Is your life being swallowed up by your house?

Last weekend, my husband and I rode the motorcycle to the "Blessing of the Bikes" in Baldwin. We stopped by the usual diner, to meet other riders we go up with. Half as many motorcyles were in the parking lot when we pulled up.

One of the riders got a big smile when he saw us come in. "I am so glad you showed up or I may have had to ride home and do some work."

We ate our breakfast as the others filled us in on people’s absences. Mainly people didn’t come because they were working on house and garden projects.

I felt so sad. This event only happens once a year and they all seem to love the ride. They missed out on the gorgeous weather, the conversation, the people and motorcycle watching. So they could work on projects.

I see this as a huge trend. Instead of living life, a lot of people are doing more and more work on their houses to match what they see on HGTV and other shows like that. Every weekend they are working on their houses, missing out on renewing fun and other people.

I think house projects can be a delightful, creative outlet. But, when all your leisure time is eaten up by your house, you may be missing out on living life.