Monday, October 28, 2019

Listen While You Work: Teacups for Lefties, Small Portion Eating, Keeping Your Interest, Conversation Tips, Those Special Meetings(!)

Hello Ladies,

I hope you enjoy this lively talk, but this is just my opinion, so,  always do what works the best for your own home. This video is designed to listen while you work at something.

Please do not forget to leave a comment!  Also, I am keeping a list of your requests and planning videos. Thanks so much.

Wet 'n' Wild silk finish "Sunset Peach" frost
Prices range from $1.99 - 97cents in various stores.

Days at Home

Picture from Pinterest

Hello Ladies,

I'm trying to get another listen-while-you-work (or play) video.

In the meantime to keep in touch, I'm sharing pictures of things around here, and you get any ideas from it, help yourself to these changes too!

 Using these seasonal $1.00 board signs in another way:

Of course a pool can be a small pool for children or whatever is used in the garden, to warrant a pool sign!

Of course I saved one each of the original Harvest signs. Since they were only $1.00 I was able to buy one each to paint differently.

This one is for outside and it is also a Dollar Tree makeover:

Our Ladies Bible Class was invited to a Tea at a place way up in the hills,  and she went all out with the lovely food. I remembered to get a picture  only after it was almost gone:

Her daughter had decorated the mantel. Where can I get a house like that?!!! Do you like it?

There are a few changes here at home, too:

 Easy way to change a color scheme with covers and cushions:

  The field where I spoke to you on video is now all green again:

I'll see you all soon on video I hope, if I can get myself together.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Listen While You Work: The Hotel Lobby, Cooking Neatly, You "Might" Be Right

Painting by Carl Thomsen, Denmark 1847-1912

Hello Ladies,

I hope you enjoy listening while you work and that you'll leave a comment!

 Here is the link to the Nutrition videos you can listen to while you go about your day

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Homemaker Support: Listen While You Work - Teacup technique, Dignity in Dress, Work to Feel Uplifted, Antecedents

Hello Ladies,

I'm so grateful for your visits here. Your comments give me good material to talk about!

If you need some company while you work, this video lasts an hour. You can get the kitchen cleaned, the laundry folded and two bedrooms in order!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Homemaker Support: Each Day a New Start!

 Hello Ladies,

Please enjoy this video while you work. It is only 26 minutes long so you won't be able to do much but I hope to have a longer one next time.

At approximately 9 minutes you may notice the sound of the nearby train, Amtrack, which passes at this time every day. We live close enough to the tracks (but we are on not on the wrong side of the tracks, haha) to hear it each morning and night.

Wet and Wild, $1.00 from Dollar Tree,  lower in price at other stores. Color: Red

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Homemaker Support: Listen While You Work - Appearance at Home, Convenient Placement of Things in the Kitchen, Working Around Children, Other Things

Hello Ladies,

I hope you enjoy the video today!  Please be sure and leave a comment!

Here is the poem I was taking about in the video:

In My Nursery

by Laura Elizabeth Richards
(American 1850-1943)

In my nursery as I sit,
To and fro the children flit:

Rosy Alice, eldest born,
Rosalind, like summer morn,

Sturdy Hal, as brown as berry,
Little Julia, shy and merry,

John, the king, who rules us all,
And the baby, sweet and small.

Flitting, flitting, to and fro,
Light they come, and light they go:

And their presence fair and young,
Still I weave into my song.

Here rings out their merry laughter,
Here their speech comes tripping after:

Here their pranks, their sportive ways,
Flash along the lyric maze,

Til I hardly know, in fine,
What is theirs, and what is mine:

Can but say, through wind and weather:
They and I are wrought together.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Life At Home is Freedom

Hello Ladies,

It has been busy around here and I wanted to check in and post a little message.

It is good to be home where we can live as we please, creating the customs of the future with our family celebrations, inside jokes and sayings, talents and so forth.

I'm getting further into the "deep state" of my house, and finding old treasures and getting rid of some things that don't work any more so I hope soon to see the walls again (that's a joke).  If I can get rid of the old curtains and carpet in one last room I will have "drained the swamp".

Don't worry about politics of the world, ladies. Just make sure you get your own house in order. It is nice that Americans especially are very informed about their government and keeps it accountable. There is a website you can go to to see the President's daily schedule and a report of when he arrives here or there and who he talked to, and what events he  attends. 

For all you ladies outside of the U.S. I probably should explain that our government is our servant. We elect people to do our will and serve the needs of the country. We do not serve them; they serve us. However, we respect the ones we elect and do not treat them as underlings. And here in my area we elect our own local Sheriff and try to make his job tolerable by not living riotously or in a way that would put undue burden on these public servant. In our home education we had several books about citizenship that outlined some things the Bible taught about how to treat rulers.

Remember some basic things that Christians are obligated, according to the scriptures, to do, regarding dignitaries and those in power:

1. Live a blameless life. (Proverbs 2:6-8) Your voice will be heard more readily.

2. Be respectful towards those who have been elected. (Romans 13). A lot of people misunderstand the word "submit" but one of the Koine Greek (the original language of the NT) meanings is "respect".  Though we may not always be able to comply with something that is not right, we must always show respect. We respect their position and their responsibility and authority but it does not mean we can obey something that is not right.

3. Make a proper appeal when there is something a ruler is doing wrong, so that the dignitary does not have a reason to resist your request. If it is done politely and with dignity rather than demanding and rebellious, it will bring better results, as with the apostle Paul's appeal to Caesar.

4. Pray for the rulers, so that you can live a peaceful life.  This is from 1st Timothy 2:2, pasted below:

1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Do not wring your hands or obsess over government until you have taken those four steps, and of course, doing those four things will give you mental clarity and reassurance.

So now, if you are in distress or feel disgusted over the rulers in the world, have you prayed for the President (Prime Minister, King, etc.)?  

Often we ladies go around frantically trying to fix things (and we want it now), instead of going through the wise process our Lord laid out for us in these four points I've discussed here.

If you think of any more of them, please leave a comment!!

Now, to another subject:

As I mentioned previously, sometimes the paintings that other people post on Pinterest lack the information necessary to give credit to the artist, so if you need to know about this painting, you will have to research it yourself.

I am posting it here to illustrate what I was talking about in my last video on the previous post, namely dressing to compliment and coordinate or contrast the beautiful nature that surrounds us or the place we are visiting.  I am old enough now to remember how ladies used to dress and now I rarely see anything pretty on women. It is partly due to the designers and manufacturers of women's clothing, and partly to our lack of education on the subject. However, we can get a lot of good ideas from the paintings of old and some of the contemporary paintings of ladies as well.

I remember decades ago there was a fiction writer named Barbara Cartland in England, who so despised the modern era for its lack of  beauty, that she set her stories in a historical period so the ladies would be wearing nice clothing.

It seems to be the same with modern artists, who are not very impressed with modern clothing and are painting pictures of women in the nature wearing pretty long dresses.

We can't approach life with the idea that everyone has to comply with our way of life, and if you sit around wishing for things to be less depressing, particularly in the mode of dress in the prevailing culture, you will have a long wait and in the end have spent your life waiting for better times and wishing you were born in another era. Please don't do that. Just live the way you want to and don't have any regrets.

You can do anything you like at home, and,  just as the author Janette Oake  said in her pioneer saga "Love Comes Softly," 
"When you read a book you can go anywhere in the world and have an adventure."

At home though, it is not necessary to read a book to have freedom at home and have an event or an adventure. You can do all sorts of things with your life at home.  It saves a lot of money and stress if you can figure out ways to enjoy the house and the yard and the area surrounding you. 

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Homemaker Support- Listen While You Work: Appearance at the Beach, Being A Day Ahead, Contradicting

Hello Dear Ladies,

I took some time to find a few 19th century type paintings of ladies at the beach, to illustrate how a visit to the ocean can be used as an opportunity for serenity and beauty. Pinterest is a great source of paintings but the people who post them do not always include the artist and name of the painting, so today you will have to look all that up yourself.  

I am very much concerned that the glory of the ocean is lost on the physical fitness movement, where going to the beach is for exercise alone. A visit to the ocean can inspire an artist or a poet,  and give ideas to a writer, and provide an adventure in nature-studies to children.

A walk on the beach can even draw your thoughts back through history, thinking of the many people before you in past times, who enjoyed the same salt air experience.
We hear people today wistfully talking about more elegant eras of the past, but some time at the coast has a refining effect on the people who know how to approach this experience with thoughtfulness, looking for all they can find to love and enjoy.

And, of course, it is evidence of God's glorious creation.

It is also a time of re-creation and relaxation.

Today in my video I discuss dressing for the beach, because it is more than sports and swimming. In "the olden days" people who wanted to swim in the ocean gathered in a different part of the beach that was set aside with bathing shelters just for sea-bathing (swimming), while other people preferred to stroll or sit and look at scenery, and even take tea.
artist: Gregory Harris

It is sometimes difficult to find long, feminine clothing, so I perused Pinterest and found something very simple but loose and long for the beach:

I would love to have a pattern for this! I like using one pattern and making a dresses from a variety of prints and solids. I had an Aunt who lived on a farm in the 1940's and she used the same pattern for her farm style dresses but she always liked to see what kind of interesting print fabric she could find.
Hermann Seeger

 I hope you will leave some comments!!

With my Time and Tru plaid cotton shirt today I am wearing Wet and Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Dark Wine, 99 cents at some stores and $1.00 at Dollar Tree. It has a very light feel and is so moisturizing. I'd like to try the L.A. Colors cosmetic brand which is sold at Dollar Tree, and I may do that soon.