Thursday, December 28, 2023

Making Home Pleasant (Food, Manners, Poetry, Education)

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

The video is at the end of this page.

Today I "broadcast" from my sewing room. These sessions are designed to listen while you get a few things done at home. 

I wore this butterfly cotton  print dress, which I sewed many years ago from this pattern, Simplicity 9198: 

Below is a picture from an old book I have. I was looking at it with some of you in mind,  who are on your own much of the time. I spoke about it not being necessary to have company in order to create something like this. 

These are the books I read snatches from. I am enjoying my latest acquisition "Jane Austen's Table" which was published a few years ago. 

I do so appreciate you coming to listen. It motivates me to continue to publish. Originally these were intended for my descendants, but I decided to share it with you all. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Quiet Days

Hello Everyone and Welcome to The Manse.

No great throng came over on the   25th but we texted each other and that was nice. I spent the day catching up on a few household things that had been nagging me for awhile, and walking (carefully) outside.

I like this primitive-porcelain contrast of the distant fog shrouding the forest, with the shining teacup. That is what my stealth-sipping is all about--contrasts.

I hope you'll find plenty to do whilst listening the broadcast. I appreciate those of you who are praying for me to come here more often. That is what I am hoping to do, especially for anyone who feels isolated.

In this broadcast I told about an interesting person who told us the story of his recovery from a debilitating illness that left him unable to walk or talk, and how he lost his memory and got it back, by walking.

I mentioned this lady who has short videos for at-home exercise, that take only a few minutes of your time. It might mean the difference between health and illness. The man we met on the side of the road told us there are two kinds of people in a stressful situation: those who sit it out and wait, and those who use it as fuel to make something better of themselves.

In the broadcast I also shared that gifts were small hand written “magazines” with word searches and pages to write ideas and plans. 

You can make something like this just by folding paper in half and filling all four sides with your own games, puzzles, questions, assignments, recipes, and an art section.

The day is half gone and the light is fading but I am going to go about The Manse as if it is early and I'm only starting and see what I can do. If  I get more essentials done, I can relax a little more and get to work on bigger things that have been pressing on me.

 Please be happy while you listen today:

 For today's mental challenge, please get out your paper and pencil and see how many words you can get from this word:


You can leave your list in the comments. There are almost 20 one-syllable and two syllable words.

Some people have a system of finding the words, by wearing out the first letter and combinations, and then the next letter. Most of it won't be real words but you'll eventually find a word.its a Scrabble game technique.

 Here is another word-puzzle for you:

Proverbs 14:30  A tranquil _______ is _____________to the _________.

Ist Peter 3:4 ...the inner person of the __________, the lasting __________of a ________and
tranquil ________.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Merry and Bright

Greetings Ladies,

I have been scurrying around making things merry and bright in The Manse. 

This is the blue light that comes half an hour before sunrise, that is supposed to be incredibly beneficial for health. 

Here I am as it gets lighter. 

This is my little winter house and it has the most interesting window on the lower right. 

I will try to remember to get pictures of  decorations in the daylight. 

If I get any time off tomorrow I’ll make a broadcast and read more from the new Jane Austen cook book.
I hope you all have a very lovely day. It is also our granddaughter’s birthday on the 25th so it is a very full day!!!

See you soon!

Lydia Ruth 

This cat comes to see us and knows all our routines. I do not know who he belongs to. Mr. S. And I agreed not to feed it or buy cat treats. Mr. S. is a “ softie” who sneaks treats home. 
This is his “I don’t buy treats for the cat” shelf:



Sunday, December 17, 2023

Forming Pleasant Home Routines

Greetings Dear Ladies,

I am happy to have a broadcast for you to listen while you work (or sleep). 

Someone knit this cute snowman and tea cozy for me several years ago.

I read parts from these books, that I thought would be useful for  the homemaker. 

Today I mentioned the routines of homemakers of the past and suggested it was their pleasant and relaxing routines that helped them keep a steady mind for any distress.
Please enjoy your home while you listen:


Saturday, December 16, 2023

Hope to Be Here Soon


I hope you are doing well in your present circumstances. As Jane Austen said when not everyone was behaving: “We are enduring it as best we can.” If only The Manse would behave itself and stay in order, I could broadcast more often. However I hope to see you wonderful ladies soon! I’m getting a few things cleaned up.

Lydia Ruth

Friday, December 08, 2023

Making Winter Friendlier

It seems so long since we were last together. I'm delighted you came to visit today.

In this broadcast I talked about a few things that gave me a feeling of well-being back "in the olden days" before today's constant distress:

*Having things in order at home
*Clean laundry, kitchen and bathroom
*Correspondence caught up
*Fresh food supplies for a few days meals

I have been making "magazines" for the younger ones. I didn't get a copy of the one for boys, but it was about being creative, with  word puzzles, art instruction, assignments, and exercise. I told you how to use a window for a lightbox to trace a picture. I'm sure some of you "vital" people remember doing that "in the olden days."

The name of the magazines I made and mailed:
The one you see here is called Serenity and it is for a granddaughter.
Every child's magazine has a different name.
The boy's magazines were "Kindness" and "Happiness" with games and puzzles, art, crafts and character building subjects.
The name of the one for my daughter is "Tranquility" and featured  the qualifications to enter the "Mrs. Tranquility contest for tranquil living. Of course, the fictional character we have invented in our text stories to each other, will win the contest.  I told you in a previous video how we text a continuing narrative to each other during the winters.
Consider making some of these cute magazines yourself. This is how my children began their newsletters and publications for friends and relatives. 

Nothing makes me more content and happy to be confined to the house than severely cold rain and fierce winds outside. Scenery from the window is better and better.

I spoke to you from the sewing room that also serves as an extra guest room. 

I have decided many times not to get more books,  but I have the "Esau Syndrome". A nice book will make me give up my valuable time and the limited storage space here at The Manse.  This is a very nice book and I read to you the chapter on Regency picnics. I hope to read more of it next time we meet.  There are reviews of this book, "Jane Austen's Table" by some lovely people on YouTube if you care to search for them there.

Please enjoy the broadcast while you sort through a box of old papers, clean out a kitchen shelf, or sleep.

I mentioned the comedy about how anxiety is produced. This was made back in the day when we were allowed to laugh at ourselves and be humorous about our own problems. I don’t suppose it would be acceptable today because we wouldn’t need all the all the remedies.

Here is the link to the Bob and Ray comedy episode on “anxiety” 

Monday, December 04, 2023

Occupied At the Manse

Hello Ladies,

It is supposed to be winter here but we have very mild weather with gentle rain and warmish wind and plenty of flowers. 

In Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, an old saying used by Mr. Gibson when telling his daughter to shop for whatever she needed and spare no expense, was “I do it to keep you quiet.”  If you are of a “ vital” age, you might remember when people used that saying! It made us laugh. 

Since I do not have a video ready to publish for you, here is a post to keep you quiet. 

I wanted to show the wrought iron pieces I’ve placed around the block house to give it a more cottage look. They are from Hobby Lobby, originally black, spray painted mint green or what is sometimes called sage green or sea foam green. 

I am still stealth-sipping and it is now fog season. 
I always thought when I got older (vital) I could finally do whatever I liked. However there are now descendants that want me to be cautious. So I’m not permitted to stealth camp— but it’s okay if I watch stealth camping videos— and I’m learning how to substitute more safe adventures within a few feet of The Manse. Taking tea in unusual places is my substitute. That way, I won’t get lost 😊

I hope you are doing well in your present circumstances and have great plans for improvement.

Hopefully I’ll have something here for you to listen to (or fall asleep by) soon. 

Lydia Ruth