I've found myself very inspired by Depression era women of late. I've taken to saving containers to re-use for leftovers instead of purchasing bags or boxes. I make those leftovers work.
Yesterday, I made laundry soap. Half a bar of Ivory soap, half a cup of Borax, half a cup of washing soda mixed with a bunch of water and I have over a gallon of detergent. I'll get close to 70 loads of laundry clean with this stuff. The math says the cost of the suds is between one and two pennies per load. Three days ago, I made dishwasher soap. Borax and baking soda in the cup, vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser. My next concoction will be fabric softener.
I'm not quite up to doing homemade meals every night, but these are projects that make me feel groovy and good. Like I'm at least attempting to make a difference in consuming and being nice to the earth.
While I'm not back up to what I would consider "The Amazing Amanda" level, I am getting back into doing my job as homemaker well. The living room gets picked up every night. The dishes are done every day. I at least attempt to win small battles with the never ending war of laundry. I'm trying to get more fruits, veggies and whole foods into our diet.
I actually toyed around with the idea of doing Alex Jamieson's detox diet. (It's the diet Morgan Spurlock's girlfriend put him on after his 30 day Mcdonald's binge.) But I told myself the truth, which is that there is no way I could go right into a 100% vegan diet with no refined/processed flour or rice, sugar, coffee, caffeine, honey or maple syrup and keep it up successfully for 8 weeks.
I'm proud of myself that I'm able to only take on what I can actually do. Can I drink 14 glasses of water a day? Probably not. can I drink at least one really big cup of water? Sure. I have cups I've saved from Sonic that hold 44 ounces. That'll be good for now.
I help Zoe with homework and spelling words and, now, her multiplication tables. Zoe's in third grade. Having her multiplication tables memorized is a prerequisite for fourth grade. And they're just something you have to learn. There aren't many tricks, you just have to memorize them. Her class is now having a daily test where they have sixty seconds to answer twenty basic multiplication equations. This week is 2's. She brought the first one home with only four completed. I just went right down the quiz and had her answer "0 X 2 is?". All the way down the line.
This exercise is really uncomfortable for me. I had a lot of trouble learning my times tables and I'm still not sure on the eights and twelves. I'm going to try some flash cards and hold them up from behind the couch like a game show. We'll just have to see what is going to work for her.
But, for right now, I'm going to get another load of laundry in and put some pin curls in my hair.