Tuesday, October 03, 2023

A New Measurement: “Some”


Thank you so much for coming to visit. I’m sorry not to have a video for you yet.

I have had some cotton fabric in a shelf for quite a long time and I’m hoping this might be the autumn I get some time to sew it.

My grandson taught me about the rivers and currents all around us in the air, so I’ve been making an effort to go outdoors more often but going for walks close to The Manse.

I saw this cute Jane Austen books hair clip on Pinterest, and it is sold on Etsy.

I made some pumpkin spice latte and here is my recipe:

Some Pumpkin Spice Latte

Whip some heavy cream til it is thick. This goes on top of the drink after it has been poured into the cup. It helps to get this ready first.

In Australia there was double cream and triple cream, making it unnecessary to spend any time whipping it into a froth on the mixer. I found double cream here at a private dairy. They don’t identify it as double cream. Instead, they say they can’t sell it because it is too thick to pour out of the container. We knew what it was immediately and eagerly accepted the free double cream. I’ll be giving her a donation for it. 

In a saucepan pour some half and half or milk of your choice (almond, coconut, oat, etc.)

Add some puréed pumpkin—note, puréed texture is different than canned pumpkin, but canned pumpkin can also be used. I use a spoonful per cup ( not a measuring spoon).

Add some pumpkin pie spice — or make your own spice mix from a pumpkin pie recipe.

With a wire whisk, stir this into a froth while on medium heat. 

When it begins to steam and rise in the pan, pour some into a cup and add some whipped cream and some nutmeg on top.

In a thin stream, pour some pure maple syrup on top, forming an initial of
your name.

You can always do a search for a real recipe on the web. 

You can sometimes find these wood signs that look like jars, at the dollar store. My recipe has no coffee but you could add some if you like.

Be sure to:

Make your list 
Have a serious cup of tea
Get bathed and dressed in something cheerful 
Do a few minutes of simple stretching (search for an illustrated  set of stretches or exercises that suit you )
Walk through the house 
Go outside for air
Read something pleasant 
Sing while you work 
Clean as you go
Keep the wet areas caught up — kitchen, bathrooms, laundry)
Relax a little between every task
Do a small, achievable creative task or thing 

You can go to my Pinterest to see some of the pictures of dresses I’ve added. The link is on the upper left of this blog.  I like this print with the aqua blue background:

I read in one of my broadcasts from an old book (Do’s and Don’ts of Yester-Year by Eric Sloane) which said don’t follow dictates of fashion, and stay with classic styles that are sensible and withstand tests of time.

 My observation is that a current style cannot give you confidence or social acceptance if it is not right for your coloring, body size, or shape or your personality. 

 Being trendy doesn’t get you anywhere unless the trend is just perfect for you.

 So while the cropped wide-leg trousers and sleeveless tops might seem exciting, think not only about what the style covers, but also what it uncovers. The bare parts that a fashion exposes might not be something you want others to see if you are concerned about your personal body privacy.

Even garments that cover from neck down can be unflattering and reveal more than you want. Some ladies say they have never found T-shirts to be modest unless worn under a blazer. Knit garments like t-shirts and leggings tend to show every unwanted pound and extra roll of skin on the body.  

It has often been said that “What was underwear 50 years ago, is now outer wear.” T-shirts. chamisoles, cropped tops and leggings used to be underwear. How far we haven’t progressed!

 Also, some trends, by the shape, texture and color can make even the most young and physically fit person look awkward, sloppy, unhealthy,  thick-waisted, less refined, and unladylike. This includes footwear. 

We can get comfortable shoes that are also pretty. We aren’t running any races in the house, so we don't have to wear track shoes, but at the same time we need not be dangerously casual by wearing flip flops or footwear that doesn’t protect the feet. 

Homemakers need fairly loose, cheerful clothing they can easily adapt to the dozens of roles they have in the home. My solution is a long dress with an apron that has similar colors. When it’s time to go do business errands in town or see anyone, remove the apron and add a matching cardigan or little jacket or pretty blazer.  I like the “cottage core” clothing I’ve seen on the web and Pinterest, which is more natural in fiber content  (cotton, linen, etc) and better for the skin.  Cottage core looks back to the pretty clothes worn throughout the ages and has withstood the tests of time.

So when considering what to buy and what to wear, don’t use current styles as a guide unless the style will look good when it’s not in style anymore and unless it meets other clothing criteria and standards:

Does  it adequately conceal rather than reveal the skin?
Are there holes and cuts the garment? (are you paying for something that isn’t even there?)
Does it reveal more skin than it covers? A sound style should cover more of the body than it leaves bare.
Does the garment draw the eye to  private areas by being too low, too short or too tight?
Does the color and print adequately suit the complexion, age and body type? 

Please add some of your own requirements in comments here if you get a spare moment. It is much appreciated.

I enjoyed watching this from Sweet Magnolia Home



Lynnette said...

Thank you Mrs. Sherman for all the work you do to bring your viewers your beautiful blog. It always brightens my day when you have a new post up! I very much enjoyed the Sweet Magnoliaa Home video-so pretty and relaxing.

Looking forward to seeing a new video from you soon!


Lydia said...

I am happy to do it!

Hanah said...

Those cotton fabric prints are lovely! The only dress standards I adhere to strictly are the ones given in Scripture. So, I don't braid my hair or wear pearls or gold. I don't wear any costly array [diamonds, designer shoes or purses, etc]. I stick to modest apparel that doesn't detract from the attributes of shamefacedness and sobriety. For example, I wouldn't wear a Mickey Mouse t-shirt, because I don't consider it sober. I avoid silly clothing that would draw attention to myself. I never want my outfits to scream, "look at me". But instead I try to intentionally embrace shamefacedness by wearing outfits that [hopefully] sheepishly proclaim, "nothing to see here". Lol

Lydia said...

I’m very interested in clothing standards and why you choose certain styles. Everyone has their level, of course. I noticed from Victorian era photos that women’s clothing looked like suits but were often dresses with sections sewn on that made them appear to be jackets and skirts with a blouse. That’s quite innovative.

Marianne said...

Good morning from Alabama, where the afternoons are in the high 80's; the mornings are more pleasant being in the 60's.But we are desperate for rain.
I do almost always cook with "some"! a very expressive term I think.
Thank you for todays post , all the photos are so enjoyable and uplifting. I sure look forward to "seeing " you soon on video- I am actually kind of lonesome for you. God bless you, Lydia.

Hanah said...

Yes, that is extremely clever. I love the look of a skirt and blouse, but rarely ever choose it because a dress is quicker and easier. So, a dress that looks like a shirt and blouse would be wonderful!

Lydia said...

I agree. A dress us simpler to sew if pattern doesn’t have too many pieces, and is sewing it is less time than a skirt and blouse.

Homemaker's Heart said...

This was lovely. I had the experience recently of an appt with my physical therapist. She was instructing me how to sit a certain way to help my back. When I remarked "Well, how am I suppose to sit lady like??" She looked at me like I lost my marbles.
It intrigued me that she doesn't think about anything like that.