Sunday, December 15, 2013
Grandbaby and I went on a horse-drawn carriage ride this weekend. We had the Uncles with us. "The Uncles" are my sons John (16) and Matt (20). Uncle Matt wore his wool overcoat and a pair of sunglasses. He looked charming. He held baby. Baby loves both of his Uncles, but when there are difficult things to do, Uncle Matt is the one baby reaches for. He held baby and comforted him during the entire ride. Baby felt safe and secure and very happy.
It is cozy here at home. Our wood stove is blazing and the gospel music is playing quietly in the background. We will make a small batch of sugar cookies late this afternoon.
It can get bitterly cold here with temperatures below zero. We have to close up some of the house to maintain heat in only a few of the rooms. Our parlour is the main room where we keep it mostly cozy. It is attached to our kitchen. We put up a pretty floral quilt in the hall doorway to block out any cold drafts. It makes things look vintage and old fashioned to have a curtain - of - sorts for a door!
Mothers in the old days would stuff newspapers in windowsills and cracks in the walls to help keep out the chill. Can you imagine how cold it must have been (before modern heating and plumbing) when families would wake up and find a sheet of ice over the water in a washbasin on cold winter mornings?
With heating costs so high, we have to work on overcoming depression and sadness on the coldest of days. We have to bundle up and think of our extra efforts at warmth as an adventure! We may notice the pretty snow outside and decide to make a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate to provide an extra sense of comfort and warmth. Knitting or crocheting by the fire (or electric heater) are nice ways to stay warm. If one can bake or cook something special, it will certainly help heat up the kitchen. It is good to set a "mood" or create an "ambiance" of home.
I love having a little lamp in my kitchen. It adds a sense of gentleness to our evenings. In just a little while, I will wash dishes and start supper. Grandbaby will sit in his highchair and play while I work. I will give him little treats and little toys as I go along. Then baby and I will sit by the window and look at the snowy landscape and enjoy the view from the second story of this 1800's Estate. It shall be another pleasant day in Vermont.
From the Archives:
Are you doing this? - Creating a 1950's Like Childhood.
Keeping family Bible Time on Busy nights - Cooking While Holding a Bible.
The foundation of a Christian Mother's Home - The Mission House.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email.