Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn has almost arrived

The weather changed so quickly here! One day it was summer and the next, it was gone.

We had to put the heat on and close the windows. We now crave comfort foods more than salads!

I am anxious for the leaves to change colors and for the apples to be in season again so I can make apple crisp!

What are your fall rituals?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cutting down on expenses

Me being home enables my husband to concentrate on his work while I take care of paying bills and budgeting.

Our biggest expense is food. My husband can eat for free at work while I will often times make myself some eggs for lunch or lentil soup, which is cheap.

Dinner is an issue though. We tend to get bored and go out to eat at times, which is more expensive than cooking. Thankfully though we both enjoy cooking, but I'm the one who does most of the cleaning.

What is your biggest monthly expense and how do you manage it?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How 1950's women stayed slim

Interesting article!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-191200/How-1950s-women-stayed-slim.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The freedom of staying home

Most people today don't seem to go eye to eye with full time homemaking. They think it is boring or mundane, or below them and that a career means liberation from chores.

I find it the total opposite. I used to work so I know the difference and I am so much happier being home full time. I have time to see my husband and with his erratic schedule it would be hard if I wasn't home. I can eat whenever I want and shop for necessities in the off hours.

I feel more free than when I worked for a paycheck. We are living fine with one income and we don't ask anyone anything.

I don't understand when both parents work and spend one person's entire paycheck on daycare. It really doesn't make sense to me! You all know how I feel about daycare so I won't elaborate further.

Some say 1950's housewives were depressed and on medication for it. I don't think all of them were. I think many women today are stressed about having to juggle everything!!

I also have time for tea, which is an important part of my days, playing the piano, writing letters and planning our menus, which is hard at times! It's easier for appointments as well.

Anyway, I hope to stay home for a long time, wherever home may be (praying for a house of our own!).


Monday, September 8, 2014

More links

When I first got married, I didn't know much about cooking nor cleaning house. The flylady helped me at cleaning: www.flylady.net, so did Ina Garten aka the barefoot contessa both online and on TV for cooking: www.barefootcontessa.com

I hope these links help you too!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

5 feminist myths

Very good article:

http://www.aei.org/article/society-and-culture/race-and-gender/5-feminist-myths-that-will-not-die/

Friday, September 5, 2014

Feminists and marriage

Some feminists equal marriage to prostitution. I find that outrageous myself that a partnership between two loving people can be seen that way.

I once was called a prostitute and a stripper myself for being a married housewife! Yes, you read that right! Apparently the choice to stay home when you are married is not acceptable for most feminists and they have to engage in name calling...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Real estate madness

When our parents bought their houses, the cost was about equal to their annual income. Nowadays, banks want to approve you for a mortgage more than 4 times your income!!!

My husband has always rented after moving out of his parents' house. I have as well. From where we stand, we could maybe afford a one bedroom condo, so we'd rather save more money and buy a small house someday that won't eat our money too much.

It really is ridiculous! Maybe we are just unlucky as we keep living in high cost of living areas...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Six mothers explain why they choose not to work

This is part of the article I just posted:

http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/economy/2013/08/21/women-not-working/index.html

Why 26% of U.S. women still choose not to work

http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/13/news/economy/women-work-force/

This article is from last year, but I bet the statistics are mostly the same for now.