Saturday, July 11, 2020

Good Appearance for Yourself and Your Home Gives You More Peace



Hello Ladies,
Please enjoy listening as you go. It is hard to avoid talking about the current issues in times where everyone is feeling it so personally and close to home, but I attempted to ease it a little with some home remedies of making you and your home look their best.

I was not able to share a teacup today but this is the one that I used.

todays teacup



Refinement Assignment:

Try a new tea.
Spend more time getting ready before you begin your day.
In your notebook write these verses: Psalms 37:4-8 
Food presentation--arrange the meal on a plate
Listen to this song until you can sing along:



Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Preparation (Appearance) Helps You Look Forward to the Day at Home, Refinement Lesson #6



Life is precious, and every minute counts as gold. Making a life at home
is a gift from God, and we want to enjoy every minute of it if we can.


Here is your refinement class assignment:

Go early to the stores.
Don't debate anyone, just show them by doing what you do.
 Prepare a place in your home, even if everything else is not so neat and tidy.
 Get a tea cup from Home Goods (or use your best)
Sit and partake of tea while looking through a publication that inspires you.
Send a card or letter to someone.
Pray for your family members individually.
Clean the kitchen, do the laundry, make sure the bathroom is clean and sanitary.
Practice alternative thinking to the gloomy reports.
2nd Corinthians 4:8-10 written in your notebook.

Sing along if you like:



Here are a couple of videos you might find useful, which you can watch as part of your refinement assignments.

This should last you quite awhile, so my next posts won't have any assignments. 




  
Not for the sensitive: If you are interested in how the things going on are in violation of the Geneva Convention, this lady has done some research on it. 

Monday, July 06, 2020

Pretty Victorian Hat and Veil, Preparation Time is Down Time, Refinement Lesson #5


Greetings Everyone,
I wanted to speak to you about the current situation (political warning for those who have an objection to the talk of politics) but I have tried to keep it on the upside, have fun with it and leave you feeling okay after you listen.

Today is mostly a DIY video so you will not get much done, but this is very rare on this channel and might be the only time I do this kind of thing. The rest of the videos, except for the brief showing of the tea cup, are designed to listen to as you go about your home responsibilities.




Here is your Refinement Assignment to write in your little book:

1. Verse of the week is from Matthew chapter 7, verses 7-11:
   
     "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."

Also:

"Whatever you wish others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12-14

2.  From the third verse of the song, "America the Beautiful," write these words and explain the meaning as best you can:

"May God thy gold refine
Til all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine."

3.What is "good citizenship?" Love your neighbor as yourself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Care and concern for your family.

4. Practice conversation skill with a one or two minute verbal exchange that is pleasant, not talking about the current media reports.

5. Teacher wants you to recline in a chair for an hour and watch "Love Comes Softly,"  looking for elements of learning and refinement.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4916domzMU&t=2789s  (note: not for children (due to loss, some  mishaps, some tension. Still is a delightful movie, but that's life, isn't it).

6. Use your preparation-for-the-day (getting dressed, ready) as part of your down time to relax, avoiding listening to media reports. 






If you want a picture of the card I present to store employees and friends, please send me an email.

If you need more videos to work by, click on the continuous play on the sidebar.

Have a wonderful, restful day and hopefully I will be back here very soon!


More information about some of the things I talked about, HERE



Those who want to keep  up with politics might enjoy a more positive view from X22 Report.  Dave adds two videos per day, one on politics and one on finances, both to do with the current upheaval.

Also check Peggy Hall's "The Healthy American" for these two articles.

Part 1

Part 2  

Friday, July 03, 2020

The Half Has Never Yet Been Told



I heard this song in church when I was only about 6 years old. It has not been in the church song books for a long time, and I doubt many people are familiar with the words. It seems to speak of the Queen of Sheba, after viewing the great success of Solomon's kingdom and the happiness of his citizens: "The half has not been told!"

1Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions. 2She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones.

 And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. 3And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her.

 4And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 5the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her.
6And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, 7but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard.

 8Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!

 9Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.”

 10Then she gave the king 120 talentsa of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Fragrance, Home Appreciation Day, Refinement #4


Greetings,
I hope you get a few things done while listening, even though this is shorter than usual. Just click the continuous play on the left of this blog to have more videos to listen to.




Refinement Assignment:

Enjoy a Scented Walk
For an entire day, say nothing about the current events.
Write what scene (in the house or yard) you would like to wake up to, that you can actually make possible. Go through some magazines that have some homey scenes of beautiful rooms and get some ideas to use.  I like Victoria and Victoria Classics publications.
Listen to the song several times throughout a day, until you can sing along.




Today's verse:
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Today's Song (with the word "fragrance" in it.)

What we are:
-afflicted
-perplexed
-persecuted
-cast down

What we are "not":
-not defeated
-not crushed
-not in despair
-not destroyed

2 Corinthians 4:7-11




Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Comfort Zone, Refinement #3





Hello Ladies, 
I hope you get a lot accomplished while you listen.



For those who are troubled about the current events, please listen to Peggy Hall at Healthy American. This is in California but what she explains is applicable to all States.

Also, the X22 Report is very good today.



Today's Refinement Assignment:

Care of the Eyes: List some things good for the eyes to see.
Prepare a pleasing table setting
Dress for dinner
Learn something about how to breathe, perhaps from a physical therapist video, and practice it for one minute.
Go for a walk, slowly and observe the following:
What do you hear, see, smell, feel, think.


I hope you have made a little book to keep track of the refinement lessons, similar to the one I showed you in the previous video.

Scene: from the north room with a view.

This is the verse I quoted at the start of the video:

Romans 8:37-39

Here is a song to hear and eventually play enough to sing along with today:





For those still concerned about losing their physical freedom,
go to Healthy American for information on how you can help your government,
your businesses, and your society.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Home is a Comfort Zone, Worth Being In, Refinement #2

Picture from one of my rooms with a view.




Refinement Class:

Dressing your best at home.
A meal at the table.
Eating and swallowing silently.
Appointments with yourself
Making home a comfort zone
Talk to someone without criticizing.
Watch a sunset.
Listen to the song posted here, until you can sing along.
Worship during the week (sing, pray, dwell on the scripture)








Please indicate in comments if you were able to watch my video (the one above, with the teacup) on your device. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Creating Time Off, Become a Student of Life, Refinement #1


Today I hope you get a lot of your goals accomplished in the home while listening.



Here is the assignment from the  Refinement Lesson, which begins approximately at minute 59 on the video. I do hope you will be watching the rest of the video, as it generally deals with refinement.

You may do them all in one day, or take one a day.

Day 1:  Have a deliberate resting time between tasks.
Day 2:  Walk a length (hallway, driveway) according to the suggestion in the video.
Day 3: Write your to-do list in a careful way.
Day 4: Attempt a one-page newsletter just for you, as a record of your thoughts. (See sample below)
All Days: Give up the practices of being cynical, sardonic, sarcastic, critical, accusing, condemning, and hasty, sharp replies.
*Substitute for the above: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control (Galations 5:22)

This is not my newsletter, but a lovely sample from a friend!!



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Under His Wings







Hello Ladies,

Today I hope you will listen often enough to sing along,  and check out the  Playlist and get a continuous play to keep you company while you go about your responsibilities at home.

On the SE Samonte playlist, they put up scriptures at the end of each song, so the pause is longer to wait until the next song, but just be patient. 





Listening to these songs would also be a good beginning for my future talks on refinement. The words in these hymns cannot fail to refine.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

He Is Everything To Me



Hello Ladies, I thought you would enjoy this hymn today. Please enjoy it while you go about your household routine. Many of us have it memorized and sing it easily while washing dishes or working in the garden.  I particularly like the words in the last stanza:

Glory be to Him forever,
Endless praises to Christ the lamb:

He has filled my life with sunshine;
He has made me what I am!

O that everyone could know him,
O that all would adore
O that all would trust the love
Of the mighty friend above,
And be His forevermore!



Friday, June 19, 2020

Guard Your Hearts and Minds

Most people know the verse Philippians 4:8 (whatever is lovely),
but have you recently considered the previous verses?

Do not be anxious about anything, 
but in everything
by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.

And the peace of God, 
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

There are a few ways to guard your hearts and minds, revealed in my latest video here:












If you are interested in news that is more reassuring and truthful, news that even the conservative news does not cover, you might check out the following on YouTube. In the case that you are trying to stop listening to the media but still need to be informed, these will certainly help:

X22 Report - my favorite
Judicial Watch (Tom Fitton)
Project Veritas
Liberal Hivemind
Amazing Polly - Good research on a number of things that conservative or liberal press never exposes--(-listen with caution)
Mr. Reagan
Black Conservative Patriot
Kip Simpson

Note: Constituents of Home Living should naturally have a caution when listening to any of these suggested videos, as none of them have been through Lady Lydia's School of Refinement. They have good political information but some are lacking in refinement ;-)


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Market For Home Life

(View From the  Front Window of the Manse)

The world revolves around the home and the family. You can see it everywhere, especially when enterprise is at its peak. Garden publications and plant/soil centers wait for people to fill up their yards and gardens with that merchandise. Grocery stores supply everything for a home-cooked meal.


 Someone recently told me of an survey she took of a department store in her area, to see if she could supply a home with everything it needed. She was in fact, looking for wedding gifts to help the couple establish their new home and feel settled. She spoke of how the market caters to home life, and  listed a number of things that were available in large supply:

Cookbooks 
cookware
dishware and cutlery
bakeware
bedding
kitchen supplies
bathroom supplies
Home office supplies
garden and yard furniture
indoor furniture (beds, tables, chairs, living room couches and chairs, rugs, cushions)
heaters, cooling fans, electric fireplace, 
lamps and lighting
wall hangings and pictures
house paint
electric and plumbing supplies 
camping equipment
hardware, some building tools
vehicle supplies, motor oil, etc. 
bicycles
A vast fresh produce and grocery department on one side of the store.
Summer and winter clothing, hats, umbrellas, handbags, etc.Children and baby clothes and baby supplies: beds, strollers, etc.

The travel equipment to fully stock your vehicle was abundantly available, as well as travel magazines, books.

Anyone who just wanted a vacation at home with a fancy dinner could have it readily. 


She concluded that these shops in her small town could supply nearly everything needed for a home.
She even spotted some basic school books for learning at home: reading, writing science, art supplies,  instructional videos and others.

Because the supply chain was not interrupted during the recent events, home improvement products were available.  We noticed how much the yards and gardens were enhanced in the neighborhoods and how many families were enjoying being on their bicycles. 

I can remember when this was not as easy even in normal times.  Everything had to be ordered by catalog, including your cook stove and fridge. 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Feeling Settled, Guarding the Mind










Today I show you William Poole Designs, a book with houseplans and descriptions of beautiful southern homes. Each page includes a descriptive paragraph of life in that kind of house with all its historical and atmospheric elements.







Thank you for listening and I hope you accomplished what you desired.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The Cynic, the Sour and That Sorry Lot



Recently, our dear Roxy, at Living From Glory to Glory wrote a heartfelt post about those who rain on other people's parades, an expression that means "replacing the anticipation of joy with disappointment."  Just think of a parade everyone is anticipating and waiting for, and it rains, spoiling the whole effect. Someone is happily occupied, or has achieved something, and a sourpuss tells them it is no good.

Gathering Flowers, by Daniel Ridgeway Knight.

Even the artists got terrible reviews from people whose job it was to be critics.

The spoilers, the cynics, the the sour and the suspicious, have been around since the beginning of time. You can find them in the Bible and throughout history. These critics have never created anything of value, or built anything with their own hard work. Individuals who are busy with absorbing goals and work, have no time to demolish others with their intentional gloomy remarks.

The "Can Do" people will always have "Shouldn't Do" foes. It is particularly essential to home life that these gloom and doomers not get a foothold.   It is possible you will deal with this,  when  family members or friends think that it is healthy and good to constantly contradict anything that is good and lovely. Sometimes they think they are just being open-minded or engaging in what is called "constructive" criticism.


Roses by Catherine Klein



Some of the early explorers and pioneers and anyone who set out to achieve something good, knew that whenever they attempted to build something or accomplish something, someone would try to stop them. Armed with that bit of knowledge, they saw discouraging words for what they were: an attempt to stop them from doing something beneficial to their families or to others.

This happens in families, in churches, in towns and countries.  Someone will always be out there ready to make sure you don't get ahead, ready to stop you from enjoying your life, from growing in wisdom and knowledge, or from doing well.



Knowing this can help you to continue with your work and your plans.  Just expect the disgruntled, ungrateful, jealous people to give you a hard time. It is part of the territory. Anything that was ever achieved, even raising a family or keeping a home, was accomplished despite the whiners and complainers.

I quite liked Roxy's article because it illuminated the  effect the critics can sometimes have if you let them. There has always been the naysayer and the discourager, just as there has always been possibilities and people who pursue the good and lovely things in life.



1. Realize it comes from people who are looking for faults. That in itself tells you where their minds are.
2. Some critics are not happy about life.
3. Never give in to these detractors.  Tell them what you are doing is just fine.
4. We used to tell them to "grow up," or "get a life" or go back to their mother's basement.
5. When we stop telling them to mind their own business, we let them run wild and free and then their mental sickness spreads and  multiplies and we end up with critics from all sides.
6. Sometimes these attitudes are bred into them from their home life, where people gripe all the time instead of building one another up, encouraging each other and helping others succeed.
7. Other times they are well brought up but after a number of years in institutions of education, become indoctrinated to criticize and to suspect anything that is good, natural, pure and lovely.
8. Don't let anyone stop you from your good goals and your accomplishments.. you may have to work gently around them and occasionally smile at them and offer a cup of tea. Eventually they will settle down and accept that life does not stop.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Homemaking Develops Knowledge, Skills, Talent; Look After Your Mind


Hello Dear Ladies,

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."
Colossians 3:23







Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Susan Rios Art Classes on Zoom



Hello Ladies,

I recently attended a Zoom art class in which the students painted a lovely floral. As I have often posted Susan Rios paintings here, I'd like to let you know about these classes.

 I found the Zoom link she sent to the students incredibly easy to use compared to other online communication programs--no downloading no password; just a click and there you are in the class. 

Because the class was so enjoyable and I learned so much, I wanted to give you Susan Rios contact so you could attend one of the class:

to see how you can attend the next class. 

You will then be on her mailing list for the date of the next class.

The next class is this coming Sunday from 1-3 pm. Pacific Time.

She will send you information on the time, materials to have at hand, the cost and how to pay.

I was able to try my hand at painting a rose and I am looking forward to the next subject.

 With all the tension going on in the world via the constant media, this class was a welcome respite and I think you would find it so, too.




Monday, June 08, 2020

Home: A Higher Purpose; History, Literature



Hello Ladies, I wanted to come here sooner but it is planting season and it has taken up a lot of time. I managed to talk a little today to keep you company while you are busy with your home. I also read a little of Wives and Daughters.





Tea Cup - Gracie China from Home Goods (TJ Max, Marshall's. Ross)

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Instantly Change Circumstances, Hospitality, History










One Day At A Time

Keep your life's todays serene and fair;
Shut away the doubts that oft come creeping.
Leave your life's tomorrows in God's care;
For He holds them safely in His keeping.