Some days I feel like an USDA food label.
I feel like I’m advertising “all natural” without the evidence to back it up. A product might advertise that it is “organic” or “free range” but there is very little to monitor or verify those claims. Today, this is how I’m feeling. Quite a bit less than perfect. I’m claiming that I desire to live a certain “natural” way, but it is missing from much of my life at the moment. It makes me feel like I’m being dishonest with you all–and with myself.
So, let me clear the air.
:: We’ve eaten out probably 70% of the time for the past month. My oven’s been broken and I’m still struggling with pregnancy fatigue. Getting creative in the kitchen hasn’t been my top priority. Or, really, one at all.
:: We might have to stop cloth diapering. I cannot tell you how much this upsets me. But, Parker has had rashes off and on for the past 6 months–only when we are using cloth. I don’t know what else to do.
:: My house is a bit of a disaster. I take pride in being a basically organized person. Just don’t look in my cupboards, basement storage, or (at the moment), my living room.
:: I used weed killer on our front yard. I cannot keep up with these Midwest weeds. I only sprayed them far away from my vegetables, but it still is such a violation of how I’d like to live.
:: I was on antibiotics this month. It happens. I occasionally use medicine. It absolutely kills me to do it. I’ve been taking probiotics ever since to try and replenish what the antibiotics tend to destroy. Sigh.
:: I throw a lot of food away. I’m not good at keeping an inventory of my pantry and freezer. This results in a lot of wasted food. I hate waste.
Okay, those are my confessions. I know there are times in life where you just have to go easy on yourself, I’m guessing this is one of them. I’m trying to focus on all that I am doing for the health of my family and the environment. But it can be hard not to get down on myself. Being an adult can be such a challenge, can’t it?
So, tell me: how do you guys handle your shortcomings in homemaking?