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From "On The Banks of Plum Creek"
"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
- Elizabeth Prentiss, 1800's.
A married woman who stays home. This is a lifelong vocation. It is an old-fashioned term, and something to be proud of. Not a "domestic engineer." Not a "home manager." An old fashioned housewife, who keeps the home, and abides there. - Mrs. White
This morning, I pulled out my ironing board. It is set up near my kitchen. I am ironing some fabric for an apron I am working on. I have projects, here and there, throughout the house that are waiting for my creative attention. Yesterday, I organized John's room and made it all neat and clean. We had moved some furniture out of there and it needed my attention.
I haven't baked cookies in at least a week. This afternoon, I plan to mix up a half-batch, since I only have a small amount of chocolate chips left. I love fresh baked cookies!
I am making shepherds pie for supper. This is a recipe my Mother-in-Law gave me many years ago. I just brown some burger, then layer this on the bottom of a glass rectangular pan. I take boiled potatoes, mash them up and put them aside. Next, I top the burger with one can of creamed corn and one can of regular corn. I spread this out. Then I top this with some mashed potatoes. I bake this in a 350 degree oven for about 20 or so minutes, until the top is lightly browned. It's an easy and quick supper to make. I will serve fresh carrots and broccoli on the side.
I have a quick errand to do this afternoon, but I will bring my hand-sewing project with me. I have to wait in the car for a little while, so this will keep me occupied.
Nicole (20) called me from college the other day. She said, "Mom, what are you up to?" I sat in my favorite chair, put down the dish cloth I was holding and said, "I am just taking a break from my housework." She thought that was the cutest thing. (smiles). She is busy studying, going to classes, working, and thinks my life at home is "cute." She is precious.
I love to make a home, throughout the day. I love to invent new ideas to make each room functional and special. I like to plan out nice foods to bake and cook. I enjoy sewing and ironing and I even like hanging clothes on the line. These tasks make my breaks "deserved," or "earned." So when I sit down with a cup of tea and a brownie (or cookie), I am just taking a break from my housework.