Friday, August 03, 2012

A Change of Pace

OK, things have got to change around these parts.

I have noticed an increased level of "blog dependancy" in myself of late.  Rather than knit, I browse the internet to look at other people's knitting.  Rather than sew, I spend hours browsing Etsy for fresh pattern ideas... when I have a big box of unused inspiration.

And worst of all, I sit around waiting for people to comment on my blog... and think I have written something offensive / embarrassing when readers come and go without a word....  which is crap and I know it, because how often do I read a blog post and enjoy it and move on without throwing in my tuppence-worth?  Pretty often!

This is how it is:  next week, The Girl comes home for her last week with me before she leaves for Sixth Form College in London.  Until then, it's just me and FL and a dog called Hero... and that, my friends, is what my life will look like all the time pretty soon!  And I need to to get into some good habits NOW, before I find myself suffocating to death on the sofa with only my laptop cable peeking out from underneath a pile of FL's discarded newspapers.
So, today I want to make some plans.

Nothing too ambitious.

Just a collecting-together of things I want to do, places I want to go, books I want to read, films I want to see.

Thinking a little bit more long-term.  Buying that wooden ironing board to press my hand-embroidered linens upon.  Buying a fit-for-purpose receptacle to tackle the newspaper mountain, which is probably the biggest source of stress in my life.  I'm not kidding.

And consider the habits I want to get into:  EXERCISE!  Healthier eating.  Making my house into a home.  Finishing things I start.

All of which might lead to some changes on the blog as I try to make more of a life for myself.

I thought about taking the blog down altogether, but I think it will help me to document the ups and downs, as long as I am not just doing things in order to write about them.  I catch myself doing that sometimes, and it's no good!

P.S.

Vintage ledger notebook available from Cabbages and Roses - I just might have to get one!

Newspaper collector and wooden ironing board from Torquato ...for the same cost as a new washing machine.  Scary.  But isn't it time to start thinking like an adult?  Buying good-quality items that will last me all my days?

47 comments:

Kestrel said...

I'm glad you're not going to take your blog down - I'd really miss it and I know I'm not the only one!

Sounds like you have some big changes going on, so good luck with making them and I look forward to hearing how you get on.

p.s why is a wooden ironing board better? Just interested! :)

June said...

Good morning! Every morning here in Canada, I put my coffee on and then I sit down at the computer to see what's new with Roobeedoo. Sometimes you talk about your children(I have a boy and girl at university now), sometimes you talk about your knitting (I'm knitting an ugly Christmas sweater for my daughter so she's ready for this years party), sometimes your life, or job or husband(I have those too). I always read with interest but when I look at comments, someone's already said what I was thinking, so I go have my coffee and start my day. It's great to hear about a fellow knitter's life, keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

G'day, (guess which country I live in!) I have never commented on a blog before, but wanted to let you know I read all your posts and have always enjoyed them. We are of the same vintage and i love to sew and do some knitting though there is not a lot of need for woolies in Queensland.Sometimes your sharing entertains me and sometimes it makes me think. Thank you for having a great blog.

argie said...

I have the same internet problem...although I don't have a blog of my own, I love to read blogs and have realized my ratio of reading about sewing to actual sewing is completely shameful! How am I ever going to get good enough to make the things I admire if I don't actually practice??!! I'm trying to not just compulsively read every single blog post and give myself permission to skip over the ones that don't look like they speak to me...but I NEVER skip yours, I must say! Your writing style is lovely.

Also, a quick note that I have a friend who has that newspaper receptacle and he says it changed his life! It looks fantastic and I always admire it. If my apartment weren't tiny and had a bit more floor space I'd get one for myself, but almost every square inch is accounted for. But I think you should get one, absolutely!

didyoumakethat said...

I'd be devastated if your blog disappeared! It's some of my favourite reading. You're a born writer, Roo! I love your voice, your attitude, your life, knowing I've a Walthamstow mate up in Scotland. I always look forward to reading your blog posts. What would I do without your book reviews? I'm all for life reassessment, but come on - abandoning us? That's crazy talk! (Sorry if that makes you feel like you have a stalker.)

Jane said...

I'm also guilty of reading and enjoying blog posts but not always commenting. Sometimes I comment in my head then realise it hasn't actually happened in real life....
I ALWAYS enjoy reading your blog Ruth, I like the variety, the writing, the humour. Just wanted to let you know. x

Judith said...

No, don't stop blogging!!! Just think how many of us are sitting around the world nodding in agreement - your blog dependency is shared!!!!
I'm also knitting (well, not just right now cause I am blog stalking) - see!!! We all do it...even Down Under...

agirlinwinter said...

I'd miss your blog if you stopped, so please don't! I'm guilty of reading without commenting sometimes, I think we all do it. I know what you mean about the Internet being a time-suck. I came across this blog post last night on Zen Habits about simplifying your life http://zenhabits.net/simplify/ which mentions disconnecting for at least some portion of each day. I'm going to try it because I'm finding it hard to make time at home to do the things I love (like sewing). Good luck with your plans!

Kirsty said...

I've only started following your blog since MMM 12 and I really like it so don't give it up! I think it's just natural to be sometimes a bit blog dependent. So maybe buy that ironing board and newspaper stacker .. very cool!

Nearly constant reader said...

So sorry I never comment - but I read every entry and love each one. I don't sew, alas, so I don't think I have anything useful to say there. But I love your sewing and your approach to clothing and just wish I could knit enough to participate in a MMM. (But one good thing about knitting (the simplest knitting at least) is that you can do it while blog-reading...)

ozviking said...

I am one of your bad mannered readers. I get so much out of your blog and never give anything in return! Please please keep your blog going even if it is only once a month. You are such an inspiration in so many ways and I love reading about your life in Scotland - I live on the other side of the globe (Australia) and have never visited your shores. So many of your postings are thought provoking and really great stimulation for my brain to consider.

shivani said...

oh please don't stop! Your blog is one of my favs - it makes me really think about the things you talk about. And while I don't comment that regularly, it's more because I read blogs on my ipad and hate typing on it. poor excuse, I know. (I used to do the same thing about wondering why no comments, glad I'm in good company!).

Good luck with all your changes - I could do with adopting some new habits too!

Marie said...

Please don't take your blog down, I've only discovered it fairly recently and it's simply fab! I know how you feel though about 'wasting' time online instead of actually doing! I'm so guilty of that myself, I'm sure I would be so much more productive if I spent less time online, but other blogs do really inspire me...it's a vicious circle!

Anyway, I really hope you find the balance you need and that it still involves some blogging sometimes ;o)

Gail said...

I totally understand the need to make more time for yourself, but I really hope you don't decide to take the blog down. I'd really miss seeing your projects!

LinB said...

Everyone needs a sabbatical periodically. Take one. Take as much as a year, if you need it. Take longer, if you need more time. We'll still be here, waiting patiently to hear how things are going in your part of the world. We are so lucky to have easy access to all the kindred spirits in the world, whom we would never have met except through the internet. (You and your family remain in my prayers --just to breathe a name is a prayer. God, she knows, even without specifics, how to answer that prayer.) ((I try not to limit God to one gender or another, so I alternate saying "he" and "she" when I speak of God.)) Turn off your computer and pick up your knitting needles. Take a walk in the sunshine.

Lucy said...

Don't go!!

In other news, laugh and weep: http://xkcd.com/77/

dottiedoodle said...

Your blog is one of my favourites, and when I discovered it I read all the way back to the beginning. Now I sound like a stalker! Anyway, will look forward to whatever you'd like to write.

Saffi said...

I always enjoy reading your thoughtful posts about life, crafting, and sustainability. You always make me look at the world differently. I hope you do continue, even if you change the way you approach it.

quietandsmalladventures said...

oh i'm with you on the internet dependency problem! instead of sewing or reading a book, i read blogs about sewing/check mine for comments/check pinterest for repins!! so crazy i know!

good luck with the changes, i look forward to seeing what you do!

Pam said...

I must confess that I'm a lurker who always reads your blog, but rarely comments! I really enjoy your blog and would miss it if you stopped. I love seeing/reading about all your creations - you are incredibly talented.

I know exactly what you mean about spending too much time reading about projects, instead of getting on with them. My knitting has been untouched for a few days because I have been following too many blogs! I need to cut down on the number of blogs I follow, but yours certainly won't be one of them :-)

Anonymous said...

This is only my second comment on a blog as I always feel really anxious about commenting for some reason. Your blog is one of the first I check each day. We are close in age but in some ways a world away in lifestyle and reading about your life challenges my thinking about a lot of things - something that is really important when you reach an age when it is easy to avoid any challenges to your accepted views. I like your holistic approach to your sewing, your forthright opinions on some aspects of medical care and your honesty about life in general so don't stop blogging (although by all means change the emphasis if it is better for you!)I also read too many blogs and often use them as an excuse to put off my own sewing - this must cease! However I will make time for yours in what ever form it takes in the future. Good luck with your new direction.

indigorchid said...

Ooo, I'm glad you're not taking your blog down! I enjoy reading your words on your life and what is going on in it, including but not limited to; knitting, sewing, spending way too much time looking at others doing so, tackeling stacks of newspaper, ethical cardigan buying, and the constant quest for making an abode a home. I do all of those things too. Sometimes I feel a slight pressure to blog about things like that, sometimes I feel like those things aren't "fit" for the blog, and sometimes, I don't want to blog at all because it's another thing in an otherwise overwhelmed daily life.

Kendi started a A-Okay Club, but I'm missing the colored pants. Otherwise I'm a mess sometimes, trying to keep it together, haha! I think we're all members. Anyone who says they're not are lying.

Anonymous said...

Your blog has gotten me back to sewing! Not in the same class as vintage coats, but still.

I read your blog every day and always enjoy it.

Keep up your good work there.

China Doll 003

Sandy said...

There, you see? People ARE reading your words & thoughts and after reading the comments above I can only say - keep on as you can and know there are eyes watching you! Big hugs from the jungle (sometimes) altho now I'm in Washington state.

Toni said...

Hi Roo,

I have been reading your blog for awhile. Eventho I have not commented you have got me interested in sewing after a 10 year break. I am not very good but you inspire me so. I love your blog. I also have MGUS, that is how I found you! I love in Portland, OR and I think you mentioned you would like to visit. It is indeed a wonderful city. My best to you and FL. You are in my prayers.
Toni

Gaynor said...

I'm another who doesn't usually comment, and definitely spends more time looking at blogs than "doing"! I'm so pleasaed that I found your blog, & I'd be very sorry if you took your blog down, as it is probably the only one I always read & love to read consistently. But, at the end of the day, you have to do what is right for you, and only you know what that is. Take good care of yourself.

Kate said...

I'm another down under reader - this time from New Zealand. I hope you don't take your blog down - you and the Yarn Harlot are my favourite bloggers and I would really miss reading the ups and downs of your life.
The newspaper stacker sounds like a great idea - I wish I could find an answer for the 17 storage crates plus approx 3 linear shelf metres of motoring magazines my other half has accumulated!

superheidi said...

Yes, we all waste plenty of time on the internet, because there are these very nice and inspiring spots, you see, like here. :-)

Margaret said...

Don't take your blog down. I don't often comment (maybe once or twice?) But I do enjoy stopping by and reading about your neck of the woods, and to see your handiwork (both sewing and knitting). My husband and I became "empty-nesters" last fall. You get used to it.

Sigrid said...

No, you can't take down the blog. I think that your voice is unique and needed. You really do write about many of the things that I am thinking about and in such a refreshing, honest way.

I'm finding that my blog roll keeps growing and that does inevitably lead to less time to be creative. It's always hard to find a balance between being inspired to create vs. being occupied by potentially inspiring media.

Good luck organizing your life!

Linda said...

Please stay! You have such a unique voice - you often brighten my day with your self-deprecating humour and your view of the world. If I don't comment more often it's because I don't belong to the Fellowship of Knitters and Sew-ers (as opposed to Sewers) and therefore have no words at my disposal to comment on a blouse or skirt of cardigan other than a feeble 'that looks nice' or 'will you knit me one?'.

I've had a total blogging slump this summer as I immerse myself in my daughter's last summer at home before uni, and some support issues for my son, from a distance (university exam resit in Kathmandu!). And looking forward with tremendously mixed feelings to what life will be like with no children at home.

Kerry said...

I haven't commented for a while so I thought I'd better pop in to say hello!! I love reading your blog. I check each day for a new post and you never fail to make me smile. Thanks for that! xx

Susan said...

I am a regular reader and really enjoy your posts whether they are about sewing,knitting, or just life in general. I must confess to being a serial lurker though, I often think about leaving a comment and then I don't,yet I know that if I had a blog I would constantly be checking for comments myself. I credit all the amazing sewing and knitting blogs like yours for getting me back into making my own clothes again after a very long break. I know there will be a lot of adjusting to do when your daughter leaves for college, so best wishes to you and FL in this next stage of your lives.

skytender said...

Have just had a fight with Google to retrieve my account details so I can post that I love your blog and the way you write.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Another one here who reads avidly, but hasn't commented. Sorry. Please don't remove your blog!

Sending you best wishes for a painless adjustment, and happy sewing/knitting.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Phew! You're not actually leaving us, thank goodness for that, you had me worried for a minute there.

And I hear you, I really do, I love my blog but finding the balance between doing, blogging about doing, and reading other blogs is a toughie. I'm sure you'll crack it though :D

Alison said...

Hello from another reader who checks in every day/week. I love reading what you have to say on a variety of subjects. I hardly comment on any blogs as I'm a bit shy but I want to say how much I love yours.

SewIknit2 said...

I know what you mean! With one lad off my hands at Uni, the second well into 6th form college and hubby about to retire. It's all change and makes me look at my life ESP craft side! Magazines half read, projects cast on, pattern queued!

I think aug is peak time for unrest, I do my main new years resolutions style plans in sept as a tradition now stems from school aged lads' return fresh start etc!
Do keep your blog, I enjoy following you!
Sue x

christinelaennec said...

I wish to echo all those who've said that life would be the poorer without your blog, and also that you should only blog as often as you want to!

I think blogging has this mysterious and sometimes confusing side to it, which is that people can comment if they want. It's great to receive comments and feel connected, but if you were publishing a newspaper column you wouldn't necessarily receive comments from your readers, or perhaps you'd receive Outraged Citizen letters, which thankfully don't happen all that often on a blog.

Your blog is read and loved, thank you for it.

Nikki said...

You are one of my favourite bloggers. I feel a little awkward about commenting on blogs and it usually takes me ages to write one when I do, so I tend not to most of the time. Not a blogger myself, but I also tend to get carried away looking at what everyone else is making/doing instead of doing the things I need to do!

Anonymous said...

oh, roo - i am soooo glad you are staying. there is no one like you in any blogs about anything. sometimes i don't comment because though i really love all your creativity, i've lost my mojo - as a painter, a sewer, fabric aficionado - and plans for knitting lessons just keep falling through. but radiation will be done with at the end of august, and i can get back in the groove, and read your posts without feeling like a little kid in front of a candy store with not a penny in my pocket. also, i love your book reviews, all the wonderful photos you publish, and hearing about FL and the children. you have the best sense of wry humor, and i find great inspiration and comfort in your musing "aloud". so take a break if you need to, but please, dear roo, come back to us. warm hugs, karen

daisydonut said...

Oh dear, your post echoed my very thoughts - more time spent reading than doing,rarely leaving comments, watching the stats to see how many visit but wondering why no one comments, thinking about giving up blogging, every morning telling myself to spend less time at the computer, take myself in hand, stop wasting time - on and on it goes in my head.

I would be very sorry if you stopped blogging though, because I "pop" in every day though I rarely comment.

Paola said...

I too enjoy your blog. I am the world's least productive sewer and knitter, and wonder how much I could accomplish if I didn't spend so much time on the net. Still, it's a way to connect with people who love to knit and sew - I don't know any IRL. Sigh.
Please do keep blogging.

Where the nodding violets grow said...

I have just caught up with your blog posts. I would be sad to see your blog disappear. It is always an interesting and informative read. It has made me think about things that I never would have bothered with and laugh/cry about life but mostly inspired me to try harder. It is hard not to spend hours on the internet. I struggle with this, especially if I am feeling low or lonely. Hours disappear and I think of how much knitting/sewing/decorating/gardening I would get done if I stopped reading about it and just got on with it. I think it is important to feel connected with others (what an awful word!). I had noticed that you had been blogging more recently and I was really pleased! (selfish I know).

My daughter went to Uni four years ago and now has a job at the other end of the country. It has finally occurred to me that she is not coming home!!! It is time to adjust my life. I keep telling myself that the one thing that is constant is change.

I think planning is an excellent idea, even if they are small ones. I have a friend who doesn't make resolutions but makes life goals. Maybe that is the answer. Who knows. Whatever works for you Roo. (I would start with the newspaper receptacle!)

Sorry, I have waffled a bit to make up for all of the times I don't comment :0)

maggie-g said...

I too love your blog - I look for it regularly, and hope you'll be writing it for a long time. I also love your comments on our wonderful unseasonable weather; I live down south (where we were the coldest place twice last winter).

Alessa said...

:) I'm similarly guilty of both reading without commenting a lot, and wasting precious crafting time reading blogs instead. Ah well. Finding new priorities for your life is a fine thing, but I'd love if you kept writing about it here. Your writing style is very engaging. :)

Elizabeth said...

I often wonder how you keep up the pace, as I am only able to read sporadically! I do love to read your blog posts... as an old pattern designer, you inspire me to revisit my past. I am grateful you are keeping in touch with us and we can, in turn, inspire you to do all the things you care so deeply about! It is all about balance! And that, my friend, is something I am still trying to learn.