What Life is All About

I am home today with an upset stomach — not gluten — more like the flu.

After I left work to come home, I talked to hubby Howard, and he said he hasn’t been feeling all that great either. We are wondering if we ate something yesterday that might be causing the problem.

Anyway, while I am between “bouts,” I have a little time on my hands, so I thought I’d get in a quick post.

On Ravelry, I’ve been having a lovely discussion with my Ravelry friend Linda about being lazy.

Time out: At this point, you need to know that I am a horrible housekeeper. I am a great day-job worker (or I hope so, anyway), but I am not-so-good at daily household tasks once I get home.

Anyway, Linda said something about being lazy, and I commented back to her that she was my type of person . . . and then she wrote back to ask if I was a lazy person, too.

After pondering the question a bit, I answered that all depends on how you define lazy. I like to think of it as being excellent at prioritizing.

The way I look at it: If on the day I die, I am lucky enough to have any semblance of memory left, I won’t remember if I dusted, washed the dishes or straightened the house. What I’ll remember is time spent with family and friends … and knitting.

Not lazy. Smart.

Anyone else out there feel the same way?

(Thanks Linda, for inspiring this. You are a wonderful, NOT-lazy friend.)

Love to all,
Lee
Find me on Ravelry as LeeBernstein.

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19 Responses to What Life is All About

  1. The older I get, the more I agree. DH and I are enjoying retirement and pleasing ourselves with how we spend our days. Not only am I knitting, but I am firing up my spinning wheel again as of today.

    • Panhandle Jane:

      I visited your blog, and I loved it! I had no idea that today is, as you said it: “St. Distaff’s Day, the day in medieval Europe when women traditionally returned to spinning in every available moment in order to keep the family clothed.”
      Everyone, here is the link: http://panhandleknitandsew.blogspot.com/

      May your spinning serve you well! Thank you most dearly for your comment.

  2. Jenn Embry says:

    Great answer! I love it and totally agree! My house isn’t the cleanest/least cluttered but it’s certainly not filthy. There’s just too many other things I’d rather be doing than housework. :)

  3. Linda B says:

    Well, Lee, can you believe how many women are like us. Just too busy enjoying family and life to be stuck cleaning house all the time. I agree, we are not lazy just selective. I have always been selective when cleaning took me away from my family. It was so much more fun to spend time with them. Now I spend time talking with my husband or knitting or being with friends. Time well spent I think and thank you for pointing this out and for being a wonderful friend.

    Linda

  4. Kathleen says:

    Lee, it came as an enormous relief to hear of another woman for whom housework is, well, Not A Priority. Mr. Trask is very understanding about my non-Martha-Stewart-ness, pointing out (rightly) that we share responsibility for the state of the house, but sometimes I still hear that “ought to” voice telling me I am a disgrace. Reading your post, though, I immediately thought, “Lee isn’t lazy – she knows what she cares about!” In an ideal world, I would apply this thought to myself as well…

    • Kathleen,

      It is always such a treat to see you here.

      I know that “ought to” voice all too well. So, I told myself I ought to just accept myself for who I am . . . and I have, kind of. There is still a part of me who won’t answer the door if my house isn’t perfect. So, please know, I’m still working on it!

  5. Pat1203 says:

    No one would ever say my house is immaculate. I am a cluttery person and have always thought there was something wrong. As I age, I am more comfortable with myself and my housekeeping skills. My house is not filthy. It may be cluttered some of the time but there are times when it really looks good. I’ll never be the housekeeper my best friend is but I’ve always got time to help a friend, knit a few rows or cuddle a grandchild.

    • . . . and your best friend will never be the knitter you are!

      As accepting of myself as I try to be, I do love a clean and clutter-free house. I wish I could hire someone to do it for me! I’d love to pay someone who enjoys it — add the economy while I give myself the time I want to do the things I love.

      Every day seems to fly by faster than the day prior. Time is so precious.

  6. Mary Kaiser says:

    Thanks so much for your comment today. I really appreciate it, and I know what you mean about housework. The house always looks OK until I look at it from my mother’s point of view, and then my heart sinks.

    • Mary, I totally get it. Part of why I’ve always had such a difficult time with the housework thing is because my mom was a bit of a control freak about everything being perfect.

      But that’s okay! It taught me many things, including how not to do the same to my daughters.

      Like I always say, everything happens for a reason.

      Thank you for your wonderful reply,
      Lee

  7. Daniele says:

    I absolutely agree. Plus, if my husband wants to vacuum, more power to him! :D

  8. Courtney says:

    Hehe. I’m a good day-worker, bad house-worker. I teach high school…so when I get home at 5pm…we’re lucky if I’m still upright by 7. Let alone have had time/energy to clean anything!!! Sunday is always cleaning day for me. :)

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