The Good Wife's Guide (from a 1950s-era home economics manual)
Have dinner ready:
Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready for your husband. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal is part of this warm welcome needed.
Take 15 minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.
Clear away the clutter:
Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Light a candle. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.
Prepare the children:
Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
Minimise all noise:
At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Better yet, have them in bed.
Don't greet him with problems or complaints or complain if he's late for dinner. Just count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day. Speak in a low, soft soothing and pleasant voice.
Listen to him:
You may have a dozen things to tell him - the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first-remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
Make the evening his:
Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom.
Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
I couldnt help but giggle to myself when we arrived at 'Senior Cat Night' at our local Community Centre after receiving an invitation from our Vets to attend.It did sound pretty funny when I told my colleagues that I needed to get away early because I was attending a seminar on caring for elderly cats.....
It was mostly old ladies and one or two old men, then there was Euan and me but it was really nice to see how much people care about thier pets. One lady was spending £14 a week on prawns because they were the only thing that would disguise her cats pills.There was also some very helpful information on how we could better take care of Jonesy who is 16 years old at everyones best guess, so it was well worth goin!!
But I seriousy think I need to get out more..........
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
So, I have lots of muddy paws in my life: 24 of them (2 dogs, 4 cats)!!
But what I really need is some awesome wellies - and I have my heart set on these gorgeous Cath Kidston ones; Starting saving my pennies first thing tommorrow! xx
Friday, 4 September 2009
Here we go..........my first post!! Wish me luck.......
We have 3 ex battery hens ; Henrietta, Mrs Miggins and Margorie. I was awake all night last night terrfied that in the gale force winds I could hear raging outside, the chook house was going to get blown onto its side with my poor frightened girls inside.But luckily, the little house made from scrap wood and old fence panels stood tall and unshaken in the winds and kept my girls safe and warm.What a relief!