“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”
― Lou Holtz
― Lou Holtz
*****I've been married 35 years and do you know what that means?
It means I've prepared at least 28,000 meals.
Oh. My. Goodness.
If anyone deserves to be downright tired of cooking, it's me and anybody else who's been married/alive/around as long as I have. And hey, I'm the first to confess that putting thought and energy into making meals got old for me years ago.
Perhaps you can't understand that--maybe you're 70 and still adore a busy stove top. Well Honey, most likely God, Himself, gave you the gift of cooking/baking and the joy which comes with using our talents. But I didn't get that gift.
So, does that mean it's fine with God if I now throw my pans away, then announce to Tom, "After 28,000 meals, I quit! Cook for yourself or take us out to eat for every meal."? Uh, no.
But yes, it is ok for me to seek healthy short-cuts and ideas and recipes and if I'm wise, I'll search for inspiration rather than excuses. I'll read fun cookbooks or view your Facebook and blog photos of your meals, but I'll stay away from articles with titles like, "You're Too Good For Your Stove." "Cooking Is For Bores." "Smart People Eat All of Their Meals From Restaurants."
And yes, it sounds silly that I'd read those, but oh, it's too easy to seek our excuses that way. Especially today, online, we can find custom-made reasons to not ...
cook another meal,
have compassion for politicians,
speak well of evangelists,
use a kind tongue,
dust, clean, vacuum,
protect our conscience ...
... and more. But inspiration to be excellent rather than sloppy--that's what I'm seeking, even though the search turns frustrating at times. But excellence matters to God so really, it should matter to me in all ways, even 'cooking ways', even after having prepared those eternal 28,000 (and still counting) meals. Whew.
The photos? They're from the book, The Home, from 1924, a major source of homekeeping inspiration for me this past decade (even with its occasional cut-up pages from the long-ago owner's child, most likely for scrapbooking, the original type).
I wish more copies could be found online, but hey! Tons of such books are out there which will inspire anyone on all things home when they run low. Just seek and you will find ... and hey! If you'd like to share titles of similar, easier-found books in your collection, I'm sure we'd all be grateful.
My copy of The Home contains inspiration and help in these areas (and more) ...
Cleaning all things in the home
Efficiency in all rooms, especially the kitchen
How to mix colors in decor
Small houses which can be added onto later
Floor plans of at least ten houses (I adore floor plans!)
Music in the home
Sewing rooms, children's rooms, sleeping porches
Yard design, birdhouses
Building a basement workshop
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
― Maya Angelou