Becky says Linda Hirschman gets it wrong again, and I agree. So much so, I feel a rant coming on and I've ditched today's planned "sermon" in favor of it.
Being a mother, I'm just plain tired in general. But these days I'm especially tired of people like Hirschman and her counterpart, Leslie Bennetts. They can both bite me, and so can the media that keeps setting these tired old arguments up.
I am tired of being told to be a good little feminist and do what's good for "women" instead of what's good for my family and myself. I am tired of being told I'm betraying the sisterhood by staying home. I am tired of listening to academics and pundits, claiming to be feminists, holding on to classist second wave claptrap like that espoused by these two. And I am most tired of the focus being put upon individual women rather than the society that makes it increasingly impossible for families to exist these days.
Written in 1832, "The American Frugal Housewife" is remarkably current. While you probably won't be needing to restore kid gloves to their former whiteness, there is still much to be gained from reading the advice Lydia Maria Francis Child gave her readers, including a great number of recipes that I intend to sift through and update in a later publication. Her ideas on thrift, "keeping up with the Joneses," and profiting from the misery of others are as necessary today as they were more than 150 years ago, and probably 150 years hence.
We are overflowing with stuff in every part of our lives. It comes in many forms. It is in our e-mail inboxes, in our closets--all the way out of our houses and even into our cars. It's no wonder we can't concentrate. The inability to PURGE what we no longer need from our lives is causing us problems. We feel overwhelmed and sluggish and this chaos stifles our creative, productive energy. Mastering the "art" of purging your stuff happens when you understand the benefits of letting it go. Then you just need the tools to accomplish the task.
With so many fabrics used for apparel today it's difficult for most people to know what kind of clothing care is the right care. Easy care? Cold, warm or hot water? Do Not Iron? Dry Clean Only? Understanding fabric care symbols makes life a whole lot easier. And the right cleaning method extends the life of clothes and saves buyers money.
As we embark upon this new year, while it is a time for that new diet as we recover from the binges of the holidays to shed the unwanted pounds they have brought, a time to embrace our new year's resolutions affirming our ideals and aspirations for a better future, it is also a time to let go of the old energies which may be lingering in our homes to make way for the new. The start of a new year presents an opportunity to turn our attention to the energetic remanants lingering from the past, for a fresh start of the new year.
New babies grow all too fast. In the first year of life they graduate from cradle to crib, bouncy seat to baby gym, and infant carrier to car seat. They whiz through several sizes of infant clothes and diapers, and cast aside bottles for sippy cups.
And while your baby is moving up the growth charts, you, the new mom, are moving down them. Maternity clothes will be replaced by "in-between" clothes, which will in turn be traded in for a wardrobe closer to your pre-pregnancy size.
Amidst all these physical changes, you are faced with quite an organizational challenge: What to do with all of the "outgrown" stuff?
Questions Jonni answers:
--I would like to know what you can use on walls to clean hairspray off? Hope you can help!
--Thank you for all the hard work you do on the subject of $$$$$. It is nice to have the support. My question is, how much is a reasonable amount to expect to spend on a family of 6 for groceries? Keeping in mind of course that we try to serve healthy meals.
--I am looking for a bread recipe that will make a soft, non-crumbly bread. I would like to not buy store bread, but my bread recipe is too hard and crumbly to make good sandwiches, toast, etc.
Dirty dishes are an inescapable fact of life (in fact, I'm ignoring the pile in my sink right now). But sooner or later, they've got to be done. While scrubbing dried-on enchilada sauce off a baking dish isn't my idea of great fun, having the right tools can make this job more enjoyable.
Handmade dishcloths are environmentally sound, attractive, and relaxing to make. The very first thing I knitted was a square cotton dishcloth. I still use it.
If you know nothing about knitting or crocheting, it's one of the great "pass along" crafts. Since you need such basic skills to make functional dishcloths, you can a friend who knows to show you. Or, drop into any local yarn store and ask the basic questions. Usually, if you pick up some needles or a hook and some yarn, they'll be happy to show you the basics.