I thought a Frequently Asked Questions post would satisfy a raft of questions about Mr Home Maker.
Here goes .....
How old are you? I am 51
Are you married? Yes, to the long suffering Mrs HM. It will be 30 years married next anniversary. Love is a choice.
Do you have children? Yes, we have 5 daughters aged 27 down to 17.
Do you work full time? Yes, both Mrs HM and I work full time out of the home ..... but we have a 5 year plan :-)
I see you have moved house a few times? Actually we have moved house 30 times in 30 years. We are exhausted by it and I do not recommend it if you can manage to afford a modest home of your own. We do not intend to move now from our current place until we are 100% empty-nesters and then we may decide to downsize dramatically (we'll see what happens).
Are you always frugal? No, we believe that spending money on things that are important to us is essential to a healthy life ..... with everything else, we are tighter than a new jam jar lid!
Are you both always on the same page with money? Not always, but we always talk about it. Sometimes we agree, sometimes not - no big deal.
What is your favourite food? Any comfort food, especially if it includes creamy mashed potatoes.
Tea or coffee? Do I have to choose? I drink tea at home mainly and coffee at work. Actually, coffee after midday means I will simply not sleep that night (true story!).
Do you enjoy gardening? Only food gardening - other types of gardening including lawns interest me very little.
Do you have any hobbies? I would not call them hobbies per-se - I'd call them interests. I play piano and classical pipe organ. I love (and own) reed organs and enjoy fixing and restoring them. I love educating myself on investing, history (particularly social history) and homestead skills.
Do you love your job? I work hard at my job and am diligent, flexible, reliable and responsible for approx 90 staff ...... what I truly love is being at home.
When did you start your frugal/simple living journey? Hmmm, about 5 years ago now - I'm really just a beginner.
What makes you happiest? A dinner table stacked high with good home cooking and all the girls around it with their partners and friends and me just quietly munching away and listening to the multiple conversations, ribbings, jokes, disagreements, plans, tall stories and laughter going on around the table. Oh - home made gravy makes me happy too, as does a stockpile.
Why do you blog? Very difficult to answer, to be honest I think it is a way to contribute and encourage others to step back from addictive consumerism and seek contentment. The 16 cents I earned from my blog last month certainly isn't why!! LOL.
I see your blog is nearly reaching half a million hits!? Nope, that is just me spell-checking a zillion times after pressing "publish"! Oh, and the odd Russian 'bot crawling over my site.
What is your favourite holiday destination? Home.
What is your favourite animal? Hens - laying hens.
Would you ever move to a farm? In my imagination I would LOVE to move to a small farm and do the whole self-reliance thing with fervour. The facts are I am too old and simply do not have the necessary energy or the money to throw at a property to make it satisfying. So I will enjoy converting my current home into a sanctuary of self-reliance and warmth ..... and I'll be content with that.
Who is your most favourite blogger? My favourite blogger has just stopped blogging recently - Rhonda Hetzel @ Down To Earth. I still go back to the early archives for inspiration.
Where do you live? In Australia, NSW on the east side of Lake Macquarie. Newcastle/Lake Macquarie is the largest non-capital population area in Australia. We rarely are in drought and supply a significant amount of the more southern areas with water from our reservoirs .... actually it's raining right now.
What activity makes you feel the most content? Soap making - goodness knows why but.
What is the most favourite post you have ever written? This one - click HERE.
Enjoy your Sunday evening folks - and stay nice.