Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Her diaries began when she was 19 years old and spanned approximately 80 years. It was very interesting to see the changes in society that formed the mood of these diaries. Prior to 1965, regular entries record weekly visits from friends and church members who came by for pie. Interspersed evenly with these are the words, "We went out for pie at Viola's (or Pansy's or Rose's) house for pie. Their husbands were named "Joe, Jim, Frank or Fred." Every day she recorded at least one sentence about the day. If she didn't go anywhere she noted that she had baked something or written a letter to her sister. These were not diaries used to express resentment or inner anxiety. They were for the record.
The first 40 years of these diaries gave a sense of innocent happiness, as she and her husband and children interacted with others in her community and the church. It seemed like they were often at each other's homes for pie! She often told where the pie was served: someones front porch, the kitchen, the living room. The adults played horse-shoes outside, in the summer. There was no need for youth groups in those days because everyone came to visit and they got their socialization within the families that intermingled so well. She also recorded a number of marriages that took place in the church where they served, and every baby that was born was given a brief write-up in the tiny daily spaces in her book. It made a kind of routine: visitors, wedding, dropping in on someone else, a baby being born, a recipe tried, ironing done, visitors, pie served, wedding, etc.
As we read further into the last 40 years, the tone of her diaries changed. There was a sadness expressed, without words. In the 1970's, instead of the usual, "Friends came over for pie tonight," the entries, for the first time, begin to sound rather depressing. She writes: "Mrs. C. came to visit and ask how she could get her son out of prison." "We went to call on Mr. B., whose teenage daughter is in trouble, " or something like: "Mr. J. came to see us because his son is on drugs."
Friday, May 23, 2008
I was thinking today of the effect that cleaning a house has on the people in it. It lights up the place. It gives it a fresh, new feeling. Just as God designed the earth to revolve around the sun, so the home revolves around the needs of our loved ones. Things change constantly, it seems, but it certainly keeps the home interesting. When things are orderly and bright, everyone seems to be happier. Sometimes when one or more members of the family are "out of sorts" it comes from the neglect of the home.
There is nothing like home. No place of business or other institution has the same feeling as home. That is reason enough to give it top priority in the care of it. Children must be taught and family members must be able to discuss the important issues on their hearts. These things are not as easily done elsewhere. The home is where true freedom exists. It is here that we can be who we are and express our beliefs with confidence. The home is your own little country, where you fly your own flag and have your own culture.
There is an endless supply of poetry and stories written about the lights of home. Home provides more than a physical light to the neighborhood. It also provides a feeling of love an warmth, The homemaker's time there creates a special feeling. We always remember our home life better than anything else, for it is there we have been safe and happy.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The tea tray is a always a perfect centerpiece because there is an endless selection of teapot styles. Add a fake cake that you make yourself from silk florals.
Then, there is always the glass reamer or juice squeezer. Here, it is with those pine cones that look like roses.
And here it has a selection of pastel treats in it.
This is a floral garland wrapped several times around a wax pillar.
An ordinary votive will always do for a centerpiece.
A place of shells and rocks in sand. You don't even have to go to the beach to get them. Sometimes you can find them at the dollar store.
There are some beautiful fake cakes available online which make great centerpieces.
Fruit centerpieces go way, way back to the earliest of times. Paintings of them can be found on the walls of ancient cities. Baskets or bowls of fruit were always considered a great luxury.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Put a jar of water in a round gift box.
Place container of water inside basket for the white lilac arrangement
One helper, Pansies.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I am getting read to post a side link on the issue of Modesty. It will be a collection of links to good articles on modesty. If you have written any on your blog, please post your link here and then when the collection is finished, I will put it on the side under "Modesty Issues" where it can be easily accessed. If you know of any good articles on the web on this issue, especially for youth,please post the link. If you have an opinion on the subject that supports the issue of modesty, be sure and write about it in the comments and I'll include that, too.
Since there are some who find the idea of homemaking full time rather unusual, I thought it would be fun to connect with other homemakers and see what they are doing today. This will give a glimpse into the life of the homemaker on an ordinary day. Of course we all know that no day is really ordinary when you are caring for the home and the family.
I would so value and appreciate knowing what others are doing today, with links to pictures if you have any. I was just here http://pinkcottage.blogspot.com/ enjoying the little fabric confections this lady makes. I think one reason I like crafts like this is that the small ones are not a huge project and not tiring. I love to sew dresses best of all, but it is very hard labor sometimes. Sewing these little desserts is a lot of fun. I don't know if they are for sale.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We were very pleasantly surprised at the interior. It felt right to be inside; it felt like we belonged.
Little Miss Pooh-Bear enjoyed looking out the upstairs cathedral style window. For such a small looking house, the rooms were expansive. The walls were a deep beige with a beautiful white trim.
This is one of the upstairs bedrooms.
We weren't too bright when photographing this nice kitchen. We didn't think to photograph the sink and the window over it. The view was great.
Here is the front door: I don't know if it is 20's style or not. It looks Victorian, but it went really well with everything in this house.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Miss Anonymous "Christian" feminist, please read the links provided by a poster above. Also you need to read the passage about Mary and Martha a little more carefully, as well as the story of the woman at the well. Jesus was not telling her that she could continue to marry and divorce and marry and divorce. She was to quit doing that. She wasn't given permission to keep on getting more husbands. She was told to go and sin no more.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38-42
For further research for feminists, go here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1021293/How-mothers-fanatical-feminist-views-tore-apart-daughter-The-Color-Purple-author.html
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
As a homemaker, it is interesting to me that the mess I left the night before because it was too overwhelming and I was tired, is so simple to fix the next morning! We need not be discouraged. Even problems that seem to overwhelm the mind, are a little less threatening when morning comes. The house is easier cleaned in the morning, and quicker, too. The daunting projects that made you sigh in exasperation the night before, are simpler.
I remember growing up how we would have to take naps, even when we thought we were too old. When we woke up, life seemed new, better, simple.
"There is no day so bad that it cannot be fixed by taking a nap." Susan Branch.
The beauty of being home is that you can leave such jobs if you like, and do them in the morning, and still not lose your job. It will always be yours, always be there for you, and no one can fire you.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Some time ago, my daughter and I attended an applique-quilting class. Although we did not have time to make all the quilt blocks for a quilt, we did keep the samples we made in the class. It is a technique of turning under the edges as you sew. Here is the piece she did, and I framed it.