Monday, January 25, 2010

"A Room Of My Own"

It's Monday morning, the sun is shining, and for now, all's right with the world. The OC is off in parts northern for the week, the Bean is back on campus, so it's just me and the cat. Purrr!

The Writers' Almanac [thank you again Thimbleanna!] this morning, mentioned that it was the birthday of Robbie Burns. I won't be having haggis for dinner, nor washing whatever I do have down with whiskey, but "My luve's like a red, red rose," will be with me all day!

It's also the birthday of Virginia Woolf who wrote, among other things, "A Room Of My Own." I haven't read it but, according to Mr. Keillor, it's an essay on women and literature. Mental note: look for it at the library. And one thought led to another, as tends to happen, and I realized I have a room of my own. Which makes me very happy. So you'd think I'd keep it in better nick!

But project piles on project, and variety being the spice of life, they're all out at the same time, so I can flit, at will, from one to another. Call me Mme.Butterfly.

It is disgraceful, and I am ashamed to be such a slob. And still a little voice in the back of my brain defends me, whispering fiercely

"But, but, butbutbut! From chaos comes creativity!"

"Yeah, right!" the prosecuting attorney says with curled lip.
"No sob stories please! What is required here is Action! Toss and fling! Like together. Organize by colour. All needles in one place, please, not here and there and everywhere. And thread? Here's a radical concept---keep all those spools on the thread organizer! Get those Christmas boxes off the floor. No stammering about being ready, early, for next Christmas. Get them gone! And those sz. 4 jeans? Left, so hopefully, by California Girl who thinks I'm some kind of magician? Let her put on a little weight to fill them out! Chop Chop!"

"Yes sir!" whimpers the defense, "but can I at least finish stitching the binding on this before I start?"

The prosecution glares, then softens.

"Oh my!" In reverent tones.

"You're actually about to finish something you only started last week?"

The defense blushes.

"Yes, this is the New Me. The 2010 model!" Demurely.

Finish what I start.

Organize the Room Of My Own.

What a radical concept.

The prosecution rests.

And I will not fall back on Mr. Burns immortal words about the best laid schemes o' mice an' men ganging aft agley! I will not consider that an option at all at all!


persiflage said...

It looks fine to me, and I am sure you can find things. That is a gorgeous quilt! Sewing is a very bitsy activity, anyway. I think the defence can rest.

riseoutofme said...

Its all relative Molly ... it looks VERY organised and tidy to me.

Lucky you to have a bolt hole!

Thimbleanna said...

I'm sorry....were you talking? I barely heard a word you said 'cause I was all a-flutter at the setting you're auditioning for your bunny baskets!!! I LOVE LOVE that irish-chain-y-sort-of setting you have going on -- very, very clever!

I need to follow your lead. I thought my room was fairly well organized (although it doesn't look as tidy as yours) but I've lost a pattern and it's driving me over. the. edge. Drastic measures might be called for!

The Lass said...

I am so so so so SO terribly envious of your room! I wish I could call one of those my own *sniffsniff* All my stuff just sits about in haphazard heaps, or is stuffed into boxes and corners - a very sad sight indeed. Also, I adore your quilt!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If I were making something that pretty , I'd want to keep on going too . Meanwhile your workromm looks very efficient to me . I'm going to keep very quiet about our spare room and the teetering piles of might-need-that-in-a-minute treasure ....or what my mother always called guddle .

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'm giving up proof reading for Lent . When does that begin this year ?

Warty Mammal said...

Your room is a place of sunshine and creativity, where things which will bless others' lives are born. Judging it would be like judging the kitchen of a fine cook right after she's whipped up a feast.

Pauline said...

but but butbutbut...didn't you say it was YOUR OWN ROOM? Who cares if it's organized? Out of chaos comes that gorgeous quilt on the line so I say be as messy as you like, and let order emerge every now and then ;)

Pam said...

Gosh, you are so lucky. I haven't had a room of my own since I was 23and even then, it wasn't mine; it was really my parents'.

That looks a wonderful room to me.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

It does depend what you are comparing it to...

molly said...

Compared to Anne Sutton's Stunning studio shown in a recent Quilt magazine.....which blows my "creativity from chaos" theory right out of the water!
Besides, I was judicious. I decided NOT to damage your retinas by showing the closet, off camera to the right, or the groaning shelves on the opposite wall....

StitchinByTheLake said...

You think that's chaos...oh dear, I'm not going to show you my sewing room right now! And I love the quilt - great colors. blessings, marlene

Meggie said...

It looks very neat to me. Then again, I am the original slob, so mess is my forte.

Ali Honey said...

Applause! Applause! I love the quilt.

It's not too bad really, your room....I'm a neat and tidy person so sorry I want to see the after photos.....I haven't got a room of my own....all the rooms in the house are mine to clean.

Julie's Journey said...

I love your room - I dont think it is too messy at all. Now my study on the other hand was abysmal but is better because I too spent some time sorting, culling, shredding and filing so that I had a few clear workspaces. Still cant sew because of foot but everything is washed, cut and ready to go. I love the quilt that the prosecution is gong to let you finish - you are a talented woman!
Enjoy the quiet.