Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rain, Rain go away...

...Come back another day! While our ducks are enjoying this rainy weather, I am not. I know there are some places that are needing it right now, but I think we have all had enough. This summer is beginning to look like a repeat of last summer.

Enough complaining! While the rain falls on the outside, I find much to do on the inside. I am reading a new book. It's called Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House. It is a practical book on how a home works, not how it looks. Ex: what different fabrics are for, pantry and refrigeration storage, laundering and ironing, cleaning and dusting, household records, books, laws, germs, allergies, and safety. I know, I know. It sounds like a lot of work, but growing up, I learned early on how to make a bed, do the dishes, wash the windows, how to feed and care for the animals. It was a good old fashioned domestic education! Today I thank my mom for it, because back then I'm not so sure I had an attitude of thanks. LOL!

I love being the "Keeper of our Home". Next to being a mother and wife, it's the greatest job I have ever loved. Everyone has a different idea of what it means. Some hire out, some ignore it all together, some keep their homes so sterile and cold, you can't really feel comfortable, while others make it so homey you don't want to leave. My sister is definitely the latter!

Housekeeping for me brings so much satisfaction. The end result is always one of order, freshness, restorativeness, and peace. I love what the book says about it...
"Housekeeping requires knowledge and intelligence as well, the kind that is complex, not simple and combines intellect, intuition and feelings." I'm feeling smarter already!
Another excerpt...
"You have to be able to decipher insurance policies, contracts, and warranties, manage a budget, and master the technical language of instruction manuals for appliances and computers. The ability to split your attention in several ways and stay calm is essential." I love that last part!

I have a friend that calls herself a "Domestic Goddess". Yes Janice, I'm talking about you! I'm thinking I prefer being called a "Domestic Engineer". It makes it sound like I had a complete college education on everything home.

My mother always said, "A job worth doing, is a job worth doing well." I carry those words with me in everything I do. All in all, you are the keeper of your home, the manager of all that is home...from sheets to underwear. How you choose to run it makes a diffence in everyone who lives in your home, and just imagine what ethics you are passing along to your children. Being a keeper of your home is honorable work, so do it well and do it proudly! 



  1. Are you my sister? Those are my mother's words exactly! My daughter, who is married, has a child and is "keeper of her home"....credits me with teaching her how to be a "keeper". I love your post! I love everything about it.

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed my post. It almost seems as though being a keeper of the home is becoming a lost art. Everyone is so busy with lives outside the home that it takes a back seat. I treasure my mother for teaching me, as well as my two sisters, how to be "keepers of our homes".

  3. Lovely post, Julie..
    My daughter turned out to be a much better Keeper or the Home than her Mom... I guess I must have done something right.. grin..
    God bless dear friend..
    I see you have met Sue.. One of my dearest friends..

  4. Julie this is a wonderful post, your so smart. I think Domestic Engineer fits.


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