Homebody Lifestyle: Autumn.
After a busy & social August I treated myself to lots of home alone time this weekend. I feel amazing & much more like myself.
I’m thinking about “Home making.”
It seems like a phrase with lots of potential for deliberate creativity, despite the traditional & perhaps anti-feminist connotations that it is bogged down with.
I do hate feeling solely responsible for the hard labour of keeping a house tidy, but I love making my house comfortable & beautiful. Spending time doing that (within my means) refreshes me in ways that I often underestimate.
Today, Gretchen Rubin’s newest book, Happier at Home, is officially out, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Reading her blog always gives me a bit of a lift & provides lots to ponder in the pursuit of a homebody dreamlife.
What I’ve been up to:
- Making fancy fall drinks. Apple sangria!
- Indulging my pumpkin spice obsession. According to S-bux, the day after Labour Day is the official start of Pumpkin Spice season & tho I try to limit my six dollar coffee spending, I have plans of my own. Alright, I have a Pumpkin Spice Pinterest board. Don’t judge me. I’ve been sprinkling pumpkin spice blend into my coffee for a month at least, but it’s time to go bigger. Give me your recommendations.
- Knitting up a storm. I can tell that lots of you have knitting on the brain too because my Ravelry friend activity is busy! I’m working on a version of this beautiful Gingko Shawl (in black, duh.) But I’m also thinking about the Umaro blanket, a Check Slouch hat, and, yes, Age of Acid Empires. I reorganized my yarn stash so that everything is within reach & I feel unstoppable.
- Getting very very excited about football starting up again. Steelers are playing the Sunday night game & I hope to be somewhere with beer & cheese carbs & some friends for that. Sports knitting is the best knitting.
- Channeling some angry and anxious feelings into an epic weed-pulling session. Take that, back yard.
- A friend gave me three years’ worth of fashion mags & sorting through them (noticing the space they take up, the weight of them) is giving me lots to ponder about the time & attention that women are “supposed” to spend on this stuff. Reflecting on ways that my own “femme style as self-care” routine is similar to & different from that sort of prescriptive female labour.
- Doing my nails.
- Setting up my sewing machine & feeling closer than ever to being able to do the basic projects, repairs, & alterations I’ve been meaning to learn.
- Taking advantage of the fact that I am not going back to school to read whatever I want, but still avidly.
- Remembering the line in Tanya Davis’s ever-important poem. “If you have an art that needs a practice, don’t neglect it.”
What about you people? Are you back to school? Work? I know it isn’t officially fall for a few more weeks, but I’m ready.
Let’s do this.