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Hot for Housekeeping

Capability Mom's favorite housekeeping bookWell, not really, but the house is clean and, God willing, will stay that way for at least the afternoon.  I do like to know how to do things whether I actually use this knowledge is another story.  For instance, one of my favorite books on housekeeping is by Cheryl Mendelsohn, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House.  I prefer to read it than actually do the things you are supposed to do after reading it.   Actually, I refer to it so often that the binding is quite loose.  Chapter 27 – Sanitizing the Laundry is a personal favorite.  I know, I kind of need to get a life, right?  I do also think that Martha Stewart (do not scoff) knows what she is talking about and all of her house stuff is wonderful – she runs a tight ship and is thoroughly detailed oriented – something I aspire to  – but I think my character, for better or worse, is probably pretty set by now.  Oh, well, hope springs eternal.  Do not think that my house is anywhere near this together – it is not.  I do, however, have a designated bag of white rice (thank you, Verizon) for drying out your cell phone and battery when it has gotten wet inadvertently (I do actually know that water and electronics are not happy together).  We do not cook with this rice – ever ( aside from the ick factor, I know I will need it again)  – so fear not if you are dining at our house.  Check out My Store in the sidebar to connect to Amazon.   You, too, can read about the right way to run a house.  

How to Really Love a Child poem by SARK

A poem about How to Really Love a Child by SARK

via How to Really Love a Child poem by SARK.

From Pragmatic Mom’s blog today. I have always loved this. Thanks, Pragmatic Mom!

Young Adult Books

Just got a bag of books from fellow mommy blogger and am tearing through them. Why do I love YA fiction? the conflict? the readability? they are like harlequin romance novels – but with better writing and life lessons. You can easily read one a day and the writing is wonderful. Mitali Perkins, Sharon Creech, Kate DiCamillo. Love these.

Recently read: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, Heartbeat by Sharon Creech, getting near to baby, by Audrey Couloumbis and Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg and Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins.

I had loved The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a young reader – just discovered The View from Saturday. Amazing, wonderful book!

Will post about all later.

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