Tablecloths for Everyday

Tomorrow is the second Monday of October, and here in Canada that means Thanksgiving. We will be driving up to spend the afternoon and early evening with my daughter and her family, but today — Sunday — our condo is filled with the aroma of turkey, stuffing, and apple pie.

Dave and I always cook a full turkey dinner on Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. It gives us a festive meal, turkey pot pies, a couple of casseroles, soup, and sandwiches for Dave to take for lunches. It also gives us a chance to package up complete turkey dinners (including dessert) to share with neighbours who are alone and unable to risk being exposed to Covid.

But I digress…

Even though it will be just the two of us for dinner, I decided to use place our harvest centrepiece on our best white tablecloth. And then I thought, why not use it every day? Our condo doesn’t have an eat-in kitchen, so we eat at the dining table with placemats and napkins. It is no extra work to wash a tablecloth than it is placemats, but what a special feeling it brings to every day meals, even breakfast!

Right now I am feeling like my grandmother, and proud of it! Are tablecloths old fashioned? Perhaps, but so am I!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fifteen Home Projects to do While in Quarantine

The best thing about being in quarantine is that we are all safe in our own homes! And what better opportunity to work on our homes, now that we suddenly “have the time?”

Many of you will be tackling the jobs that have been waiting for awhile, such as painting or even installing new toilets. But the rest of you will want something a little less time or energy consuming, so here is a list of home projects that can be done all in one day:

  • Deep cleaning — more important right now than ever! Start with the kitchen one day, the bathrooms the next, and keep going on a different room each day, until the whole house is disinfected and sparkling
  • Do something about your stereo or computer wires
  • Wash the windows, inside and out
  • Tackle one closet each day. Remove everything, purge what you don’t need, and replace the rest
  • Do the same with your kitchen cupboards
  • Completely organize your basement (this might take more than one day.)
  • Ditto for your garage
  • Go through the family’s clothes and handle anything that needs to be mended buttons replaced, etc
  • Organize your filing cabinet and shred any documents you no longer need
  • Get creative with using up perishables in your fridge
  • Try a new recipe each day
  • Clean your oven
  • Rearrange the furniture — it’s like getting a new home for free
  • Do some gardening
  • Organize your pantry — no doubt your shopping habits have changed a little lately

Folding fitted sheets

I’ve heard it said that folding fitted sheets is one of the biggest problems you’ll face in life. I sincerely doubt that, but it’s definitely one of the biggest problems you’ll have when organizing your linen closet.

For many, folding fitted sheets is the least enjoyable part of doing the laundry. Follow the steps in the photo to get yours folded perfectly and to keep your linen closet looking tidy!

Refrigerator Crisper Drawers

Most of the newer refrigerator crispers have humidity settings on the drawers that open or close a window in the drawer. For the low humidity setting the window is completely open; for the high humidity setting it is completely closed. Many people ignore them, or set them to the midway mark, but with proper settings you can prolong the life of your produce. It all has to do with how fruits and vegetables emit ethylene gas, and obviously separating the high-emitters from the low emitters:

Low Humidity Drawer (high ethylene gas emitters)


Medium Humidity Drawer (medium ethylene gas emitters)

Sweet Potatoes

High Humidity Drawer (non-ethylene gas emitters)

Leafy Greens
Brussel Sprouts
Green Onions

Household Help

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard…”But the Proverbs 31 woman had servants. I could be a success in the home if I had the kind of help she had!”

You do, and then some!

The Proverbs 31 wife and the girls she had working for her –depending on the translation, they are referred to as maidens, maidservants, and servant girls –carried on a multitude of tasks each and every day. The laundry had to be taken to the river and washed. The fire had to be laid, and the water fetched from the well or cistern. Clothing needed to be made, which meant that the threads for the loom had to be created at the spindle – after the wool or flax was located.

When was the last time you had to do any of these tasks? Homemakers today have appliances that do much of the work for us, so even those of us who work alone have as much household help as the Proverbs 31 woman.

Notice that the Proverbs 31 woman cared for her servants. Proverbs 31:15 says that she prepares food for her family and gives the servants a portion of it.  The woman of today is like her when she makes sure that all her appliances are in working order, has them repaired promptly so they don’t get worse, and makes minor household repairs.