In 1977, I chanced upon a book called "Superwoman". I grabbed it to read as I was sure this was just the thing to ensure my rite of passage to becoming the "Domestic Goddess" I so believed I was underneath. (How wrong can a girl be?)
Anyway, the book was written by Lady Shirley Conran (ex wife to Terrance Conran of Habitat fame.)
I thought it was my sort of book, when on the first page was the phrase, "Life's Too Short To Stuff a Mushroom." I'm with you there, Shirl!
To be honest, I'm afraid my understanding of domesticity flew out the window as I read further into the book. "How to Serve Melon Balls". I didn't know Melons had any b..........., Oh! Hang on a minute, aaah I think I've got it now. (32 years later, okay so I'm not a quick learner!)
To be fair to myself, I was very naive and immature. (I was still writing problem letters to Cathie and Claire in "Jackie" magazine.)
Over the years as our family grew, with the assistance of several bottles of Cinzano, I decided to write my own Hints, Cheats and Tips for those of us who could be referred to as a "Reluctant Housewife."
Of course, as with many projects in my life , this never got much further than a few scribbled notes on the back of several fag packets. (Note to self....where DID I put the Blue Peter instructions so I can finish my "Sindy Bedroom?) But as I have recently been clearing the loft and have now found them - it seems a shame that I shouldn't share my ramblings...............
TIP ONE. Unless you are a bride, never buy any items of white clothing. (They won't be white for long.)
TIP TWO. Site your tumble dryer either at one end of a very long room, or at the end of a hallway. This will mean you can forego the ironing by lining up your family somewhere near the tumble dryer. Put each family member's clean dry clothing in turn in the dryer for a few minutes. Take out said clothing whilst they are still hot. (The clothing not the family member.) Each person in turn, pops on their outfit and run around briskly, fastening buttons and zips as they go.
WARNING - Be especially careful with any metal fasteners. (One time, my ex hubby didn't use sufficient care with the 6 metal buttons on his denim shirt. Later on, when the children were in bed, he removed his shirt, I fetched a pen and we played "Join the Dots".)
Don't forget to pop back for more helpful hints, including "A Fridge Too Far", "A Stitch in Time" "Porridge Fondue" to name but a few.
Do you have any such useful tips you would like to share?
Thank you to all those lovely Bloggeroos who have left comments or sent emails of encouragement about losing my "Blog Virginity". Can I say that on here?