Another coffee chat so soon? Yes. Sit down and let me pour you a cup of coffee, I have some gossip for you!
As you may know, beginning in a few days I will be participating in a “cook-through” challenge where I pick a cookbook and every month pick recipes from the designated category to cook.
I began looking through the book of my choice, The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, and came up with an idea. Why not try to see if I can live ca. 1950’s housewife as well. Not the glam vintage version that is found around the internet but a real one like mom, grandma and aunts. Although I consider them quite “glam” too. It would be more like adapting their way of everyday life into my modern-day life. Okay, honestly, a little Marilyn could be fun at times too! 😉
I have always been drawn to that era, it is nothing new. In fact, I have many vintage pieces around my home and in my closet and jewelry box. It’s not the “glam” I am drawn to really it’s the ideal, the values of the time. The simplicity. Living a bit more intentionally. Not hearing phones beeping and such. The constantly being connected. I just feel as if there is something missing lately. Okay, I know you are saying how can you blog if you don’t use the internet? Like I mentioned above, I am going to be adapting my version of this era into my daily life.
The other day as I was going through this idea in my mind, my first thought was, vlog it on YouTube or create another blog to document this journey but then I realized I would be defeating the purpose of this experiment and be spending more time online where I truly wish to limit my time spent getting lost in the world-wide web, which admittedly, I do. I m not against the Internet, I believe it has its good points for research, connecting with family and friends, and all of you wonderful people. You see, I experienced childhood without the internet. But…how do I explain?
For me it’s about materialism too, which truth be told, I honestly struggle with. Not that having things is a bad thing. It is important to have a good quality (not quantity) of living. I want to enjoy the everyday details of life, not hurrying up to get them done like I do sometimes so that I can hop online or watch tv series’ before heading out. You know, last week, I was hurrying up to wash the dishes which is my most dreaded task anyways and this crazy thought came to me, “Thank goodness I have dishes to wash because that means we have food on our table.” It led me thinking about so many other things which I take for granted, that I just can’t write about it this post, because I would be typing for hours!
So this is what I thought I would do. Since I am so passionate about this “experiment” of mine. I will just have a coffee chat with you about every 10 days or so to share little updates on how I am doing or what I am working on.
My biggest resource is not found online at all. I am so thankful Mom is around to answer my questions about this era, in fact we talked about that time in detail, the last time I got to visit with her. After all, she was the original “1950’s” housewife, married in 1950 even. You know, maybe a more appropriate term would be “traditional” housewife?
I have also read books from that time on home economics, read Sheila Hardy’s book, watched the Coronet Instructional Films and enjoy reading Grandma Donna’s blog. Her and her husband are spending the year living exactly as it was in 1942. I find it inspiring and so interesting. I’m not going that far as to have every aspect of our lives as it was in 1950, but to give you an idea, here are some things I or we already do that is so similar to that era.
- Walk or ride my bike to the grocery store about every other day. It’s true, we do not own a car
- I do set a table every night for dinner and serve a regular meal, mostly cooked from scratch. I love eating at the table together, always have. Even if he has to work late.
- Hang most laundry and iron.
- We actually live in an apartment building built 49 years ago, third floor, no elevator or central air conditioning even. Our heating is through old cast iron radiators even.
- My husband and I do have “traditional” roles as husband and wife, like in that time. I love it this way!
- No i-phone. I do have a cell phone, but no wi-fi connection unless I am at home and it is turned off between the hours of 9- 10 pm and 9 am.
You know, I can’t think of anything else, at this moment, I guess that is a good start.
Real quick as I think we just finished our coffee, here is a list of things I will be implementing, some may sound crazy to you , but I feel this is so necessary for me to try out, that’s why I am giving myself a 3 month limit. I know I could live this way for a week or two, but can I implement these changes into my life on a permanent level? Do I want to even? Okay, the list…
- makeup – a real classic housewife did not wear a lot, not if they were poor to middle class. I really wear too much, honestly, I can’t wear blush without bronzer and highlighter! I think this will be the hardest area for me to simplify it to what was used in the 50’s. I am going to tackle this aspect over the weekend and put the rest away in a closet for 3 months.
- Hair products and styling tools… need I say more?
- Household products. I own every brand of everything to clean items I don’t even own. I will be whittling it down to basics & put the rest away for now. Can I clean as well withouth them?
- Clothing – picking out the pieces that I love and need, and will fit into my small closet. No extras.
- My kitchen, I’m not sure what I can do, its pretty simple already. No garbage disposal or dishwasher or blender even. A small refrigerator and an almost non-existent freezer. I will have to see what I can do there. I think a fifties housewife had more than I do!
- Internet usage and TV. Remember only watching an hour a week as a kid? I will give myself, one hour a day to work on my blog and to keep up with my favorite bloggers out there, although not the weekends. We do watch baseball quite often though, which we won’t be changing. After all, baseball is an extremely vintage sport! I am looking forward to rediscovering some of my hobbys though and crocheting more.
Of course, I will keep you posted on my progress or failures, if you would like. To sum up… I’m not really changing everything in my life to emulate the 1950’s. I have just decided I am so tired of how loud and over connected this world is at the moment. It’s not that I am disconnecting, just trying to go back to living the way my parents raised me. Implementing some details I loved from grandmas house. I am not going back to “living in the past”, just rethinking and changing the way I do live now without the modern-day consumerist influences.
Would I like to look like this every evening?
or like Mrs. Cleaver?
oh…. one more, please? It’s a fun one! Lucy?
You bet, I really love the elegance, classic and clean look of that era!
I promise to keep the future coffee chats a bit (a lot) shorter than this by only focusing on one aspect of my project per chat! That is if I can last through 3 months even.
One final thought which might paint another picture as to why I have decided to try this. I remember something my dad said to me once. “I was an advertisers dream.” I should have listened to him then, but of course I kept on thinking, “but I need that”! lol
Need… now that is an interesting concept!
Enjoy a wonderful weekend! See you next week!