it's never gonna be perfect. At least we have friends to make the imperfection tolerable. Love ya!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Karen,
Oh, did you hit the nail on the head with this post! Sometimes, I feel so guilty if I don't get back to everyone who left me comments. I want to do almost all the same things as you and sometimes I feel like I don't have enough time or energy to do it! I also worry so much about my Mom now and her needs. And then my clients! Oh, they are so needy and it's hard not to take it home. The dysfunction I see in these families would make your head spin. (It does mine) and then I am supposed to teach them how to properly take care of their children and run their homes. HA! Sorry. I was supposed to lift you up! Hugs and can't wait for AZ. Cindy

Elyse said...

take a deep breath, make a cup of tea and realize all of the wonderful things that you do accomplish.

then, please offer the same advice back to me! LOL

i hear you! :)


Dawn said...

When you figure it out let me know. Will you think I'm crazy if I tell you I dream about decorating and blogging and all the things you mentioned. I don't mean day dream ~ I mean sound asleep dream! You will? OK, I won't tell you then.

zandra said...

Wow. I'm feeling dizzy! lol You sound like me! Just don't sweat the little things and spend more time crafting! ;o)
Hugz, Z

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Karen, I so understand what you are saying!! There are some days when I just want to cry because I cant do what I want! It is so hard to keep up with everything and still have time for yourself! You are so talented and amazing to me!!!
Big Hugs,

Jenny said...

Hi Karen, it does seem like there is never enough time in each day for sure! But I think with your determination you're gonna get it all done...just not in one day! I'm anxious to take a welding class but I think my husband is afraid - ha!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Karen, I found your blog through my sweet friend Amy Arnaz... wow! Like the other ladies, I feel like I could have written this post about myself as well! You know what is so intriguing...just today I was playing my Terri Clark CD and listening to her sing her song "I Wanna Do It All"!!!... must be something enchanting going on here!!! Now I am going to fix myself a cup of tea and meander back through your older posts... oh yes, I am signing on as a follower too! xoxo Julie Marie

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Friend, Were you reading my MIND or what? For sure, I'm with you on this one. I'd start my list, but I think I'd become overwhelmed when I'd get to the tenth chapter of "I wanna do it all". lol Seriously though, life really is like a box of chocolates, you just never which chocolate to pick next...what might be inside of it. That's how I look at all the things I wanna do. Sometimes the "appearingly easy" tasks take forever, (like the photography lessons). My guess is though that you may just live to NOT regret what you're learning. I'd LOVE putting that on my plate and throwing most of what else is on my plate out the door. I guess we have to be picky about what we put at the top of the list, eh? For sure, I have a little "creative" business that I dream of starting...but it requires me to stay INDOORS and to sew... :( Drats...I love the finished product, have the Blog Boutique already created...but do you think I can stay focused? I just want it all too....and can't seem to get it all done. Oh PSSHAW....ever hear that phrase? lol Hugs friend! Have missed visiting you..another unexpected missing month from NOT is just crazy right now with the merger. Ciao for now. ~CC Catherine

Attic Charm said...

Oh my gosh Karen, how completely I identify with this! Seriously, it's like you just took a page right out of my thoughts, verbatim. At times I get frustrated because obviously, we can't do it all...but then I think how blessed I am to live such a full life...and I find that focusing on what I DO manage to get accomplished helps alot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it always helps to know there are others going through the same things :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Ah yes, I am currently singing this same song. Let me know when you have it figured out.:)

Thank you so very much for the sweet wishes and tips for my upcoming trip.

Cozy Little House said...

You are one creative lady, and you need your creative time or you'll go crazy, Karen. Write down a list. Make it a list of five things you really want more than anything else to accomplish first. Then tackle them one by one. Then make another and so on. It's overwhelming if you can't organize your thoughts.

June said...

Boy Karen are we ever suffering from the same 'want tos'. I feel exactly the same way. So if you figure it out let me know how to do it too.
I love it whenever I come over here and see all the beauty you share with us all.

Tracey said...

Hi Karen! I hear ya!! It is so hard to do all that I want to do in a days time...just not enough hours to get everything done! If you figure out a good editing system, let me know :)

:) T

p.s. I too desperately need to get going on putting all of my photos in albums...the task just seems too overwhelming at this point!