The other day I was talking to my daughter in Ontario and telling her all about how I spend my time here in Leavenworth. She groaned when she heard me talking about the senior center here, and accused me of being like her late Bobba. She said it made HER feel old. I told her that I was indeed at that age, and that she should be happy that I was staying active. I informed her that she should be reading my blogs regularly to find out what I’ve been up to. Let’s see if she took my advice. I haven’t yet told her about my newest hobby. I had shocked her enough for one phone call.
I was at the senior center for lunch one day when I first heard about this hobby. Dee was excited as in September the craft afternoons would resume for the season. I shook my head and explained to her that I don’t knit, crochet or quilt. Count me out. Dee was determined and asked me if I colored. I gave her a funny look. Colored? Colored what?
And that was when I first heard of adult coloring books. No, they’re not adult rated with anatomically correct body parts, at least not the ones I’ve seen. These are coloring books with fanciful flowers and beautiful birds, with the intent of relaxation as well as maintaining co-ordination in older adults.
The following day Fran brought in a book, along with a package of the brush pens she uses. And I colored one of the fish you can see in the background. What fun! And it would have been even more fun if I had my reading glasses with me.
Off I went to Walmart the following week when I was in Wenatchee. My choice was birds, flowers, birds and flowers…..or zombies. I decided on birds and flowers. There were no brush pens so I settled for a pack of colored pencils.
Of course finding the time to just sit and color is the real challenge. I really lead a busy and full life here in Leavenworth. My plan is to set aside a few minutes every day to color. Here is a photo of my first masterpiece, albeit a work in progress.
I was in Lake Chelan a couple of weeks ago and found a bookstore. I checked out their coloring books but the prices were astronomically high. I was intrigued by the box of brush pens until I saw the price………$29! I’ll have to check out Hobby Lobby in Wenatchee. At least I have a coupon that I can use for 40% off.
Kimmy, if you’re reading this you’re probably rolling your eyes by now. But I assure you that I haven’t lost ALL my marbles just yet. And I can hardly wait for the craft afternoons to start next month. I’m ready!!!!!!