Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mrs. Minerva

  

Hello Ladies,

Several times I have mentioned the column written by England's "Mrs. Minerva" published in the English Home Magazine.  

The issue of particular interest is the one I have posted here from March 2011, which you may be able to enlarge and read.

 Those of you who are older may remember your mothers retreating to the bedroom when life got stressful.  I remember mothers making their children stay in bed when they were sick, surrounded by books and art materials. 

  She did not include taking a rest when the children are napping. Its tempting to do a lot of things while they are down, but important to rest during some of that time.                                                     







From the article:- (note:  a lot of it is a wry style of stating truth trough tongue-in-cheek wit. Mature audiences will understand.)

"While I firmly maintain that one should strive to maintain a stiff upper lip during most of life's trials and tribulations, I do think the Victorian custom of taking to one's bed has a lot to be said for it. At times life can be so trying there is little to be done but to retire to a room of one's own and draw the curtains firmly shut.

"One of the reasons Mr. M. behaves so well is that he understands there is always a risk that if he upsets me I might simply slip upstairs only to come down some  days later. This would, of course, interfere greatly with dinner and he may be forced to eat at his club.

"There are many reasons to take to one's bed: heartbreak, disappointment, irritating husbands and influenza among them. However, in the depths of winter - when the Minerva household is on the inhospitable side of chilly - the only warm rooms are the kitchen and the bedroom...."


13 comments:

Debbie Gnagey said...

Everywhere I go, I have people tell me how exhausted they are! No one seems to be able to free themselves from the notion that they must constantly be doing something or multi-tasking! I believe that a lack of rest time and I don't mean entertainment time but simply resting is one of the reasons there are so many frantic, frazzled, and neurotic people today. My husband is 67 years of age and has only missed 2 days of work in his life. One thing I believe contributes to his hardiness is regular nap taking. He insists I rest whenever I am weary without apology. When things are getting too busy, I sleep in and take a mini vacation at home. I put a simple meal in the slow cooker and retreat to a favorite chair or recliner with a tea tray and some magazines or close the blinds, open the windows and climb under a lightweight quilt for a snooze. Thank you for reminding us of this renewing practice.

Dawn said...

It seems like needing to rest or sleep a full eight hours is considered a weakness in our society.

Honestly, a nice nap sounds heavenly. I think I'll try taking an afternoon nap from now on. I guess I should be getting to bed as it's after 11pm as I write this.

Is there a secret to taking a refreshing nap? I hate when I wake from a nap and I feel like I've been run over by truck.

Lydia said...

I agree, everyone is tired. Then they eat, to get more energy. Excercise trainers knew a lomg time ago the role of sleep a d rest in losing weight. Stress and lack of sleep prevents weight loss.

Jenny said...

I really had this whole rest thing down before the baby came along. It was refreshing to see that life could run smoothly, and I could still find time to rest without always being go go go. It seemed as if I was able to work more efficiently. When pregnancy hit, I rested a lot out of necessity, but now, I find that I have to just make do with a brief quiet sit down in the afternoon. Sometimes I doze for 10 minutes (which I think is key to being refreshed after napping -- not too long), other times if I don't feel sleepy, I just sit and read or work on cross stitch. I also sit and eat my breakfast and lunch, and take brief coffee/play breaks throughout the day with the baby, and we take leisurely strolls, which I find both restful and energizing.

It really does help both mentally and physically. I have been on the other side though, where I didn't think I could or should rest, and that just led to burn out and feelings of resentment.

Lynn Maust said...

How right you are, Lydia.

Lynn Maust said...

Debbie...the world is going nuts, isn't it. There seems to be no peace in anyone's lives...I think people can't discern for themselves what is truth and what is bad....I feel we have lost the wisdom to know what is of real value and are chasing after things of this world instead.
I do miss the old days of my childhood....one car, mom home, simple food, no snacks, early to bed....etc etc etc. Bring it back!!!

anonymous said...

I find that our eating patterns have a lot to do with our sleep patterns.
After I eat a heavy meal or one with too many carbs or sweets I always feel lethargic and draggy.
If the meal is light with more proteins I have energy and am very alert.

My doctor prescribed the following meal plan:


After waking in the morning eat breakfast of 30/40/30% of steamed vegetables,non-gluten grains pilaf and one form of meat or fish with a tsp. of coconut oil or butter , salt to taste, pepper and a dash of complimentary herb makes a delicious breakfast. Believe it or not, this gives energy until well after lunch time.


Precook the grain pilaf so you have enough for several days. Store in refrigerator. In the morning set up a steamer pot with fresh or frozen vegs., grain and the bits of meat from the evening meal or canned meat. Steam until vegs. are crunchy tender.

A medium lunch and a lighter evening meal well before bedtime. Go to bed no later then ten pm.

Janet

anonymous said...

I find that our eating patterns have a lot to do with our sleep patterns.
After I eat a heavy meal or one with too many carbs or sweets I always feel lethargic and draggy.
If the meal is light with more proteins I have energy and am very alert.

My doctor prescribed the following meal plan:


After waking in the morning eat breakfast of 30/40/30% of steamed vegetables,non-gluten grains pilaf and one form of meat or fish with a tsp. of coconut oil or butter , salt to taste, pepper and a dash of complimentary herb makes a delicious breakfast. Believe it or not, this gives energy until well after lunch time.


Precook the grain pilaf so you have enough for several days. Store in refrigerator. In the morning set up a steamer pot with fresh or frozen vegs., grain and the bits of meat from the evening meal or canned meat. Steam until vegs. are crunchy tender.

A medium lunch and a lighter evening meal well before bedtime. Go to bed no later then ten pm.

Janet

anonymous said...

Short naps after working hard or chasing little ones all morning is quite beneficial so napping for 20-30 minutes while little ones nap is a refreshing habit.

Janet

ladypinktulip said...

I daily practice the art of rest. I know it is essential. Being a
homekeeper has many facets of work related to it. It could be never
ending if we do not pause during the day to refresh ourselves with
a rest period. Society now would call me lazy, but I believe it
is wisdom to know when to rest. I believe in Spain they take
siesta's....afternoon naps in the work place. I am sure that has
increased productivity rather than harm it. Kelly T.

becky said...

Thank you for posting this. I love to read in bed. So relaxing. As Lynn said, Bring back the old days!
We always had to rest and at a girls camp I am affiliated with; we have implement a rest time every afternoon. LOVE IT!!!
Becky

Lynn Maust said...

I love the way the lady of the house 'communicated' her discomfort with her husband from time to time. Very humorous, but also wise. I can see how that would work and not cause angry outbursts of temper between the two. What do you say, everyone? Is it a fine way to keep the peace between husband and wife sometimes? I do want to know so I can put it to use if I ever remarry. Thank you all so much...
Lynn

Traditional Simplicity said...

Thank you for the article and post. I have found it's so easy to let the negative thinking roll in that I "should" be doing xyz rather than resting. Truth be told, as you have written so wonderfully before Lydia, a rest in the afternoon makes me much more joyful and alert in the evening. I have learned by watching my own behaviors and symptoms that a daily rest is as essential as meals. Two rests if the day is chaotic and God is trying to teach me but I seem to be too busy to listen. Time to reset and not feel guilt for essentials of caring for myself.

Hugs to you and wishing you God's peace,

Dee

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