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Now I know I am not technically a fulltime housewife. I am a student/housewife/babysitter/grandma and whatever else comes along.
Whoever said a housewife should get bored staying home all day has evidently never attempted it for any length of time. Let me just give you an idea of how my day usually goes.
First I wake up and visit with Jimmy for a while before he goes off to work, get dressed, take my meds, think about eating breakfast, then sit down to the computer to start on school work. I usually study for three hours every day Tuesday thru Friday because I babysit the grandkids on Mondays (so very little gets done on Monday except playing with them).
By that time it is around 10:30 and I check e-mail, write a little on my blog, check FB to see what is going on in the world, you all are my news team! and in there somewhere I have usually forgotten to eat breakfast and it is now too late, I need to be thinking about lunch.  And I usually have dishes to put in the dishwasher or empty it.  Have to feed the wood stove during this cold winter a couple of times each day.  And pick up a little on the house.
Then depending on what day it is and what my schedule will allow, I start sewing, scrapbooking or cleaning house. I have so many ideas for quilts swirling around in my head that I don’t know if I will ever get them all done. I saw recently in a magazine a pattern for a bed runner, much like a table runner but it goes on the foot of your bed just as a decoration and I want to do one with something representing all 12 months in a topsy-turvy pattern. (any of my quilter friends I may be asking to swap fat quarters with you sometime) but that if for another post.

Right now, I have Shawna’s quilt finished and on the blanket box in our room, Tara’s is sitting on the table, waiting on the backing material to arrive (hopefully this week) so I can finish it and contact the machine quilter to complete that project.  I have a tote that I have started that is almost complete, just need to finish the handles and lining, sew them on and done!  Start looking for material for the next project, I want to make some Christmas potholders and have the material for them as well, so might start on them next but that will not take very long.  Working on crocheting a rag rug but have run out of rags to cut up to crochet, need to look for more of them. 

Scrapbooking is coming along rather quickly, I have been working on it a little every night while Jimmy is watching TV.  Need to journal and get some of my completed pages in albums now.  Last week I completed 195 pages which I think is a record for me.  I need to place an order with Creative Memories for more supplies so I can get everything in albums, and journaled, think I will work on that tomorrow!  How much can you journal if you get about 7 hours to write?  I bet I can finish a whole bunch.  All my Christmas cards and photos are now in an album and I am so excited but I don’t think I even printed off last years Christmas Pictures so I better go through everything and double-check!  Time to order more pictures as well I think.

Every week at least twice a week, I try to carry in wood so Jimmy doesn’t have to.  It is hard to do when it is dark and there is snow or ice on the ground and since I am home, I can pick and choose the days I do this, and you can bet it will not be Thursday this week since they are calling for more snow. 

Menu planning has never been a big thing around here, sometimes we eat supper and sometimes we don’t.  I always try to have something ready and this usually depends on Jimmy eating lunch and how late he ate.  Sometimes he doesn’t take lunch break until 2:00 and is not ready to eat again at 6:00.  When we have the kids, I try to have something ready for them right at 6 so they can eat and Jimmy can watch the news. 

All of this is in addition to all the other things that are required to keep a house running, cleaning, sweeping the floors which seems like a daily occurence here, laundry, dishes, picking up toys, and keeping up with the mountain of recycling that seems to accumulate weekly here.  One of the reasons, I try to go to town once a week, to drop off recyclables and get groceries. 

So if you ever decide you want to stay home but are afraid you will be bored, don’t worry, something will find you to keep you occupied.  Just make sure you are doing what you want and not what other people have planned for you.  Enjoy being a stay at home whatever you might be (as long as you enjoy it and can afford to do so).  I know I have been blessed this past year to be able to stay at home and work on my schooling and everything else has been fringe benefits, but I would like to be finished with school.


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