Clothing: 30 out of 66
Soap: 24 out of 36
Tea: NONE out of 10
Not bad for having 3 more months to go! (did I just jinx myself!?).
I just took out all of my heavier stockings and hand knit socks since the weather is turning colder, and boy am I happy that I did all that mending before I put them away. It’s nice to have everything ready to wear instead of a pile of mending staring you in the face. My clothing is in good shape — I pretty much throw a cardigan over my dresses, take out my boots, and my spring wardrobe becomes my fall and winter wardrobe. I’ve had my winter coat for about 6 years and it’s still looking good. Fall and winter are the times I can bring out my hand knits to their best advantage — I can’t wait to start wrapping myself in shawls and scarves. The first day it’s cold enough to wear a hand knit hat is a happy day for me and my hair — it means that the humidity is low enough that my hair won’t frizz, and the hat acts as a styling aid to smoosh the bigness down into hair like other people have 🙂
Serious tea drinking weather is upon us. I’m out of coupons, but still have a great deal of tea in my cupboard. I’m not worried. A little bit of making do coupled with, as Meg says, some bloody mindedness will see me through!
Dry skin weather is also upon us! I have the supplies I need to make another batch of body butter, my nice Dr. Woods soap which isn’t drying, and enough Argan oil to see me through the rest of the year. I can’t think of anything else I would need for the next three months.
Is it strange that I feel so content — no — absolutely blissful whilst on rations? I honestly don’t feel deprived at all. In fact, I feel a deep satisfaction, almost like how you feel when figuring out a complex puzzle. Within the constraints of the rationing system, I am fully and creatively engaged with how I live, what I create, and what I consume.
‘Man built most nobly when limitations were at their greatest.’ — Frank Lloyd Wright
‘In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed.’ — Henri Matisse
A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.’ — Thomas Henry Huxley
AND Dr. Seuss can’t be wrong!