Back in the early days of blogging, someone would frequently start what they called a meme of interesting questions, tag their friends, and pass it around. It was a fun way to interact and get to know each other, but for whatever reason, they kind of fell by the wayside over time. But someone has started (or resurrected?) a new one that Susanne tagged me for, and I’m happy to participate.
Aprons – Y/N If Y what does your favorite look like?
I rarely wear aprons. I just don’t think to get it out. Around the house I often wear denim dresses, which show remarkably little staining. Recently I’ve gotten a couple of lighter-colored summer dresses, and I have started wearing an apron with them if I am cooking something messy (like spaghetti). The one I have been using is leftover from the days when Jim’s mom ate regular food at the table but was not always coordinated feeding herself – we used an apron rather than a bib for her, thinking she might feel a little humiliated about a bib. It’s just a plain denim one.
Baking – Favorite thing to bake?
Cookies! I am not so good at cakes and haven’t tried yeast breads since early marriage, though quick breads turn out ok.
Clothesline – Y/N
Nope. I like the smell of clothes hung to dry outside, and we used to have a clothesline, but after developing allergies and battling not only pollen but bird poop and inadvertently bringing in bugs with the clean clothes, I decided it wasn’t worth it.
Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Only the quickie cheating kind where you take canned biscuits and poke a hole in the middle and then fry them and frost or sprinkle, and haven’t done that in ages.
Everyday – One homemaking thing you do everyday?
There are always dishes to wash even if we’ve eaten out.
Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
Just got one this year and LOVE it and don’t know how I lived without one.
Garbage Disposal – Y/N
Yes. This is our first house to have one.
Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
These days, the Internet. It’s so easy to look up what to substitute for something you’re out of or how to get out a certain stain or whatever. I used to keep files of tips taken from magazines, but nowadays it would take longer to find what I need there than just looking it up online. I had various homemaking books in early marriage but can’t remember what they were.
Ironing – Love it or hate it?
Neither extreme but closer to hate than love. :)
Junk drawer- Y/N – Where is it?
I was thinking I had more than one, but most of them actually do have a purpose and are designated for certain things even if other things are in there. The one main one is in the kitchen.
Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme?
This kitchen doesn’t have any wall space, so I don’t have any decorations on the wall there. Here is a picture I took of it before we moved in (it is not quite camera-ready right now. :)
The counter tops and part of the back-splash are grey. What decorations I do have in there have pink and blue accents, as do my dishes. This is my favorite little corner, though the little pitcher has flowers in it now.
I also like to have little things on the kitchen windowsill and change then out according to the season.
I like pretty decorations just for their prettiness, but I especially like the ones with meaning. The little Boyd’s Bear figurine is a grandmother and grandson with a cookie they’ve just made, given to me on Mother’s Day (my first one as a grandmother). The clear rectangle Jesse gave me last Christmas. It has a laser-etched group of hummingbirds inside, and I love when the light shines the colors into the sink. The little stick-on birdfeeder and hummingbird feeder on the outside are new additions.
Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
Completion. :) I can’t say I enjoy most homemaking tasks in themselves, but once I get started I’m fine, especially if I put on some music or an audiobook. I do love setting things to rights and bringing the chaos back into order and I love the feeling when the kitchen is cleaned up or the bathrooms have just been done, etc. If we’re talking about more than just cleaning, decorating is my favorite part of making a house into a home.
Mop – Y/N
I use a Swiffer Wet Jet. Love not having to deal with a bucket of water.
Nylons – Wash by hand or in washing machine?
I never wear nylons any more, even with dresses. Most people here don’t. If I were going somewhere really super-formal, maybe I would then, and I’d wash them by hand.
Oven – Do you use the window to check on things or do you open the door?
Most often the door, though I know heat is lost that way. Occasionally the window.
Pizza – What do you put on yours?
Most often sausage and peperoni. I love a meaty pizza, and a couple of local restaurants have pizzas with four or five kinds of meat on them, which I love.
Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read, spend some time on the computer or my phone apps, nap.
Recipe Card Box – Y/N
No. I have cookbooks and notebooks. I do have an old file box I need to clean out.
Style of house
The house itself is a ranch. Other than that there’s not much I can think of to describe the style of the house itself. If the question means decorating, I’ve often described it as being between country and Victorian. I’d like to get further away from the “country” look, and I don’t like the fussiness of Victorian, so I don’t know exactly how I’d describe my decorating style now. I used to get a magazine called Romantic Homes whose style I really liked, and I’ve incorporated some of what I saw there over the years.
Tablecloth and napkins – Y/N
Pretty much only on holidays, maybe on special occasions if I think of it. For regular everyday meals we use paper napkins.
Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
It is fairly organized just now since we recently had a leak under there and had to clean everything out in order for it to be worked on.
Vacuum – How many times per week?
I am ashamed to say not even once a week (blush!) We have more hardwood floors than carpet, and most of the carpet doesn’t show anything, though I should vacuum more just for the sake of dust.
Wash – How many loads per week?
About 8, not including my mother-in-law’s stuff.
X’s – Do you make a daily to-do list and check it off as you do things?
Not daily but usually weekly unless it is a super-busy day, and I love to cross things off. As Susanne said, if I end up doing something I didn’t have on the list, I do sometimes write it down after the fact just for the pleasure of crossing it off.
Yard – Y/N – Who does what?
My husband and youngest son do all of the yard work. I water the flowers (unless my husband beats me to it) and cut or pinch off the dead blooms.
Zzz’s – What is the last homemaking task you do for the day before you go to bed?
Usually gather up any evening snack dishes and take them to the sink. If the dishwasher was nearly full at dinner, sometimes I’ll go ahead and put the evening cups and such in and start it before going to bed.
That was fun! Thanks for tagging me, Susanne! I’ll tag Dianna, Monica, Becka, and Ann. Please don’t feel obligated – I won’t be offended if you don’t like to do this type of thing. Not knowing if people would be interested is the one thing that keeps me from tagging more people, but if anyone reading would like to do this, let me know and I’ll come read your answers.