Saturday, April 14, 2007

Survey


Okay stole this one from both my SIL's.

Homemaking. . . .


Aprons – Y/N?
Usually only when I bake or make something with a sauce. Now Steiner would say I wear it to "sheild my inner forces." No I'm really just trying to sheild my clothing.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake:
Bread, blueberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies, cakes.

Clothesline – Y/N?
Damn Straight.

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Yes. Once when I was twelve. We won't relive that little mishap.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day:
Only one? haha. Okay make dinner.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
I wish. But I do steal freezer space from the basement family.

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
I used to own chickens which would be a yes. Now we just compost the kitchen waste.

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
Nourishing Traditions and Pattern Language

Ironing – Love it or hate it?
hate it. But thanks to my laundry line I don't have to do it anymore. Everything dries without wrinkles with the exception of a few linen things.

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
I have tried to not own one of these but they just evolve. There is no use fighting it. But I draw the line at getting a kitchen junk drawer organizer. The whole point of the junk drawer is ruffling through all the crud.

Kitchen: Design & Decorating?
Um sort of Italian counrty meets california meets old-time american farm kitchen. I just try and have everything I have in there be either functional or beautiful and ideally both.

Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
baking bread--the laundry line, both require a repetetive action that lets my mind wander. . .

Mop – Y/N?
In Italy when we had tile floors I did.. But with cruddy linoleum there is no substitute for a good hands and knees scrubbing.

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
I don't own nylons. Its cotton tights in the winter and au natural in the summer. I swear I destroy nylons just by looking at them. One time we made nylon in chemistry class. I've felt a little leary of it ever since.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
both. this is a silly question.

Pizza – What do you put on yours?
I put garlic sometimes. Also olives, caramilized onions, and scallions. peppers. feta and pesto when I have them on hand.

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
I waste my time with stupid surverys. . . seriously though, in the summer I sit out in my yard under a nice tree and drink iced tea. In the winter its usually hot tea or chai on the couch with a book.

Recipe card box – Y/N?
Sort of. I have a big cigar box full of recipes mostly from my dad and the internet that I call "The fat duck cook book." It is totally disorganized.

Style of house –
I think it is called a "rambler" I like to call it "box."

Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
cloth napkins. yes tablecloths on an off

Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
organized sort of --the only toxic thing I use is bleach and I use it so rarely that I keep it down in the basement. I clean almost everything upstairs with baking soda/ vinegar/ and borax--oh and dish soap.

Vacuum – How many times per week?
about once. in the summer more often because we track in more dirt going barefoot all the time .

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
Gosh. a ton. probably a load a day. more when I'm using diapers.

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
No but this is one of the excellent habits of my husbands that i need to aquire. We do sort of try and organize our day over our cofee in the morning.

Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
I weed, rake, compost, and mulch. I mow about fifty percent of the time and plant the garden. Ben chops up wood, hauls big heavy tree stumps around, does the other fifty percent of the mowing and helps with the fences and burns stuff. He also had a very sucsessful melon patch one year. Angelica pulls over rocks to find bugs and makes mud pies. Zita walks on burning logs and takes rides in the wheelbarrow.

Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
I do the dishes and soak the oats for breakfast. --one time I set the breakfast table the night before. That was a really cool day.

8 comments:

ben hatke said...

My "really successful" melon patch netted us a startling ONE cantaloupe. It was fantastic and easily the best one I've eaten, but if we're judging by volume then my melon patch can't be thought of as "successful."

Also, I was hoping for success with the "money melons" that that this crazy guy outside of martins sold me seeds for. He said that the seeds would produce "money melons" which were "wealth enhancing produce."

I think he was just trying to look lke a "big man."

Benjamin P Hatke said...

Homemaking. . . .


Aprons – Y/N?
Hell yes. And don't judge. Blacksmith's and bakers alike wear them. So do stonecarvers.

Clothesline – Y/N?
Hurts like the dickens. I know. I'm no stranger to the squared circle.

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Yes.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
No, but I wish I had enough meat to warrant one.

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
No, thank you. Motorized swirling blades seem to be an over-used solution these days. I could do with less.

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
Pattern Language

Ironing – Love it or hate it?
I haven't had an ironed short in... at least a year.

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
My whole studio is our current junk drawer.

Kitchen: Design & Decorating?
Yowza!

Mop – Y/N?
I like to "mop up" if that's what you're asking...

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
You... you mean the uniform I wear for the nightly patrol? It can be machine washed, but you have to take out the kevlar inserts first.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Open the oven. ...every time.

Pizza – Where do you put yours?
In my MOUTH!!!!!

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read. Draw. Think. Repeat.

Recipe card box – Y/N?
No.

Style of house –
shanty.


Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
One of my life's goals is to get my family excited about the proper use of napkins. Wouldn't my mom be proud?

Under the kitchen sink –
i hate that place. I have fought more hopeless, demeaning battles in the dark world under our sink than I care to count

Vacuum – How many times per week?
I hate our vacuum. I live for the day when I can rid my life of that pestilent Dalek.

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
I have clean clothes.

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Oh yes. I live by the yellow legal pad.

Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
"Yard." I'm kind of down on the concept of the "yard" as a little manicured square of green. Yards are for lumber and shipping. The area around a real home should be useful and fun.

Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Praying.

Sarah said...

Anna -- I love your answers. You always make me jealous with your accomplishments!!

Ben -- you're crazy. Maybe I can get Andrew to answer these questions. He wears an apron far more often than I do.

Anonymous said...

Girls (my girls, anyway, Sarah, Annie and Anna) I will post this on all of your blogs...you cannot escape me.
I was just downstairs (sewing an apron for Annie, as a matter of fact) and got to thinking. I cannot recommend strongly enough the wearing of an apron! It is sort of the badge of our vocation.....almost like a nun's habit! When we have our apron on we are actually living out our vocation of selfless motherhood.....feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, instructing the ignorant, all that stuff. Girls, I know you remember me wearing an apron, but do you also remember that Mrs. Schafer always had her apron hanging by the door? We really didn't give it a lot of thought, but now, when I really think about it, I realize that it is really a very good witness to the way in which we view our vocations, which in some ways are the most demanding and selfless vocations of all.
Okay, that is the end of this sermon. Back to my sewing machine.....but keep in mind that St. Paul told us that the older women were to instruct the younger....and forgive me for preaching.
Love, MAMA

WondrousPilgrim said...

Aprons – Y/N?
Hell yes. especially when I do the dishes. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I always get water all over myself, and if you have an apron, you don't end up ruining your clothes!

Clothesline – Y/N?
Not now--I live in an apartment. And it's too small to have one of the wooden ones. We'd literally have to put it on the bed...

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
Yes. but we cheated, by deep frying Pillsbury Biscuit dough. I always wanted a christmas tradition to be making donuts.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
No, but my landlord is getting one for the cow he bought form the crazy amish dude.

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
nope. we don't compost either, because we don't have land of our own...but both my roommate and I would like to...

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
honestly, just my memory. Though Martha Stewart Living is a bit hoity toity sometimes, I do love her good things, and her tips. But if I really have trouble with something I look it up in home Comforts. Otherwise, just common sense.

Ironing – Love it or hate it?
HATE IT! I purpousely buy only blouses that are bohemian and un-ironable so that I don't have to iron my shirts before work. I do like ironing linens, though, if I have the space.

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
we have one, but it's almost empty. I've never lived without clutter and junk before, but we have such a small place that everything must have it's space, so there's not much for a catchall.

Kitchen: Design & Decorating?
it's white with panelling, so I have lots of bright vintage posters on the walls, and a vintage tablecloth for the skirt under the sink. my dishes are bright blue and red.

Mop – Y/N?
i like getting on my hands and knees--I actually feel like I am doing something.

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
washing machine. but they don't usually last more than one wear, so it doesn't really matter. Would that I had a job where I didn't have to wear them all winter!!!

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
open. we don't have an oven window. this is an odd question...

Pizza – Where do you put yours?
my favorite is garlic, fresh tomato, ham and mozzerella. But I love goat cheese, and I love albino pizzas too. as long as it's fresh, I'll eat anything!

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
read. sleep. sing.

Recipe card box – Y/N?
yes, but I have three recipie journals that I use more. recipie cards have gone out of vogue...

Style of house –
it's an old carriage house, with the most horrible stucco outside. But the inside is sort of beahy: white panelling, bright acent colors, and lots of seashells.

Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
when we have guest we use napkins. Not such a fan of tablecloths, though my mom has a wonderful collection. part of it is because we don't have a washing machine, so I'm lazy!

Under the kitchen sink –
pretty organized. except for the stinky bucket that collects leaking water...

Vacuum – How many times per week?
don't have one. need one for the (maybe) ten square feet of exposed carpet in our apartment. but we don't have a place to put it. Instead, I use lint rollers--they are magnificent for small carpeted spaces...

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
agian, no washing machine, so I wash all my clothes every two weeks, when i am not travelling. the trick is buying enough underwhere to last a month.

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
only for work. sometimes for errands on the weekends.

Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
don't have one. but I have a black thumb, so...

Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
turning off the lights, and down the heater.

WondrousPilgrim said...

ps. anna, ben: i love you guys! you really crack me up!

Annie said...

You made nylons in Chemistry class?!? Wow!! If we'd have done something that cool in highschool, maybe I would have passed Chemistry!

Patrick said...

Anna, your survey answers were highly entertaining ... almost as much as Ben's!

We really enjoyed our visit, BTW. God bless you all.