It's Sunday. Unless I am spending time with family or have a special commitment, that means church and breakfast in the morning, quiet and personal time in the afternoon and that dinner is leftovers or ordered in so the labor is as little as possible. Even in retirement.
I should be sitting on the patio, knitting meditatively, journaling or doing something similar-which I often do, but not always. Today, however, I just watched a You Tube video on patriotic decor "dupes" or how to copy Pottery Barn and such for a tenth of the money. That was followed by a video on organizing with things from the dollar store.
Yes, I may have a (moderate) You Tube addiction.
In fairness, You Tube is fun. It's rarely perfect, often real and can be instructive. Where as on some level both Instagram and Pinterest are more about the pretty and perfect pictures than the how to get to the pretty and perfect pictures (and I say that as someone who is on both). The gal I watched to the patriotic decor instruction worked on her dining table, had to move a chair to set up her ironing board, and functioned as most of us do.
All of which sounds great,yes? Except for the fact that I am subscribed to SO many channels. So many that I stopped counting as we were moving well past one hundred.
Exercise channels because I work out for an hour besides my walking (strength, stretch, Pilates, yoga). German language and TV show channels so that I can practice my language. Multiple music and virtual tour channels. Sounds great so far, yes?
And then, we have all the Dollar Tree deocr, haul and organizational channels. Two women who review subscription boxes on a daily or semi daily schedule (these are a weakness of mine and I manage to avoid pulling the trigger 90 percent of the time, but I can look). Clothing haul videos from Walmart to Nordstrom (again, I can live vicariously, yes?). An organizing channel. Multiple craft channels that cover everything from card making to painting to furniture refinishing (which I will probably never do-if I can't paint over it, it's gone).
Knitting and crochet and macrame channels. Quilting and sewing channels. Including the Knitting Bartender, the Quilting Cowboy and the Quilting Marine. Money saving and frugal videos. Easy cooking for dummies videos (sheet pan and casseroles and slow cookers). I've been sucked into at least one life over sixty channel, may the good Lord help me. And during this time of Covid-19, let's not forget the road tripping channels as well as those that stream shows, operas and the like.
He made that sweater himself, and probably in two days.
I'm somehow sure I missed a bunch.
None of these are harmful in their own right. And I'm not watching Grey's Anatomy excerpts or stories on the real lives of the monarchy or Prince Harry, or political crap, or porn or prank or challenge videos or following the most recent influencers (not that there's anything wrong with any of that).
And it's also not like it's taking up all my precious retirement time. Each morning after my meditations and prayer time, I scroll through (right before my quick news check and blog check) and save the videos I might like to my library and that's it. And then I either cast them to the TV to watch or to the tablet to follow in my sewing room. When I need to be reminded how to do something or learn how to do something new.
Still, it's a rabbit hole. One of many available online. For every worthwhile video is two or three that are simply vicarious pleaseure. Which I suppose is no worse than watching Line of Duty or reading John Sandford 20th Prey book or whatever.
But it's something to keep track off. Along with the blogging, Pinteresting, and other social media time. And it may be time for a You Tube challenge. I'll have to go searching through those videos.
I've been asking bunches of questions on my local city pages (best day drives, best places to sit outside and drink or eat with a book, most important things to see in Denton. Just me being me). It was suggested that I should start a You Tube channel about everything I see and do as a new person in town and document it in my own fun style.
I don't think so.