Even though I am finally making some headway on my Buttercup top (thanks to knitting rounds in front of the Olympics or The Bob Newhart Show reruns), I decided to take a little detour here and there to whip up a couple presents. I could have sworn I had made this pattern back in April or so when I was on a dishcloth-making-kick but I suppose not. (I made three other versions, a few I’ll make again now.)
I’m currently reading The Householder’s Guide to the Universe. It’s taking me a lot longer to get through it than I thought. I will admit I’ve been awfully busy (garden, kitchen, work.) When I do sit down to read, I never know if I’m going to enjoy what I read or not. There are times when the author’s tone and writing seems so redundant, indulgent and uppity. I have to admit, I’ve skipped over sections of the book. But other times I’m biting my tongue to keep from shouting out loud: “spot on!” or “well said!”
So far I haven’t learned anything new or exciting or been inspired too much, but at the very least it has been reassuring and comforting to this “householder” at heart. I’m not done reading it yet so perhaps it’ll solidify more for me as I go on. There is one passage I’ll quote here that struck a nerve. I seem to keep bumping into people who, upon hearing I don’t have a ‘career’ job (or current career plan), no college degree* and live home with my parents, smile politely at me with pity and disappointment. I’m tempted to show them the dirt under my nails and the freezer full of food, tell them of all the knowledge I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had, stress to them how it’s helping the budget, health and happiness of this household and those in it. Perhaps I can go into all of this in another post. For now, the quote:
“Though householding will not be the answer for everyone, in spirit it suggests that the work “in here” is as valuable as the work (and careers) “out there.” Today I do not go to work but rather work as I go. Here and there, in a rhythm entirely more suited to my nature, I do what must be done. Today, because I’m so inclined, I take on the hard work of endless tasks and, in doing so, become a jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-none.”
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*I’d love to go back to college (because I love to learn) but I don’t see the point in accumulating massive debt for a degree I’m not sure I need.