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!