zaterdag 30 april 2016

Attention, Ladies: Bad Housekeeping May Land You In Prison!

In Italy:

An Italian woman faces six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home. 
Her husband made a formal complaint to the paramilitary Carabinieri police, saying that his wife was slovenly, failed to put meals on the table and left their home in a dreadful mess. 

Rather than dismissing the case as a domestic dispute, the police referred it to judicial authorities.
They decided to send the matter to trial, with the 42-year-old wife facing between two and six years in prison if found guilty of the charge of “mistreatment within the family”. 
The crime, article 572 in the Italian penal code, “punishes whoever mistreats a person in their family or a person entrusted to them for reasons of education, care or custody.”

Her husband, 47, accused her of “bad management of domestic affairs”...The husband complained that for the past two years he had been chronically neglected by his wife. She failed to clean their house, refused to cook for him and on occasion kicked him out of the bedroom. 

Read the whole article over here

vrijdag 29 april 2016

From The Home Front

Just some nice pictures.

My husband has been busy with a recycling project, he is going to make a door out of an old window:

I have finally finished knitting this skirt:

It's woolen, but then we've had spell of cold weather which just allows me to wear it a couple more times.

And I bought this cute new magazine:

It has sewing projects for in the home, including a children's birthday party, some Tilda stuff on the back cover:

And, among other things, ideas for in the kitchen:

I'm not sure whether I try my hand at any of these projects or not, but it's nice to read something so cheerful when the weather is more like November than April!

dinsdag 26 april 2016

Your Appearance And Your Mood

A 1950s book which I'm currently reading has a following description of a lady who is in a state of shock because she suspects her husband is going to murder her (this is a Dutch version of an English book, so I'll have to paraphrase):

She looked as a woman who had lost interest in everything. She paid no attention to her hairstyle and her skin. Her clothes had been originally of good quality but appeared unkempt. There were hairs on the collar of her jacket and the hem of her skirt was saggy. Her stockings were twisted and her shoes not polished for at least a week. 

According to the author, the appearance of that unlucky female (who was, by the way, in her early fifties) was a clear reflection of her inner turmoil. I wonder what she would have thought about our modern society where polishing shoes is something which probably happens in most households once a year, provided people wear shoes at all and not sneakers.

No wonder depression and anxiety are at all times high!

zondag 24 april 2016

Working With A Housekeeping Help

There can be different reasons a homemaker will desire to have help at home, for instance a growing family, weak health, a big house, husband working long hours etc. Before hiring someone determine how many hours you want them to work and how much you are prepared to pay. Be careful about people you allow into your house, especially when small children are involved or you are vulnerable in any other way.

When interviewing the prospective help, try to find more about her background and working experience and on your part, tell her what tasks she is supposed to do, how many hours exactly you expect her to work and what her wages will be. Your new cleaning lady is your employee so you should treat her as such. Be polite but firm, don't get too familiar, don't pry into her affairs and don't gossip about her - it's extremely bad manners.

The first working assignment is crucial as you can observe your help in action so to say, discover her weak and strong points and decide whether she is really suitable for your household. It's better not to leave her alone, at least in the beginning before you can fully trust her. Don't expect perfection and be flexible. If your help is better at scrubbing the floors than at ironing, let her do it and iron yourself.

You shouldn't ask her to perform dangerous or very unpleasant tasks such as cleaning a cat toilet or washing windows outside on the third floor. After two hours of work, your help is entitled to a cup of tea or coffee with a cookie. It's also good manners to give her a bonus with vacation and a present when she quits.

It makes things so much easier to have a cleaning plan or schedule and discuss it with her so that both of you will have a clear idea of what she is supposed to do on any certain day.

I hope the information above was helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 

donderdag 21 april 2016

Summer Dresses

Lydia Sherman had a post some time ago featuring several dresses that the Duchess of Cambridge had worn during her visit to India. They were quite long and had long sleeves, too. Now it can be due to the local customs, but the "Bohemian" style and long dresses for summer have been a trend for quite some time.

However, these dresses usually had short sleeves, and now the sleeves appear to be getting longer, too.

Compare this

to this.

Of course, it's a somewhat different style, not mentioning the price and quality, but the idea behind it is the same: a long summer dress with long sleeves and a high (as far as modern fashions go) neckline. Is that a beginning of a new trend?

BTW, I'm not an affiliate of Bonprix and am in no way connected to them, but I bought stuff from them in the past. They offer lots and lots of relatively cheap dresses of reasonable quality, so if you are interested in switching to more feminine styles, you may want to check them.