I've been reading and hearing so many discussions lately about time. We don't have enough, it passes too quickly...or we've killed it or wasted it. There are discussions about how we're always in too much of a hurry, and how we need to slow down to enjoy our time. You can even buy a magazine now that will tell you how to simplify your life (I'm thinking buying a magazine to tell you, and possibly some of the fancy products they recommend, is not the way to go). I don't have any answers, but I sure spend a lot of time thinking about it. And also: I'm no longer working full time or raising kids, so it's a lot easier to be introspective about these things when you're not.
I've just finished reading the book called "Little Heathens" (see side bar). It's about life on an Iowa farm in the 1930s from the view of the author as a young girl. I really enjoyed it, especially the reminders that it is completely possible to have a clean house with the simplest of products and not support the big chemical industries while poisoning your household. I also gleaned some good recipes to try on Mr. Sunflower, who will love to see some good farm food come out of this kitchen.
My time this last week was spent consciously slowing down. One of the ways I did this was to try to stay off the computer, except for cursory checks on the few blogs I follow, messages, and the Etsy shop. It's been starting to suck the life out of me. If I'm not careful, hours each day are gone to doing what I feel is worthwhile at the time but matters for little at the end of the day. With the house to myself, I decided to finally TAKE the time and put a pattern on my new quilt frame and starting hooking a pattern from Deanne Fitzpatrick that I started late last summer. I haven't "had" the time to do it, while I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, wishing I had more time. You have it, you use it, you lose it. Use it wisely, you don't get it back. Enough from me...thanks for taking your time to read about mine.