New Year’s Eve… it’s almost 2022!

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Happy New Year’s Eve day!

Tonight, Dave and I will be celebrating with pizza, champagne, and An Affair to Remember on the PVR. We’ll switch to Times Square in time to see the ball drop.

It is still mid-morning, and I am about to begin my New Year’s Eve tradition – cleaning completely. Everything! If you know me, you know what a clean freak am, but this is the day I like to live up to the expression “out with the old, in with the new.” My last act before settling in to our romantic evening in front of the fireplace will be to take out the kitchen trash bag, into which I will empty the contents of the Dyson, and to put a load of microfibre cloths into the laundry – the clothes I will use all day to polish and shine. 

Seriously, I like to keep our home clean enough that company would have been able to drop in unexpectedly – were it not for the pandemic. But today begin the end of 2021, I will do through my weekly routine all in one day: dusting, vacuuming, moping, and shining every surface.

Thinking back, this time last year I had not yet discovered the cleaning products of Norwex and I did not yet have my collection of microfibre cloths for every use. Nor did I have my Norwex mop, which has changed the way I do my floors. I now literally use just water to clean everything in our home, which is not only better for the environment, it’s also better for us, and closer to how the Proverbs 31 woman would have cleaned her home. 

Tonight’s pizza will be take-out, complete with garlic bread, so it will also be tomorrow’s dinner. Half veggie for me, half meat for Dave, and such a treat! We are ordering from Papa John’s, which has the best garlic bread on the planet! We don’t order pizza often, but it’s our New Year’s Eve tradition, and since it is infrequent, we look forward to it all the more. The firelight, of course, will be electric, but our fireplace has a heater so it feels as real as it looks!

Ice Cream Spoons?

I have finally completed the silver flatware set I started before I was married. It coincides with the grandkids coming this weekend. So what’s the connection?

This P31 grandmother plans to have them help make ice cream, using the attachment to my KitchenAid mixer, and afterwards, enjoy it with ice cream spoons.

What, you may ask, is an ice cream spoon? I suppose in days gone by everyone knew, but today’s modern world has lost some of the customs of yesteryear.

The spoon on the right is an ice cream spoon; one the left is a regular teaspoon. The rounded shape of the ice cream spoon is designed to allow it to be more easily scooped, and to fit the mouth better. And apparently a metal spoon is the best type to eat ice cream with.

So now you know! We’ll be crushing candy canes into French Vanilla to create a minty Christmas ice cream, yum!


Can a career woman be a proverbs 31 woman?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31:24

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.


Some Christian groups of traditional Proverbs 31 women contend that two-income couples are blurring the lines between male and female roles. They are missing the point. The economy has changed, and modern families have had to change right along with it.

Since the end of World War II, two income families have been the norm rather than the exception. Gone are the days when the father worked in a secure job, while the mother raised the family and ran the home.

A husband can easily lose his job due to restructuring, leaving the family in a dire financial position. Many couples like the security of having the second income to fall back on; they try to live on one income while they save from the other. Some families simply cannot survive on one income and need the second to help cover household expenses.


Even in a family where the husband makes a higher than average income, the wife might have a career she enjoys, and there is no reason why she should give it up. Naturally, her family is more important (although there may be situations when her job is more imperative) and it in no way is detrimental to her marriage or children.

These situations—as the religious groups suggest—do not imply a defect in the husband’s ability to support his family, nor do they send a negative message to him to that effect. Instead, they demonstrate the flexibility of Proverbs 31. Even if she has a career, a woman is still the heart of her home.

Share with your daughters!

Many preteen and teenaged girls suffer from low self esteem, especially when it comes to boys. I urge each of you to share this with your daughters!

“Girls are like apples…the best ones are at the top of the trees. The boys don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples that are on the ground that aren’t as good, but easy. So the apples at the top think there is something wrong with them, when, in reality, they are amazing. They just have to wait for the right boy to come along, the one who’s brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.”