I loved the post... but may I say

Following this post from A Commonplace Life, I would like to say: my home is tidy and dust free.  The laundry is done early in the morning.  The bed linens smell fresh.  The dishwasher is empty.  The floor is free of toy or book or ball or any other thing that normally comes with children/teenagers in a home .

I live in a country where it is easy to have a lived-in maid.  She is great and will hunt any small trace of potential chaos.  Still nothing is perfect; I still make a mess when cooking.  Today I prepared those Ginger and Molasses Cookies.  So far I have baked 5 dozens with a batch of dough.

When DH (Dear Husband - for my daughter who is more familiarised with Facebook and SMS than blog!) is travelling (i.e. most of the time), my sewing machine is on the desk in our bedroom and the ironing board is out too.  You will not see any knitting hanging around, but do not be mistaken, it has nothing to do with tidiness, but we have a kitten, Lao Shi (the teacher in Mandarin) and she cannot resist playing with yarn and needles.

Still, I am a great fan of Martha Stewart.  She does not make me feel inadequate.  I am not into “Prince Charming” or romance books, but I dream of an old barn somewhere, colourful autumn, chilly winter, inspiring spring and joyful summer.  My children, grown up, would come for big and small family occasions.  Each of them will ask me for a special dish which will bring memories of happy moments.  The table clothe will be of white crispy linen (this never happens in my really life!).  You can probably see dogs and cats in the picture too.  But this is a dream, some girls dream that they will be ballerina someday, I dream that I will be “Martha Stewart”. But this is just a dream, something I can enjoy before falling asleep.

In the meantime, my life is not perfect, but pleasant, sometimes chaotic and I do not mind my desk being crowded with pins, fabrics, bills to pay.  I do not mind children’s book on the carpet and beads rolling under my toes.  This is life and as far than I am concerned Martha is a nice fantasy (though I do love Everyday Food and Donna Hay for our friends down there).