Ok…I’ve been keeping a secret…
I started through “The Art of Homemaking” book…again…without you.
There has been so much going on around here, too many things to post and I really needed to get back to the book. I’d been falling back into old habits and needed to start over again.
So I did.
I started with “FACET NO. 1 THE TWO A’s”
(which are attitude and appearance)
In her section on attitude Daryl Hoole says your attitude will improve if you “are at your physical best at all times—both in appearance and health.”
Several weeks ago I made a conscious decision to work on my health. Since that day I make sure I get at least 6 hours a sleep, I try not to skip meals because I’m” too busy”, I go running at least twice a week (no matter what else “needs to be done”), and I’m taking my vitamins.
Yes, I know this all sounds like things I should be doing anyways…but I don’t always…I’m a girl who tends to get wrapped up in projects, the kids, and “what needs to be done” and forget about everything else….including eating and sleeping…but I’ve been working on it. And you know what? I do feel better. And I do have a better attitude. Who knew? Ms Hoole was right!
The next part…my appearance…
Ms. Hoole says, “Each morning get up and get completely dressed. This should happen very first thing!…Once you are dressed, everything works out better. The sooner you are dressed, the more successful your day.”
I’ve tried this before but it’s never lasted more than a week. I’m the queen of pajamas…and yoga pants…and lounge pants…and pretty much anything that is stretchy, baggy, comfortable, but sadly unacceptable for public viewing (which unfortunately doesn’t stop me from wearing it in public).
But I’ve changed my ways and for several weeks now I’ve been getting ”dressed” every morning…all dressed…like make-up and hair done…and I feel like a real person again all of the sudden. It’s like a mini miracle.
except on Wednesdays.
I have saved Wednesdays for and devoted them entirely to my slovenly, unkempt, appearance. On Wednesdays I stay home (except to go get my morning soda) and sew and clean and cook and do whatever all day. It’s heaven. And I love it. (And it makes the other days easier to get dresses because I know that right in the middle of every week I have one day purely dedicated to being a slob.)
In her intro Ms. Hoole asks, “How can we keep up with…demands and still enjoy some of the old fashioned happiness, serenity and peace of mind which made family living so worthwhile a generation ago?”
I’d like to find (and live) the answer to that question so I’ll continue reading through Daryl’s (and Heloise, and Barabara, and the other ladies I love) books and glean from them all that I can.
So I’m back to the book… I’m doing it…again…I’ve missed it…I hope you’ll join me.