I may be the last on the block to play this game.

Aprons – always, for practical reasons. I am making a cute retro one today, though.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake:  I do lots of baking — bread, cakes, pies, cookies, muffins. Too many to have a favorite.

Clothesline – Y/N? Forbidden by the neighborhood agreements, but I hang my sheets out on the porch, so whoever made that rule gets his comeuppance.

Donuts – Have you ever made them?  No. Beignets, though, which are about the same thing.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?  Yes, praise the Lord.

Garbage Disposal – Yes. 

Handbook –   Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping and How Clean is Your House?  What I really like, though, is the place in the old Betty Crocker cookbook where it says to lie down for a moment and rest on your kitchen floor when you are exhausted from housekeeping. I don’t think my floor is ever that clean, but then I also never get exhausted from housekeeping.

Ironing – I don’t iron. Though I am trying to get in the habit of doing it when I sew.

Junk Drawer – Y/N?  nope 

Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme? I’m turning it into a Provencal haven, but right now I think it’s sort of retro country cuteThis is because the main decorative element is my collection of pitchers and teapots, many of which are in the shapes of vegetables. Apart from that, my kitchen is pretty small and utilitarian.

Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking? This was Formerprincess’s answer, and it is my favorite so far: “I like it when Maria has left and the house is clean. ” For me, though, variety is the spice of life. I like most parts of homemaking some of the time, and don’t like the repetitive nature of it. So I guess I would have rotating favorites.

Mop – We recently took up the Swiffer.

Nylons – I don’t see the connection with housekeeping. I clean house in jeans.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the door to check?  The window is black.

Pizza – Vegetables. However, the other pizza eaters normally outvote me, so I actually usually have meat.

Quiet – It is almost never quiet at my house. It is sometimes incredibly loud. Again, I don’t see the connection with housework, but I guess you have limited choices with the letter Q.

Recipe card box – Y/N ? No, I use notebooks. I own a recipe box, and at one time I used it, but now I think it is a historical relic. I remember seeing my grandmother’s after she died. She had recipes for only about four things, but multiple recipes for all of them. It was as though she were seeking the philosopher’s chili and cherry pie.

Style of house – Ranch.

Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?  Always.

Under the kitchen sink –   Cleaning supplies.

Vacuum – A black monstrosity called “The Boss”. My husband bought it, and the menfolks do the vacuuming. My husband is a foreigner, and he thinks that the vacuum is like the lawn mower — a machine for men’s work. I try to keep him from seeing any women vacuuming or mowing lawns.

Wash –  Every day.

X’s – Do you keep a list of things to do that you cross off?  Yes.

Yard – Y/N? All household members work in the yard, each according to his or her ability.

Zzz’s – Last homemaking thing before bed: I know that I ought to do homemaking things before bed, but I don’t. That’s all there is to it.

I am planning a domestic day today. Groceries, intensive cleaning, sewing, knitting.  I woke up around 3:30 thinking that this would be the perfect day to wash my great-grandmother’s rug and put it into the dining room, which may just be proof that you shouldn’t pay any attention to things that wake you up like that.

#1 daughter is feeling depressed in a snow storm up there in the Frozen North, with her husband off in a submarine at the North Pole. #2 daughter has Arkenboy visiting her (he is taking Pipes and some books to her for me, bless his heart) and in her neck of the woods they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as though it were Mardi Gras, so she is probably having fun. #1 son is going camping. #2 son has gymnastics. That’s the plan.