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January 11, 2014


Hello! How’s your January going?  The cold and wet and muck and my cold were making me so cranky and I-will-hibernate-until-spring-ish that things were becoming rather serious.

But then all of my students started school again, and now I have to think about things like schedules and flashcards and scales and outlines and drafts and “I lost my practice sheet” during the day, all of which are more positive things to think about than the weather. Much as I love curling up in front of the fire with nothing to do, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated the return of Normal quite so much. Work is a wonderful thing.

Now for some weekend reading . . .

This article about mommy-blogger-panic over GMOs (and, by extension, panic over basically everything sold in stores) was well-worth reading. Sometimes a little research is better than a lot of hype.

A list of the colonial-era meanings for some of our everyday words will make you laugh.

Some thoughts on housework and God might even inspire your chores around the house this weekend.

Your next outfit should feature some of this Jane Austen swag.

I can’t wait to try making hummus using one of these 13 easy recipes.

Here, from Kinfolk, are directions for making fresh pasta over a fireplace. Ideal for when the lights go out. Having made pasta (from a box) over an open fire, I fully appreciate the tips.

Two modern day livestock veterinarians talk with Modern Farmer about their daily work. Some James Herriot, anyone?

Speaking of work, I have two friends that do the most creative, lovely work in their Etsy shops. Monica’s leather-work is so beautiful and original (even though I personally like her lovely pendants the best). She sent me something similar to this as a gift a while ago and strangers stop me to ask about it every time I wear it.  She also blogs about her process and it’s fascinating to watch her pieces unfold.

Gwen “rescues” paper and vintage fabric scraps and turns them into beautiful paper creations at her shop. These hand-embroidered cards are my favorite. Her blog is also so fun and lively. I can’t wait to see what kinds of creative lovely work she is going to produce during the new year!


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  1. love the housework and God article! need to hear this “God has blessed me with a home, and even though I don’t have a pastor or a pipe organ, it is a place of worship.If we treasure the sacred and sacramental in the everyday, and we believe in a God who cares about creation, then it should change our perspective on our little corner of our Father’s world. My corner may be an 80-year-old, poorly insulated dust-trap of a house, but it still – on every level – belongs to God, and he has charged me with its care.”

    1. MP, I totally agree! I loved that part. I think it totally changes my perspective to think about my kitchen and dining/bike room as places of worship!

  2. Amen, on the GMO thing. I used to lean towards that a bit, but then my father-in-law made the point that it’s extremely ungrateful and thankless to be so wildly suspicious of every thing you put in your mouth. Also, stressing about it can be more harmful than ingesting it to begin with. We should enjoy the goodness God gave us with moderation, as with all things. It was kind of a relief to hear that, because I think a lot of young wives are convicted by people telling them they are not taking care of their family properly if they don’t subscribe to all of the craziness.

    Looking forward to reading all of the articles! Thanks for the etsy love, so to speak. 😉

    1. Monica, that’s a great way of putting it! I should probably just blog about this rather than rant in the comments because I could go on about this for ages, but I think there’s something particularly damaging about the Google-and-all-things-internet-research aspect of our culture that has made all of us “experts” (although of course we aren’t all experts . . . we just think we are, which is probably more dangerous!). I think there’s something valuable in having a perspective (maybe it’s a kind of humility?) that doesn’t constantly suspect and micro-examine every little tiny thing.

      Also, I think there is something important about remembering that the world is God’s and that we’re really just at the mercy of grace at all times; we can’t really control anything and we’re commanded not to fear or be anxious. Sometimes it’s easier to remember that about the big things and easy to forget when we’re dealing with the small. It’s helpful to me to keep that perspective when I find myself spazzing over things like food safety.

      Ok, rant over!;-)

      1. The new week’s begun and I’m just now getting to read some of your links. I love what Monica said of the burdensome expectation it places on us, especially on women and mothers, when we go crazy about food safety, house cleaning supplies, DIY everything…When I buy into all that (and I often do), my world shrinks to the size of my home and my dinner table. It’s so limiting.

        I’m so glad you like my embroidered cards! Thanks for the link, Emily. 🙂

        1. Good point, Gwen! We’re all so guilt-driven.;-) “DIY everything” ha! So true. Thanks for the commentary!

      2. Ah yes, that is the other thing. Living in fear is one of the things we are expressly directed to avoid. That reminds me of the fear of getting an ultra-sound that is directly related to the health fear. My OB pointed out that getting an ultra-sound is far less dangerous to a potential baby than getting into the car to drive somewhere.

        1. Aaah, don’t start filling my head with pre-birth terrors! But seriously,that is a good point. It’s easier to pinpoint terrible awful tiny risks to worry about (and attempt to solve) than to realize that really, I could just get hit by a turnip truck or something and there’s nothing I can do to “prepare” for that.

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