Her Cape in Disguise

Winter aprons

For the past while I’ve been in a rut. I just can’t seem to get as much done as I would hope during the day. This feeling drives me absolutely crazy! To the point where I get a bit short of patience. I needed a productive day and today was it. It’s -50 with the wind chill out but life doesn’t stop when it gets a little chilly outside.

It was a usual morning; get up, get the fire started for the day, start a load of laundry, get ready for the day, breakfast. Then I did something I haven’t done in a long time…I put on a apron. It’s been so cold I’ve been wearing sweatshirts and I can’t wear an apron over a sweatshirt; it’s bad luck or something. Today was an apron day.

There are three things I have more of than any one person needs; clothes hangers (an ungodly amount! I don’t know how we ever accumulated so many!), Cake pedestals (which I still collect even without the bakery) and Aprons. I have an apron collection that would put almost any granny to shame! I have seasonal aprons, one for farmers market, for gardening and animal tending, everyday ones, fourth of July ones, and Christmas ones. This is one thing I will probly never quit collecting. I used to wear an apron every day and need to start again.

Here’s a secret that I have never heard before but I now know is true: an apron is actually a cape in disguise! With an apron on, I was able to get ham stock going, eggs pickled, 15 bean soup on the stove, yogurt in the oven (my incubator), 3 loads of laundry done, kitchen cleaned and floor too, all before 1 pm! That was just the first half of the day!

Did you ever stop to wonder how grandma or great grandma managed to feed the family big meals all from scratch, keep up on the cleaning, the laundry which was all done by hand not to mention the gardening and other daily chores?! It was her cape in disguise!

Aprons did not start out looking as they do today. In the beginning fabric was not as easy to come by. People didn’t have closets full of clothes, they had very few. Aprons were worn by the working class to protect there clothes. The first aprons were very simple; a rectangular piece of cloth with ties. To add embellishments, ruffles and such was a waste of fabric.

Personally I believe all aprons should have ruffles and pockets. Not all of mine do but they still serve the purpose and I wear them until they are very worn out and then I wear them a bit more.

With the holidays done for the year I can now put on my apron and put the finishing touches on the projects I have started around here, like the tree curtain rod, a few leather projects, processing of some raw fleece, venison fat soap and then start a few more before the spring thaw and we move outside for the season.

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  1. I have never thought of an apron in that light…but you’re right! Sooo much more gets done while wearing an apron! Tied and true!!