Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday


Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning...
Coffee was the only thing I had this morning.  My husband and I had an early morning meeting.

On today’s to do list...
Just the normal everyday tasks.  Laundry, dishes and some basic cleaning.

Currently reading...
The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill.  I had never read any of these books until a friend introduced me to them.  I just love them.

On the TV today...
Nothing much.  I've been watching a few videos on YouTube lately.  Mostly about cooking and knitting.

The weather outside is...
A bit muggy.  The temperature is only 81 degrees but the mugginess makes it feel sticky and just plain ick! 

On the menu this week...
Simple meals.  I have had to get a job to help pay the bills.  The job is the best of both worlds.  I will be babysitting my niece and nephew!  But I will be over there.  So it will be a big adjustment for everyone.  My hours will be about 7 am - 3 pm.  The most difficult part will be the not seeing my husband.  But we have to do what we have to do to pay the bills.  Meals will be very simple the days I am gone.

Monday~ Hot Dogs
Tuesday~ Overnight French Toast
Wednesday~ Chicken and Rice
Thursday~ Mac and Cheese

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...
Probably just enjoy the quiet. 

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week...
Nothing new until I settle into the new routine.

In the garden...
My dill and cilantro are growing great!  The deer and other wildlife ate the rest of our garden. 

Favorite photo from the camera...
July 15 was the one year anniversary of a very horrific accident that claimed the lives of three young adults from our community.  It was heartbreaking.  We live in a very small town where everyone knows everyone.  So we had a memorial service on the football field last Tuesday with a balloon launch.

Homemaking Tip...
Working outside of the home AND trying to keep house is very difficult!  Assign each person something to help with.  It takes the whole family to make a mess.  It also should take the whole family to clean the mess.

Praying for...
A family who's daughter has a cyst on her brain.  Another MRI is being done today.
My family as we adjust to the new normal.

Bible verse, Devotional speaking to me...
Psalm 40:16
"Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee; let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homemaking Meme

My sweet friend Sandra tagged me in this very neat meme.  I am not going to tag anyone but if you play along let me know.  It's a pretty neat one.  A great way to get to know more about fellow bloggers.

Aprons-Y/N if Y what does your favorite look like?  Yes.  My favorite is "just like grandma's"

Baking- Favorite thing to bake? Bread! I love everything about it.  Most of the time I am able to just throw the ingredients into my bread maker for delicious bread.

Clothesline- Y/N I love the clothesline.  But we do not have one here.  I have the next best thing.

Donuts-Have you ever made them? No. But they are defiantly on my bucket list of things to make.

Everyday-One homemaking thing you do everyday? There really isn't one thing I do everyday.  Each day I sweep the floors, dishes, and laundry.

Freezer-Do you have a separate deep freeze? Yes. We have a small chest freezer.

Garbage Disposal-Y/N No. We usually compost our scraps. 

Handbook-What is your favorite homemaking resource?  I love the old homemaking books.  Most of them I have found free on Kindle. 

Ironing-Love it or hate it? Ironing? What on earth is that.  This is one thing I do not enjoy!  I actually try to find wrinkle free things so I don't have to do it.  LOL

Junk Drawer-Y/N-Where is it? Yes.  It is the first drawer in the kitchen.  I really want to do away with it.  Drives me bonkers!

Kitchen-Color and decorating scheme? Peach walls with dark green counters.  I have various chickens throughout my kitchen.  I'm mostly about how a room functions rather than the decorations. 

Love-What is your favorite part of homemaking? Bringing joy to my family.  It's the special things I do for them that makes homemaking fun for me.

Mop-Y/N Yes.  With three teenagers (and friends) running in and out of the house I mop 2-3 times a week. 

Nylons-Wash by hand or in washing machine? Do not use them. 

Oven-Do you use the window to check on things or do you open the door? If I'm baking a cake I try not to open the door.  But other things I do.

Pizza-What do you put on yours? I love veggies on my pizza.  We make pizza often here.  So we try to make different kinds.  Buffalo Chicken pizza is a favorite of the family.

Quiet-What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Quiet?? What on earth is that? Seriously...I read my Bible.

Recipe Card Box-Y/N Yes.  I have my mother-in-law's recipe card box.  I never had the chance to know her so these are a piece of her I cherish.

Style of House? Simple.  Nothing extravagant.  I try not to have many nick knacks around just looks too cluttered to me.

Tablecloth and napkins-Y/N Yes.  My husband got me a beautiful table cloth and napkins at the museum recently.  Hand painted...I love it.

Under the kitchen sink-Organized or toxic wasteland? Organized

Vacuum-How many times per week? 2-3 times a week.

Wash-How many loads per week? I do at least one a day sometimes more.

X's-Do you make a daily to do list and check it off as you do things? No I usually know what I need to do.

Yard-Y/N-Who does What?  Matt and Andrew do a lot of the mowing.  Katrina and Hannah love to help out as well.

Zzz's- What is the last homemaking task you do for the day before you go to bed? Make sure the counter is cleaned off.  I often run the dishwasher at night.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clothes Drying Rack

One thing I really miss about our old home is the clothes line.  We have one here but it is covered by the trees and not really practical. 

So in March we purchased a drying rack.  I had seen these popping up all over.  I know they are used by the Amish in the winter.  So we searched the internet for a good one.  One that was well constructed and would hold up to many years of use.  We found one at Homestead Drying Racks.  These are handmade and very durable.  We also needed something that wasn't going to take us months to put together.

It was shipped very quickly after we ordered it.  I counted the days until it arrived.  It arrived within a few days.  It was shipped in a very long box. Complete with instructions. 

So my husband and son got to work on putting it together.

It really didn't take them very long.  About an hour or two at the most.  There were some issues we had with the instructions.  It didn't seem the steps were numbered very well.  It was all pictures.  But they got it together with no problems.

Once it was all put together we noticed some of the dowel sticking out on the ends.  Oops.  I actually like it this way.  I can hang some towels on the ends.  It works very well!!

I just love love love this!  It fits nicely in our back room and on our deck outside.  It is fairly lightweight so I can move it around if needed. 

This rack is their largest one.  They sell three different sizes.  Hannah loves to help me hang the laundry out.

So if you live in an area where you cannot have a clothes line these are a wonderful alternative to that! 

There is nothing sweeter than clothes drying in a light breeze.  Have you ever used one of these?