The (almost) complete works of Daryl Hoole
Several years ago, I picked up a copy of The Joys of Homemaking by Daryl Hoole at a used bookstore. I enjoy reading books about homemaking, and this one was no exception. Later, I obtained The Ultimate Career through interlibrary loan and enjoyed it too.
A few weeks ago, I decided that I need to own more of Daryl Hoole's books. It was a simple matter to look them up on Amazon (with a little help from Goodreads), and it took only a few minutes to order all of her books that I was interested in.
I will be making my way through them slowly, a chapter at a time, a little nibble here and there. It's too overwhelming to read in gulps if I actually want to change the way I do things. I'll be reading them carefully, so that I can take their ideas and suggestions constructively and not let myself feel inadequate and insufficient.
Did you know that this amazing lady has a website? It has articles, recipes, and more, and I enjoy checking in there when I need homemaking inspiration. I have printed out this article and I'm reading a section or so per day alongside my scripture study.
I'm currently working my way through The Art of Homemaking. One thing that strikes me particularly is how times have changed. "Back then" (as Red Chief would say), women were expected to keep the home clean and tidy. Nowadays, it seems that it's more common for women to brag about how little they do in the home, and untidy homes have become socially acceptable. I'm not sure how I feel about this: I appreciate that I'm not judged (I hope!) for my often untidy home, but I do feel that it's sad that it has become socially acceptable to live in a mess. I also wonder whether, if I were a homemaker sixty years ago and I felt incredible social pressure to have things just so, I might rebel.
Hmm, that was a bit of a tangent. In any case, my plan for the books is to glean good habits and ideas and mindsets that will help me become a better homemaker.
I sometimes wish I could hear more from the women of my church about homemaking, but it seems to be a touchy subject the last few decades. I'm grateful that Daryl Hoole has written so extensively on the subject.
Do you read about homemaking? Can you recommend any books, articles, or authors?