Really really hard to remember the whole week. I do recall going back to work, but it still seems a little hazy. So this week’s log is pretty much all about today.
1. Due to my forced down time this weekend with a still very sore lower back, I managed to get through some creative projects which have been hanging around for…quite a while… I finally shaped the soap which has been ‘curing’ on my washing machine since October. It was my first attempt at making soap, one lot with dried sage, the other with cinnamon and oat. They didn’t quite work out so I think I may have subconsciously abandoned them, until now. The shavings will make a great liquid hand wash…when I get around to it. I also finished the dishcloth (Rhonda’s pattern) I began knitting for my Auntie’s Christmas present a month ago. It is just as well, as I am flying up to see her on Friday.
2. Besides knitting, I also got in a lot of reading today. I am re-reading Tom Hodgkinson’s How to be Free. When I first read this book 7 years ago, freedom meant something very very different. Back then, I needed to be free of the ex-husband. I have achieved that. Well in terms of my physical location anyway. I can trace the origins of my desire for a vege garden back to this book, but it never seemed important or vaguely practicable, until now. Now my vege garden is the centre of my universe (and the kids). The best part of picking up this book this week is realising that I am on track to freedom. I have already started to implement many of Tom’s pieces of advice for achieving freedom, such as not watching tv, not having a credit card or direct debit, using minimal technology and appliances, embracing pain and suffering, and leaving the kids alone to do their own thing. Next on the list will be learning to play the ukelele, stop voting, and work less and play more.
1. I honestly can’t think of a single step backward this week. Even having the kids away on holidays, which I thought would be a bad/sad thing, has a silver lining. I get to eat dark chocolate rum ‘n’ raisin Tim Tams and drink cider before cooking dinner. Out in the open. I love being able to ‘out’ my secret mummy behaviour.