Do you ever fall in-and-out-of-love with a craft or recipe? Â Do your habits and hobbies have a seasonality to them?
When a skill or hobby piques my interest, I tend to research everything on the subject, and fully submerge myself in it. Â I get a little obsessed. Â And then, sometimes the interest wanes (like making rag rugs). Â Or sometimes it becomes cemented in the rhythm of our family life (like baking bread). Â I like to knit in the winter, sew in the summer, but bake and garden all year long.
(On a side note, I think this is why project-based homeschooling appeals so much to me. Â Being allowed to freely, and thoroughly explore an interest or idea is as important to kids as it is to adults.)
Right now, the obsession is a return to an old interest -Â fermentation. Â The counter is stacked to the back with jars of veggie pickles bubbling, kombucha, kraut, Indian-spiced cauliflower, carrot-ginger slaw, plums steeping in sugar…
When I go out to the garden, my first thought is, “What can I pick to pickle?” Â When I need a snack, I straight for a dish of kraut or dilly beans.
The basket of mending, countless unfinished knitting projects, this blog, the novel on the bedside table all sit neglected right now. Â I’m up late at night setting up second ferments of kombucha, or shredding some root veggie, or washing out fido jars, or reading books and articles on the science of fermentation.
I suppose there are worse things to be fixated on than making healthy, delicious, vitamin-packed food, right?
WordPress has been wonky, and I’m having trouble uploading photos and editing them. Â If WordPress will cooperate, I will be back later in the week!