However, just today I came to the realization that we should suspend her services.
For the record--we cancelled the gardener, we cancelled most of our cable services and all unneeded phone services. We stopped eating out with special occasions as the exception. I sewed a pair of underwear the other day--yes, you read that correctly. We have energy and water efficient appliances. We recycle, compost and conserve water and electricity. We don't have a heater or AC. I cancelled my gym membership, several magazine subscriptions, and stopped renewing for friends (sorry!). I started shopping at second hand stores for toys and kids clothes and accessories. I accept all hand-me-downs from friends and family, and do my best to pass along lightly used items to those who may need them as well.
So, keeping our housekeeper didn't seem like a big deal with all of the other sacrifices I felt I had made. Plus we LOVE her, and she has been with us for 5 years!!! ...except that Elliott still goes to daycare 2 days a week. And, as much as I love my free time, I don't really need THIS much of it. I am bored. Today, our housekeeper is scheduled to come (she comes every 2 weeks), but I am finding myself cleaning and doing laundry because I have the time, energy and I AM BORED.
Now, if the stars align in my favor I will be getting a hedge trimmer and maybe even a blower for the BIG day. Our gardener works through the end of year--and then it is all me with the yard work. I don't have any idea what type of job I am taking on. But, I am certainly not afraid of manual labor (just spiders, oh and any insect). I will be certain to complain about this soon. Look for a post about the first week of January.
I will talk with hubby about this, and see what he thinks. But, if I am going to make 'a go' of staying at home--I should do my own cleaning, do you think?