Fall is a wonderful time to reflect. Today I ask the question, "why another cooking and craft blog?" Well, the answer is simple: I enjoy cooking and making crafts and find both topics very easy to write about. Not only that, this blog provides both you and me with a record of all the things I've done. It's all there and easy to access. Sometimes I want to repeat a craft or recipe and, click, there it is. Totally practical. Besides, I can reminisce about all the fun things I did through the years. Having a record in words and photos means more and more the older I get (and I'm not quite 40 yet!). It's totally worth the effort!
There are other things I like as much or even more, but have a hard time opening myself up to everyone about. For example, I am very interested in spiritual things and have spent years of my life researching the depths of Christianity and other spiritual heritages. I learned a lot and have quite a few opinions. But writing about those things feels so vulnerable and I tend to be a bit of a closed book. It may be time to change that, but not today! I have private journals where I have worked through some of my biggest struggles. I have pages and pages of spiritual discussion with myself. Because of my faith background, I feel unable to be vulnerable with everyone in those areas. I'm honest when people ask me, but putting it out there permanently takes a bigger commitment.
I also really enjoy science. I used to be a biology teacher, remember? I recently came upon one of the best books I've found in a long time. It is a collection of one year's best science writing. It was older and I bought it at a thrift store, but I think I'm going to get the most recent version soon. It's called Best American Science Writing. I've found I like less of the get down and dirty science, but more reading about it and thinking through it. In other words, I would never want to work in a lab. So why not write about science? Maybe I will, but it takes far more effort than writing about my latest craft, and with young children it was more effort than I was willing to expend. Now, though, it's a real possibility.
Anyway, I write about cooking and crafts because it's fun, light-hearted and I think it's a great way to leave a record of my times as a stay-at-home mom. I'm not sure how long this season will last, but it's fun while it does!
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