09 December 2008

Homemaking, A-Z meme

It has been a slow (non-existent) blogging week for me so I was happy to discover and tag myself for this meme I found both at Becky's and Emily's. Anyone who knows me is probably scoffing already and even though they are right, I will proceed regardless.

A is for Aprons. Yes/no, favourites?
Once a year and only once a year do I don an apron. On December 23 of every year I get together with 2 of my sisters-in-law to bake Christmas cookies. We bake all day, get covered in flour and everything else and generally have a great time. Plus we make a ton of cookies. I wear the apron because I was given it as a gift and it has cute snowmen on it.

B is for Baking. Favourite thing to bake?

See above. I enjoy baking cookies. Baking is the only kind of cooking I can say I actually enjoy.

C is for Clothesline, do you have one?
No, but the neighbors right in back of us do so we get to see their clothes drying on the line all the time without the work. It is quite a view -- especially when the nightgowns are up.

D is for Doughnuts. Have you ever made them?
Yes. Once. In 7th grade home economics. Buying them at Dunkin Donuts is a lot easier.

E is for Everyday. One home making task you do every day.

Laundry. Dirty clothes, sheets, and towels multiply exponentially in my hamper therefore rare is the day that goes by that I don't do at least one load of laundry. It just never ends. And if I skip a day it is as if I skipped a month.

F is for Freezer. Do you have a separate deep freeze?

No, but I wish we did. I would stock it with ice cream. What else would you use it for?

G is for Garbage Disposal Unit. Do you have one?
Yes, we have one. I use it now and then. It is rather convenient at times, but I did not know it was bad for the environment as I read on Emily's post. I will have to look into that and re-think my disposal use.

H is for Handbook. What’s your favourite home making resource?
My favorite home making resource is not a handbook, it is a person -- my cleaning lady. She is heaven sent. My second favorite resource is take-out menus.

I is for Ironing. Love it or hate it?
Hate it and won't do it unless it is absolutely necessary. I would rather wear it wrinkly or send it to the cleaners to deal with it.

J is for Junk Drawer. Have one, and if so, where?

One in the kitchen for things like tape, pens, coupons, clips, etc. And one in my bedroom for small miscellaneous items like wallets, sunglasses, bits and pieces given to me by Zoe, etc. Also every drawer in Rob's dresser. He just doesn't get the idea of a sock drawer, a t-shirt drawer, etc.

K is for Kitchen. Colour and decorating scheme?

Our kitchen has cream-colored walls and counter tops with a black island top and red cabinet fronts. It is fairly modern with stainless appliances, but the flower tiles and the oak trim take away from the modern look.

L is for Love. What’s your favourite part of home making?

Decorating. I love to pick out paint colors, new furniture, art for the walls, etc. I will even paint and hang and move around heavy furniture.

M is for Mop. Do you have one?

Yes. We actually have a couple of them. When our dog, Spanky, was still around, mops often came in handy.

N is for Nylons. Machine or handwash?
I detest nylons and I usually run them in their first wearing and then just throw them in the trash. Tights I will wash in the machine.

O is for Oven. Do you have a window or do you open the oven door to check?

We have a window, but I never use it. I always opent the door.

P is for Pizza. What do you put on yours?

I am the most boring and un-adventurous eater you will ever meet so I only make plain cheese pizza.

Q is for Quiet. What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read or write blog posts or read my book or the current issue of The New Yorker.

R is for Recipe Card Box.Yes/no? If yes, what does it look like?

Uh, no. I have a couple of recipes stuffed in the junk drawer, but I haven't read them since I put them in the drawer.

S is Style of House.
Converted Cape with many modern touches -- hopefully more to come.

T is for Tablecloths. Do you use them?

I used to when I had a real table. Now our kitchen has a big island and no table. I like tablecloths and miss using them.

U is for Under the Kitchen Sink. Organised or toxic wasteland?

Definitely organized. Sometimes it gets a little crazy down there, but I clean it out fairly regularly.

V is for Vacuum. How many times a week?
Does that include dustbuster use? Because if so, then vacuuming happens every day. If not, once a week.

W is for Washing. How many loads of washing do you do a week?

At least 7 and probably more like 11.

X’s - do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
I keep a to do list for work, but not usually for personal things. Once in awhile I make a personaly to do list, but I generally don't have trouble remembering the personal items.

Y is for Yard. Who does what?
Rob does it all except for grass-cutting and taking care of the outside furniture. I clean the furniture and move it back into place after the grass-cutters come.

Zzzzzs - what’s the last task before going to bed in the evening?

Put the dishwasher on -- we fill it just about every day.


HT said...

I don't care that it's about housekeeping-a word not so synonymous with Marcy. I'm just glad there's finally a new post! Damn turkey song gaping at me with it's beak open every day I checked the blog since last week...

sarawithnoh said...

Your (E)Everyday task entry made me laugh pretty hard. Glad to know I'm not the only one in that boat. I only laughed harder when I read HT's comment. That Turkey Song is a doosey!