Do you remember when women used to have to butcher and pluck their own chickens? Me neither!!!
All my life chicken has come in a plastic wrapped package – ready for seasoning and the oven! Or even better - I can buy rotisserie chickens cooked and ready to serve! It’s wonderful! But our great grandmothers did it a bit differently!
My grandmother explained to me, a chicken in a box used to be delivered by a local farmer to her mother. Her mother would put the chicken between her legs (and for anyone who is squeemish skip this next phrase), twist it’s head off. Then she would drain the blood. After draining the blood, she fired up a pot of boiling water and soaked the chicken until the feathers could easily be plucked. She would place the chicken into the sink – pluck it – and take all of the inside stuff out. Then after all of the above – she could begin the process where we begin our process today – seasoning it and cooking it.
Then there was the laundry. I find it a challenge to get all my laundry washed, dried, folded and into the drawers in a timely manner. But not too long ago, women washed their clothes – by hand - in sudsy water, put it through a ringer, rinsed the clothes - by hand, put it through another ringer and then hung them outside or in the basement to dry. THEN – this is the KICKER to me – every single item had to been ironed!!! Ugh! Did I mention, I hate ironing and avoid buying clothes that need ironed? There was no such thing as permanent press so everything including underwear was wrinkley and in need of being ironed. It would be one long day if I ironed every item I wash!
Since our great grandmothers sewed much of their clothes, sewing and mending was a large part of a woman’s day. My grandmother says how excited she was when the invention of iron on patches were created! I am SO thankful for stores like Target where I can get matching sets of clothes for five bucks a pop!
Oh – the time our generation has been given by convenience stores and products is a gift! But we have managed to fill up all the extra time with all sorts of things. I feel it. There are days where I look around and can’t figure out where the day has gone and why the house looks like a tornado hit.
Where has all the free time that convenience stores and products have given us? Can I suggest where one large portion of that time has gone…
I am not saying this is the only time zapper we are experiencing – but it’s one large one so let me be transparent for a moment.
1. I am guilty of being on my computer while laundry piles up.
2. I am guilty of letting my children out of chores so I can have more time answering email in the morning – rather than overseeing them with their chores. As a result – the upstairs is messy for the day. But the kids love it! lol!
3. I am guilty of staying up too late following a twitter stream rather than doing something more productive around the house like cleaning out a closet or baking a batch of cookies for the family.
4. I am guilty of admiring someone else’s decorating or garden on-line rather than decorating my own home or tending to my own garden…yes, weeds grow while I read about gardening! My home school room goes undecorated, while I admire all the amazing homeschool rooms on-line! It’s so ironic! I have a plethora of ideas – but in the rush of life, I’m not slowing down to do them.
I am sharing this in hopes that you can relate to the struggle I have. I have learned SO much off of other ladies on-line as far as tips and tricks and recipes for homemaking but at times it has taken me away from homemaking and caused a bit of chaos in my home. One of the best ways I’ve managed on-line time is through logging my hours or setting a timer to keep me from neglecting other more important duties.
Let’s strive together to be Proverbs 31:27 women : “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Together let’s pursue making our homes havens for our families by being organized, consistent and self-disciplined. Let’s aim to not be distracted and distant, but always there with a hug, a smile, a warm meal, a clean set of sheets and some lines in the rugs from our vaccuum. It is one way we can show, without words, our love to our families. This is how our great grandmothers did it.
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