Okay - we're in week 2 and we're getting into a routine but we're also getting lazy and we're very busy with our swim team and social schedules. Forget those daily items that Martha tells us to do. I'm thinking every other day is good for sweeping floors, etc, right? We're still picking jobs from a hat and we each earn $1 for every task we complete. I need to get paid too, right?
My kids are now competing with each other to see who can do more (and hence make more money) but I'm also seeing that they're equating starting a task with completing a task. I need to teach them how to tell if the job is done. Like if you still see crumbs all over the floor you're NOT done!
This week, I delved into Martha's chapter on dining rooms. It was a pretty dry chapter but I did find some useful tips like cutting the wick to 1/4" in length before lighting helps prevent soot (a large flame leads to more soot). Also, if you have uneven chair legs you can cut a cork to add some length to the short leg. Here's another interesting tip - assume 1 lb. of ice, three drinks and three napkins per guest for a two-hour party.
Here's a design tip that I have for making the lighting just right in a dining room. I find that only having a chandelier makes for harsh lighting and creates unwanted shadows (in the room and on our faces!) so I always like to have a table lamp(s) on dimmers in a dining room. Table lamps help offset shadows from overhead lighting.
Next week we delve into the living room! Stay tuned!
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