Thursday, December 02, 2021

Doing the Best We Can

Welcome to Home Living and another episode of
Homemaking Radio, to listen while you walk or while you work at home.
This picture above is the southern view of The Manse.

On my walk this morning I paid attention to everything, as I often urge my readers to do daily.

Wherever you live and whatever circumstances you find yourself in, keeping a home takes a lot of thought, intelligence and time. 

To honor that, I talk about dressing up for that important dwelling place.

For the use-of-brown-paper challenge today I made a placemat and a decorative wrap for the pillar candle which I showed you in the video.

A few pictures from my 5 minute walk this morning...

...and the cardinal teacup for today:

Some of the things I suggested to make you positive and happy at home are:
Limited the news. You will see how much it affects your moods when you take time away from the reports.  
Make good use of the time on dull days or times that feel strange, by having something to show for that time. Time well spent is worth having.
Your home and family deserve your best dressed efforts---they are more important than anything else to dress for.

The broadcast is short but you can get in a walk or fresh air, fold something, or combine it with the previous short video.


Amelia said...

I love the photo of the mountains or hills with the fall trees...It reminds me of the song, 'America the Beautiful'...Purple mountain majesty. America, America God rest His grace on thee...And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea...

When you spoke about people advising to catch the specials oh how I know how that feels. Oh my goodness, when I was younger people would say things like that and I would think to myself (Oh if they only knew). I still wonder how people have gotten so out of touch with things. Oh and the Costco thing. Ugh. What do they do with all that stuff? lol Eight heads of lettuce? It seems it would go bad! lol My husband is a real estate broker, self employed and so often people would use others in real estate and non Christian ones too, oh my heart at times! We were poorer than a church mouse as they say. Even now I cringe when I hear certain things or attitudes. The other week my oldest newly wed daughter who lives in the burbs on a nice street was cheerfully saying her nextdoor neighbor buys a dozen roses a week, after all they are only ten dollars at the grocery store. Oh how I cringed. As the old vets used to say on buying Japanese made cars..."I'm to close to Pearl Harbor for that". I feel I too am too close to Pearl Harbor to be buying a dozen roses a week even at ten dollars. I still save rubber bands and all leftover food and even cardboard etc. Homemade clothes often go into my re-do bin and mending even my cloth everyday purse is not unheard of. : )

I enjoy your videos Lydia.

Lydia said...

Everyone should do what is best for them. It takes awhile to be able to shop in bulk . In the beginning, $20 had to buy enough food for a few days, and make meals.

Amelia said...

I agree, we can shop in bulk now but before couldn't, I think it was and is an attitude many have or had not understanding that not everyone can or could.

I remember those days too.

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year may we lift our country up in prayers.

God bless you always, Amelia

Janine said...

While I listened I took the illustrations from a new calendar that came in the mail and pasted them over the so-so pictures that are on the 2022 calendar whose layout of the days of the week I like best (the only calendar that comes with a notes section on the side). I have also covered windows that need privacy from the street, but I use parchment or wax paper because it lets in the light. When done with an exacto knife and clear tape it looks just like a frosted window. You live in a lovely area.

Rose said...

Thank you for talking about your health getting better by eating healthy homemade food.

I only cook for my husband and I, and need to work on adding more fresh and less processed food.

I taught myself how to make homemade soup with leftovers. We eat a lot of rice & beans (being Puerto Rican) and what I do is add any leftover rice, beans, veggies, & meat to 2 cups of stock, cook for about 25 minutes. Turns out thick and flavorful, better than can soup! Also, I done it with leftover pasta, meat and spinach. It was strange at first putting all the leftovers in a pot together, but it worked out and taste delicious!

On a side note: I always, always bounce back from anxiety & fear (no meds) with ways (reading my Bible, praying, inspirational talks, hymns, staying busy, etc.) that remind me that God sees everything going on, he is in control, Jesus is King, and the Holy Spirit is my comforter.

John 14: 27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Thank you so much for your videos! I love being at home, homemaking!!!
Take care,

Rachel said...

I watched this video and couldn't help remembering you and your paper bag challenge. As you can see there, you can make pretty and inexpensive Christmas decorations.
Thank you for your time and inspiration. Your lovely home corners and your practical suggestions are priceless.

Lydia said...

Beautiful video. Highly recommend it!! Love her woven dress fabric and the sleeves. Music is nice too!

Lydia said...

Thank you, ladies!

Rebecca said...

I remain grateful for your encouragement and company. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us and making these videos. You are a blessing.