Hello friends! I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for her Yarn Along today!
Long before the latest books about simple living and organization were put into thought, and published into pages, Sarah Ban Breathnach wrote, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. I had the book years ago, and without reading it, sent it off to be loved by someone else. Recently I ran across it again online, and I was surprised by the outstanding reviews. I thought about purchasing it, but decided I would wait until I found one second hand, because I have seen it so many times before. Only a few days later, while Jordan was at homeschool group, I browsed through Goodwill, and found a like-new copy.
I’d say this book is a treasure. The author helps the reader discover small ways to make their home, heart, and lives a true place of comfort. For example, June 13th's title is, “Secret Passions: The Fancy Pantry.” Here she encourages us to delight in our pantries, with examples of adding gorgeous jars of flavored oils and jellies, tied with twine, and perhaps “perusing the Fancy Pantry, might be enough to convince you to try your hand at your own (homemade) put-ups.” Well, that was enough to inspire me! I have plans to update my pantry, but the big re-do isn’t happening just yet. So on a much smaller scale, I went out and purchased three of the fanciest little jars of jellies and marmalades I could find, until I can make some myself with summer fruits. She inspired me to be inspired by the possibilities of my pantry. I love that!
The author didn't forget great quotes or humor in the book either. Skipping ahead to November, she quotes Sigmund Freud, who said, “The great question…which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is, What does a woman want?” To which she responds, “A nap, Dr. Freud. A nap." She speaks of the value of a little Sunday rest, to perhaps “Ransom our creativity from chaos.” Yes please!!
So if you find yourself interested in this book, I’d suggest looking at used bookstores or secondhand stores. You will no doubt find one.
Knitting? Oh yes, I am much behind with the knitting. Working on the same shawl. I think I felt more comfortable being busy this past weekend, than pondering sad thoughts of current events, that would no doubt come to mind with my quiet knitting.
I’m looking forward to the rest of this week however. I’ll be relying on the joy that comes with each new morning. I'm starting something new in a lavender yarn, and will find time for all of my quiet past times. I’ll be inhaling the air of beautiful summer days, and even that in itself is such a blessing. Isn’t it though? I am so incredibly grateful for the freedom to do all these things.
I’m off to make biscuits for the boys now. We’ll be trying the new jellies. Before I go though, I believe it's a good time for me to send a little love to you friends. Thank you to each of the real-life friendships we have made through this liittle blog. You are so kind and beautiful. xo Jeannine