I've been doing a lot of sewing recently -- my daughter is going with me to the living-history village next weekend, and though she can wear most of my 19th-century-appropriate wardrobe there ARE some things she'll want to have of her own ... like underclothes. The first thing I made for her was a pair of drawers, and the second was a chemise. She'll wear my spare corset this time, but if she continues in "the hobby" i'll make her one of her own. Ditto, on a petticoat.
Those two items made, I cut out and almost finished putting together a "top," and will also have a skirt ready for her. Yesterday was a little less busy than some of the days' work I've been putting in -- I only went down to the basement once, I didn't have to iron any yardage, and I didn't make a lot of trips downstairs from the third-floor sewing room: a light day, compared to some.
What made it unique is that it occurred to me to put on a pedometer. Working just from 9 to 3, I ended up walking about 1.25 miles ... within my own house. And that didn't include the WHOLE day, as I took the pedometer off before our evening activities -- dinner out and an operatic performance. We walked at least another half-mile, possibly closer to a full one, because parking wasn't all that close to either destination.
People who love to WORK OUT seem to think that if you're not doing something in a gym or pounding pavement, you're not getting any exercise at all. I call BS.
People who shop and cook and sweep and take out the garbage probably get a lot more exercise than they think. Maybe the constant whine of "modern people are too SEDENTARY (read, 'lazy')" is just first-class nonsense too, if they participate in any home-maintanence. Maybe, if people ARE "moving less" it's because they're living in a small one-story house in the suburbs. ;-) There's noplace to walk TO, and that's a real pity -- neighborhood shops and restaurants are wonderful things, but they only work in a place with dense population. You can walk AROUND, but ...why? Frankly, i find that even in a fascinating neighborhood, just WALKING gets really old after the first couple of years, especially when i have more interesting and inspiring things to do at home.
My next challenge will be to wear the pedometer while vacuuming. ;-) And doing "fur patrol" on the stairs. And dusting. I should have put it on J while mowing, before we tore out three-quarters of the yard....