Monday, November 20, 2023

Freedom at Home, Winter Ideas

Hello Ladies,

I  hope you are giving life your best today. I have a new "broadcast" video. You can listen while you catch up on a few things at home.

I shared another tea book from Dollar Tree purchased a decade or more ago:

It is from The Clever Factory publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee.

I enjoyed this exercise video from Lucy Windham-Read, in a winter wonderland. It will be nice to see if she does a similar video in the spring. Please be aware when following exercises, you can do every-other one, or just do half the video, and you can alter the movements to suit your needs.

I have added more ideas on MY PINTEREST if you would like to look at something that is peaceful.

I hope you will enjoy home, get some things done, or rest, while you listen. I plan to post another picture at the end of the page so please check back.


Saturday, November 18, 2023

We Want to be Happy at Home

Greetings dear friends at home (and those who aspire to be)!

I appreciate your visit and I hope you enjoy the video. 

"We are having very nice weather."

I have been wearing this historical "walking skirt"
which my daughter sewed for me many years ago.

It is longer in the back, with a nice pleat. 
It is made from Folkwear pattern #209

In the broadcast I suggested some things to make winter more enjoyable at home, which my younger friends have shared with me. 

I read from these two books:

Simple Social Graces by Linda Lichter (18th-19th century customs and manners of the home)
Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home by Emilie Barnes (home keeping, home decor, and other things)

These were published many years ago, but doing a search for books about home  and homemaking will bring up quite a number of very good recent publications on these subjects.

I read the poem from the song: O For a Faith That Will Not Shrink, which was written in 1831. The words indicate what people knew about faith and how they experienced it in Victorian times:

  1. Oh, for a faith that will not shrink,
    Though pressed by every foe,
    That will not tremble on the brink
    Of any earthly woe!
  2. That will not murmur nor complain
    Beneath the chast’ning rod,
    But, in the hour of grief or pain,
    Will lean upon its God.
  3. A faith that shines more bright and clear
    When tempests rage without;
    That when in danger knows no fear,
    In darkness feels no doubt.
  4. Lord, give me such a faith as this,
    And then, whate’er may come,
    I’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss
    Of an eternal home.

  1.  Reading this aloud can bring out its meaning so well and is a great poem for older children to memorize, analyze and sing.

Please enjoy your responsibilities at home while you listen:

Friday, November 10, 2023

Patiently, Thought by Thought --For the Home

Hello Ladies,

It is looking and feeling very grim out there but "we are enduring it as best we can."

Today's broadcast is at the end of the page.

As you listen today please remember that these are my own ideas based on my observations and thoughts and do not necessarily apply to any other person's situation. Even if you have different thoughts and ideas, as I always opine, "We can still be friends."  It wouldn't be a very interesting life if everyone was the same. ("But Lizzy, not everyone is the same.")

I shared this book which was one of the small books from the dollar store many years ago. It is from 
The Clever Factory publishers in Nashville, Tennessee if you want to search for the rest of them. This edition promotes deliberately shutting out the rushing and pressures of life by creating moments of stillness and slowness.

In today's broadcast (scroll to the end of this page to see the video), I explained briefly the difference between the Regency Period, (1795-1837) described in The Jane Austen Diet,

...and The Victorian Era (1837-1901)
described in Simple Social Graces.


You can do a search for the Regency Era hats and clothing and the Victorian hats and clothing to see the differences.

Poems I read:

Patiently, thought by thought, 
Old habits are untaught,

We watch, but cannot see 
The seed invisibly
Become the oak or pine
Or warm, fall fruiting vine.

We see the stature gained,
But  do not see things grow--
The process is too slow.

Things have a time to root,
A time to flower
And a time to fruit
And a time to stand and rest:
And every time is best.

Waiting is also growth;
Living consists of both.
Patiently, thought by thought
A new way of life is wrought.

Please enjoy listening while you get things done at home, or walk or rest. Some people say they fall asleep listening. If that works for you, it is just fine with me.

Do a search for the following:
Autumn interiors
Autumn soups
Autumn outerwear, rain books, rain wear
Autumn activities

Monday, November 06, 2023

Thoughts at Home

Hello lovely ladies at home (and those who want to be).

I hope you are doing the best you can at home.

Please make a list, pray, take care of your appearance, exercise (find a video to follow for your age and ability), even if it is a one minute stretch, walk outside even if it is two steps, sing a song, read a sentence in a good book, listen to music, wash something by hand, paint a picture, write a letter, or sit still.

Things I have been listening to:

Have a look at their other videos, too.

Classical music seems to reset the mind and body and gives a good pace to life, especially in the home.
In these videos, she has a place underneath the arrow where you can see the names of the tunes.

She has a few videos you might enjoy. This one is about vocabulary.

This is a more difficult for someone like me but I learn a lot watching it.

This House is Easier to Paint so if you want to have good results in a few minutes, start with this. 

Please go to My Pinterest and see my latest collections.

Don't forget Miss Lillian's sewing blog

In this broadcast I read about tact, ink bottles, and stress.
I talked about people who want to argue.

Please enjoy being home while you listen:

Friday, November 03, 2023

Reading and Talking About Various Things


Hello Dearest Ones!!

Welcome, and if you'd like to hear the video (without ads!) while you read, scroll to the end of this page.

I'm writing and broadcasting for my own family and sharing it with "all you all" as if we were attending a special ladies tea. In the comfort of your own home, and not interrupting your work, you can listen. It's a great deal and won't cost either of us anything. It is nice to stay home. 

The little tea book, in the picture above, was from Dollar Tree more than 15 years ago, and it is published by:
The Clever Factory
P.O. Box 150722
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
It is possibly available somewhere online if you'd like to do a search 

I am also  enjoying that light layer of fog. I think there are more than 4 seasons and this is fog season.

Some of you might be happy that I still practice the sport of stealth-sipping. It is my substitute for stealth-camping. This way, I won't get lost on the trail.

What I read:

-A poem from The Christian Charm Course by Emily Hunter, the older edition with the red cover.
 I suggested you get your own copy and take yourself through the course.

-Simple Social Graces- How the Victorians viewed personal refinement of manners and appearance.

-The Jane Austen Diet, --the chapter on stress "The Mind-Body Connection"

-The Do's and Don'ts of  Yesteryear by Eric Sloane--"do not ruin the harmony of a group conversation." 

-Ceremonial of Common Days by Abbie Graham--The luxury of hotel writing paper

Wives and Daughters--Roger's speech to Molly

I talked a little about the phrase "7th generation" often seen on eco-friendly products, and living in such a way that it would positively effect and encourage someone in a future generation.

I Thessalonians 4:11
"...aspire to live quietly and to mind your own business and to work with your hands..."

Please work or rest at home while you listen today.