Bachelor Mother (1939) / Bundle of Joy (1956)

Happy New Year everyone! If you're like me your New Year's Eve celebration consists of some special holiday foods and a movie, or two. And I've got just the right choice.

Bachelor Mother (1939)


Polly Parrish works as a saleslady at Merlin & Son's department store for the holidays. But with the end of the Christmas season she finds she has more to worry about than the loss of her job. After being mistaken as the mother of an abandoned baby and unable to do anything but keep him, she soon becomes quite attached and unwilling to part with him, especially when John B. Merlin himself decides it's his grandchild and should be in his hands. Despite having fallen for Merlin's son, David, Polly must find a way to prove the baby belongs to her and keep him out of the hands of the elder Merlin.

Bachelor Mother is a comedy starring Ginger Rogers as the unexpected mother, David Niven as the spoiled playboy, and Charles Coburn as the grumpy "old man". It's a hilarious movie about circumstances out of control and people making quick assumptions. Ginger Rogers is at her best as usual, but this is not one of her musicals. She does dance but we are not given one of the spectacular routines she is so famous for. Having a knack for comedy as well as dancing, Rogers will not leave you disappointed in this one. And neither will David Niven or any of the rest.

Though this review is written of Bachelor Mother, it is nearly the same story line and plot as its musical remake Bundle of Joy. For more on this later movie, see below.


Full Synopsis


Merlin & Son employs many men and women in their large and prosperous department store, especially over the holiday season. One of them is a young woman named Polly Parrish. Having been employed only through the Christmas season, Polly receives her last paycheck. Resigned to her fate, she starts for the employment agency and passes an foundling home on the way. She sees a woman leaving a small baby on the steps and hurries to grab the baby before it rolls off. Entering the building with the baby, Polly is mistaken as a mother unable to care for her baby, and despite everything she tries to tell them, they return the baby to her. With a final denial, she leaves the baby at the home and returns to work. But that afternoon she is called in to see the boss. Having been told where she worked, the people at the foundling home have taken it upon themselves to speak to her boss, or in this case, the bosses' son David, and encouraged him to help her financially so that she can keep and provide for her baby. She meets David Merlin who tells her they are giving her back her job for as long as she wants it as well as a raise of salary. Stunned, Polly is incredibly grateful but she can't understand this new and unexpected kindness. Added to all this she is told she will receive her real Christmas present when she goes home that night.

Polly makes a date to go dancing with Freddie, a fellow employee, hoping to win the prize money but that night the knock at the door is not Freddie but two people from the children's home and the baby. She insists the baby is not hers but they leave him anyway, threatening to tell her boss of her reaction. While trying to figure out what to do, Freddie arrives. After failing to conceal the presence of the baby, Polly finally has the idea to leave the child with David Merlin, saying the baby is as much as his responsibility as it is hers. Freddie obviously gets the wrong idea but Polly doesn't realize it. When David comes downstairs and finds the baby with the butler he is furious and chases after her. 

Returning home after the dance, Polly and Freddie enter her apartment to find David and the baby waiting. Freddie makes a quick getaway, and David doesn't waste any time in telling Polly how low-down she is. Just like the others, he doesn't believe her when she says the baby isn't hers and threatens to ruin her chances at ever finding a job again. Leaving her no alternative, Polly decides to tell him what he wants to hear and makes up a story about her husband abusing and then leaving her. Now more sympathetic, David gives her back her job and leaves her on better terms than he arrived.

Resigned to the baby and becoming quickly attached, Polly learns the hardships of caring for a baby, as well as the joys. She and the baby are occasionally visited by David who brings her a book on how to "scientifically" care for babies.

Meanwhile, Freddie with his mistaken ideas, tries to get Polly to get him a better position in the store since she's in tight with the bosses son. Of course, Polly has no idea what he's alluding to and eventually when he doesn't get what he wants he decides to take matters into his hands.

New Year's Eve arrives and David is stood up. So he goes to Polly's and convinces her to go out with him. They spend the evening together and soon realize they are more than a little attracted to each other, but Polly can see that the baby is a bit of a problem for David.

The next morning, Mr. Merlin receives a note from a "friend" telling him that he has a grandson. David suspiciously runs off so Mr. Merlin follows and finds David with Polly and the baby in the park. Teary eyed, the old man asks to hold the baby. David and Polly can't understand his emotion but suddenly, when his father leaves, they both realize what he must of thought.

David does his best to tell his father the truth but the old man won't have any of it. He tells him he is going to take the baby and there is nothing anyone can do about it. When Polly hears this though she becomes afraid. She realizes she could very well lose her baby so she has the landlady help her get everything ready to leave. Unfortunately she is not fast enough. Both Merlin's arrive looking for her and when David finds her he tells her how much he loves her and doesn't want her to leave. Mr. Merlin takes this as his admitting the truth and says it's time to take the baby home. David still believes the baby is really Polly's but he loves her anyway. And Polly is happy to have David and her baby, and no more worries.

Bundle of Joy (1956)


In the 1956 remake, the roles are played by Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. The plot, though similar, is rearranged a bit to fit in the music they perform, and they do a swell job at it. A little more enthusiastic about life, Debbie tries to awe the business with her saleslady skills, though not quite succeeding, and Eddie Fisher takes the playboy role to all-new musical bounds.



Both versions have their good points so I can't tell you, for once, which I like best. My recommendation? See them both. And don't forget to tell me what you think!

Have a blessed New Year!

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - Classic Christmas Movie Review #7

Growing up, George Bailey had big plans to travel the world. But after the stock market crashes, George steps in to help the people in his father's building and loan business, planning to get away after things are settled. The years pass and George marries a schoolmate and soon his dreams are nothing but dreams. The town Scrooge bares down on the generous business his father worked hard to keep running and before long it's all he can do to stay on his feet. Run down and at his wit's end, George begins to wonder if it would have been better if he had never been born. Then he receives a gift he never expected, and it changes his life!


When this film first came out in theatres it was practically a flop. But as the years have gone by, people have realized what a treasure it is. And now it's one of the most watched Christmas movies ever! Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and many other talented actors, this is a must-see! Not only does it hit close to home for many of us at one point or another, it shows the importance of family and friends, and the blessings we receive from helping others. It's guaranteed to lift your spirits!

Read on for the full review and behind the scenes trivia.

Full Synopsis


When prayers are heard for a man called George Bailey from the town of Bedford Falls, an angel second-class and still not having earned his wings, is schooled for the job of helping him. Clarence, the angel, watches important scenes from George's life. As a child, George saved his younger brother after falling through the ice one winter and loses hearing in one ear because of it. Another time, he worked for Mr. Gower, the druggist, and saw the man make a terrible mistake. Realizing Mr. Gower was too sorrowful over the news of his son's death to see his mistake, George showed him what he'd done and then promised never to tell a soul.

Years later, after George is grown and ready to leave for college, he goes with his brother to his highschool graduation party and meets Mary Hatch, an attractive young woman from his school days. They hit it off well but when news comes that his father has had a stroke, life changes for him. Against his will, he is elected manager of his father's business, but he still hopes that one day his brother will take over and he'll have the chance to travel the world. Time goes by and he marries Mary Hatch hoping to spend their honeymoon in Europe. Then the stock market crashes and George saves the Bailey Bros. Building and Loan business by the skin of his teeth.

Time goes on and through the Building and Loan's generosity and good faith many of Bedford Falls citizens are able to move to nicer homes than their current one's owned by the towns iron fist, Mr. Potter. This angers the old man more and more and he works harder to bring the Bailey's down than ever before.

World War Two comes and goes, making heroes of many of the town's own, such as Bert the cop, Ernie the cab driver, and even George's own brother, Harry. But due to his injured ear, George is left stateside.

One day, right before Christmas, news of the Bailey's wartime success is all over town because of Harry's return. George is thoroughly proud of his brother, but then something happens that turns the happy day to horror. Uncle Billy loses the Building and Loan's $8,000 while at the bank preparing to deposit it. With the bank examiner already there, George sees no way to save them from the inevitable.

George comes home that night in turmoil. Mary realizes something is wrong when his frustrated fits turn the house upside down. Leaving the house, he stops by Mr. Potter's to see if he can't help him somehow and the bitter old man calls to have him arrested. In utter despair goes to Martini's for a drink. With no one else to turn to, George begs God to help him. Now it's time for Clarence to go to work.

He leaves the bar after been punched by an angry customer and makes his way to the bridge. He is contemplating suicide when suddenly another man jumps into the frothy water instead. George jumps in to save him and the two dry off at the bridge's toll house. Still in despair over his circumstances, George sulks over his coffee while the man introduces himself as Clarence Odbody, his gua
rdian angel. George doesn't believe him and eventually insists that he wishes he'd never been born. Seeing this statement as a chance to open George's eyes, jovial Clarence grants him his wish.

Suddenly things change for George. He is able to hear out of his ear, his busted lip is no longer bleeding, and his clothes are no longer wet. Confused, George says he needs a drink and he makes his way back to Martini's, with Clarence following. He finds Martini is gone, and a foul-tempered Nick in his place. Then Mr. Gower comes in. When George goes to him, Nick says he's nothing but a rummy, having spent time in prison after poisoning a child. George and Clarence eventually get kicked out.

Finally George begins to realize that something is not right. He refuses to listen anymore to Clarence and goes off on his own. That's when he sees just how bad everything has become. Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, the town is full of bars and gambling joints, and everyone George knows doesn't know him. Before long he's frantic and wants to find his family. Clarence tells him that since he was never born he was never married to Mary and hence, he has no children. George makes Clarence tell him where Mary is and finds her an old
spinster closing down the library. He calls to her, trying to make her realize that he is her husband but only succeeds in terrifying her and arousing the town's inhabitants. When Bert the cop appears to arrest him, he runs back to the bridge where he first met Clarence. In tears he admits that he wants to live again and in that instant everything returns to normal. Bert as he knows him shows up just then and tells him that Mary has all their friends and family out looking for him. Relieved beyond belief, George runs home, rejoicing to see life back to the way it was.

He arrives home and gathers his children in his arms, smothering them in kisses. Mary arrives soon after with nearly the whole town following behind. He doesn't understand at first but soon friends and family start pouring in and offering what money they can to help George save the Bailey Bros. Building and Loan. Thoroughly humbled, George doesn't say a word as they joyfully give and the money steadily grows. Even the grumpy bank examiner gets into the spirit of the moment and offers his own donation. With his youngest daughter in one arm and his wife wrapped in the other, an immensely grateful George joins his friends in singing and celebrating the season.

You May Or May Not Know


In one scene, an inebriated Uncle Billy is leaving the Bailey's home after a party. He asks George to point him in the "right" direction and stumbles out of view. With a slight smile, George turns to go back to the house, but then suddenly a great crash is heard and you hear Uncle Billy call out, "I'm all right! I'm all right!" George's smile broadens at amusing Uncle Billy and he returns to the porch. But behind the scenes this was completely unintentional. What really happened was a crew member clumsily knocked equipment over during filming but an extremely talented Thomas Mitchell, and James Stewart as well, saved the shot by adlibbing. No one knew better and that poor crew member with that clumsy moment not only kept his job but received a $10 bonus.

In another scene, Mary Hatch throws a rock at glass in the old Granville place and actually hits her target. Originally, Frank Capra hired a marksman to shoot the glass at the right moment to appear as though she hit it. But the marksman never had to take a shot as Donna Reed, having played baseball and earned a strong throwing arm, hit it herself.

For more trivia, see IMDB. There's a lot more!

My Thoughts


This is one of my most favorite Christmas movies. I don't know if it's because of the friendly atmosphere or the wonderful actors, or if it's because it makes me feel hopeful. Probably all of them combined. George does what he knows it right with a love for helping others. No, he never gets his dream but when you see how worthwhile all those years of thinking of others were it makes it seem more important. Maybe that's something we should think about. The idea of someone never achieving their dream is sad but what's more important is what they have achieved. What would you really like to achieve?


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my review and will come back for more. But in the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Cookie Countdown - Double Chocolate Mint Cookies


My favorite desserts always start with chocolate. But after we started our low-sugar to no-sugar diet at the beginning of this year, we stopped eating chocolate chips. In fact, we stopped eating most every dessert I was used to fixing. Recently, I've been wanting to get back into some of that baking, just on the basis of our new diet. It's not hard. I've made a pumpkin pie twice with very little sugar and my family has loved it. It's stands to reason that if you eat less of something, your tastes will most likely change toward it. For us it means we can enjoy desserts that are more healthy now, and less likely to pull our immunity down.

But I must add that it also has its downsides. We are in the midst of the holidays where baking and eating sweets is a part of tradition. We don't have a problem with that. Our struggle is in how to prepare desserts for these seasonal events. Our baking style is too "tame" for our friends and family's tastes which cause them to not appreciate or even enjoy the desserts we bring. We find ourselves with a dilemma: prepare our food the way we like it so that we don't suffer a sugar overload over the holidays or prepare it the way we know it will be accepted, knowing we'll not care for it as much.

The last thing we want is for people to avoid the food we bring, so more often than not we prepare it the conventional way sacrificing our way of eating on the altar of acceptability. But that is life.

At home, I'll cook the way that makes me happy. And I'm going to share a partially new recipe with you that we love.

We still adore chocolate. That's the first and hardest test we struggled with in our low-sugar diet. What we found was dark chocolate. And I don't mean typical dark chocolate. Have you ever had Endangered Species chocolate? We love it. But the healthiest is the 88% cacoa. Pure chocolate! Delicious! Let me warn you, if you are accustomed to milk chocolate this will be a shocker. It will take some getting used to, but it's worth it! Why? Because it's proven that the purer the chocolate the more antioxidants it provides, just like blueberries.

So even though Endangered Species 88% cacoa is more expensive, we splurge every once and a while and buy enough to bake with. Without further ado, here is my most recent recipe:

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. sucanat (though I felt it would have been good with even less)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. peppermint
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c. coconut flour
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • 1-2 c. chopped Endangered Species 88% cacoa chocolate bar
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Cream the butter and add the sugar. Cream till smooth. Add vanilla, peppermint and eggs, and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients thoroughly then add to wet ingredients. Mix till combined. Add chocolate and nuts and mix some more.


Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 8 minutes. Let them sit out of the oven for 3-5 minutes before removing to cookie racks.


And then...enjoy!
Yields 48

My family loved these and I hope you will too! Try them out and tell me what you think. I would love to hear from you!

The Bishop's Wife (1947) - Classic Christmas Movie Review #6

After only recently being given a good position as bishop in a weathly neighborhood, Henry Brougham is battered with the troubles of a wealthy and controlling benefactor who is demanding a cathedral be built in her late husband's honor. Struggling with his beliefs and with making people happy while obviously losing his wife, he prays for God's help and receives it in the form of an angel named Dudley. This angel brightens everyone's spirits, everyone except for the Bishop's who finds him hard to accept and eventually, competition.


Starring Cary Grant as the angel, David Niven as the negative bishop, and Loretta Young as the beautiful wife, this film carries a story of what is most important at Christmas time. Also with Monty Wooley, Gladys Cooper, and Elsa Lanchester.

Those of you who have seen this one will be surprised to hear that originally the roles of David Niven and Cary Grant were reversed. The director had a time explaining to Grant, who felt the role of bishop just right for him, that the angel would fit him better. Grant agreed and aren't we glad! Read on for the full synopsis and more behind the scenes trivia.

Full Synopsis


Being selected for the role of bishop is just what Henry Brougham wanted and thanks goes to the wealthiest woman at the church, Mrs. Hamilton. Unfortunately, Henry soon realizes the downsides to being favored by Mrs. Hamilton. She promises to give the necessary funds for the new cathedral if he will meet her conditions to have it built in the place and style she feels proper. Henry tries to explain that such a building should not be constructed for the pleasure of one person alone but the woman will not listen, and threatens Henry that she will withhold her money if necessary.

Christmas has nearly arrived and Julia, Henry's wife, is out last minute shopping. She runs into an old friend, Professor Wutheridge, a sceptic of a man with a good heart. Seeing him brings back fond memories and Julia admits she wishes they had never left their original home at St. Timothy's. But since there is nothing to be done about it she says goodbye to her friend and leaves him.

As the professor is returning home he is met by another old friend, one he doesn't remember ever having met. The man calls himself Dudley. He remarks that Julia looked sad and the professor absently agrees trying to figure out how he knows the man. Their conversation ends and Dudley goes on his way, still unable to ever recall meeting the man.

Julia arrives home and enters their parlor to find an unhappy Mrs. Hamilton and an even unhappier Henry. Despite her efforts to encourage him, Henry remains cold and unresponsive to her. He returns to his office where he asks God for help. But little does he know in what manner his prayer will be answered. Suddenly, Dudley appears in the room with him and Henry can't figure out how he got there. Dudley explains that he came at his request but Henry doesn't believe him. Julia enters and Dudley tells her he is Henry's new assistant. Still puzzling and becoming more hostile by the moment, Henry begins to tell Julia that Dudley says he's an angel but Dudley won't let him. The whole business is beginning to tire Henry and he is glad when Dudley leaves.

Unfortunately for Henry, Dudley returns the next day bright and cheery. He greets Matilda the maid and Miss Cassaway, Henry's secretary, surprising them with his jovial manner, but Henry wants no part of him. He plans visit to Mrs. Hamilton and leaves Dudley to do what he pleases, despite the fact that Dudley offered to free him up for the day. So when Julia and her daughter leave for the park Dudley "finishes" early and goes to join them. He conveniently works things out so that he can take Julia to eat at her favorite restuarant, Michele's, since Henry broke their date.

Everyone who meets Dudley likes him because he knows how to make them feel important. It is obvious Julia is having a wonderful time and when they run into Professor Wutheridge again, he invites them over to his house for a glass of sherry. They talk about a number of things and before long the hour is late.

At home, Henry is angered to find out where Dudley and Julia have been and he takes Dudley aside. He tells him he wants him to leave but Dudley won't until the problem he came to solve is taken care of.

The next day, Henry and Julia are expected at St. Timothy's to hear the boy's choir rehearsal. When Mrs. Hamilton calls, Henry leaves Dudley to go with Julia and promises to meet them there. What Henry doesn't account for is Dudley's ability to restrain him.

Not surprised that Henry hasn't shown up, Dudley convinces Julia to go skating with him. He even encourages their cab driver to come along to. And they skate like they've never skated before, thanks to Dudley.

Knowing that Dudley deliberately kept him from joining them doesn't help Henry get rid of him. He soon begins to think he is losing Julia but what can he do?



While Henry and Julia are out visiting the day before Christmas Eve, Dudley goes ahead of them to Mrs. Hamilton's. He finds out more about her than anyone has known and gets to the heart of her bitterness. When Henry and Julia arrive, Dudley has gone but left a completely different Mrs. Hamilton, one who is kind and thoughtful. Not knowing what to think, a baffled Henry leaves Julia with Mrs. Hamilton and absently walks around town. He stops in at Professor Wutheridge's and opens up about his experience with Dudley, eventually telling him he believes he's lost his wife to the angel. The professor counsels him to fight for her and declares that he has the advantage over Dudley.

With renewed fervor, Henry returns home ready to fight Dudley for his wife. What he doesn't expect is Dudley's response. It's time for him to go, he says, and when he leaves they'll never know he was there. But they will remember their lives have suddenly been enriched. And with that he's gone.

At first Henry is confused. He thinks of Julia and runs to find her in Debbie's room. He's no longer frustrated, and has a new realization of his love for Julia. They spend Christmas Eve together at St. Timothy's, no one knowing that their troubles were solved by an angel.

Lastly...


We've watched this one for years and loved it. Cary Grant delivers a grand performance as always, as well as the rest of the cast. I would say though, even though David Niven played a wonderful bishop, this role wouldn't be one I'd recommend for someone to see who has never seen his other works. The whole time he is grumpy, hostile, shocked or anxious, which provides the perfect contrast to Cary Grant's jovial, all-knowing, and friendly temperament. But hardly the best character for his personality. Real quickly, I would recommend My Man Godfrey and The Three Blind Mice.

During the filming when Grant and Young are at Michele's, both complained that the camera was getting their worst side. The director tried to accommodate them but when the producer, Samuel Goldwyn himself, showed up he berated the director for wasting so much time and told Grant and Young, "Look, if I'm only getting half a face, you're only getting half a salary!" And that was the end of that.

I can't give a review of this movie without giving my full opinion, so here is what I don't really like about the movie. The theology displayed is a bit off. How God uses angels here on earth one can't know for certain. Maybe we do see them when we think we've met a human, I can't be sure. But the fact that they would envy our lives here on earth or fall in love with a human is completely un-biblical. They were created to be God's messengers; they are sinless and untouched by our cursed world, why would they envy us?

But other than that, I love the movie. And I recommend it. Watch it and tell me your opinion!

I hope you have enjoyed this review. Next up: one of Christmas time's most popular movies!

Christmas Cookie Countdown - Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


What I should be doing right now is working on my latest review. But I couldn't help myself. It's time for Christmas cookies! And here is my first.

Now I'm not saying this is my recipe. It's actually Quaker's. But there are some alterations that I have made to suit our style. Some healthier alterations.

Here is my gluten-free version:

To-Die-For Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c sucanat
  • 4 eggs, organic
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 c. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. quick oats
  • 1 c. organic raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soften butter and add sucanat. Blend till smooth, then add eggs. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon, salt, coconut flour, and baking soda. Add oats and raisins. By then the mixture should be thick and hard to mix.


Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet an inch or so apart and bake for 7-8 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before removing to racks. Enjoy warm with a glass of raw milk! Yields about 42.


We adore chocolate but we also love oatmeal raisin cookies and these we have found to be the right recipe. Cook a little longer for a crispier top. And don't forget to tell me what you think!

Coming up next: Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies, gluten-free!

What Do You Do When...

What do you do when your schedule is too full for you to do what you love best?

That is the question. I'm a devoted writer who loves writing fiction AND non-fiction, and if I had the chance, I'd write 24/7. But I don't seem too devoted when I let my other responsibilities override my love for writing. I used to pride myself in doing what was necessary and leaving what I wanted for last. Any more I realize it's not a form of unselfishness but a misplacement of priorities.
 

I have neglected my blog of late in order to accomplish other things that appear more necessary. Unfortunately that doesn't mean that I'm actually able to accomplish those other things. The race for time is merciless. 

Now if I had all the time I wanted to spend on here I'd write daily on oodles of subjects. I have many interests, if you haven't noticed by now. The topic I love most is marine biology and technology. Taking the time to research (something I love in itself) and then writing about it takes a great deal of my time but I find it the most enjoyable.


And following those subjects is maritime archaeology and history. Having grown up watching old swashbucklers I developed a love of the real thing. I used to read the classics like Treasure Island and Captain's Courageous all the while making notes on the nautical terms and vernacular so that I could learn as much as possible. I'd get books from the library of old sea tales and even some pirate tales. Then I discovered the shipwreck section! Archaeology has always fascinated me; finding old treasures, keys to the past, it's thoroughly invigorating. And the stories I read about shipwreck discoveries only heightened my interest. I suppose it's all part of my love of history.

But when I don't want to write science or history I turn to the easier topics, like movie reviews and fashion highlights. I have definite opinions and have fun critiquing fashion but on most occasions I talk about past fashion. Modern styles can be classy and chic but the best are inspired by the past. So when I write my movie reviews I often end up taking specific shots of costume to use in a later post. For an example, see my posts on my page A Look at Fashion.


Another genre of writing I enjoy are writing book reviews, of which I've done a few. It's not a subject I write on often. I have just as much of an opinion as anything else and love putting a good story into my own summary, it's just that I don't get around to reading as much as I would like and so a book might take me quite a few months to finish.

But the topic I come back to continually is my crocheting. Since I design crochet patterns weekly for Crochet Spot, I can't help but have it on my mind. It often becomes my go-to topic when I don't have the time to talk about anything else. This can sometimes be a problem since I don't want anyone to get the idea my blog is mainly a crocheting blog. I'm a committed crocheter but my true love is writing, science writing to be exact. This brings me to my frustration.

I wonder at times if I should crochet less and devote more of my time to my writing. But my crocheting is the only form of paying work I have at the moment, and there are advantages to having your own money. I've been given the chance to expand my crocheting abilities, which has been incredibly challenging and motivating. I've learned so much since I started. And beside all of this, God provided me with this job and I wouldn't want to make any kind of change without feeling peace about it. I've wondered and waited before and God has provided, so it stands to reason that I should wait once again for Him to provide His best.

I'm actually considering cutting back on how much I crochet. Or maybe my problem is in the patterns I design. I know I've mentioned before that I have a terrible tendency to think big about my crocheting. To me a blog pattern can be small and quick to make but a store pattern needs to be big and extensive. Because of this I often max myself out, emotionally, physically, and in manner of time. Another incentive to take it easier in my crocheting is my body. For one thing, my wrist has been hurting of late, sometimes to the point of restraining me from crocheting. At first I didn't know what caused it but after crocheting a good deal one day, with thread, and then having wrist pain the next day, I eventually put two and two together. There are four options I can think of for handling this: 1. Deal with the pain, 2. Stop crocheting, 3. Crochet less, or 4. Find some way to ease the pain. The first two are definitely not an option for me so I must consider the last two. I intend to do some research on the fourth. Then of course, there is my eyes. I strain them with all the time I spend staring at the the stitches, but the worst of it is when I use the computer. And etc.

It is obvious that I have a lot to work out. Mum is advising I take it easier and crochet less. She's right when she says I shouldn't grow to dislike something that I used to love. I'm just not sure where the happy medium is. ...That is the problem. Now comes the patience. Something I'm not good at.

Tell me what you think! I'd love to hear from you.

(Pictures taken by me after our weekend ice storm.)