September 01, 2010
Changing Focus, but still Frugal
One thing that has really surprised me is that it has taken me a year to get used to being home. I talked with a friend at church last week and she confirmed that when she retired 3 years ago it took her quite a while to get used to being home and available to finally do the things that she wanted to do.
I want to change the focus of my blog from primarily a frugal focus to one of a "first time homemaker at the age of 51". Can that be my new title? I don't think so. Besides I like the name of my blog and I will keep it. I will still post about frugal topics but I want to move my focus to more of homemaking and my learning new homemaking skills.
The only training I received when I was growing up on keeping a house was that my mother taught me how to bake cookies and I learned to sew in Home Economics. There is more to keeping a home than cookies and sewing.
In May, 2008 I was surfing the internet and came upon the website The Homemaker Mentor and later The Homemaker Society. Both sites provide mentoring lessons and encouragement for homemakers. I subscribed to both websites and started to receive monthly lessons on homemaking. I would print these off and store them in a binder for later use. A sample of the lessons I received were on sewing, cooking, canning, storing clothing, care of clothing, food storage, knitting and more. My plan last year was to start going through those lessons and actually put them into practice in my own home. Now I am going to do it and I will report on how I am doing.
The Homemaker Mentor is now providing mentoring lessons for girls. If only I would have received this training when I was younger.
I am a homemaker, but I'm not very good at it at times. No matter what our chosen profession, we are never 100% great at our chosen careers 100% of the time. I'm no different than anyone else. Women get an education so that they can go out into the world and work in some chosen career. Why shouldn't those of us who choose to stay home and be homemakers also receive some training?
So, while I am still on a Path to Frugality, I am also on a path to becoming a better homemaker.