I wish that I was one of those Moms that wore pearls while she created elaborate meals in her pristine house. She’s the kind of Mom that lovingly shakes her head and sighs when her children misbehave. She’s the kind of Mom that has her act together. I’m not that kind of Mom.
Eric told me one night during our last Disney trip, “You’re the best Mom.”
I said, “No, I’m not the best. Sometimes, I really do go above and beyond. But sometimes, I fail pretty miserably.” I guess I’m just hoping that somewhere along the line, it evens out.
In all fairness, there are things that I do well as a Mom and a wife. But, there are most definitely things I don’t do well or just don’t do at all. Since I like to mix in some of my shortcomings here, just to keep it real, along with my more successful moments, I thought this week’s List it Tuesday was a perfect opportunity to share some of the things that I just don’t do at all or things that I kind of try to do, but don’t do well.
10 Things I Just Don’t Do
I don’t sew. I was inspired by so many blogs that showed cute sewing projects. So inspired, in fact, that I bought a sewing machine and tried to take an online sewing class. I did one project. It was a pain. I did a few more very simple projects on my own. I did not enjoy it. Not even a little. The machine is now stuck away in a closet.
I am, however, happy that I learned a few simple hand sewing stitches. That way, I can fix things like rips in clothing and stuffed animals, put back on buttons, and the like.
I’m not particularly crafty. I’m not sure why some of my friends mention that I’m crafty. I’m not. Sure, I can do little projects. I have always been a bigger fan of the finished project than the actual process of doing it. I used to scrapbook and make homemade cards for many years, however. So, I guess there’s that. I have stopped scrapbooking, but I recently decided to try out Project Life as a way to get some trips and events documented.
I don’t sleep enough. I know I would probably be much more delightful and productive if I slept more. The time when everyone in the house is asleep is just so quiet though. Staying up until all hours of the morning isn’t very June Cleaver behavior though, is it?
I don’t use my time wisely. Oh sure, when I’m in a time crunch with a due date, I can be laser focused. But, I often spend way too much time on time wasters.
I don’t cook complicated recipes. It’s not that I’ve never made a complicated recipe. But, I do tend to steer clear of them. I wish that I loved to cook. I really want to work on growing my cooking repertoire beyond just simple and easy recipes. I need to stop using the excuse that I’m domestically challenged, though it’s true.
I don’t do all kinds of inspired, hands on homeschooling projects. My kids are getting older now, so they mostly do book work now. But even when they were younger, we didn’t do all kinds of crafty, cool hands on stuff. I thought that’s what I wanted, but it just never happened.
I don’t clean often enough. We try to keep the house presentable, but it’s rarely spotless. Okay, it’s never spotless. It does get really clean sometimes, but that is usually before people come over.
In a weird twist, I love to organize. I don’t want to do it often, but when I am in the mood to organize, I can do it for hours and hours at a time.
I don’t read fiction. I don’t read non-fiction all that much either. I don’t make time to read. When I do, though, it’s usually non-fiction. I thought I just preferred it, but I think it’s more likely because I can read it in small bursts. When I read fiction, I usually get engrossed in a book and don’t want to put it down. With a busy schedule, that’s hard.
The only fiction I tend to read are the books that I either read with the kids or the books that they read on their own for school that I also read, such as our most recent selections of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (affiliate links)
I don’t do canning. I love the idea of canning food, but I have never done it. I’ve thought about trying to learn how, but do you know why I haven’t? My Mom says I’m not allowed to. That cracks me up, so I had to put it on this list. Now, I will add that one of my sisters does a lot of canning. She wonders why our Mom doesn’t mind if she cans. That made it even funnier to me.
I don’t successfully garden. I garden, but it’s not pretty. It’s what I call domestically challenged gardening. I just kind of wing it. I plant the starters at my allowed planting date and I basically just hope for the best. It’s not the most successful way to garden. But, we do get some produce throughout the summer, so it works. Kind of, anyway.
So, what about you? Make me feel better for my shortcomings. What don’t you do?