Very Domestic Indeed

rolling pin There are some days where it seems that all I do is make sure the kids are fed, and some learning is accomplished. Where I spend my time breaking up fights and calming frustrated little ones, while balancing a fussy toddler on my hip and trying to get some laundry done. Yesterday was the complete opposite. I was able to bake three loaves of bread, make two quarts of yogurt, wash diapers and gets lots of schooling done. I felt very domestic indeed. We read about St. Alban and Hadrian’s Wall (I just love being able to tell the kids that I have been to some of these places, they get so excited). The children went outside to play, and despite being bundled up like eskimos, they came back in rosy cheeked after only twenty minutes. We had lots of snuggles and were even able get some extra reading done before supper. We are reading The Wishing Chair Collection by Enid Blyton. I loved these books as a child and now my kids do too. They are magical tales that are calmer than a lot of fairy tales, which is really good for my kiddos that have less of a tolerance for scary. Overall it was about as close to domestic bliss as we get around here. Definitely a very good day, especially when all the children were snug in their beds by seven o’clock. Check out this beauty of a rolling pin. It was another gift from Christmas, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It was handmade in Breckenridge, Co. and I’m so glad it found it’s new home with me. Now I really need to bake a pie and try it out. What is your favourite domestic chore? Is it baking, folding laundry, or doing a big spring clean?

family, food, gifts, home, homeschooling • Thursday, January 7th, 2010 • 14 Comments »
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14 Responses to “Very Domestic Indeed”

  1. Sandie says:

    What an amazing rolling pin!

    The Wishing Chair …. I just LOVED those stories when I was small….

  2. Sandie says:

    Oh … favourite domestic chore?

    Bringing in fresh washing from the line …. hoovering with the windows flung open to air the rooms (not likely at all in the UK at the moment!)

    They become favourites after I have done them rather than before.

  3. Charity says:

    I love a day like that! I feel so productive, it’s wonderful!

    That’s a fabulous rolling pin – what an awesome present. πŸ™‚

  4. AG Ambroult says:

    yes, very donestic indeed. Don’tcha just love thos days?
    LOVE that rolling pin! My husband made one for me for Christmas, too (but mine is plain, no stripes)!

    Are you having that nasty cold they’ve been takling about?

  5. Beautiful rolling pin! It sounds like domestic bliss πŸ™‚

  6. French Knots says:

    That rolling pin is amazing!
    I love mowing the lawn, the smell is the essence of childhood summers.

  7. Trudy says:

    Making the bed with clean linens, hanging laundry on the line, making dinner every night and cooking a huge meal on Sunday for all of the babies (you and hubby included) to enjoy. Domestic bliss!

  8. kristina says:

    What a beautiful rolling pin! And I love ironing. There’s something quite calming and meditative about it… K x

  9. Emily says:

    Oh, those days are the best! Hmmm….favorite chore. I do love to declutter and organize!
    I grew up listening to my grandad read us Enid Blyton’s Noddy books. We loved those as kids and I’ve collected a few since. I’ve never heard of the collection you mentioned but I’ll have to check it out.

  10. Mousy Brown says:

    I love those kind of days and save them up in memories for the other more frustrating kind! That rolling pin is amazing – more like a work of art πŸ™‚

  11. Jen says:

    oh you all are so cute. I love a good deep cleanse, like I did in my closet today. Out with the unnecessary, unloved, unused. Someone else will love it way more than me. Hanging clothes on the line? Not so much…it’s 5 degrees here, high of 22. Sorry ladies, I’m using the dryer. I wish I could use a line, it would make me so happy. Love the rolling pin, it’s a work of art. It will make an incredible pie. Make sure you photograph it!

  12. Petit Filoux says:

    Baking, any day!!! That is such a beautiful rolling pin, how lucky you are!!!
    Glad to hear you had a good day, it always give a good feeling when you feel you’ve achieved something.

  13. Concetta says:

    Happy New Year Jennifer and thanks for the story of the day that was bliss as well as the other type, its always good to know that others live the mix too ( I just wish mine would tip the balance a bit!). Favourite domestic thing – reorganising cupboards and nooks!
    I still have my childhood copy of the Wishing Chair and can’t wait til my little ones can handle longer stories. x

  14. Kimberly says:

    I LOVE your rolling pin! I would probably have to use it everyday it is so beautiful.
    Chore-Baking our bread.

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