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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."
I have great memories of resting by the fireside, this past winter. Early in the morning, I would do all my housework. Then I would look out the window and admire the snow covered landscape. I would sit in my favorite chair, near the hearth, and enjoy a warm fire. I had a cozy pillow and blanket and a small table beside me. I would read Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens. This 1000 page novel is a masterpiece. It took me months to read the entire book, because I wanted to savor each word. I would sit and read while sipping on hot chocolate with marshmallows. I did this during my homemaking breaks.
I would get up and prepare lunch and do more chores. Then it was time for another rest, near the fire, with my book. I would head back to my chair and enjoy a couple of pieces of Freschetta pizza. It was my favorite lunch! I would also sip on ginger-ale. I enjoyed that book so much and will re-read it again this coming winter.
This morning it is chilly here in Vermont. Mr. White just started up the wood stove. I am contemplating reading a book for the spring. Perhaps it will be another Dickens classic. Or maybe I will start with Austen. Whatever the novel is, I am sure it will be delightful. But I dearly look forward to the next winter, when I can sit by the fire, and enjoy my favorite chair and my special breaks.
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 15 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. I have been married for almost a quarter of a century.
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing,
reading, fitness and cleaning.
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.