Tuesday, 6 September 2011

sanity restored


Don't get me wrong - I love to spend time with my kids I just find myself struggling a little with my sanity by the time they are almost back to school after the summer break. Maybe if I had a 'real' job where I left the house in the morning and didn't return home 'til the evening a couple of days a week it wouldn't be quite such a struggle. Honestly, I feel guilty if I spend any time in the studio when they're off school. I guess the whole 'woman's place is in the home' mentality is fully stamped on my brain. I am a little bit 1950's housewife, I'll confess to that. When I had children, because I was fortunate enough to not have to work I didn't work. I chose to be a homemaker and mother and I took that role super seriously. I do take that role super seriously.
Today, though, is the second day back to school. I'm going to break my daytime sewing rules and hand stitch in peace and quiet (hand sewing is usually only reserved for evenings, in front of the TV, it's decadent to hand sew during the day).

And I'm going to fully devour the peace and quiet. (Yesterday I just had to spend the day recovering from the Summer, you understand, don't you? Plus clean my house and do the laundry that has been piling up for the past I don't know how many weeks).

22 comments:

Andrea said...

So true - my youngest went back yesterday and I spent the day cleaning and washing. Last night I decided I was going to sit and baste hexies all day - like you I feel guilty hand sewing in the day - lol. Funny how our minds work ! Enjoy your day. My hub works from home but is quiet today and is trying to get me to go out with him but I'm digging my heels in - ha xx

Mrs Yoastie said...

Tomorrow will be their first day back. Can't wait. I work from home editing scientific journals and it's so much harder when you have to sort out petty squabbles or help dress barbies.

Jo said...

You read my mind! Today is my eldest's first day back at school - so far I've done the washing, some ironing, washing up, cleaned the kitchen and played with the baby. The baby is now napping so I'm having another piece of toast and then it's out to the studio. I work from home as well and although my business brings money into the house I still feel guilty working when the children are home and awake! Maybe is got something to go with the fact that I love my work so much?
ENjoy your day!

two hippos said...

I know how you feel and I have just the one. My sister in law is feeling the pain, one of her 24 month old new words this summer has been fight (he has 2 older brothers)!

trash said...

I shall spend the day preparing the birthday feast as my boy has had to return to school OM his birthday. I think this may well suck but cake for breakfast seemed to make it all ok for him.

Tomorrow I shall be playing w my new Posh Yarns purchase.

susan said...

I am right with you on this post. Love my kids put soooooooooo happy they went back to school today. The quiet is blissful.

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

oh I'm right there with you today. Hand quilting in front of the telly when it's still light outside...it feels kinda naughty but so nice!
Love your cross stitching!!

Andi said...

Somehow, you don't quite fit the 1950s housewife mold.
Enjoy your peace.
xxx

Flying Blind... said...

My twins started school for the first time this morning - I have the house to myself until 12!! Yippee! Cleaning and tidying? B*ll*cks, I've been sewing!

Patchwork and Play said...

I absolutely agree about sitting and hand stitching in the middle of the day! That is what I call decadence. Machine stitching seems more like 'work'.

AnneMarie said...

Looking forward to that same quiet today as oldest goes the afternoon preschool while youngest naps. I agree. As a SAHM, it is the return of some of my sanity!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Ahh, lovely quiet moments...enjoy!

Mary said...

Enjoy it {stitching in peace}...the laundry and cleaning will always be there :)

Kwilt Noob said...

Too funny! I always feel guilty if I do hand stitching during the day! It's like eating cake for breakfast; just so decadent!

Amy said...

I know exactly how you feel, I have three girls, and I was ready for them to go back to school by the end of summer. I love being with them, but we all need our own time away from each other too. And I feel guilty doing things that could be done in front of the TV during the too :)

sukie said...

I have (2) kids and one' s 12 and the other one is 16mos. Yeah, it took me that long to realize that I could handle another kid and I'm not a SAHM and I think if I were I'd probably stick q-tips in my ears everyday or something. Being a SAHM is a really really really hard job. I respect the women that do it every day.

Seams Sew Creative said...

Mine are 20 months and baby due Dec... I have a while before I can enjoy the luxury of a day with no kiddos! I'm enjoying the time with mine for sure, but some days I would love to have several uninterrupted hours of productivity :)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Enjoy the peace and quiet!

Poppyprint said...

We have a lot in common Katy ('cept for the tatts, geography and skinny thing), but I too take my role seriously. Not sure how much longer I can hold out, though. The oldest will be heading to university (we hope) in 4 years so it's at that point our income is gonna need an injection. I wonder how many thread catchers it takes to send a boy for higher education?

I'm looking forward to the return to routine tomorrow, but I have loved this summer immensely.

**nicke... said...

i totally feel you on this! love the stitching. i'm working on a little something myself...

Emma Thomsen said...

HEAR HEAR! The pleasure of tidying the house and it staying tidy for more than 10 minutes is a joy in itself! I find during the holidays I stay up until very late (even when Mr T has long gone to bed) as I enjoy the silence of the house as I quietly sew or type.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I'm really late commenting...but I'm with you on all fronts...nice to know I'm not the only one that takes being a 1950's house wife seriously :o) I'm just starting to get back on top of things after having a glorious summer with my two daughters. We had a proper lazy summer...so good for the soul, yet no sewing or "work" got done :o)

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