Usually, when people ask, "what on earth does a woman - especially with no children - do at home all day long?", the answer is pretty much obvious. Even though the typical homemaker's day isn't as hectic-paced as it is considered "normal" in our crazy modern world (who would want it to be, anyway?), her hours are usually filled with organizing her home, cleaning, laundry, cooking, baking, scheduling, menu planning, shopping, running errands for her family and a myriad chores that pop up.
The opportunity to do all that needs to be done during the day leaves the evening free for relaxed, unhurried time spent together with our dear husbands, who need it more than anything when they come home from work.
Usually, I'm busy during the day with my routine works. However, yesterday was one of those rare days when laundry was caught up, cleaning was done as well, and there were plenty of leftovers so I didn't have to cook either. So what was I to do, after a quick pick-up around the house and washing the dishes from last night?
First, I took my homemaking journal and opened it at the back section: less-than-urgent things I have been planning to do for a long time, but never had the chance to approach. One of them was sorting through all our papers - old bills, old magazines, ads we received by mail, newsletters etc. It took a long time, because I haven't done that in a while, and I ended up throwing a large pile of junk. I also found a few unopened letters we have been looking for, and couldn't find because they were buried in a mess of papers.
After having lunch, I gladly took up the opportunity to settle down on the couch with my needlework for the rest of the afternoon. I'm currently teaching myself how to sew, and since we don't have a sewing machine yet, I'm practising hand-stitches in the meantime. I also made progress on my knitting, crochet and cross-stitch projects that I had abandoned for a while. I'm good at beginning projects but it takes me a long, long time to complete them. I'm looking forward to having a photo of one of my completed creations to share, as simple as they might be compared to what some of you are doing. After all, the first time I held knitting needles in my hands was when I was about 20 or so.
Today I have many more pressing things on schedule. I have to plan Shabbat's menu and compile a shopping list, and preferably cook something for Shabbat today already. I also have some baking to do, my husband's shirts to iron, and some cleaning. My husband went out to work about 20 minutes ago, and I decided to pop in for a quick hello before beginning today's chores. You have a lovely day!