Slow and steady wins the race, right? We are decorating a little at a time and it's actually kind of fun. It's something new every day.
We even decided to use the retro bubble lights this year. I had forgotten how much fun they are to look at.
Is your house already decorated?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I love reading lists of what people are thankful for. It always makes me appreciate those things as well. I thought it would be fun to make a list of tangible, non-living things I'm thankful for. Of course, I'm most thankful for my precious family and my wonderful friends but this list is for non-humans. :)
So without further ado and in no particular order, here's my list!
1. Indoor plumbing - I guess I immersed myself in the Little House Books too much as a girl, because ever since I've been extremely grateful that I don't have to share a tub full of water pulled up in front of the fire with the rest of my family (one at a time of course), or make a midnight trek to the outhouse.
2. Coffee - So many delightful ways to drink it and so tasty! I love to drink it iced in the summer and hot in the winter.
3. Cell phones - You have no idea how happy I am that I can carry my phone around and not worry that I'm going to miss a call from Greg who is currently deployed. I would probably lay down and cry if he called the house and I wasn't home to get it.
4. Dishwasher - I got a new dishwasher in February after being without for over a year and I still love it so much! It makes cooking and washing dishes so much easier.
5. Pasta - Not only is it delicious but it has helped me countless times to stretch a pound of ground beef to feed a big family.
6. Uggs - I wear mine all winter long. They may not be as stylish as a cute pair of boots with heels, but oh are they comfortable and warm!
7. Ceiling fans - You just can't spend a summer in Texas without ceiling fans. Whoever invented them has my undying gratitude. They stay out of the way and make sleeping in a too warm house possible. I wish I had one in the kitchen.
8. My camera - I invested in a nice camera this year and I have enjoyed it so much. I still have tons to learn, but I'm already much happier with the pictures I'm taking.
9. The internet - it has made everything so much easier: research, homework, paying bills, keeping in touch with old friends, you name it.
10. The US Postal Service - yes there's lots about it that drives me crazy, but I love opening my mailbox every day. There's always the possibility of a sample, a magazine, or best of all a card or letter. Plus I love those flat rate boxes for sending care packages. You can really get a lot packed into them.
So what are some non-human things that you are thankful for?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
For me, the most important thing is to spend at least some small portion of my day alone with God. I love people and I love my family, but I have to have a little quiet time alone to think and read my Bible - to be inspired and refreshed. I have even read in my closet when the house was full of people just so I could have a few moments of peace.
From there, it helps if I break large goals down into small steps. For example, I'm working on a big writing project at the moment. The total amount that I need to write feels overwhelming and scary, so it helps me to break it down into smaller tasks. I might set a goal of "write 400 words today". Doesn't that sound less daunting than "write 10 pages this week"? Once I've met that goal I don't have it hanging over my head for the rest of the day.
I've also learned that sometimes I have to actually schedule fun. That sounds like such a crazy type A thing to do, but it really works. At times in my life, like now, when I have lots of irons in the fire, I start to feel like I have to be productive at all times. I have to constantly be cooking, cleaning, working, writing, etc. I can't just read for fun or soak in a warm bath. There's too much work to be done! So I decided that every evening, after the dishes are done (or at some other point in the day), I'm going to do something fun for at least half an hour. I might read a magazine, knit, or watch a Christmas movie with the kids. The point is that it's something I want to do and not something I have to do.
Posted by 50s Housewife at 10:15 PM
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I should probably get busy though. My blue star moms are all going to be here this afternoon. I've reached the point, like I always do before someone comes over, when I wish I could rip up my carpet and replace it with hardwoods right quick before they get here. Obviously I'm only dreaming, but wouldn't that be nice?
Oh well. I'm really looking forward to seeing them all and I know they aren't coming over to look at my carpet. We're going to be packing up care packages for our troops and that's what really matters.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
We've had a bit of a cold front come through so now I'm ready for Christmas! Not ready as in presents bought, cards ordered, baking done, just ready meaning in the mood for Christmas music, lights, and movies.
You know, usually at this point in the year I am freaking out a little about Christmas. How will I get everything done? What picture(s) am I going to put on the cards? How will I get all the house cleaning and baking done? But this afternoon as I was listening to Christmas Time is Here, I decided that I'm just not going to do it this year (y'all may have to hold me to that). I'm volunteering in the church office every week and working part time...I have a lot on my plate.
I'm going to decorate as much as I want to (I love to decorate) and I'm not going to worry about everything looking perfect. So what if the tree is crooked and one of the strands of lights go out? I'm going to sit in front of the fire and watch movies with the family if I feel like it instead of making supper from scratch. It won't hurt anybody if we have sandwiches or even frozen pizza every now and then. I'm going to bake when I feel like baking, but I'm not going to pressure myself if I don't feel like it. No one ever collapsed from disappointment when eating a store bought pie instead of homemade. If I feel like putting on my flannel PJs and fuzzy socks at 4:00 in the afternoon I'm going to do it and not apologize if someone comes to the door. I'm not going to freak out if I don't get the baseboards dusted, there are cobwebs on the ceiling and a pile of laundry undone. I'll just light some candles, turn down the lights, shut the laundry room door and say "come on in". If I don't get the Christmas cards sent out on time, I'm not going to worry about it. I'm sure no one will "unfriend" us over it.
I'm just going to relax and enjoy my family, our traditions and the real reason for the season.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Doesn't she look pretty? So classy and timeless. I don't wear 50s clothes, but I do like to wear things that are classy and not overly trendy.
One of my favorite clothing items of all time is the cardigan. Even though they're especially popular this year, they never really go out of style. They're perfect for cool fall weather, but also for layering in the wintertime or to keep on hand for overly air conditioned restaurants in the summertime.
I have a limited budget for clothes, so I try to purchase things that won't go out of style 5 minutes from now. I might buy some cheap jewelry or accessories that are trendy, but not clothes for the most part. Plus, some trends just aren't cute on anyone over 40, no matter how fit and youthful she may be. My current favorite is a black "boyfriend" cardigan that I wear almost every day and it's not something that I will look back on years from now and say "what was I thinking?" (unlike the early 90s pictures of me sporting stirrup pants and big hair).
Some other favorite "staple items" in my wardrobe are:
- black pants - They can be dressed up or down depending on the top or shoes that I wear with them. I wore them with heels and a pink thrifted cashmere sweater to a dressy Christmas party and got lots of compliments.
- black pea coat - Again, always in style and easy to dress up with a colorful scarf. I got a great deal on mine at T.J. Maxx a few years ago.
- White button shirt - Cute with the black pants, with jeans, with a skirt, or under a jacket.
- gray (or is it grey?) and white lightweight long sleeve tees - cute for layering and the look can be changed up with jewelry and scarves.
- summer skirts - so easy to throw on with a t-shirt and flip-flops when the temperatures are blazing.
- simple brown dress - it's cute and warm with leggings and boots.
- fake pearl stud earrings - they go with anything and don't hurt my ears by the end of the day.
- black yoga pants - I can't leave them out. They are my very favorites to put on when I'm cleaning house or at home relaxing (not that I get to do that very often). Yes, I do actually wear them to work out in too. :)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I want to start off by telling you that the picture above has nothing to do with this post, I just thought it was cute. Can you imagine how much work those hairstyles must have been? No wonder they went to the beauty shop twice a week and slept on satin pillow cases! I have a satin pillow case by the way, but it doesn't really keep my hair from looking crazy when I wake up in the morning. Well, it might look a little like that debonaire style, but more crooked and sticky outy.
So, enough rabbit trails (my specialty) and on to what I really wanted to talk to you about...
As you probably know if you've been reading here for long, the hints and tips I post are things that I've learned from experience the hard way. I'm not a naturally organized person and as much as I hate to admit it, I would rather procrastinate and avoid things than actually do them. My tendency is to set ridiculous goals for myself and then go about trying to achieve them without reading the directions and making a plan. I have to do everything the hard way, at least the first time around. You don't do that, do you? I'm sure you don't!
One little sentence has helped me be better focused in trying to achieve my goals, whether they are homemaking goals, personal goals, or educational goals (I say educational because I'm currently looking into going to graduate school). That sentence is: "Fake it til you make it." Yes, it sounds like a cliche, and I guess it is, but for me it's effective.
I may ask myself "How would a naturally organized person plan her menus and grocery shop?" Then I just act as if I am that naturally organized person! Or maybe I'm worried because I'm going to give a speech in front of the entire PTA and I'm not confident enough to do it without floundering and saying such brilliant things as "uhh...ummm...". I don't try to turn myself into a confident public speaker (too hard!), I just act as if I already am. Eventually I probably will be a confident public speaker (or maybe not, but who will know the difference?).The same thing goes for mood. I don't know about y'all, but sometimes I get a little hormonal and crabby. I want to kick things and cry for no reason. You probably don't do that either do you? Sometimes I just have to act as if I'm in a good mood, and then surprise! I usually wind up feeling happier in the process. At least it keeps me from taking my bad mood out on my family. Most of the time.
Now, if I can just remember to do this more often.