My name is Matilda Frueh. For nearly 25 years I have been cooking, cleaning, canning, parenting, teaching, scrubbing skid marks out of underwear and above all else, learning. As a housewife I discovered there will never come a time when I will be able to say, “I know everything there is to know about being a housewife!” Everyday there are new things to learn, new things to try, and most definitely new things to fail at. Failing has become so second nature around here, that I barely need to even try to do it anymore. What I have learned though, is that failing is the surest way to success.
Taking care of my family each and every day is my passion, along with canning, writing, staying fit, and maintaining my goal of eating out less than five days a year. Being a housewife can be a thankless job. How often have you heard that being a housewife is a dismal, unappreciated, underpaid job? How often have you thought it yourself? I have learned, after many years of struggling to come to terms with feeling that I was missing something, that there had to be something more, that somehow I should be happier, it’s all perspective. I came to the realization that everything I ever wanted was right there in front of me and it was up to me to make my own happiness, not wait for it to come to me.
I’m not going to tell you I’m glad when the dog throws up or my husband wipes his greasy hands on a good guest towel or the kids mindlessly track mud all over a freshly scrubbed floor — I am human. Plus, a freshly scrubbed floor in my house is more of an anomaly than something you’d see happen even once a week. But I have learned no matter how bad things might seem or how insane they get, there is always a reason to be grateful.
Finding even a small thing to be grateful for can be enough to make the difference between getting through or giving up. The point of this blog is to share some of the things I’ve learned, experienced, enjoy, or put up with and choose to be grateful for simply because. Every day there are things often taken for granted or nearly missed because we lose sight of what really matters due to the thankless nature of our job. Sharing my experiences will hopefully brighten your day as well as hopefully remind us all that it’s all in how you look at something as to whether or not today was a good day or a disaster.