Last night I had taken the time to fill out my ballot for the May Primary. Beings I live in Oregon, and Oregon is a vote by mail state, I could fill out my ballot right at home. Today, I went out and made sure I dropped my ballot off at the post office. To me, voting is important, and I try to vote every election. While women and non land owning men and minorities have been able to vote for longer than I have been alive, I still don’t take for granted the privilege I have to vote. Oregon is one of the states that passed laws allowing women to vote before women gained the right to vote in 1920. Women in Oregon have been able to vote since 1912.
All the rights and privileges I enjoy today, came at a cost for those who have come before me. Often times I take things for granted like voting, driving, having a college education, being able to work, manage my own finances, and so much more. There are times I am stopped in my tracks when I remember that there are those who have come before me, who have fought for these things I take for granted and are common place in my life. I also have to remind myself that still to this day in other parts of the world there are women who don’t have the same privileges that I take for granted.
We are no where near reaching Gender Equality even in the “Industrialized World”, which is a whole topic unto itself. With that being said, even at where we are right now, women in the westernized world are a lot better off than women living in the developing world and in third world countries.
After I dropped my ballot in the mail, I ran a couple errands and then came home. Since I have been home, I have been working on one of the pairs of socks I have in the works. I am working on the second sock, and I am trying to get it done by the end of Monday. I am nearly to the heel, so getting it done by the end of Monday, should be do able. Looking at the weather forecast, while the high temperature for tuesday has been forecasted to be anywhere from 81 to 88 degrees, I want to take advantage of the warm weather and get at least a couple pairs of socks washed and hung out to dry. I already have one pair done, and I am going to try to get a second pair of socks done. I try to use as many of the warm to hot days as I can to dry the hand knit socks I have made out on the line. They dry better out on the line, as well as the fact that you don’t have the smell of wet sheep in the house longer than you have to. Hanging them outside also helps air out the scent of the washes that I use. While I like the scents of the two main washes that I use, they tend to be a bit strong. By hanging the items outside, it helps to air them out, so the scent isn’t as strong.
While I am not at all a fan of the warm weather, it is good for a few things, like drying socks, and growing plants and produce. As long as I can hang out inside with the AC during the heat of the day, and go out and tend the garden in the mornings and the evenings, I’m good. I also try to get my socks and other hand knit items that I have washed out early to maximize the time they have to dry, so I can put them away completely dry.