Nope. I’m not really a housewife, but I am married (yup, we had a Corona-gerden-wedding) and I have a crush for old books and knowledge that seem long forgotten. So when I found this book I couldn’t help myself. First edition from 1930, but this 7th edition is from 1953.
My husband thinks I’m crazy, but he has learned a lot since me purchasing this. Going back to basics is not all bad, and considering the times we’re in right now, learning from the past is maybe not such a bad idea after all?
I know, I learned from my great grandma and the two tiny book/pamphlets she wrote when she was old and shared with all of us, her kids, grandkids and everyone of her family members – if we wanted one. I accepted, and I also It is only one sentence, but I believe that it is the reason why I’m so obsessed with trying to stay safe and not spread the covid-19 virus. Reading the few lines about my great grandma only just surviving the Spanish flu in 1918 so many times, had me on alert from an early beginning.
I want to take care of my family in many many years to come as well. So I will be writing about these times. Let them know what happened and about what basic skills you need to make it through rough times. I’m not an actual prepper in the doomsday version, but there will be other pandemics, and nature seems to strike back at us. So the immense prosperity and easy life we in the western world has gotten used to, is maybe not what we are looking in to for the next few generations.
So why am I writing about this? Because I know this blog was supposed to be a frugal blog, but now it is turning in to so much more, changing its perspective from just saving money in to a different kind of awareness, and maybe even ending up being more personal.
We made it through Christmas and new years eve…and no. We didn’t manage to stay frugal. Actually it went the other way. Having the small ones for the first time made us lose our focus, but it’s fine. My adult son was home too. Next year is without kids, and it’ll be an entirely other level. We spent the night with B’s sister and this was all the presents, primarily for the three small kids there, but I was showered with love in the form of presents as well.
Getting married in a few..five…months time, B decided that my golden and simple engagement ring should have a tiny diamond. We had originally agreed on just moving it from one hand to another, but he wanted to make sure it was something special after the wedding. I was happy to learn he made an effort to make sure it wasn’t blood-diamonds, but it did cost a bit extra. We will add it to the ring in may a few weeks before the wedding.
New years eve we spent alone. We needed it. And I got to test my crockpot for real by making brisket. It was amazing. So was the homemade “kransekage” because in Denmark you can’t have new years eve without this. Most people buy it, because it’s pretty sticky and they think it’s too much work, but that’s because they’ve never tried it. If you can live with the amateur look it’s better than the store bought one. The recipe should be with the picture.
January has, so far, brought knowledge that adding your credit card to Google play is a shitty idea. I didn’t…but B did. And we decided to check out how much money had used on his games…which created a relationship crisis. I won’t say how much he spent the last 18 months, but… me deciding to try to save money on my wedding dress and foods and so on because “we don’t have a lot of money”…. I felt betrayed, and he was not in his proudest moment to say the least. He didn’t realise the amount until then.
Buuut… You can only fix what you know what’s broken, so we took off the possibility to buy stuff online, and got him an old nokia. Which actually freed a lot of time together as well. Maybe some day he’ll be back on the android, but we’ve talked about waiting until after the wedding just to keep it safe.