Clearly, it has been rather a bit since I have posted something new. I know: I made a promise to myself—remember NaBloPoMo? But yes, I have gone sadly astray. I have neglected my work on The List and sleeping late and generally feeling like I haven’t accomplished much.
I went to the library the other day, and checked out my old favorite, Jane Brocket’s The Gentle Art of Domesticity. I’m not joking when I say this is my favorite; when my mother saw it in the pile of books I’d brought home, she laughed and said, “How many times have you checked that out now?” I don’t know; I lost count after four or five. I should really just buy it (as well as the rest of her amazing books: on quilting, knitting, stitching, baking, and even a series of books for children about color and pattern and texture—great additions for my nephew’s library). She also has two amazing blogs: yarnstorm, about crafting and domesticity and life generally; and winestorm, which pretty much does what it says on the tin.
And what has all this to do with a slide into laziness and apathy, you ask? Well, I shall tell you: inspiration! Looking at all of the beautiful pictures of gardens and books and crafty things has made me feel much more cheerful about the thought of Doing Things. It helps that she makes the distinction between “domestication”—the daily bustle of sweeping, laundry, etc.—and “domesticity”, which is more of the baking, sewing, arts-and-crafts side of things, pointing out that one does not necessarily lead to the other. Now, in all fairness, I’m not anti-domestication: I get a great deal of satisfaction from making a surface sparkle, or the appearance of vacuum lines on a carpet; as many of my friends and family know, my room at school was never so spotless as when I had a paper or an exam coming up (housework is an excellent procrastination method). All the same, the idea of taking productivity in bits and bobs, instead of one awe-inspiring monolithic list of Things You Must Do is encouraging.
So for today I am doing a few things: changing the sheets, cleaning the bathroom faucets, maybe making a lemon cake (we still have bunches of lemons to use up). Tomorrow, a few more things, like buying my plane tickets for Europe and submitting some necessary paperwork to the Fulbright people. After all, “…by small and simple things are great things brought to pass”.