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Resolution to go back to the 50’s!

Our family reached an interesting milestone today – we are now a two crock pot family!  I’m not talking about owning two crockpots (I’ve done that for awhile), I’m talking about needing to fill two crockpots for one meal.  Yep- one crockpot completely full is not enough for our family.  We use the meal for dinner and lunch the next day and I’ve been going without lunch because there isn’t enough to go around.  So tonight I filled both crockpots with Green Chicken Chili and it feels a bit like I’ve arrived!

My parents were raised in big families – my dad comes from a family of eight children and my mom comes from nine!  I don’t know how my grandmothers kept everything and everyone under control, clothed and fed.  And that was before the days of crockpots!!  I know they had to prioritize the things they spent their time on.  How else would they get the essentials done?  Just laundry alone would have been a momentous task (remember hanging things on the line to dry).

So, because it is New Years, I might as well talk about resolutions.  I have a resolution to simplify my life – I’m going to call it “grandma-ing” my life!  I went to the trusty internet for info on what that might entail.  I found a great article about a couple that had taken on a “50’s housewife experiment”.  The things they learned, and incorporated into life, were eye-opening!  So let’s dive into the 50’s!  Some of my favorites:

  1. Less distractions – Today’s interactions include wife at the computer, husband staring at the phone, kids playing video games or entranced with other screens.  The 50s housewife was a smart lady and she would have none of that. She greeted her husband when he arrived home, the kids were spit shined and she was looking her best.  She aimed to have dinner timed so they could all enjoy it together.

  1. Making do – You know the old adage “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”  Well, my grandmas were pros at this one.  My maternal grandma made the most amazing bread – by hand, until the day she died.  But I didn’t know it was homemade for a while because she kept it in Wonder Bread bags.  I think she probably reused those same bags for 20 years because I never saw her actually buy bread from a store!   Why get new bags when those still worked?  We are such a throwaway society.  Here are some great ideas:

  1. Mens and Womens roles.  I always thought this was interesting…the roles of the man and the woman in the family.  Our “modern” world has had it’s way with these roles, and for some reason, in mixing things up, things just got mixed up!  As a professional working woman, you might say I’ve been emancipated.  I’ve been freed from the drudgery of the kitchen and trying to make a man happy.  Or have I…?

  1. Prettying up is worth doing.  The only time I ever saw my grandma without her hair done was when we were on our annual lake Powell trip.  Other than that, she was up, hair done, dressed and ready for the day before anyone was even stirring.  She didn’t get fancy – very little makeup up her clothes were more for working than show, but she always looked nice.  There is something to being “put together”.  It helps you feel like you actually are.

May you simplify and get back to the things that really matter this new year.  It’s going to be a great one!

Love,

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen



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  • “They take such good care of everyone in the office! Michelle is definitely the best dentist in the valley and her assistants are the most entertaining you will find. ” - Amanda
  • “I get compliments on my smile on a regular basis and, without exception, I always give credit to the folks at Total Care Dental. Michelle is a great dentist and Jilene always makes me feel like a dental supermodel!” - Cheryl
  • “I live about 40 miles from Total Care Dental and the drive is worth it. I have been a patient for 4 years now and have been treated with the best customer service any patient could hope for! ” - Archer
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