Monday, August 30, 2010


The tempo of my days has changed and I seem to have more time than I did when we didn't have much to do.  Getting up at 5:30 has its perks indeed ~~ I've been so productive before it's even 9 a.m.!  Ella was questioning this yesterday when we wondered why no one got any Personal Progress or Duty to God goals done this summer:  there wasn't anything pressing and thus nothing was actually accomplished.  Now when everyone has so much to do with schoolwork and what have you, the rest of our lives are clicking into place as well.  I was anxious about school starting again, but having a more concrete schedule is definitely an improvement from what my natural tendencies seem to be.

I know I've mentioned this before, but I  really like using cloth diapers which is something I didn't expect.  I was one day horrified by the idea of how big a mountain of disposable diapers just my family had created and so I switched when my fourth was a baby.  There were also the advantages of not using bleached paper, not buying a huge package of diapers every two weeks, not running out in a pinch, and many more that aren't coming to mind right at the moment, but there were also some unforeseen bonuses: such as right away I became aware of her natural rhythms in a way that had been impossible before and I felt more in tune and closer to her.  I have discussed this phenomenon with other cloth diapering moms and they have felt it, too.  

The sun is moving south.  I wouldn't have even been aware of it if I weren't hanging out my clothes to dry, but the spot where I liked to hang my whites to get really sparkly has diminished to a small piece of line for a tiny window of time because of where my biggest trees are and I have to move my diaper drying rack onto the driveway to get any nifty sun bleaching action at all.  I know this happens every year, but I couldn't tell you exactly what happens with the sun and the moon.  I must not have been paying attention.  Does everyone know all of these things already and I'm just out of touch?  I have always been intrigued by the amount of knowledge that our ancestors had about the movement of the sun, weather predictors, plant knowledge, etc.  Where did they get all of their information without so much as an encyclopedia or google in sight?  It was from experience and necessity and we have lost so much by moving indoors, our reliance on technology, and only buying whatever "they" are selling to us.  The light moved slowly at first, but now as the equinox approaches there are huge differences every afternoon.  I am in awe ~~ of the sun, the earth, and of how much that I don't know or understand.

Like why are bubbles so totally awesome and circular?  We're going to go blow some in the kitchen before I mop and Phin will dance around in delight popping as many as he can.  What amazes you?


Anonymous said...

You know... you have just forgotten. The earth in on an axis, at a tilt. Through the year it circles the sun, as it makes it's way around each side of the earth (on this tilt) gets "favored" by the sun at different times of the year. So the summer months means that the Northern Hem is being favored by the sun, while the Southern is not. Sooo the sun is closer to the horizon line in the winter months, because we are tilted away from the sun.
I am hyper aware of this change too. The sun just last week began creeping onto my front room floor. Being a photographer makes me aware of the rhythms of nature too.

The Queen Bee said...

Well to be honest YOU amaze me. You look at the world in a way that I do not! Bubbles, who would be amazed by bubbles? Thanks for your reminder that it is the small and little things that are amazing miracles!

Ellen said...

I have noticed too the sun starting to come into the south windows. Love it!

Jen said...

I am amazed by your sensitivity to biological rhythms. I would love to do cloth diapers, I just feel like I need to work on preparing myself for it psychologically, the same way I did to go natural at home this time. Though sometimes it just takes something to make me SNAP, after I stew on it for a year first.

Something amazed me today: For the first time in the several years I've been entering the Peach cook off at Peach Days, a non-dessert won the grand prize. FISH TACOS with peach salsa instead of mango. Soo yummy.

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