Most of us who stay home rather than work outside the home, and even most of the ladies who work jobs outside their homes, are more than "homemakers". What we are in addition to homemakers, well, we are the ones who clean, Everything!
There are critters too - spiders, and if you live in a rural setting or are just "lucky", you may have to clean up/out mice or yucky scary snakes or clean up after one of those as a pet of your child. You might be called upon to clean up after a dog or cat, or a cat with a sensitive tummy, as my poor grand daughter has to do!
So homemakers spend more time than anyone wants to think, cleaning up, EVERYTHING.
That's why odors in the house drive me nuts. I can understand and can cope with the usual - results of feeding everyone soup beans or adding too much garlic and onion to the spaghetti sauce. Those don't last and besides we all know the whats and whys or them.
The ones that get to me are the unusual odors. At times we have had major "odor hunts". A couple of these times the offender turned out to be the tennies of one family member or another. We simply made sure the wearer of those 'odiferous' shoes washed their feet properly and then we set the shoes out on the porch.
This week I did an exceptionally thorough job of cleaning my home. We have it on the market and I want it to be tidy and clean IF anyone comes to look. So, the garage, where I have some art and framing equipment, and the extra frig of sodas and etc. was looking pretty bad. There were spider webs everywhere with spidies' food supplies hanging in the webs! So, I did some bug collecting, with my vacuum.
Actually, it was fun, because as I was sucking up a poor little guy who, even with eight legs, couldn't outrun my vacuum, I began to make up a story in my head.
It's the spider, who having survived the ordeal and crawled out of the dirt when the vacuum's collection cup was emptied in the trash, is telling about the experience to his little spider friends! Well, you can "write" your own description now that you know the plot. The way think it would go, the little guys (oh, or gals) who have been thru it, must think about it the way people who have been taken by aliens think of their adventures! No one believes them and, it's just about that unbelievable to the ones experiencing it.
"I swear Harriet, I'm not making this up. I was just walking along when I heard this terrible roar, smelled something funny and swoosh, I was taken up and into this long, long tunnel. I passed out and when I came to, there were dead bodies all around me and these long yellow and white threads (hairs - teehee) and....."
A "Homemaker" is also a bored cleaner who makes up stories as she cleans to keep from going nuts. Wait, maybe it's already made some of us nuts! Oh well.
"Homemaker" means mainly the cleaner-upper!