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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."
During the summer, we painted our parlour. Well, actually, Mr. White did the painting. I just watched. We emptied the room of everything except the main furniture, which was placed in the center of the room and covered with sheets. The old white walls were soon covered with a light pastel purple and it looked charming!
We have some lovely paintings on the wall. Do you see those two antique chairs with the lamp between them? The chairs came with this 1850's house, (or "museum" as I like to say!). The lamp was in the guest room of my Aunt's Massachusetts home when I was a little girl. The hutch was purchased at a used furniture store, here in Vermont, many years ago. I keep some of my cookbooks on the main shelf. I also have pictures of the children on there, from when they were little. I love seeing their baby pictures. It always makes me smile!
Why do I call this a parlour? It would normally be called a living room, but we don't have a couch or television in there. Instead, this is our cozy main room, where we read, visit, play cards, and entertain guests. Calling it a parlour is much more fitting.
Throughout the day, I enjoy tidying up this special place. I like to keep it clean. The children will bring in their projects; scatter shoes, coats and books, and I am constantly finding joy in neatly putting everything "to rights." If the family did not make a mess in there, I would not be able to enjoy this room as much as I do, because I delight in making it sparkle!
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.