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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
Yesterday morning I found some pretty roses on my kitchen table. These were just 3 small flowers. One was yellow, another was white, and the third was a pretty shade of pink. They were in a miniature white vase. It was a gift from Mister.
The flowers look so pretty and give one hope that the warmth of spring will soon arrive here in cold Vermont.
Our kitchen work is almost finished. We are spring cleaning and painting throughout the house this year. My oldest son (at 21) did most of the kitchen painting. Mister did the rest of the work this past week. I will share pictures once all the rooms are finished - it will be an interior tour, much like the one I shared last year of the grounds.
Yesterday I bought many items for my pantry for good old fashioned home cooking. Potatoes were on sale, so I bought 4 bags. I will make fried potatoes, mashed potatoes and use some for a potato, broccoli and cheddar soup with homemade biscuits. (Certainly not on the same day!) I also bought a few bags of chocolate chips and will make muffins and cookies. Getting busy in the kitchen to create meals for the family is even more fun now that the kitchen has a fresh coat of pretty paint!
I bought many things so I could stay home, and cook and bake at my own pace the next few weeks. There is nothing more forlorn and sad than having a sparsely filled pantry. It takes away the creativity and makes meal time sad. I like to think about supper in the late morning and begin preparations by early afternoon. It is extra nice when something has to simmer for a few hours. It makes being home extra special with all the lovely scents of home cooking.
Mister and I are talking more about our summer gardening plans. We have several seed packets of different types of flowers we will plant around the property. I have daisies and hollyhocks, and Sweet William. I also have this wonderful book, "The Backyard Homestead" which includes charts and ideas for planning a home garden. It is inspiring.
A few years ago, when we amateurs began our gardening adventures, I started keeping a little book for our Estate. It describes where the strawberry garden is, and where we grow our vegetables. It is like a history and guide of the Estate. This is wonderful to refer to from year to year, but it is also a keepsake for whoever takes over after me, such as our grown children (as heirs). It is almost like a special book of running the Estate. When things slow down for me (will they ever? - gentle smiles), I hope to add the meals we made here and the types of recipes that were commonly prepared here. It is a history of life at the Estate.
Soon Mister will paint our chambers a pretty blue. We have the most beautiful white curtains for each of the large windows in our room - (A generous gift from a dear friend). Then we will continue on through the house with little repair projects and get the Estate ready for a lovely spring and summer.
Somehow the deprivations of Winter have faded away. I am grateful.