Today I am pottering.  I didn’t even know what that was until yesterday, but now that I do, I want to potter all the time. I was reading the blog The Silent Soul and her list of “50 signs you are a grown up”.  It didn’t take me long to realize the list was not American, but rather British.  Here were the ones that gave it away:

  • 17. Taking trips to the local tip
  • 29. Spending weekend just ‘pottering’
  • 46. Having a ‘best’ crockery set

There were others too, but these three definitely stood out.  For all you Americans, the local tip seems to be the same as a dump or junk yard and a crockery set is a tea set.  But the one I love best is pottering.  According to my Google search, pottering is to occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks. Isn’t this great?  I’m wondering if I could be a professional pottering-er.  If I were, here would be my favorite pottering tasks:

1. Make my to-do list (I can’t live without it!)

2. Send everyone I know a birthday card on their birthday (Because who doesn’t love to get mail)

Courtesy of Little Red Mail Box

3. Make gifts for all my friends’ new babies. (There are a lot of them these days!)

I actually made these. 🙂

4. Practice Italian. (Because it was my second major but it is severely lacking right now.)

5. Try a new international recipe every day. (Blog-worthy material)

These lettuce wraps were delicious.

What would you do if you could potter all the time?

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