Wednesday, April 15, 2009
How Anchor Hocking saved my marriage
Years ago, back when the wonderful Virtue magazine was still alive, I read an article by Emilie Barnes about how easy it is to solve those minor irritations in our life. It was a simple and practical article and... life changing. I mean, really, why didn't I think of these ideas myself?
She had one go through their house and think of those little things that drive us crazy but can be solved with little time or money. For instance, when one needs a pen or scissors and they are never to be found. As she said in the article, it doesn't cost much (especially during the back to school sales) to have plenty of either throughout the house.
That simple one page article still crosses my mind from time to time, especially when I find a pen or a pair of scissors easily (except my sewing scissors, they are in my sewing basket and the family knows never to use them on paper!).
I have many such sanity savers throughout the house, especially in the kitchen. I also have what I call.... marriage savers. You see that Anchor Hocking jar, filled with brown sugar? Well, I quite often serve oatmeal for breakfast and my hubby drove me nuts when he'd scoop brown sugar from the large jar with a wet spoon. When I went to scoop out brown sugar for a recipe, it was so hard I had to chip off the amount needed.
Thinking of Emilie's article so long ago, I knew my solution was easy... place a small canister in clear view of said hubby. Of course, being me and all, it had to be pretty. A few weeks ago I was at Meijer's and placed this little beauty in my grocery cart.* It worked and this marriage was saved. Anyone who has been married more than five minutes understands.
* In my part of the country, these AH jars are available at Meijers (small sizes) and Target (large size only). Ruth Ann of Sugar Pie Farmhouse (formerly Warm Pie Happy Home) has an article about them on her website... here. She says they are available on Amazon. I'll have to remember that the next time I have a good amount of Amazon credit (THANK YOU to all who order through my widget... or those of my blog friends).
They are amazing jars! The large size is a little pricey but oh, so worth it. Except for the little jar I just bought, I used a Target gift card and a Meijer's gift cart to purchase mine. I think of both these gifts when I use them. :)