Thought one: I don't know if I expected Barb to have some tricky tricks or clever solutions or fancy systems up her sleeve for her beautiful life and pleasant home, but in fact, it seems that Barb's magic is just faithfully keeping house all the time. "Just do it" as a homemaking method is not very enticing and won't sell magazines, but it's extremely effective. (But I also wonder if Barb's skills and habits are so deeply ingrained that neither she nor I could tease out and articulate what is really going on day in and day out. I wonder.)
Thought two: I have a stereotype of women Barb's age who see the homemaking I'm doing and say, "oh, I used to do that. . . " It's almost as if retirement finally gives them permission to take shortcuts and buy solutions or hire help in every area of homemaking. Was homemaking just a phase, a season of life? Barb isn't doing that. She's pretty much carrying on the way she always did, which makes sense to me (please know that I take shortcuts sometimes!). But what I want to know is what makes a homemaker slack off anyway? What kind of homemaker will I be when I'm retired? I wonder.