Aug. 16, I960 Algona (la,) Upper D«« Molne>-3 "TO ENJOY A RELAXED SUMMEft is easier than you think"; says an article in Family Circle, written by Sally Pepper Adams, equipment editor, She recommends that when the weather is much, too beautiful to stay indoors, "drop your chores and take a holiday from housekeeping". *> *•'. , * " * WELL, THIS IS MY MOST RELAXED SUMMER for years. I am working exactly 21 hours a week less outside'the home than I did last year, and though I'm still doing the same amount, of wdrk on my other part time jobs, I haVen't accomplished any more on them than I did in the summer of 1959. I haven't canned a single thing yet, and last year, with 'the help' of niy family, I made 70 quarts of dill pickles, 80 of tomato juice, .plus other things, this /should add up to lots .more housework accomplished now, but for the life of me, I can't see that th'ings around here are any better than they were, last year. That's why 1 • Was interested in Miss Adams article,, "Short Cuts to Easier Summer .Housekeeping". ,•••*-.*• * • ( . ACCORDING TO MISS ADAMS, you have t6 start early if you want to relax in the summer/First you put your kitchen in good working order, throw out cans and bottles, organize the cabinets, give your refrigerator and freezer • a thorough, cleaning (and keep them that way),- prepare a whole bunch of. food ahead,'wash the curtains, but put away the draperies for the summer, wash'the blankets and store them, clear the'clothes from .the closets and have them cleaned and put away any silver that you ordinarily polish :on^e a week. By the time you do all that, you certainly should be ready to relax. • * * • * , I GOT THE FREEZING COMPARTMENT all cleaned over the Memorial Day holiday, but it's all filled up again with frozen bullr heads, green beans, nightcrawlers, catfish, and very smelly catfish bait. I washed the blankets and put them .away, not once but at least three times. Everytime somebody went' on vacation or camped out we got them out and they had to be washed again because of the likelihood of woodticks. • . ***''• MISS ADAMS IS RIGHT, THOUGH, a person should get things all spic. and span before the hot weather. I tried, honest I did, but all I got done was to wash' three walls of the living room, leaving the window wall because the curtains are so old I didn't think they'd bear another laundering. Besides, I hoped to manage new ones. Today, I gave up, and disgusted with grey dusty shreds, and inspired by Miss Adams' Article, washed the old ones. I'haven't ironed them yet, but I think I'll be able to conceal part of the holes if I drape them right. What's bothering me now is, am I doing my-spring cleaning late or my fall cleaning early? * '* * . • THE TROUBLE WITH ME HAS BEEN that I don't have a schedule. Miss Adams recommends the following: Prepare, serve, and eat breakfast. Do breakfast dishes, clean up kitchen and dining area. Straighten bedrooms, make beds — the children can do some of this. Special Job — more about this later. Prepare lunch — something easy, such as sandwiches. Eat lunch on porch or yard from paper plates, cups and napkins. Finish special job if it wasn't completed. Relax and enjoy the afternoon. Prepare dinner, serve, eat, clean up. Relax until bedtime.. i * . * . * THERE ARE SIX SPECIAL JOBS Miss Adams schedules, one for each day. One is called, Cleaning The'-Bedroom. She says, "A thorough job done once a week should be enough. Change beds, * dust, vacuum walls and window sills — a wonderful way to get rid of those spider webs that appear in the summer — then vacuum floors. Straighten and .c,lean, clp§ets, ...straighten, drawers. 'Polish mirrors and wipe the inside'of windows. Clean off finger marks from walls and woodwork." I do all- this, too. But instead of calling it a weekly special job, I'm more apt to refer to it as "housecleaning". * * » IT IS ENOUGH TO GIVE ME AN INFERIORITY complex but this is the way my "schedule" went today. Prepare coffee and set out the can of tomato juice. Drink coffee while calling for the weather, the hospital news and phoning* the put of town papers. .Tell the kids that, of course there is something for' breakfast. Get some.cereal out of the cupboard! * * * START VACUUMING THE LIVING room and talk on the telephone to four people who phoned. Start special project, the aforementioned curtains. Shake dust out of them, put them in washer and pray they don't dissolve. Trace Father on the job for a business call, vacuum some more. Talk on the telephone. Attempt to change sheets but find because of short supply, washing and drying is necessary before the job can be completed. Get Mary Ann off the telephone after she has talked 15 minutes to her bosom friend two doors away. (After all, somebody might be trying to call me!) * * * PREPARE A SANDWICH LUNCH — bacon, tomato and lettuce which takes me 30 minutes because one side of our toaster won't, work and the kids have to have toast. No paper plates, we are formal. (Have you priced paper products lately?) Relax with a game of solitaire, nag Jeanie, whose turn it is to do dishes, hang wash, and lose three games of solitaire because I can't find an efficient way to cheat. Admire new puppy the kids bring home and hear pleas to keep her! Decide mothers seldom win, anyway, and lie down for a half hour nap. , * * * WORK AGAIN ON SPECIAL PROJECT, for, indeed, it hasn't been completed. Write daily news stint, bathe, walk downtown on errands and the post office. Talk to five people I meet. Accompany Father to garden and nag the cucumbers into developing and the tomatoes into ripening. Nag Bill to scale fish, bake it for supper. Get in clothes and finish changing beds. Nag Father about coming home for supper; eat anyway. » * * MEET BILL'S FRIEND FOR the first time, but mission accomplished only because he wants to show off the pup, not introduce his mother. Write column, stack dishes, write again, and when I get through, I'm going to relax for the evening in my bed. NOW, I DON'T LIKE TO seem nasty, but I'm inclined to wonder how many years Miss Adams has kept house — at home that is, not in an air-conditioned office. I suspect that, as a magazine equipment editor, her equipment might be in just a little better shape than the 20-year' old stuff around here. LATELY, I'VE BEEN A LITTLE SKEPTICAL about advice from the experts ever since I read one article in my book that is supposed ' to bo the Bible for would-be free lance writers. The chapter on breaking into print in the weekly newspapers gives as a good idea for a feature article, taking the newest issue of a mail-order catalogue and writing about thaW Can you imagine how this would go over with the advertisers? The only comparable subject I can think of is a^ squib for the Algona Chamber of Commerce newsletter on how to spend a day shopping at Mason City, Fort Dodge or Des Momes! I KNOW THAT MY EFFFICIENCY as a housekeeper could be improved but then I'd have to stop talking and start -working. Who wants to do that? « * « THIS WEEK'S RECIPE IS ONE MY mother-in-law served the Eight Specs card club when they met at her house this week. It can be used as either a.salad or a dessert. 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained v 1 cup Mandarin oranges, drained 1 cup tiny marshmallows f 1 cup coconut Ms container commercial sour cream Combine the sour cream with the juice drained from the fruit, add other ingredients and chill. ^ GRACE. 64 FEET A wooden croquet ball was sent flying a distance of 64 feet — right thru the window of the house, knocking down the heavy dram* - at the ivan Herron laim near Lime Springs recently. The ball was thrown by the blade of a power mower. Had not the ball been stopped by the drapes, it would probably have gone across the room #nd out thru the window on, the opposite side of the room. \-<7, t-\\ EVERYTHING FOR BACKto SCHOOL' SHOP AND SAVE ON BACK-TO-SCH Ill L NEEDS IN ALGONA! School bells will soon be ringing and youngsters of all ages are going to need lots of clothes, school supplies & the dozen-and-one other things that are new-term requirements I Our local merchants have been working hard for months, to round-up back-to-school essentials to help our offspring Ibok better, feel better and learn better! • :''•', i * • It's not one bit too early to shop our big selections of top qulatiy, famous brand merchandise ! Bring the children and shop with ease and convenience. There's plenty of parking within easy walking distance of any store where you wish to shop. And, you know that the prices here are as low, or lower than any other shoppinq area. Save time and money ! Shop with confidence here where merchants are your neighbors and friends. Shop at home for back to school ! SHOP AT HOME & SAVE TIME AND MONEY! MONEY SPENT IN ALGONA STAYS IN ALGONA! 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