Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Life-Changing Magic, and other things

You know the deal. Even when I can't keep up with anything else I can manage a yarn along post.** ;) I was a bit under the weather last week as I recovered from my first ever case of mastitis after almost 3.5 years of nursing. I have so much admiration for mothers who struggle with this on a regular basis early in their nursing relationship ... I think I may have given up if I hadn't so much experience behind me already.


Are you bored of leaves yet? ;) I pulled a skein of Tosh from my freezer , baked it in the oven, shook it vigorously to make sure no moth eggs came tumbling out, and ... it seems to be fine. No damage that I have noticed! Fingers crossed.

(I'm thinking of typing up a post--hopefully with pictures--about how to survive a moth infestation with your sanity intact ... helpful? Or have I talked about moths too much already?)

So many thoughts about this book. As I read it, I always picture a single person living on their own--or at least in a child-free household. I don't think her ideal really encompasses the necessary and healthy level of not being in control that comes from living with several little people who are figuring themselves and the world out. She writes of how tidiness can transform our lives by helping us make decisions about not just what we own, but who we are. I think this is great, but if you're living with people who are still figuring that out in the most basic of ways ... there's going to be some messiness. :) (Also, is it just me, or do her descriptions of herself as a cleanliness-obsessed child make anyone else a little sad??)

But I really love her philosophy about possessions. They are not bad. Your home is not a thing to be conquered, but love, and the things you own can and should bring you joy. But you shouldn't be so attached to things that you can't let them go. The material things around us are good and meant for our benefit and happiness. But they should not determine or own us. I love it.

Also I really need to try out her folding technique and see if it helps my husband's t-shirts fit in his dresser, because none of those are getting discarded anytime soon ... much to his wife's chagrin. (If there is one recurring disagreement in our marriage, it is about the number of t-shirts that's reasonable for one person to own. ;) )

I also just finished What Happened to Sophie Wilder. Oh my goodness. It took a bit of patience on my part because there was just a touch too much of the "jaded literary people living an immature lifestyle" stuff that can plague literary fiction. But I could tell it was going somewhere different. And it didn't disappoint. The ending of this book pulled the rug out from under my feet, in such a good and heart-aching way. I am still a little bit in shock. And still thinking about Sophie. As though she were a real person, who truly did wrestle with the truth as she knew it to be, versus the lived truth of suffering in mind and body. It is not a hard or a thick read, but it truly does seek truth, and it is excellent fiction, and so I recommend it highly.

Linking up with Ginny.

**Although I am loving Instagram lately. If you're on there, we should hook up! :)


  1. Ha! Whenever you post I think "oh is it Wednesday already?"
    The t-shirts--my sister recently took a bunch of hers and sewed them together as a "quilt". Would he go for that? Might be a good compromise?
    I recently joined instagram but haven't figured it out or really used it yet. I'll follow you :-)

  2. IG is FUN! I love seeing you there! sure, do the moth post; hope of course I won't need it but it may be super useful. Can't wait to see your leaves blanket! I've been reading a book called _Growing in Christ, Shaped in His Image_ by Mother Raphaela and she talks about how we cannot control things and are not in control; sounds like this author struggles with this. the book is making the rounds but I wonder if it is also a more widespread cry of the struggle to keep things in control; I know that out of emotional needs I can want to clean etc. Anyway; good review of it, I appreciate this very much. the book on Sophie sounds interesting! I will have to see if my library has it!

  3. Definitely do the moth post! I'm intrigued. Just reading this much makes me want to go check my yarn.

  4. My husband is a tshirt collector too--a couple of years ago I took all the rattiest ones and made them into a quilt, which he loves. And it got 24 tshirts out of the drawer!

  5. Loved your thoughts on the book! I definitely have to embrace the "healthy level of not being in control" that comes with having kids. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. I had mastitis once and it was awful :( Lovely leaves and I am NOT tired of them. I guess I need to flip through this book, it sounds interesting. But I am super tidy and organized already. However there is room for improvement.

  7. I'm so glad you're over your mastitis! What a pain (literally, I suppose...)! I'm really enjoying reading everybody's thoughts on that book - I don't know that I'll ever read it, but I just read a really fascinating post relating it to clothing and I think I'm going to use that technique to pare down my closet some more (take EVERYTHING out and only put back what you love, rather than removing select items you don't wear anymore and leaving everything else).