Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Staying Home For Real Comfort

Today I talk about the resources within you and read from the book by Booker T. Washington, American Educator, (1856-1915).

The verse I read today relates to all that I said in the video, and it means what I have thought for a long time: do not wait for the world to be just right before you live your life, improve yourself or your home:

"He who observes the wind will not sow,
and he who regards the clouds
will not reap."
Ecclesastes 11:4

The books I read from today tell of people who attempted to do things, and after failing several times, succeeded.  I'm sure we can all use this inspiration in home life.

I hope, no matter what your age,  you are enjoying learning at home and being "homeschooled" with these videos.

Here is the guest room I was in while I talked today:

Here also are some calming sounds:

You might also check out the other videos with seasonal sounds or locations like lakes, ocean, forest,
and more.

A few of my readers enjoy peeking into lovely homes, and the Princess Home videos are very soothing:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

July Pictures

Hello Ladies,

I took this picture recently when there was an interesting haze over everything.  It was like having a filter on the camera.

I am busy today de-cluttering and sewing but I hope to make another video for you soon. In the meantime, please go to the continuous play on the left of this blog if you want to listen to the older videos. 

Today I have:

Prepared for the day 
Been for a walk and made a few remarks to the rabbit that freely roams around here
Heard the crows
Moved the water sprinklers around the land
Made my ambitious list
Folded sheets and pillowcases fresh from the line
I liked the dollar store calendar page for July this year because it is the most beautiful one I have seen in a long time. No matter what the hemisphere in which you live, the calendar publishers do not always make July a very pretty picture.

For those of you who want a little more to mentally chew on:

 In this next video, below,  he deals with the gloom and doom type of things we are always hearing that make us less productive in life. (judging by his accent I would guess the speaker is Jamaican.) I love the scriptures he uses. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Self Improvement at Home

 sky from a "house with a view"

Listen, learn and  along: Lord Speak to Me

Today's post is to aid you in having a successful and lovely homemaking day.

Hurry the Baby (A Man While You Wait) by Nixon Waterman
O Give Me Patience When Little Hands
Babies Don’t Keep
Jeannette and Jo

Making a Man
by Nixon Waterman

Hurry the baby as fast as you can,
Hurry him, worry him, making him a man.

Off with his baby clothes, get him in pants,
Feed him on brain foods and make him advance.

Hustle him, soon as he's able to walk,
Into a grammar school; cram him with talk.

Fill his poor head full of figures and facts,
Keep on a-jamming them in till it cracks.

Once boys grew up at a rational rate,
Now we develop a man while you wait,

Rush him through college, compel him to grab
Of every known subject a dip or a dab.

Get him in business and after the cash,
All by the time he can grow a mustache.

Let him forget he was ever a boy,
Make gold his god and its jingle his joy.

Keep him a-hustling and clear out of breath,
Until he wins - nervous prostration and death.

A Mother's Prayer

Oh give me patience when little hands
Tug at me with ceaseless small demands.

Keep my lips from hasty, sharp replies,
And give me gentle, smiling eyes.

Let not weariness, confusion and noise
Obscure me from life's fleeting joys.

So in years to come when my house is still,
Beautiful memories its rooms may fill.

This was an embroidery I had on my wall many years ago. I do not know if it is still available in a kit. 


By Mary Maples Dodge 1837

(Note: Learning to be encouraging and cheerful has always been a problem, even back in "the olden days." Poets, writers, preachers and teachers often addressed this subject. How much easier it is to get through a trial when your heart is rooted and grounded in hope and trust in God. This poem was written for girls.)

Two girls I know--Jeannette and Jo,

And one if always moping;

The other lassie, come what may,

Is ever bravely hoping.

Beauty of face and girlish grace

Are theirs, for joy or sorrow;

Jeannette takes brightly every day,

And Jo dreads each to-morrow.

One early morn they watched the dawn--

I saw them stand together;

Their whole day's sport, 'twas very plain,

Depended on the weather.

"'Twill storm! ' cried Jo. Jeannette spoke low,

"Yes, but 'twill soon be over."

And, as she spoke, the sudden shower

Came, beating down the clover.

"I told you so!" cried angry Jo:

"It always is a-raining!"

Then hid her face in dire despair,

Lamenting and complaining.

But sweet Jeannette, quite hopeful yet,--

I tell it to her honor,--

Looked up and waited till the sun

Came streaming in upon her.

The broken clouds sailed off in crowds,

Across a sea of glory.

Jeannette and Jo ran, laughing, in--

Which ends my simple story.

Joy is divine. Come storm, come shine,

The hopeful are the gladdest;

And doubt and dread, children, believe

Of all things are the saddest.

In morning's light, let youth be bright;

Take in the sunshine tender;

Then, at the close, shall life's decline

Be full of sunset splendor.

And ye who fret, try, like Jeannette,

To shun all weak complaining;

And not, like Jo, cry out too soon--

"It always is a-raining!"

Commonplace Home Scenes

 A few photos today for you while I get ready for the next recorded message. 

A morning greeter.

 I like to take a picture of the reflection in the manse window.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Good Conversation at Home, Citizenship, Withhold Nothing

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 
Psalm 84:11

This song has been posted here before but I thought you might like it again while cleaning the kitchen or some other job. This will give you a change to learn it by heart.

That First Cup of Tea

What a wonderful, luxurious richness there is, that crosses all social and economic lines, in that first sip of the day from a fine tea cup. It is as welcome when taken while in a primitive setting or a royal one. In fact, that lovely, refining cup of tea makes everything royal. It truly sets the tone for the day, especially when sipped thoughtfully.

Today I want to share some pattern pictures for those who are interested in sewing without zippers:

Simplicity 8981 (2020) 
This one has easy sleeves that are attached already.

New Look 6352
This one (above) is my all around favorite and I use it in many different ways with a variety of sleeves from other patterns. I also fold in the skirt pattern sides to make it a straight dress.It does require set in sleeves and is not easy in that respect. 

Simplicity 8871 (2020)
This one has set in sleeves, which can be difficult for some people, but there is no zipper.

I have not sewn this one yet but it has no zip.
You also have to deal with facings in all these patterns, which can be a pain for non-experienced sewists. However there is also an alternative for facings: turn down the raw edge of the neckline a fourth inch and press firmly, then turn it over again to hide the raw edge, and sew it like a hem.  It is hard to do on a neckline curve but much faster than a facing. I use piping or bias binding on the necklines when I don't want to sew a facing. Most facings are very easy if the pattern has been well tested. I have found some patterns with facings that won't fit. Maybe you have, too.

This Week  for Your Refinement Assignment (make a list in your notebook):

Notice one ordinary thing to be thankful for and make a note of it.
Start a Home Contentment Journal and at the end of the day list the tasks you worked on, the things you completed, the observations you had, and your ideas .
Send out one card or a personal newsletter to one person.
Pray for anyone who has been spiteful, disgruntled, sharp and critical.
Correct one character flaw in yourself.
Exercise every day, even if it is a few stretches. It helps balance the thinking and the emotions.
Engage in pleasant talk and avoid contradicting and arguing. It will go a long way to cutting down on stress. 
Do one creative thing this week if you can manage it.

 I do hope today will be a time for getting through personal challenges and making good use of the time God has given you.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Person With a Purpose, The Silent Influence, Perseverance, Ordinary Thankfulness

Art by Harrison Fisher,  1875-1934

Hello Ladies,

Please enjoy this shorter radio broadcast while you work at home

To enjoy today:

A beautiful sunset

Queen Anne's Lace (the wild carrot)

 Bosque Pears

Please enjoy singing along:

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Special Nature Sounds, and new video by Peggy Hall.

Hello Ladies,

I hope to speak to you soon.

I am "into" these nature sounds videos as I go about my day, and I thought you might like this one:

Peggy Hall has a good video today HERE

Here is the book about adrenaline fatigue that I read from in the previous video.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Identify as a Lady, Fatigue, Focus on the Home

"And above all these things, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...and be thankful." Colossians 3:14

Please take the video talk with you while you get some things accomplished at home or in the garden.

Adrenalin Fatigue

Be in bed before 10 p.m.
Sleep until 9 a.m. when possible.
Look for things that make you laugh.
Eliminate things in your life that drain your energy.
Make your lifestyle a healing one.
Do something enjoyable every day.
Notice one small, everyday thing and be grateful. 
Take your supplements 
Move your body and breathe deeply
Keep a journal
Eat foods your body needs.
Salt your food, salt your water (use good salt)
Eat fresh foods as close to their original form as possible.

Dollar Tree hat supplies: Total: $3.00. No glue or sewing necessary.

Free classes to take online:

Excercise and Breathing
Cooking and Meal Preparation
Many other things- carpentry, building, sewing. 

 Sometimes I listen to things like this while I prepare for the day:

I thought you might enjoy this cooking demonstration by Italian Joe. He's so happy and enthusiastic, and remind me a lot of the men in my family, although we are not Italian.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Home At Last

These have been days of blessings for some people who have been wanting to "come home" and have a life within their own realm. For others, it has been an adjustment that has brought them some contentment. 

At home there is no particular hurry for anything.
There is no deadline or forced scheduling.
Eventually you find your own way of doing things and the way your home functions best.
You figure out how to make a good atmosphere for your family.

I remember Squire Hamley saying, "She's broken me in to her fine London ways, and I'm all the better for it."

We feel the same way about being home. We adjust to a way of life at home, and we are all the better for it.

We rely on Christ for our contentment, and it is He who brings us through any changes, and makes us all the better for it.

For those of you who are interested, the X22 Report tonight has a good talk about masks.

Peggy Hill on The Healthy American has a good discussion also. She read the same scripture I read in yesterday's video.

Note:  God designed us to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

 He breathed the breath of life into man when he was created.

 He gives us the breath of life.

 A mask suffocates the breath of life by impeding the oxygen to your lungs and body and brain, and making the breath you breathe out, which is a waste product, get breathed back into your body.

People are getting very sick (colds, flu, more). It is against human nature and a crime against human life.

  Breathing carbon dioxide back into your body has a similar effect as being locked in a car with the motor going--carbon monoxide poisoning.

You can't be arrested for not wearing a mask, because no law has been passed and it doesn't violate any legal law, and so not wearing one is not against the law. The jails are closed and the sheriff has to stand 6 feet apart from people, so I doubt you'll be arrested. Some who say they were, have been given a quick release when no charges could be made, due to no law actually passed.

Laws must be passed by the legislature and the legislature must first debate them and vote on them. The governors do not pass laws. Any rules they give have a limited time effect.

Every state dot gov has a health department page which contains an exemption clause that the news media never reads to you.  Most people think there is a law that you must do this or that, but a rule is not a law and it has a limit in time.

Today the governor in my state issued some kind of rule (not a law) that we could only have 11 people in a home.  How did she arrive at 11? Why not 10? 8?  This is curious. Is she a scientist, a doctor or a researcher of the effectiveness of 11?

There are more of us than there are of the governors and people are already overwhelming these oppressive rules. These seem light right now but as people capitulate to them, they will impose more and more restrictions.  Soon it will be sirens with lights out at 8 pm and sirens to wake us up and send us outside for excercise drills.  You don't have to be a prophet to think of what they might do next.  But when all is said and done, it is the women in the home, going about their lives, that will create freedom,  not the politicians. which is the reason we never wait for "things to change" in politics. We just live our lives the way we need to.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Good Appearance for Yourself and Your Home Gives You More Peace, Assignment #7

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
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.