Keeping House Book Club: Laundry & Clothes – Simply Convivial

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See also the table of contents for the Keeping House series. So, I am behind on the book club, but not because I have not been reading. I decided that instead of musing and writing on the chapter, it would be better for me to take action. And I did. Willa summarized. I shall report. Laundry is one of my least favorite household responsibilities. Food is just as relentless as laundry, in fact, moreso, since it insists on attention three … Read More

2011-2012 School Year: Overview – Simply Convivial

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Reposted from April 2011 We have five weeks left of the 2010-2011 school year, and the next year will be upon us soon, with our year-round schedule. I have purchased all the books, made a million lists, and things are finally starting to consolidate themselves into right piles and bins and charts. Third grade is a big leap. Honestly, what we will be doing won’t change drastically, but to my mind this is the year we make “real” all our … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Why?

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Reposted from November 2009       An Anecdote I remember sharing a dorm room with Elly in college and simply being astounded that every day, first thing, she made her bed. It was no mean feat, either, as she was on the top bunk. Always. It was and is simply pulling teeth for me to make my bed. But I suspect it would have been just as difficult for Elly to not make her bed as it was for … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Habits, Routines, & Schedules

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Reposted from November 2009     Habits are the Key Habits make life easy — or more difficult. Habit is ten natures! If that be true, strong as nature is, habit is not only as strong, but tenfold as strong. Here, then, have we a stronger than he, able to overcome this strong man armed. […] We have lost sight of the fact that habit is to life what rails are to transport cars. It follows that lines of habit … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Established by Repetition

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009   Let these things become as a natural law to the household.   Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Duty & Self-Discipline

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009       “A Christian finds fulfillment not in the particular kind of work he does, but in the way in which he does it. Work done for Christ all the time must be “full-time Christian work.” […] Every one of us has a line of duty marked out for us by God. […] But the nature of the work changes when we see that it is God who marks out this line of duty for … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: The Nitty-Gritty

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Reposted from Novemeber 2009       So here we are, starting Week Two. As always, the first couple days were great, then I slacked off at the end of the week. So, here we are again, and I’m talking myself into this all once more. However, the routines I began to work on did work on the days I worked at them, so I know I have something workable here. My biggest changes: One load of laundry every day … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Why Make My Bed?

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Reposted from June 2010       I have difficulty doing something just because. Ambiguous “should be done” reasoning is simply not compelling. My mind wants to know why and if I can give it no good reason, the internal shoulder-shrug is signaled and I decide I won’t if I don’t have to. Making one’s bed is the classic example. Why make your bed if you’re only going to get back into it at night and undo it? I have … Read More

Establishing Household Habits: Inertia

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reposted from January 2011 Finding the Motivation to Do the Right Thing When Energy Ebbs In the whole GTD set-up, one of the issues that crops up for me is saying that energy is a criterion for choosing tasks. I have to be careful not to let that become an excuse for slipping into sloth. For me, it is sloth that is a key chaos-generator and system-wrecker. What is sloth, really? Well, the best definitions I could find came from … Read More

Summer Term 2011 — A Typical Day

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The typical day this last term started with the alarm ringing at 5am, and a hand reaching over, turning it off, and cozying back under the pillow. If we’re going to cover the average and the typical rather than the planned or ideal or best day, that’s where we must begin. The typical day opened with my reluctant rising at 6:50-7:10, dressing, addressing and dressing children, pulling out breakfast, starting my own eggs and coffee, and doing my best to … Read More