I have been tagged by Susan of arkonite’s blog http://arkonitebabe.blogspot.com/ to complete the A – Z of Homemaking, now lets see how I get on:

A is for Aprons – yes/no? If yes, what’s your favourite?
I grew up wearing bright cotton aprons to protect my clothes when helping in the kitchen. Now I have two PVC aprons for cooking and baking days, they are purely functional.

B is for Baking – favourite thing to bake?
Cooking for one is soul destroying! I used to bake and cook every day when my husband was alive and Elly was at home. I cook a meal for perhaps four or six, have one portion then cool and freeze the rest in portions for days I don’t feel like cooking.

C is for Clothesline – do you have one?
Yes, I have a wonderful line across the back garden. Being high up I get full benefit from the wind, some days if I open the back door the clothes blow right in! 😉

D is for Donuts – have you ever made them?
Yes, Mammy made them quite often to have after lunch. I regularly helped to make them while she did something else. They were not your regular donuts, more a scone-like texture with jam in the middle. (I feel a blog post coming on…!)

E is for Every Day – one homemaking task you do every day.
Will getting out of bed do? 😉 Nowadays I wash dishes after every meal. Everything else is done when I feel like it or health allows.

F is for Freezer – do you have a separate deep freeze?
No need for one. Fridge freezer is enough for my needs.

G is for Garbage Disposal Unit – do you have one?
Me 🙄 Seriously I don’t know of anyone in Ireland who has one.

H is for Handbook – what’s your favourite homemaking resource?
Trial and error – well that is how I learned.

I is for Ironing – love or hate it?
I actually love it. A good play on the radio or nice music and a few toffees to chew on and I am happy. When I was young the load often contained 15 shirts; umpteen sheets, pillowcases and quilt-covers, cotton dresses, tablecloths and napkins and more hankies than a large box of tissues! All those items had to he starched first. Will I continue?

Thank the Lord for easy-care-no-iron clothing!

J is for Junk Drawer – yes/no? If yes, where is it?

Not really. I like to be able to find things when I need them so the best way is for them to have a home and be put back when finished with. I am not a hoarder. If I can’t use something then I try to pass it on to somebody who has a need for the item.

K is for Kitchen – colour and decorating scheme?
My kitchen is small and simple, little changed since the house was built. It functions well for my needs so why change it? I do change the colour scheme – curtains and paintwork from time to time.

L is for Love – what’s your favourite part of homemaking?
I put plenty of love & effort into homemaking when Jack was alive and Elly was at home. Jack and I worked well together and did all our own decorating. Once we started, a great companionable silence descended and we worked happily away side by side for hours without a word being spoken. I made all my own curtains over the years, thankfully only the living room window measured 14ft wide by 7ft high! The others were all more manageable sizes. I made duvet covers and fitted sheets, covered chairs and did all the cooking, baking and cleaning (that includes the chimney), this is beginning to sound like a CV so I had better stop!

M is for Mop – do you have one?
I do have a spongy one on a telescopic pole and I use it for the high windows outside.

N is for Nylons – machine or hand wash?
Nylons? I remember them! I wore tights once this year. I put them in a pillowcase and tie a knot in it and add to the washing load in the machine.

O is for Oven – do you use a window or open the oven door to check?
I have two doors, the inner one is glass. Mind you I still open both to check for doneness.

P is for Pizza – what do you put on yours?
Pizza involves cheese, so they are out for me – no dairy!

Q is for quiet – what do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Living alone there are far too many quiet moments!

R is for Recipe Card Box – yes/no? If yes, what does it look like?
No. I have three A5 ring binders with wipe clean covers. I type the recipes and put them in plastic pockets, all sorted by type e.g. soups cakes etc. They are also stored on my computer, which makes Food Mondays easier.

S is Style of House – what style is your house?
Detached bungalow, 3 bed.

T is for Tablecloths – do you use them?
I like to. Not when I am alone, but yes if I am having guests for a Dinner. Family get to eat off the old china – so if you got the old stuff and no tablecloths – consider yourself family 😉

U is for Under The Kitchen Sink – organised or toxic wasteland?
Organised, little changed in 30 years. I could find things with my eyes closed.

V is for Vacuum – how many times a week?
Used to do it every day, now it is more like once a week.
W is for Wash – how many loads of washing do you do each week?
It takes more than seven sets of sexy underwear to fill the washing machine ❗ A dark and a light load and sometimes a third wash. Woollens are done by hand.

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Not any more.

Y is for Yard – who does what?
Nowadays – me or nobody!

Zzzz’s – what’s the last homemaking task you do before bed in the evening?
Switch off and unplug items and that included the computer!

Tags open, you try if you fancy it.

10 thoughts on “Homemaking

  1. Grannymar

    @Baino – The questions seemed rather dated but I decided to go with them and see if life had changed much – it didn’t!.

    @Lottie – What kind of kitchen do you have? 🙄

  2. steph


    I reckon this meme could win you the Homemaker of the Year Award.

    Your sexy underwear will woo the judges 🙄

    D is for a donut recipe next week and…

    Y is for yummy and yes please! 😀

  3. Grannymar

    @Steph – I am not sure I remember how to make the donuts now, but I do remember standing for what seemed like hours cooking them in the deep fat. – The boys eat at least six each!

    @WWW – housework is exhausting!

  4. Grannymar


    Over the years I tried everything. My pet dream was to build a kit car (a real working one) but we had no spare garage or inspection pit to work in. 🙁


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