Joining Ginny for yarn along . . . .
Things are getting busier and busier. It looks like the May Madness is starting to ooze over into June. Thank goodness I have knitting and reading to slow things down a bit. I am working on my second mitt, so things are a steady on that front.
I blew through (well mostly) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Now that was a wonderful book. I learned a lot about myself. It was a relief to see that other people recognize the frustration that introverts can feel in a world that prizes extroverts. I didn't get to finish the entire book as it was due. I turned it in because I didn't wish to add to my already fined-up account.
I started reading If These Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home. What an interesting book. It has all kinds of information on some of the more practical (read kinda gross or embarrassing) history of us and our homes. I have learned the Western history of the bed, underwear and baths. The bedroom has only recently become a private space. Back in the nasty centuries when people refused to bath because they thought water was dangerous (they were partly right), they used underwear to keep themselves clean. Gross Alert: So yeah, everything a body can produce was "taken care of" by the linen undergarments. A person then washed his or her unmentionables instead of washing the body. Ugh. The Tudor and Stuart periods were pretty darn nasty. I have also learned from this book that urine is an excellent stain remover. The servants used to wash out those stubborn stains that the lords and ladies collected on their hunts with basins full of the stuff. Amazing. So if you have a curiosity about the history of things we don't talk about in public (usually), then you can't go wrong with this one. Grossness Over.
What are you making and reading this week?