~omar makes a batch of scrambled eggs and was kind enough to color coordinate his cooking ingredients and gear.
~the morning light makes even a sink of dirty dishes and eggshells look pretty.
~i picked up cheryl mendelson’s book home comforts: the art and science of keeping house again a few days ago and this quote keeps coming to mind:
Being perceived as excessively domestic can get you socially ostracized. When I made hand-rolled pasta for dinner, I learned the hard way that some guests do not feel comfortable eating a meal that they regard as the product of too much trouble.
the book is a reference for everything house-related: caring for books, how to stock a kitchen, the do’s and don’ts of making beds, everything. and even though some of her ideas or suggestions are perhaps a bit over the top, the first two chapters are worth the price of the book. she’s a lawyer who describes why she takes caring for her home seriously. and whereas peterson’s keeping house: the litany of everyday life (a book i love and highly recommend) is a theology of keeping house, mendelson’s is more a philosophy of keeping house.
Whether you live alone or with a spouse, parents, and ten children, it is your housekeeping that makes your home alive, that turns it into a small society in its own right, a vital place with its own ways and rhythms, the place where you can be more yourself than you can be anywhere else.
i credit mendelson for inspiring me to set my own rhythms, goals, and standards for my own house. after i first read this a few years ago i started the “old-school” concept of a set cleaning day, wash day, grocery day, and for the most part we’ve followed it and enjoyed it.
i would even say that the structure has been freeing. go figure.