Sunday, February 04, 2007

Housekeeping (don't laugh) meme

OK, so Leonie tags me -- with my first ever meme -- and it's for HOUSEKEEPING! I finally broke down and scrubbed the kitchen floor (on my hands and knees no less) on Saturday and made the kids PROMISE not to go in there till Daddy saw (and was sufficiently proud of me).

So anyway, thanks to Leonie, here we go:

Aprons – Y/N?
I'm with Leonie -- I have a few hanging available in the kitchen (and tons of sewing patterns upstairs if anyone wants them), but I never put them on. When I cook with the kids, I always make them wear 'em, but never do myself ... unless it's REALLY messy/greasy or I want to get a rise out of dh.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake:
I love to bake ooey-gooey things for the kids, but don't really care for them myself; love to bake bread -- that's a fun, agression-releasing activity with the kids altho I often have to fight them off so that I can do all the kneading!

Clothesline – Y/N?
Yeah, right -- why would I have a dryer?

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Nope -- it's so much easier to head to Safeway and buy 14 = dozen.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day:
LAUNDRY and it truly is the bane of my existence. Nothing irritates me more than having just finished the two daily loads and then the kids come and bring something they "forgot" to put in the laundry but need tomorrow.....

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
We used to but we don't now; I wish I did though as they really are useful!

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
Yep, and love it -- much better than that biodegradeable stuff rotting in the garbage!

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
I reallly like Martha Stewart's new one -- Homekeeping Handbook -- is great but I (honestly now) don't reference it that much.

Ironing – Love it or hate it?
It can be quite relaxing to iron, but I'm usually doing it 10 minutes before needing the item, so it's not as relaxing as it could be!

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
We have so little drawer space in the kitchen that our junk "drawer" is actually in the big hall closet/pantry.

Kitchen: Design & Decorating?
We just moved in in August, and the kitchen is currently a long narrow galley style kitchen with goldy yellow walls and pale laminated cabinets; we're hoping to increase cabinet and counter space this summer (when dh is off school).

Love: What is your favorite part of homemaking?
The best part is having folks notice that I've done SOMETHING, ANYTHING!

Mop - Y/N?
Yes, but prefer to get down on my hands and knees and scrub -- I KNOW it's clean then!

Nylons - Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
Duh, washing machine of course

Oven - Do you use the window, or open the door to check?
I didn't realize how dirty the oven "window" was until I self-cleaned it about 2 months ago -- but I got so in the habit of opening and checking that I rarely use the window.

Pizza - What do you put on yours?
Lots of cheese (sorry Leonie!) and pineapple.

Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read. Go on the internet. Knit if possible.

Recipe card box - Y/N?
No. But I do have lots of bits of paper in various folders and as bookmarks in cookbooks; altho, honestly the best place to go for recipes is or for Liturgical Year cooking ideas a great starting place is Catholic Culture.

Style of house -
4bed/2bath duplex that is a renovated old officer's quarters. We love the hardwood floors and thick walls of this military housing from the 1950s!

Tablecloths and napkins - Y/N?
Rarely but we do use placemats and cloth napkins for a, company or b, we ran out of paper!

Under the kitchen sink - Organized or toxic wasteland?S
More semi - than organized.

Vacuum - How many times per week?
We mop more or sweep cuz most of the house is hardwood, tile or lino.

X’s - Do you keep a daily list of things to do and cross them off?
In my mind but rarely on paper, unless I'm feeling particularly swamped!

Yard - Who does what?
Dh and String Bean love to plant and putter; Brikhead is teaching LegoManiac how to use the pushmower and the leafblower; I just enjoy going out to see it and make suggestions...

Zzz’s - What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?Clear up and rinse the last few dishes, load the soap and run the dishwasher. Pickup the living room if I'm feeling particularly energetic. Check email just before heading up.

I tag: MaryM at Our Domestic Church!


Leonie said...

Thanks for your replies - hey, we are very similar!

But I can't believe you don't use a clothesline - its my nature study outside time for the day! lol!

Leonie said...

Oh, and btw, you obviously love cheese. :-)My local pizza place knows me as the lady who orders no cheese on her pizza!

Mary G said...

Yep -- I'm a real cheesehead -- if the Doc ever said I couldn't eat cheese, I'd have to find another doc!

And, maybe I should get a clothesline -- that WOULD take care of nature study!

Leonie said...

Definitely. :-)