Never would I ever

Me circa 1993

Here are three things circling in my head, things I have said I would never do:

Reading Jane Austen. I majored in English literature in college and yet I never read Jane Austen. At some point, I tried, but it felt too much like romance and I never got very far. But a lot of readers I respect have had a different experience with Austen’s novels. I have begun reading The Jane Austen Society and have asked for advice on choosing an Austen book to try – again. So, we will see.

Become a vegetarian. As a child, I detested vegetables. I was often left at the table to finish my dinner by my father, who rarely ate vegetables himself. Over the last 20 years, I have increased my vegetable consumption and I now find myself eating a primarily plant based diet. I’m having trouble giving up bacon but it’s more of a treat than a staple now.

Spin yarn. I will never forget the conversation I had about 30 years ago about fabric and wool. This woman was raising rabbits and had begun to spin yarn. And she was getting sheep and alpaca so she could have access to their wool. Her plan was to weave fabric to be used in her quilts. Nope, not me, I said (with youthful conviction). I will never want to spin. But then I discovered Sarah and have watched with so much interest as she has spun her way through this pandemic. And today, I read that Jane is dipping into the world of spinning. Stay tuned. Retirement might take me in some new directions.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

12 thoughts on “Never would I ever

  1. I have wanted to learn to spin since I was a teen. Thankfully spinning wheels are expensive and I blow all my cash on already spun yarn instead of saving for a wheel. I really don’t know what I would do if I had to start finding room/hiding places for even more fiber! But, when I was 17 or so, I decided that when I grew up, I was going to live in a cabin in the woods, on a lake, alone, and everything in my cabin would be handmade. I was going to cut down trees to build a bed frame and tables and chairs and I was going to weave my own fabric for sheets and clothing and spin yarn to knit my own sweaters… Thank goodness I grew out of that phase!

  2. I’m with you on the bacon. It’s my stumbling block to becoming a vegetarian too. I don’t eat chicken or beef or pork or (usually) even seafood but BLTs with fresh ripe tomatoes along with corn on the cob slathered in butter is my favorite summertime dinner. I have a hard time giving it up!

  3. I ate vegetables somewhat grudgingly as a child, but I’ve found that I enjoy them more and more as an adult. I would have no problem keeping to a nearly plant-based diet now (I’d still keep my eggs and dairy), but I live with some avid meat eaters.

    I’m happy to hear that I’ve piqued your interest in spinning! I truly believe it’s always good to keep learning things, and learning to spin has been very therapeutic for me. I think it’s also made me a better knitter, as I now make better choices about yarn to use for projects because I understand fiber properties and yarn construction better now. If you would like some fiber and a spindle to get you started, please let me know — I have plenty and would be happy to share!

  4. I have always loved Jane Austin and vegetables (though I do like bacon, too!). But spinning has never appealed to me. At this point, I dabble in so many crafts that I’ve prohibited myself from even thinking about the possibility of spinning!

  5. Like Jeannie G. I was going to live in a cabin and have all hand-made stuff. At some point in our early marriage, I even cut out plans for a spinning wheel for my husband to make me. Thank God he never did! LOL. We eat a ton of veggies, but love our meat too. I don’t think I would ever give it up. As my Dad would say” “everything in moderation.”

  6. As someone with a disordered eating history, I became cautious of putting rules or labels around how/what I eat. So I love that you use the word ‘primarily,’ because then, if you want to crumble some bacon over a dish, for example (since bacon makes EVERYTHING better!), you’re still aligned with your intentions.

  7. Bacon is my biggest stumbling block! I keep thinking that I have a plan for a more plant based diet, and then I think, but bacon??? Ahhh – well, we do the best we can!

    I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of Jane Austen. Or the Brontës. Or any of those “classic” authors, actually. I’m learning to embrace that and not be ashamed of it!

    I can’t wait to see if you start spinning. I’ve always been vaguely interested in it, but I don’t think it’s something that I’ll pick up. I enjoy watching the process from afar though!

  8. I’ve always enjoyed Jane Austen’s sardonic wit. The dialogue is delicious. I’m with you on spinning though. I’m thinking about it. I’ve spun before but it never really took. I think I’d like to have a wheel just so I can occasionally spin unusual fiber.

  9. I hope you dip into spinning. I have found it wonderful to learn something new. As for Jane Austen, I have read a few of her books. I honestly can take her work or leave it. All the intrigue around marriage wears me out. We can all enjoy different things.

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