Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back - again

I'm still here and full of plans !

So many things in life, some very good but which make me stay away of posting even if I am not away of blogland where I find inspiration to carry on.

Even if life is hectic  and sometimes I don't know where to turn my attention, I think now I am balanced enough to take more care of my home and myself and that will reflect in my blog.

So, I'm coming back to my blog ! - with baby steps.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The bliss of Saturdays

There's a thing on Saturdays that make me feel happy.

I work full time and even if it's a good, peaceful job, it doesn't compare to being at home. To be a stay at home woman is the dream of my life - well, one of them.

Most of my dreams have come true: to grow up and being a wife and mother, to have my own grown up home (being married) are some of my dreams and truly the most important ones.
But living here it means to work full time and I did.Not because what the others would say if I didn't, it's just a normal thing that grows with us and it's so normal as going to school.

But  don't want it anymore. I had enough. So I dream on having an earlier retirement. This moment it looks like to wanting the moon but I will not despair because one of these days ( years) it will  come a law that will allow me to retire before the extreme date of retirement. It must be !

Meanwhile I play the full time housewife on Saturdays and Sundays and on holidays. I even can have a free day each month providing I do those hours through the month. Ah, on those days I do play house.

Today is Saturday and I can't stop dreaming about all those chores I will do in the house.
I can already feel the smell of those clothes freshly ironed, the light of the morning sun through the kitchen window and the voice of my children waking up happy because it's not school day and they can stay at home - like their mother, they like to stay at home.

The blessing of having a house and being able of giving thanks for it.
Thanks God for everything He gives us.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

All clean and tidy

I wish...(sigh)

All clean and tidy is the title of this picture and the dream I have for my home.

I work all day long, all week so I keep dreaming about Saturday, the wonder day when I will, at last, clean and tidy.
In the week days, as I arrive so tired of body and mind, I just do the bare things and look for inspiration for that wonderful day when I will be a stay at home wife and mom... And that day is Saturday.

So, to keep my spirit up, in the week I look for inspiration in those beautiful blogs written by amazing homemakers who can have their houses so clean and tidy, organized and beautiful.

I add blogs and blog to my ever growing list and when I am reading them I feel happy because I feel encouraged. I feel that even if I can't be as god as them, for sure I can be better than now.

I was thinking on add here a tiny list of my favourites on homemaking and organizing, but I can't. There are so many good ones.

If someone knows about a really good blog on organizing and/ or homemaking - one that is not in my list, that is - please tell me.

A site I follow, not a blog, is Flylady, I wonder if someone here knows her.
I found her years ago and things were going pretty well but I fell of the wagon twice and the second time it was a very big fall. First time it was when we moved, years ago. I recovered quite well after that and everything was getting better and better. Then...I had a depression and only now I'm having the strenght to go back to normality. It has been a slow wagon but each year has been better than the previous one. Last October I felt I really should try harder - and I am.
Some days are just a big fall, others go better.

I think now I'm ready to go (almost) in full steam.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

On Rainy Days and Laundry

I wonder why, I like very much to do the laundry. I think it's  one of my favourites homemaking chores, or should I say, Missions.

I don't know about you, but I have a Laundry Plan, which makes all the work much easier.It's scheduled and I haven't to think about  it.

But  then, there it came a problem: the rain.
Now you are thinking why is the rain a problem.

First I must say that I like so much the rain and I can't stay longer without it but, on  the other side, being a homemaker makes me long for a whole week of sun.

And now you are thinking why this woman doesn't just put the washed clothes in the dryer? Or can it be that in her corner of the world there is no dryers? Yes, there are and, in fact, I have one and it works perfectly. Why the problem, then?

Oh, well, this woman who has a dryer likes to put her clothes in the line to dry. The little pleasure to see the cloths all in a row in the line and the pegs, the sun on them, the smell of washed clothes bathed by the sun...Pure poetry !

We are having unstoppable days of rain. Should I stay happy with it or should I go sad because I can't put my clothes on the line?

Well, better to find a compromise. I have a place to put small things to dry inside so I will wash just the little ones.

Oh, how life is easy after all, why we make a problem of it ?

Laundry, laundry, here I go.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day !

Many years ago before we were married, my husband organized a Thanksgiving lunch (in Europe) to invite me and so that way we could get closer.
I must say I didn't know anything about his intentions. So he invited several people including me. I went.
Well, things went very well, in such a way that one year later, on Thanksgiving Day, we were already married.
That's why I like Thanksgiving, even if I'm not american.

Happy Thanksgiving for all my American friends.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Christmas songs in my mind

I wonder why but this time of the year is for me always so inspiring. As the days get colder and the trees go golden I just just want to live. Not as most of the world understands it, not to go out and socialize, have fun in the noise and so on, no, I just want to live in my world - and that is so good. And this year even more.

Did you realize that is almost Christmas?
I know, Americans have still Thanksgiving to think about but for me all I can think is of Christmas.

I'm already making plans. I will begin a Christmas Planner and as I wil progress in my preparations for Christmas I will tell you about it.

I wonder if there is someone out there singing already Rudolph, the Red Nosed Raindeer and making plans.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Saturday happiness approaching

Saturday is approaching and, with it, the perspective of a happy time. You know, I am an outside home working woman, yes, full time ! So, to be happier, on saturdays I just think that I am full time house wife. Oh, happiness. So, today I am already dreaming on everything I will do on Saturday.

So I will dust

clean some windows

do the laundry: wash, put on the line, pick up, fold and put away

iron it

clean the refrigerator ( yes, again)

and do a lot of work in the kitchen including make a cake.

Well, to say the truth, I will do a million nice things around my house. This is just a tiny bit to give you an idea. 

Oh, happiness.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas is arriving

Christmas is arriving. I'm happy singing Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nose Raindear. I'm thinking on making lists - making them already in my mind - on what I have to buy, to prepare, all those things. Planning and planning. But there is another thing I want to prepare: a peaceful, blessed Christmas. So, beginning today I will pray that we will be able to enjoy every little thing in this Christmas with our heart full of peace and blessings of Our Lord. And I will prepare Christmas now even more happy and full of peace.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Like a child

Like a child I'm counting the days for Christmas and my mind runs wild with plans and Christmas songs. I like so much this time of the year!

Friday, November 1, 2013

So the countdown begins

Yes, in my home we begin thinking of Christmas at this time of the year. No, we don't put the Christmas Tree or the Nativity till the first of December when it's the official inauguration day. But til then and from now I begin to think of:

- Presents

- Wrapping Paper and Bows

  I do like wrapping paper.

- Poinsettias

and other things that I will show soon.
Today I leave you with this so maybe it opens your appetite for Christmas Dreaming.

It gives me inspiration for tidying and cleaning the house, thinking that soon it will be Christmas.

Monday, October 28, 2013

When is still night

I always thought that the wisdom in Proverbs 31:15 is a good advice for every homemaker and it has been a good source of inspiration for me.
There was times when I rose when it was really darkm still night but now I have been rising when the sun is born. 

To say the truth, in these last mornings it has been so dark, really night still.
Oh, it inspires me. And my house shows that inspiration doesn't stay still, it rather makes me move.
So I'm decided that from now on I will go back to the going to bed early and rising when is still night.

My home and family will apreciate it and I wil feel so good about it.

Friday, October 25, 2013

When it rains

When it rains I feel so well and cosy, all I want is to curl in my sofa with a hot chocolate and see a film. And today is one of those days. But I will be brave and in spite of all that strong rain I will be around the house tidying up and cleaning.

What I will do now? Go up the stairs and fix my bedrooom a little.
See you later.

The Kitchen

I don't know why when I think of homemaking, of cleaning and tidying I always think on the Kitchen or Laundry. Well, maybe also on some Bedroom tidying.
As for today, I'm thinking of heading now to the Kitchen and make those counters and things on it sparkling.

As somebody has inspiration for that also? I have so... here I go.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On past windowsills

As I said in my last post, I'm dealing with my windowsill in the kitchen. Once it was always pretty but as many things in my life it just lost the usual care it had from me. As in all the other parts, I'm recovering and so
is my dear windowsill. No, not ready to go on the internet, but I am working on it. So, I leave you with some pictures of my windowsill in previous times.

Yes, it will be pretty again.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Kitchen Windowsill

One of my favourite spots at home is the kitchen windowsill. That window has a very nice view of our low but even so very long mountain and I like to have that view as a painting where my window and windowsill is the frame. But now the problem: as I have neglecting myself for several reasons, also my windowsill have been but now I very much want to have it back. It's one of my goals this month. I'll have a picture here when it's done.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Laundry

Some years ago I found in a blog a Chalenge called  "21 Days Challenge to Becoming an Effective Wife".
It didn't mean that we had to come everyday at our blog and make a repport  of how well we were doing, we only had to say it every Monday.

I was reading what I posted about it then and realized that I still have the same problems.

Here it is the first post I made about it then:

Her Southern Charm is doing a 21 Days Challenge called 21 Days To Becoming an Effective Wife.
She says we must write about things we want to change and make a new habit in 3 weeks. So we must think on something that is really important to us and come here each Monday to tell about our progress – or not progress.

On April 5th we post about it also but not about the end of it, if we managed to accomplish something and reached our goal(s).

This comes very well and in the right time as I am strugling with some aspects of my life. They are things that are a part of my life but I’m falling off the wagon.

First of all, it’s laundry connected.
This a field of homemaking that I like sooo much. Nevertherless, as we are six and I work outside – yes, another thing to deal with in due time, God help me – I always have lots and lots of laundry to do. I must say I like veeeery much to wash, I like to put it on the line – when I am overwelmed my big girls help me – and I don’t mind , I quite like actualy, to take them out of the line. Folding, I don’t mind because I can do it seated down. Now it comes the big problem: put it away. I can’t stand it!

Well, now let’s beging the listing:

· Get up at 6.15.
I get up at 6,30 or 6,25 or – now – 6,20. I want to get up ealier. It was always important to me.
She rises when is still night.
It means a lot to me.

· To fold 40 pieces of clothes everyday.

· Put away those folded clothes everyday too.
If I fold it in the night I’m alowed to put away the next day but everyday I must take the baskets full of clothes upstairs and put them in their places.

· Declutter the Laundryroom, everyday a little bit.
It is so much in need of a bit of atenttion...

· Pray the Rosary everyday.
Now I must explain. I try to pray it everyday but as in a lot of things, sometimes the day is gone and I didn’t pray it completely.
By Rosary, I mean one thirth of it, as in portuguese Terço and in spanish Tercio, the five Mysteries of it not the fifteen.
Pray the Rosary everyday, Our Lady said in Fatima. I must

And then, some days after:

Days Challenge to Becoming an Effective Wife

This post was for Monday but, after I have tryed, I couldn't post any pictures, so I tried each day and now I gave up and here it is today.
In the 21 Days Challenge to Becoming an Effective Wife at Her Southern Charm, we must have some items that we want to improve in our life and come here every monday to tell about the progress - or not.
Here they are mine.

Get up at 6.15.
Done most of the days. Sometimes I get up some minutes later but in the whole, is quite good.

To fold 40 pieces of clothes everyday.
Put away those folded clothes everyday too.
Quite well to the part of folding but not the one to put away. Let's see if I can improve this week.

Declutter the Laundryroom, everyday a little bit.
Bad. Not big progess yet.

Pray the Rosary everyday.
Most days, done. I need to give more atention to Our Lady and Her Son through Her. Apart from the Three Hail Mary Devotion - everyday in my life since I was a child as my grandmother teached me - not much prayer.

Well, I hope to have more progress to report next monday.

Now I still fight with myself to have the Laundry done on time - there are always loads to wash, fold and above all to be put back in its place. I still need to declutter the Laundryroom and still there are days when I don't pray the Rosary in all the five decades.

Time to REALLY try to get on track !

Friday, October 18, 2013

Declutter and tidy up the fridge

The Kitchen is one of my favourite places at home, not only to cook but also to clean and tidy up.
So many things in the house that need to be done but I keep procrastinating about it. Not the kitchen. Or at least not so much. It feels really good when I have the trouble to get out of my comfort and procrastination and decide to get things done there.
So, today, after work, I will tidy and declutter one of the fridges. It's clean, only needs a bit of care. A clean, tidy fridge really makes me feel good.
Most times, homemaking is so anti-depressive.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Falling off the wagon

Do you know what is it falling off the wagon? Maybe it never happened to you, being full of good intention and then... But I will not feel down about it, I will try again even if I have to play catch up a bit. We will see how next day will be.
Image from AllPosters

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday is not a working day

Sunday it's not a proper working day at Alfazema's house, other than those things that really must be done. Monday yes, not Sunday.


So, Saturday came and went away. The morning was full of nice and good house workm mainly in the kitchen and I was quite happy with the results. The problem was in the afternoon. With so many good things to be seen in Rome ( by internet, I was not there) all my good intentions went away. The good thing of all this is that after some days in the week, we will have again another Saturday.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Making plans

Weekend again and I made a lot of plans.
Kitchen, Bathroom, Master Bedroom.
Cooking, maybe Baking.
What an adventure awaits me. I'll tell you on next post how things went.

Friday, October 11, 2013


Thursday was a whole day of recovering of my strong cold so not much work at home done either. Oh, well, never mind, tomorrow is another day and teh weekend is approaching - which makes me feel better already.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Not much work today

No work today at home, other than making dinner. I have been all day long in pain with a strong cold so when I arrived at home, at last, after doing some errands when I finished work, I just wanted to dive in my sofa and rest. So, after making dinner, no work today. At all.

Some Laundry

Today I was not so energetic as yesterday when I arrived at home after work, in the evening. So...

I put some clothes to wash, then I hanged them on the line, picked up the ones that were there already dry, folded and put it away. Forty pieces.

That's all. And made dinner. Shepard's Pie.

Picture by AllPosters

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Work after work

So, yesterday after work, when I arrived at home I:

- hoovered seven rooms, including the bathrooms

                                           (no, not the deck of a boat, just my stairs :) )
- sweeped the stairs

- cleaned two bathrooms
- dusted

- and, in the end, I made the dinner.

I will see what I can do today but usually I'm not so energetic in the end of the day, I'm more a morning person.
I dream with the day I will not work outside anymore !
Pictures from AllPosters.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Lord's Day

It's the Lord's Day so I will not do anything that it can be avoided, I'll do only those things that really must be done.

It's Autumn and the leaves are turning red and brown. I do like the Autumn, not hot anymore, just nice.
I don't like Summer at all, if I could I would skip it every year.
But now it's Autumn and I feel I want to live and do things  - or just stay quiet and give thanks.
Blessed be Our Lord.