Monday, January 11, 2010
Tell me what do you do all day?
Busy, I am, but listen pray!
MONDAY is my milking day
TUESDAY skimming off the cream
WEDNESDAY's when the butter's churned
And packed away each THURSDAY
FRIDAY's when I bake all day
SATURDAY is market day
On SUNDAY off to church I plod
Thanks be to Thee, Almighty God.
- 'Around the Year'
That poem is one of my favorites. It speaks of the weekly rhythm from a simpler time many years ago. It is amazing to me that rhythm was a part of life for everyone back then. Every single chore literally took up most of the day so they needed to schedule days for each and every thing.
Speaking of machines...
In our modern society we have so many conveniences and everything is done by machine so it seems we no longer have the need for this, yet our lives seem more chaotic than ever. Why is this? That is something I ponder quite often. Do we need to give up all of our modern conveniences? I personally don't think we do, unless we prefer to (I do prefer to do quite a bit by hand most of the time). To me one of the answers that comes to me over and over, is that we just simply need rhythm of some kind to keep everything going smoothly.
I have mentioned a few times on here that Monday is our baking day. That is probably the favorite of our weekly rhythm days for K and C, but I admit it is both the best and the worst for me. Don't get me wrong, I love to bake (and more importantly love to eat what we bake), but there are some Mondays when that is the last thing I want to do. When I am having one of those Mondays we will usually bake something really simple, like a loaf of bread in our bread maker. Yes, that is cheating a bit, but this way I am not breaking our rhythm, or the girls' hearts while still keeping my sanity.
Gotta love the 'bed head' here!
Our baking days start in the morning. The girls and I usually bake a loaf of bread right after breakfast so it is ready by lunch time. Bread is actually made about two to three times a week, so not just on baking day. We go through it pretty fast. With all of C's food sensitivities and our strict vegetarian diet it's just easier for us to make our own bread, plus it's healthier and we know exactly what ingredients are in it.
After we make our bread we make something sweet, this way the girls get to enjoy it for dessert after lunch. Cookies and muffins tend to be our 'go to' recipes but we have created quite an assortment of sweet things over the past couple of years. K gets really into every little detail of baking wanting to help with every part while C just wants to eat it all, but I have a feeling C will be a little baker just like K when she gets a bit older. I capture the two of them in the sweetest moments, watching K teach C how to roll out dough, or pour in the vanilla and I just melt.
I just hope they remember this time when they are older...
Yes, we love our baking days, and I am so grateful for them. I hope someday my family and I can have the simple life like they did many years ago. We have a dream of owning a farm and living off the grid (our Frontier Dreams!) but until then at least we can have our own small daily and weekly rhythms to keep us going.
Wishing you all the calmness of a simple life.