I am a blogger. But first and foremost, I am a homemaker. And that is a job that I've always loved and felt an affinity for.
In my early twenties, I occasionally went to staff parties with my first husband (he was a psychology instructor). People were introduced to me who often asked: "And what is it that you do?"
"Well, I am a mother and homemaker." Dead silence...
A woman being merely a homemaker was not popular. This was the late seventies, era of women's lib. I strongly believed in both, and still do.
To me, being a homemaker is one of the most important jobs, along with raising children, that there is. Which usually goes hand in hand.
To be a homemaker and/or mother, you have to have management skills.
Be able to multi-task...
Think on your feet...
And yet, women who stayed home were a bit looked down upon.
I never got that. I loved everything about homemaking. Still do.
I cooked a lot more back then. I tried out many recipes. I could make a perky and pretty meringue on a pie! Browned to perfection.
I taught myself lots of things.
I was also attending college. I started courses at 18, as a young mother. I was in my early forties before I actually finished that journalism degree.
One thing or another would happen, and I'd end up dropping out for a time.
But the important thing is, I did finally finish what I started.
I enjoy washing dishes, cleaning and doing. I love to look around and see a clean and sparkling home, even if it is just a one bedroom apartment.
I loved creating quilts. I took pride in my embroidery skills. I reveled in decorating a home, and still do. I loved digging in the dirt and creating gardens. And still do that as well.
I love learning new skills. Each one is an accomplishment.
I always loved reading, and you can learn so much from reading books.
Yesterday I created a new board on Pinterest called Homemaking. It encompasses everything from how to store eggs to how to wash clothing without electricity.
If you're interested in the tips I've found so far, you can find it here. I will be adding to this board every time I find a great homemaking tip.
If you take care of a home, you are a homemaker. You need not make excuses for why you don't have a career.
Homemaking happens to be a lifetime career.
And you should be proud of that!