Sunday, November 14, 2010

hunting and sewing

After being gone elk hunting for a week and a half, my husband returned yesterday, and has been busy all week-end drying out tents, putting away gear and food, and washing dirty clothes. Only one of 5 men in their group shot an elk, which is fine with me, since we still have a bunch from last year. They split up the meat, so we still have a front quarter to butcher in our extra fridge. We'll probably get to that this afternoon.

I'm not too crazy about him going hunting for a few weeks every year, but I know it makes him happy. I used to go out when he was gone, and buy a new kitchen gadget and toys for the kids back when I had a paying job, but after quitting to be a stay at home mom, I can't afford to do that anymore. Besides, after years of him hunting, I no longer need very many more kitchen gadgets (although I did attend a Pampered Chef party while he was gone, and spent a bit there). Plus my kids are getting older, and no longer really want as many toys, or rather the "toys" they want are getting to be more expensive... ipods and such...

But despite our budget crunch, we've come to a bit of an agreement when it comes to our hobbies. I try hard to bite my tongue and let him enjoy his weeks off with the guys, and he does a pretty good job at ignoring all of my fabric purchases. I may get a raised eyebrow every now and then, but we've pretty much come to a truce. He hunts, I sew. Of course we both work hard together to make sure that neither of us break the bank. Lucky for both of us, we pretty much see eye to eye when it comes to managing money.

Here's a few of the projects I worked on in the week or so that he's been gone. Both are quilt blocks that I'm making for my "quilt along" project, and both I intend on giving to my nieces for presents, hopefully for Christmas. My boys have been pretty good at letting me sew, even though they've been off of school for the last 5 days. I'm really looking forward to them going back to school tomorrow :-).

Sew.... What about you? Do you have any "deals" with your significant other when it comes to sewing? How do you find the time and money to do it, or any other hobby for that matter?


AMKreations said...

I think my hubby is very generous...I probably spend more than I should...he's very frugal, so had come to recognize that we somewhat balance each other in the spending categories. He doesn't hunt, but he goes to the gym every morning, then off to work, so I take care of the kids...and so he sometimes takes them swimming in the evening so I can have some quiet time. =) We're a good team. =)

Beth said...

I am very lucky. I haven't worked for the last 3 years, but DH understands that what I do in the sewing room keeps me happy. He has even suggested that I go shopping for more Fat Quarters for my collection. Some how he figures they are like baseball cards and appreciate in value.... (I'm not telling him the truth). I try to keep my spending in the reasonable category and he eats well.