Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Homemaking Party: The Lazy Days of Summer



Welcome to The Homemaking Party! Has summer bloomed for everyone? It's pretty hot and buggy here in NW Arkansas and the sweet tea has been flowing! The lazy days of summer are on us...well, the not so lazy in my case. Ha!

The four littles and I have been reading a very special book series for a couple months now. Last night Liam (10) was looking for something to watch on Amazon and ran into the kitchen shouting... “Mom!! They made a MOVIE of Little House on the Prairie! It’s a LIVE ACTION!!!” A whole new world opened up to this dude...ha! The four littles have enjoyed several episodes today. The rare case when the show might be even better than the books.

Here's a picture of my daughters and I on our way to Shabbat fellowship last weekend. The pretty bush behind us is in full bloom and we have many hummingbirds and butterflies visiting it daily!

Well friends I'm excited to see what you've all got to share today at our party! Thank you for your patience with me. I know I'm a little late but I'm getting back into the groove! 
Blessings!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Homemaking Party: Overwhelmed in the Ozarks


When I was a kid, I loved to read the newspaper---especially Dear Abby. I'd love to read the newspaper now but every time I buy one it ends up in a clutter pile that I never get to for days. Clutter is taking over my life. If I didn't live in a little corner of the forest on a cul-de-sac with zero traffic, I'd have me a big yard sale. I need a Goodwill trip or fifty. Anyway, all that to say---if I was writing to Abby today, I'd sign my letter, "Overwhelmed in the Ozarks".

It's not a bad overwhelmed---just a "not the best" sort of overwhelmed. I have literally cut every. single. responsibility. out of my life that doesn't specifically pertain to wife-ing/mom-ing/homemaking. I am bound and determined to focus on the best things here at home---even if that means cutting out some good things. I know what I've got to do... I just need to be motivated enough to do it. My house is usually a peaceful place but I've been in a busy rut and things are literally stacking up.

For instance, a couple months ago I went on a massive book-buying spree at my favorite used book shop because I wanted to start making money online selling books. It's gone really well and, after selling most of the books, I went back last week for another round. I've sold most of those too. BUT...the small box of unsold books is sitting here beside my bed and blocking my closet door. It's been here for weeks. Maybe even a couple months. I can barely get in and out of my closet...but every time I do, I have to climb over this little box of books. So, more often than not, my clean laundry piles up on my desk chair because it's so annoying to get into my closet. Is it worth this annoyance to make $20 or so off of these last few books? NO! Will I just take them to Goodwill so I can have access to my closet? PROBABLY NOT. See folks---that's the level of crazy we're dealing with here.

In the last little bit, I've noticed some of my favorite bloggers returning to the block. Has anyone noticed JES is back at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth? SO excited about that! I'm feeling inspired to be more active here on the blog. Maybe I should blog about all the junk I need to haul off and then I'll be motivated in both areas.

If you've read this far, you've realized this is just the overwhelmed ramblings of a maybe-too-long-quarantined housewife. Nothing too deep and wonderful today...Ha! But, I do wish you all a lovely week and I can't wait to see what you've got to share at The Homemaking Party!
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