31 Days to Clean: A Visual Well Done. – Simply Convivial

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I have been enjoying the short but thoughtful daily chapters of the ebook “31 Days to Clean,” and the accompanying two daily tasks: one contemplative and one active. In this first week I have accomplished several deep cleaning tasks in the kitchen that I had not yet done at all in the two years we have been in this house, like cleaning the oven, or had not done recently enough, like clean the inside of the microwave and fridge. They … Read More

Keeping House — Preface

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To follow the entire series, see my table of contents for this Keeping House book club series. Willa has started an online book club for Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life, which has been on my to-read shelf for almost a year. She has already posted a bit of the summary of the preface and topic of the book, so I’ll jump into quotes and my own rabbit trails. Homemaking Is Homemaking includes but is not entirely housework. It … Read More

Keeping House — Ye Do It Unto Me – Simply Convivial

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See also the table of contents for the Keeping House series. This week Willa’s online book club is covering the first half of the first chapter, “What is Christian about Housekeeping?” Willa’s post is a good summary, so I will jump into a rabbit trail on the first section of the chapter, and hope someone else picks up the thread of the second section, dealing in broad strokes with the history and sociology of housework. The author opens with what … Read More

Keeping House — It Matters – Simply Convivial

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See also the table of contents for the Keeping House series. Housekeeping Matters “So what really matters? Well, housework, among other things. It is not the only thing that matters, but it does matter. It matters that people have somewhere to come home to and that there be beds and meals and space and order available there. […] housework forms part of the basic patterning of our lives, a pattern that we might identify as a kind of ‘litany of … Read More

Keeping House — A Grounding – Simply Convivial

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See also the table of contents for the Keeping House series. In this chapter, the author spends some time developing the theme of home as found in the Bible and fleshing out a bit of what a home is and contending that households established by single folk are just as legitimate as those set up by married families. Since Willa covered this already, I will proceed to my own ramblings. So in the last chapter, she established that having a … Read More

Keeping House — Sheltering, Fostering Gratitude – Simply Convivial

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See also the table of contents for the Keeping House series. I’m not sure what I was thinking, assuming I’d be able to blog this week with Confection Selection — a fancified bake sale my mother and I coordinate at our church to benefit the local Pregnancy Center — on Saturday. My time in between directing children and disciplining a particular toddler is totally consumed with baking. I’m hoping for a finally flop-free year. This is the tenth year. Maybe … Read More

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