Take this job and . . . ;-)

When I was a young bride, I quickly learned that housekeeping was never totally finished. To my chagrin, a task that I worked on all morning could become undone in a second! The sink was never really empty, for as soon as I finished the dishes, a glass or a plate would appear. And laundry . . . sigh . . . the laundry! I’d no sooner complete what I thought was the last load of wash, when a pair of dirty socks were thrown in that “bottomless pit” of a clothes hamper. Similarly, freshly washed floors quickly sported tracks of muddy footprints, and sparkling bathtubs were again grimy, soon enough.

But you know all about this stuff! What I really mean to talk about here is the other thing I discovered as a young bride – “making something” is permanent!

It was pretty thrilling to realize that I could embroider a cloth napkin, knit a scarf, or make a dried flower wreath for the front door, and nobody would come along and undo my efforts. What joy, what satisfaction! After an hour or two of work, I actually had something lasting to show for it. Whether I totally finished a project or just added to its progress, the next time I picked it up – it was exactly as I had left it.

There’s such a wonderful sense of fulfillment when we create something lovely. During a day when a lot of what we do is repetitious and boring, how fun to grab a few moments to nourish our artistic side.

These days, beads are what inspire my creativity, and I haven’t found even one necklace disassembled while my back was turned!

But the laundry . . . excuse me, please . . . I think I hear the dryer buzzing! 🙂

©2008 Bead Happily Ever After


Take this job and . . . ;-) — 10 Comments

  1. i totally know what you mean! my biigest peeve is having loaded the dishwasher and feeling so proud of myself, only to have a dirty glass or plate appear out of nowhere. i swear i wish i could make people stop eating in between dishwasher loading time! lol

  2. I don’t even want to relate to that laundry thing. Every once in a while I get overwhelmed because I let it go a little to do other things. I pack it all up and take it to the laundramat. In a little over an hour its all done and my life is mine again.

    But I can relate to the fulfillment and accomplishment of creating something that lasts and through it you leave your mark. THAT is fulfillment at its best.

  3. I hate to vacuum! I just haven’t found the right vacuum or maybe I need some help!

  4. Now that I have retired, I spend more time crafting than house cleaning. But when I do take the time to mop the floor or dust, I stand back and admire my efforts for a few minutes. Since that’s about how long it stays clean. How do I know when hubby has entered a room? Follow the tracks. Follow the crumbs. 😀

  5. Oh gosh! Don’t get me going on this one!!! I live with the original three pigs (my husband, and my two sons). Hubby is 53, #1 son is 24, and #2 is 22, YET… I am STILL picking up socks and Windexing the counter tops after them! I tell them that there is no cleaning fairy flying around the house, it’s just me…but the little piggies just don’t listen!!! So when I’ve had enough, after a few hours of cleaning and tidying every day (we won’t get into the wash…that’s an entire issue on it’s own), I get to do my crafting, which I love, love, love so much. My oldest son is so funny, he says I’m like Cinderella, cleaning and cooking all the time, and when I’m done I go to my little corner… wait…that’s NOT really funny!!!! (giggles!)
    Paulette :o)

  6. I have been married for just a year and I too have realized that there is no end to household chores. Whenever I think that I am through with everything, something or the other comes up. And as I am a working wife, I am always tired. There are so many things I want to do which I have not done in a long long time. But simply I am unable to. As whenever I do get time, I want to sleep or watch a movie to relax or may be read a book. “Making something” is permanent !! I too want to get into this mode and create paintings, wall art or hangings or any other beautiful things which may decorate my sweet home. Alas !! I am still in the process of discovering a way out.

  7. I really enjoy stamping! Making cards, gift boxes, etc. are my creative outlet! My husband made me a wonderful stamping room in our basement!
    It definitely gets me away from everything while I am in there.
    Many thanks…..Cindi

  8. Housework has an end if you never do it 🙂 I’d much rather be in here knee deep in my hobbies, so I just leave that stuff… sooner or later someone else in the house gets around to it 😉

  9. lol…laundry!…hate that with gusto

    now i have entered 5 times for the giveaway…i so hope i win those beauties…they are just so perfect, with the delicious color and all!

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