Weed ’em and Weep

Only if it is a sad book, of course.

I have finally hit on a means of encouraging myself in the never ending weeding required in my yard.

Audio books. I have always been a compulsive reader, nose buried in a book. As a child, my mother would call me from some other part of the house to see if I were doing the chore assigned to me. I’d answer, and without even laying eyes on me, she would respond – “Put down the book, and get to work.” At last, I can get to work and not put down the book.

Although I have knitted to audio books, I never thought of using them in this way. I generally enjoy being alone with my thoughts while walking or weeding. These thoughts must not be all that interesting, though, since I have studiously avoiding their company as my weeds flourished, in spite of mulch. The other morning, I kept thinking, well, one more chapter.  I’ll just do the leeks.

Some of my weeding was for naught, however, since a wretched varmint has devoured my broccoli and some of the brussels sprouts.

I’m trying out Librivox, free downloads of books in the public domain, read by volunteers. Miss BlackSheep warned me that the volunteer readers could be spotty. My first download is The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. I have always meant to read it, so it seemed worth a shot. Some of the readers are quite good. Some bring out the 4th grade prig in me.  You know, the smarty little girl that enjoyed reading aloud, but lost patience with other students who struggled a bit, or didn’t notice the punctuation in time. One reader has a very heavy foreign accent, and mispronounces many words, which is really hard to follow. For these chapters, I ended up going to the Gutenberg Project to read them as an ebook. (After the weeding.)

I really did enjoy The Moonstone.  It was originally published in serial form back in the late 1860’s, so it worked fine to listen to it in fits and starts.

I received a lovely pile of yarn for my birthday from some friends who just came back from Oaxaca, Mexico.  The met the spinner and dyer of the yarn, too, which is all done with natural dyes.

My non-fiber friend was so taken with it all she wants to skip learning to knit and move right to spinning!

MLE

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10 responses to “Weed ’em and Weep

  1. I love the colors of that yarn — I can see why your friend wanted to jump straight into knitting (and that seems like something to encourage in a non-knitter; after all, what’s she going to do with the yarn besides giving it to you?). Thanks also for the tip about Librivox, I’m going to go check that out — I’ve recently discovered that audiobook listening makes me much more sanguine about folding laundry.

  2. Hmm – I wonder if I would clean more often if I was listening to audiobooks… nah.

  3. Best title award goes to you.

    Great idea about the iPod , audiobooks + weeding.

  4. Get to the public library! When I used to drive, I would listen to one in the car on a long trip, which worked especially well in those areas where radio signals were spotty and the same old CD’s were a bit tiresome.

  5. Great idea! The weeds in my yard should buy me an iPod. :o)

    Is that dark blue a true indigo?

  6. Since you have to spin the yarn before you knit with it I guess that is the natural way to go, even if most of us don´t? Gorgeous colours togheter.

    Thanks for the audiobook links, I´ll check them out!

  7. Oh yes! A convert! *grin*

    Seriously, I am really, really fond of my audio books. I’ve found myself actually looking for things to do so I didn’t have to turn it off. Just another chapter. Just one more. It really makes the chores so much easier and I feel less deprived. The only bad thing is Audible. I spend waaaaay too much money there now. Librivox is good, but the readers on Audible are better.

    I love the yarn! The colours are brilliant.

  8. I love those colors, and I’m no knitter…

    I don’t have an iPod, so I tend to move the truck to the backyard, roll down the windows, and play a CD or listen to the radio (CBC) with the key on the auxiliary setting.

    Yes to the spottiness of LibriVox voices. We’ve found some great readers, and others that just grate. I think we would have been good friends in grade school! But I’ve found problems even with commercial audiobooks — Julie Harris reading “Stuart Little” is perfect. Cherry Jones reading “Farmer Boy” with her Southern accent is all wrong, even if she is a good reader.

  9. Meant to add I hope you catch the critter…

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