I am blessed to have a husband who is patient with all my wacky ideas. Of course, to me they seem perfectly sensible, but sometimes they are beyond what many people would tolerate.
Example: Recently, I was pondering that in the time of Jesus, people sat on the floor to eat, and I wondered if it was a function of not having chairs or if there was an actual reason for floor sitting. I read about the benefits of floor sitting and floor sitting while eating (they are numerous), and I was convinced that it needed to be a part of our lives.
I recognize that our couch has value and even our kitchen table and chairs, but we can floor sit more. The most compelling evidence to me was that in Asian cultures where floor sitting is the norm, people even into their 80’s can get up and down from the floor with ease! I want to be able to get up and down from the floor when I’m old, so I need to start practicing now. It’s a fun family experience- picnics every day- and the kids love it.
About a year ago, I read about the benefits of squatting and for the last year, I’ve focused on doing that more, just whenever an opportunity arises. I squat when I change diapers or to do things low to the ground. A year later, I can tell some differences from practicing it, and I am only convinced that I need to squat more. Floor sitting could be the same. Sitting in a chair, especially when using the chair for back support as well, doesn’t do anything for our bodies, but when we have to support ourselves a little, we are using our core and all kinds of muscles that would otherwise atrophy.
You can engage muscles and tone them simply by using them in a normal way. If you pull your shoulders back and have good posture, you are using your back muscles. No crazy exercises required. All those years I wasted doing sit-ups, when all I needed to do was hold in my stomach!
We decorated for Christmas last week and it was so satisfying. The kids were begging to decorate, and I thought- why not! I love our Christmas decorations and I’m never anxious to put them away. Let’s enjoy them!
And I love our tree! I kept the clearanced Norfolk Island Pine alive from last year…be proud. I have hated this tree all year, because it’s so much work to keep it alive in the dry heat from the woodstove. I wanted to keep it for this Christmas, and then I was going to happily part with it, my duty done. However, once we got decorations on the tree, I fell in love with it. It cost me $3 last year, and of course it’s bigger now. I told John that was like spending $1.50 for each year. He said that my actual savings was what I’d have to pay to buy another, and there is no guarantee I’d find another on clearance. Is he trying to convince me to keep it?
Hannah started clogging lessons, something I’ve always wanted to do. Instead of watching the kids clog, I decided (with encouragement) to do the class with them. I feel so excited to be learning, and who cares if I look silly! We practice together every night while I’m cooking dinner. Our teacher is so good that it’s very inspirational.
Homemade cinnamon rolls are a staple breakfast in our house. I’ve tried dozens of recipes, and a year ago, I landed on the perfect (to me) recipe, somewhat healthy but still delicious.
However, I wondered a couple weeks ago if I could improve them by baking them differently. I have always baked them on a cookie sheet, but I pondered if they would bake better in a casserole dish. I tried it last weekend, and oh my goodness, they are amazing! It took me 200 times of making cinnamon rolls to come up with a seemingly obvious improvement…I’m not quick…but I am super excited about the results. Maybe after another 200 batches, I’ll come up with something else to improve them!
What are your thoughts about floor sitting? Anyone kept a Christmas tree alive for a year or more? Should I keep ours or ditch it? Have you ever joined one of your kids at a lesson? It feels silly, doesn’t it?!