Sunday, January 25, 2015
I have been trying to conserve my strength by resting. This resting has gotten to the point of making me feel weak and ill. The house does not look as lovely as I would like.
I have been walking through rooms acting as if the little messes around me were normal. All of my efforts have been focused on taking care of my two little grandbabies. Despite this, I felt as if I was the laziest mother in the world! (gentle smiles)
The other day, I decided to find 15 minutes to exercise. I did it just before bed so I could sleep! The next day I was so tired, I feel asleep much too early in the evening. Those few minutes of exercise (using ankle weights and light hand weights) paid off. Today, I had more energy. I was able to take care of the babies, deep clean the kitchen, and still have energy. My times of resting were more valuable and felt refreshing after doing all that work.
This was how my mother - in - law used to spend her days. She would work on dusting, organizing, polishing, and sweeping, then she would sit and relax in the living room. She was a classic housewife who had a lovely, well kept, yet humble home.
Indulging in resting for too long can make us sick. It can make us so weary that we feel trapped in a state of listless laziness. We miss out on so much if we do not take care of ourselves. We need a little bit of time each day to maintain our health.
As I realized that this morning, I put on a pretty apron and went to my kitchen. I have an old recording of Pasty Cline and played that on my kitchen radio while I worked. The sound make me think of the old time housewives who were dedicated to organizing, home cooking, and cheerfully caring for the family. It made me happy to work. It also helped my health to recover, and my strength and endurance to improve.
It was a joy to care for the grandbabies and my home. Yet I will admit that after doing my chores, it is lovely to relax on the little sofa in the parlour with one of the babies and indulge in a bit of restful "laziness."
From the Archives -
Those happy moments - Time with Mister.
You Can Do it! - Housekeeping With a Will.
Have you seen our Vermont Property? - Tour of the Estate Grounds.
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.