Thursday, August 27, 2020


 Hello Ladies,

As I have a different computer and not familiar with including a printable newsletter, I'll invite you just to paste this newsletter on another page and print it out if you want a hard copy. It embodies some of the speech from the previous video, that is, the admonition to come out better on the other side of difficult times, than when you went in! 

Elect Lady



I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

ABUND'ANT, adjective Plentiful; in great quantity; fully sufficient; as an abundant supply. In scripture, abounding; having in great quantity; overflowing with.

Don't wait for abundant living.

Don't wait for your life to get better. Don't wait for the world

to straighten up. Don't wait for politics to settle down.

Don't wait for others to cooperate or agree. 

You can come out of the other side of an unfortunate situation BETTER.

Many people have discovered the value of keeping a routine of “better” things to do

that help them progress in life and refine their character.

I suggest making appointments with yourself at home, to do the following:

Better knowledge – stretch your mind by learning something every day. These days information is available at our fingertips and there is no excuse to allow your mind to become stagnant.

Better Bible Knowledge – most people have full schedules and very little time for this but now it is possible to include it in your “appointments” at home.

Better prayer life – make an appointment for personal prayer three times a day.

Better physical fitness – stretch your muscles and get rid of stiffness and pain. There are many online videos with good instruction. If all you do is move your neck or your hands, it is a conscious exercise that has great benefits. Ladies have reported that simple stretches and movements give them more mental clarity.

Better communication – Write your own newsletter with a dip and a dab of things that you are interested in, including your new knowledge and your new activities

More Creative – Take an art class online and order your supplies. You will be so amazed at the results of this effort. An appointment during the week can do wonders for you. Many ladies say they just never had the time for art and if they did, art classes required travel or were late at night. This is no longer necessary and you can enjoy lessons from the comfort of your own dining table.

Better dressed – Every day is special in God's sight. It is a gift! Dressing your best and being clean and well groomed (including clean hair and fresh breath) gives you a real lift but not just for you: it can be an encouragement to others in the home.

Better Homes and Gardens – I have heard that many ladies are happy that they finally have time to concentrate on cleaning drawers, closets, storage boxes, and even redecorating. You can do this too and come out of the other side of these difficult times with a better home and garden. This makes you happy but gives a lift to every passer-by.

Better food preparation – join a cooking class online or look for cooking instruction videos.

There will never be a dull moment if you will follow one food preparation video and prepare something. Not interested in cooking? Try a tea time video which teaches how to make fancy sandwiches and simple treats without turning on the cook stove.

Here is a wonderful recipe sent by Roxy, who is a dear friend, from the blog “Living From Glory to Glory”. I tried it and it turned out right the first time. Be warned it makes a LOT so you might have to freeze some. I didn't use loaf pans so mine was in rectangle deep dish, and I cut it into squares.

Mmmm. Good

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 c. Flour

2 c. Sugar

2 tsp. Baking soda

2 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Ground allspice

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Nutmeg

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Ground cloves

4 eggs

1 can (15 oz.) solid pumpkin

3/4 c. Canola oil (I use olive oil or butter)

2/3 c. Water

1/2 c. Chopped nuts, optional

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.

In another bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, oil and water. Mix well.

Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour into 3 greased loaf pans. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or
Until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Cool for10 minutes before removing from pans.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

"All The Better For It.'


Hello Ladies,

Today I talk about coming out of the other side of a bad situation BETTER in many ways! We've all been given more time at home and it can be used in a great way.  Please listen while you work. 


Tea cup from Brew To a Tea 

Dress by April Cornell

(It was once available at Victorian Trading Co.) from where this picture came:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Homemaking Inspiration, Last Reading of Booker T. Washington Autobiography

Hello Ladies,

I hope you get some things completed while listening today.  


Here is the summer cotton dress I finished today and the sewing accessories.  The dress design and fabric are based on a 1980’s Hawaii  pattern.

The dress is from this pattern. I added a zipper and a sleeve from an old pattern. (My arms are not yet presentable so I make a longer sleeve) ;-)

Since I am trying to use up fabric bits and trims, buttons, laces, edgings, etc. I had quite an enjoyable time adding things to this garment.

This is a loose, cool dress I would wear at home and if I had to go anywhere, would add a little jacket, bolero, cardigan or blazer to give it a less casual appearance.

 Here is the children's book I was talking about:

Once Upon A Memory
Reflections of Childhood
Brownlow Publishing

Enjoy the hymn and after a few plays, sing along:

Some nature sounds to take your mind off the news:

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Inspiration for Home and Another Reading from Booker T. Washington

Good Morning!

I am sharing the dawn's early view with you so you can see the mountain ranges in the distance.

Many women who have been home keepers all their lives have expressed the frustration of being unable to completely stay home and concentrate on the many things that just never get done. Because of the many things necessary to help the function of home life, we often must be "somewhere else" and are often away from home for hours. 

Although in our area we are out and about and everything is open, I have found alternatives to going out,(ordering, sending others in the family out for me) so that I can finally get some things done that I've been agonizing over for years: using up my fabric, painting walls, exercising, cooking classes, sorting through old things, getting books in order, learning something new, etc.

I also never had time to take courses and develop skills and knowledge of things that interest me. Not going out so much has given me the opportunity to take advantage of these online tutorials on subjects I've always wanted to know more about.

Today you will here more about Booker T. Washington, and how he insisted on total cleanliness, both personal and in the house. I thought this was applicable to our homes.  In a future reading I will relate his teaching to his students to "know more than just book learning" so that they could get along in life.

Enjoy this nature sound video for calmness and appreciation of the Creation:

Thursday, August 13, 2020

A Little Inspiration From Reading Booker T. Washington and Anne of Green Gables

Hello Ladies,

A quote from Booker T. Washington:

"I believe than any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements...if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life--that is, tries to make each day reach as nearly as possible the high-water mark of pure, unselfish, useful living. I pity the man, black or white, who has never experienced the joy and satisfaction that comes to one by reason of an effort to assist in making someone else more useful and more happy."  

Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915

Quote from Anne of Green Gables:

Marilla: What use would she be to us?
Matthew:  We might be of some use to her.

Ladies, you might also benefit from these sounds and come away with a sense of well-being, instead of listening to the discouraging reports in media. I like to have some nature sounds to alleviate any tension, and it is good background for housework ;-)

Reading Aloud from Booker T. Washington


Hello Ladies,

I hope you get something done while you listen today.

In the radio broadcast I spoke of a dress I just completed and will supply some of the details for you later.  The fabric is from Hobby Lobby and has a Queen Anns Lace print.
The dress is a Simplicity pattern which I re-designed a little to resemble a Western type costume I had seen on Pinterest. The hat is from a Butterick vintage style pattern. I'll try to include pictures of the patterns later.

I have been making a lot of these hats lately and thought I might attempt to include my own personalized version of a  pattern for them--one that I made up, and step by step instructions, in another post (someday).

I have not finished the inside of this one yet, as it needs a binding over the inside seam.

Here is a bouquet of Queen Ann's Lace which grows wild outside, and I've placed it next to the print of the fabric. You can see the rick-rack trim on the sleeve here, as well as in the neckline. 

I figured out how to get a full length picture of myself wearing the dress:

Monday, August 10, 2020

Reading from Booker T. Washington, and Anne of Green Gables

Western View

Hello Ladies,

I've been so busy at home now, with more and more to find, fix and finish. I took a little time off today to read aloud and I hope you get a lot done while listening. My hope is that within the stories  you can find inspiration for the home.


 I also enjoy some nature sounds while I do various things at home, and you might enjoy them too. 
I try to find nature videos without ads.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Saturday, August 01, 2020


Here is a great poem for you and your family to read aloud and eventually quote by memory.
Although published in 1911, it was a commentary on the "hectic pace of modern life."

People who lived aforetime thought their lives were too rushed and full of pressure! Poets and writers admonished people to "stop and smell the roses."


by William Henry Davies (Welsh: 1871-1940)

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.