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Monday, October 24th, 2011

There’s something about Mondays….

You either love ’em or hate ’em.

I fell into the hate camp when I was still working in an accounting. Quite why it took me 10 years to realize that this was a clue that I might just have been in the wrong job is still a bit of a mystery to me. My husband knew that he had to take cover on Sunday evenings when the inevitable black gloom descended and there was barely a Monday when I didn’t wake up with that ‘oh nooooo’ feeling.

Today things are very different. I love Mondays. Things are usually in chaos after the weekend and Monday is my get things done day. I have no idea why, but I always get twice as much done on a Monday than on any other day, I always have. Somehow it’s always a fresh day, a clean slate, rolling up my sleeves and cracking on. It’s laundry day (am I an old-fashioned girl, or what?), cleaning and tidying the house day and even on days when I’m mainly doing (paid) work, somehow in the half hour housework breaks I give myself every couple of hours I seem to make huge amounts of progress.

On Mondays I always end up with a contented, job well done happy housewife feeling. I know a lot of feminists out there would probably cut my head off for saying this, but there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from a clean and tidy house and the feeling that things are under control.

Monday is also Meatless Monday – which doesn’t go down very well with a certain young carnivore of my acquaintance. Tonight we’re having chestnut and sage soup with home-made croutons and cheesy polenta with tomato sauce. The young man in question may have a nervous breakdown, but I’m consoling myself with the fact that it’s good for him, good for the environment and maybe, just maybe, all the exciting things I serve up on Mondays are broadening his palate. Although maybe not…this is the boy who, faced with the most unimaginably delicious buffets ever in the Maldives, ate pasta with meat sauce twice a day for 10 days!

Tomorrow I hope to make it to the sewing machine and have something to show you!

Until then, wishing you all a happy Monday!


4 Responses to “Monday”

  1. Linds Says:

    You are not alone – I love having that contented happy housewife feeling too. And I am old enough to know that trying to have it all as the feminists suggest does not work. Not for me, at any rate! I love being in my home, making it beautiful, welcoming and cosy. Not to mention clean! And then going and creating something which usually involves mess, but that is a good kind, of course.

  2. Julie Says:

    I like Mondays too, Helen, for many of the same reasons. If I’m able to stay at home, I often get a lot done on Mondays and that always feels good. Your dinner sounds delicious…..

  3. Annabella Says:

    Oh your supper sounds delish! I would happily have non-meat days most days but I`m married to a carnivore. I`m ashamed to say that I missed you going to the Maldives and so I can only think it was when my mum was here. I hope you had an amazing time Helen!

  4. Stephanie Says:

    I’m ambivalent about Mondays. I hate the early start to get Caiti’s bus at 6.35am 11 km away. I’m shattered by mid afternoon. But it’s catch-up day here too, and is more of a weekend than the weekend, since during the holiday season Saturdays are crazy busy with gite and lake changeover, and Sundays get taken up with a pleasurable bike ride somewhere or other but then there’s washing and all the farm chores, plus other jobs. Mondays once the kids are back at school gives you time to think again and plan, or try to, for the week!