Mr Home Maker - FAQ




Hi folks

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.

Mr HM


Comments

  1. Oh, my! Moving 30 times in 30 years sounds just overwhelming to me. You must've had a very well-refined packing system by the end of all that! I nodded too when I read "love is a choice". I have been married for 22 years to the same lovely person and when I'm asked what the secret to it is, I always say that love is a choice. Couldn't agree more! Meg:)

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    1. We are very grateful that we do not need to move again until/if we choose to. Exhausting!

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    2. Congratulations Meg. We've only been married for over 15 years, but lived together for 20. It's quite an accomplishment to get this far as a couple, in today's society. There's a lot of external pressures, and it's the long suffering partner (as Mr HM puts it) that has to cope along with you. :)

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  2. Just to let you know, Rhonda is on Instagram, just type her in!

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    1. Yes, I do follow her there but it is not the same feel.

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  3. He he Phil us commenters are a curious bunch aren't we by the looks of it :) .

    Speaking of moving we are currently packing to move into our forever home we have purchased and will settle on the 10th of December. We will put a 38.5% deposit down on it and will have a small mortgage to pay. The home is on 1.2 acres of land, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and built in approx 1920 - 30 with the decor still mostly original including glass doors and kitchen cabinets with push button handles :). We will still be in the country but I would classify us as homesteaders.

    Our favourite place is at home too and in the vegetable gardens. Now for round 2 of setting up our gardens and home once again without having to ask if we can put a picture hook up and we can now do what we want :).

    Hope you are not working too hard and are looking after yourself.

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna)

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    1. Hi Sewingcreations15, I'm so glad to hear about your home purchase. I used to follow your posts on the forum about saving for your home.
      I wish you would join the forum again, or write a blog about your journey.
      Anyway, all the best with your future plans.

      Frentaly

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    2. Hi Frentaly and thank you for your encouragement :). We are really happy to have achieved what we set out to do.

      How is your little cottage going ?, I hope you have done all the wonderful renovations you had planned and given it your own personal touch.

      I still keep in contact with a few friends from the old forum via email. Unfortunately I found the forum didn't meet my values for discussing preparing and homesteading and freedom of speech was constantly over monitored to the point of being gagged.

      Perhaps I will look into starting my own blog later when we get settled in to our new home.

      Sewingcreations15.

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    3. Lorna, your forever home sounds wonderful! Not doubt there will be many projects, but that size block is perfect and the era of the house is a favourite of mine too. I'm so happy for you.

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    4. Thank you Phil for your encouragement we are excited too :) . The era was lovely with houses built with such spacious rooms being a far cry from the smaller rooms in today's homes.

      Sewingcreations15.

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  4. Oh wow! You moved 30 times in 30 years? Like Meg said you must have a very efficient packing system. :)
    Like you I too like my job and enjoy doing it, but my favorite place is also my home.

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    1. I look forward to the day when I can be always just at home - we have a plan :-)

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  5. Hi Phil, I really enjoyed this post.
    I am a bit confused about your living arrangements, do you own or rent? if you don't mind me asking, I have moved 4 times in 8 years I thought that was a lot, after seeing the answers to the other questions your blog sure has the perfect name Mr Home Maker. Home making is the best job ever.

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    1. We have our own place now after a lifetime (nearly) of renting and continually moving. We are very grateful for our home now and are actually a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that needs to be done in both the yard and around the house itself. It has good bones but it is 40 years old and has had nothing done to it in all that time as far as I can tell.

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    2. Congratulations Phil I am so happy you and Mrs HM have your own home :). In no time you will make it your own style and function wise and put your own individual stamp on it.

      Sewingcreations15.

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  6. What a nosy lot your readers are! 😂

    “Tighter than a new jam jar lid” LOL I’m going to start using that one!

    I also really love your response to “Do you love your job” very diplomatic 😉

    I blog for exactly the same reasons. Sounds like there’s as much money to be made from blogging as there is to be made from music! 🙄

    In response to “Would you ever move to a farm” Seems like you really are “Blooming where you are planted” Now there’s a “Rhond-ism” for you!

    Finally, that is one of my favourite posts of all time, more of those please 😁


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    1. I'm glad you liked the post Cheryl :-) I do not mind nosey .... it's all good fun and part of being a community. We are blooming where we are planted - it is just so strange to be actually planted and not needing to up-root

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  7. I love your blog Mr HM & always read your posts but hardly ever comment. I just wanted to say I loved this post & yes, I do remember your Perfect Day post ... Home is my fave place too!

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    1. I aspire to have as many 'perfect day' types of days as possible. Thanks for dropping by Julie

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  8. I love the quote 'love is a choice' - we are coming up to our 35 year anniversary. I was 19 and he was 20. Looking back on some old photos over the weekend, gee we were a lot thinner in those days :-)

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    1. ha ha - yes we were 21 when we were married. I look at my 21 year old children now and am amazed that I was ever that young and naive (but we were!) ..... and yes, very much thinner then.

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  9. Hello Mr HM,

    Your no-fuss tutorial on soap making (endlessly replicated all over the internet but somehow seeming less daunting when you did it) is what got me making my own! Utterly perfect, thank you!

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    1. I'm real glad you like that soap recipe - it is a winner for sure.

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  10. ahhh one perfect day, just bliss
    awesome post
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Thanks Selina - I wish you'd do a bit more blogging too - I enjoy your take on life.

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  11. I finally learnt to make soap from your blog after a few disasters so thanks, so simple and very satisfying I may say so too : ]

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    1. I'm glad about that anna. I struggled with soap making till I used that simple method and now I can do it all from memory.

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  12. Really enjoyed this post. I’m on a frugalish overseas atm but still love checking in on my fav blogs. Being away from home make me appreciate home even more. I finished working full time recently and want to make soap by the end of the year so will re visit your post. Love reading everyone’s blogs about simple living.

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  13. Enjoyed reading this short pop quiz! Congratulations on your 30 years of service, in the institution of marriage. :) As the saying goes, you would have gotten less for murder but anyone who can love someone that long, doesn't want to be released anyway. It's all about enjoying the company, and making it blossom.

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    1. Thanks Chris - yep, the friendship comes first and all the other factors wax and wane. Having someone validate our lives is so important

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