Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Home Life in New England

Cape Primrose (small)

I noticed some little pine cones around some of the trees on the front grounds of our Estate.  I thought it would be so nice to bring them in, and decorate.  I wanted to get back out there with my grandson and have him help me. He is 2 years old now.  But things got very busy with the care of the house and the care of two of my grandchildren.  My sweet, little grandboy has a sister who is 7 months old.  I remember walking around the property with him the first year of his life. I showed him my attempts at gardening and he loved being held while we walked and talked about the Estate.  His sister hasn't had that privilege. I have found it difficult, in my old age, to tend to both of them on the grounds without help.  I get tired much too easily.  So I have to conserve my strength, leaving outdoor playtime with the babies to others in the family.

The other day, I noticed new daisies growing by the front porch. I would walk by the window and see them starting to blossom from a large plant one of the children had given me this past mother's day.  I couldn't believe new flowers were coming at this time of year, here in cold New England, in November?  It made me smile.

I am making Thanksgiving preparations and want to get back outdoors to gather some pine cones to decorate.  I will have to make the effort, this coming weekend, to take my grandbaby girl out with me.  I need to show her what the grounds look like this time of year. I want her to see the leaves before they are covered by the coming Vermont snow.   I remember, this past summer, walking her by the back river as we listened to the rushing of the water on the rocks.  There is a serene peacefulness to being out in this quiet retreat we call HOME.  

I was tidying up my dressing room and found a miniature porcelain doll. It is a little pilgrim doll I bought, years ago, while in a gift shop at Plimouth Plantation.   I will bring it out to display on the hutch in the parlour. The children will enjoy seeing it when they come home for Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks.

I have limited Internet access, and have enjoyed being completely without it for a few months.  I hope to write here when possible, but will continue to send out a monthly newsletter.  Old fashioned mail is such fun.

Mrs. White

From the Archives:

Encouraging children to clean -  Nobody wants to Clean a Messy House.

A Challenge and a Privilege - Living on Mister's Income.

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. 



JES said...

It was nice hearing from you this morning. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

Dolores said...

Seeing your post this morning was a nice surprise.

Jane said...

You don't look all that old. I have been a homemaker for 36 years and I'm still learning. :)

Chris Thompson said...

It is so good to see you back on your blog! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. God bless.

gail said...

Lovely to see your post. I have missed your writings.
We are heading towards summer here in Australia. I do hope your winter is mild.
Blessings Gail.

anita crane said...

So happy to "see" you! You are always in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Lovely to hear from you again Mrs. White. I'd love to receive your "old fashioned mail", but do not live in the U.S. I look forward to your posts,even if they are only occasionally. God bless you and your family.

Laura Lane said...

It's so good to hear from you. May God bless you and strengthen you.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

chris thompson said...

Congratulations! Your post was the #1 Most Read post on last week's link up at! Seems like everyone was glad to see you back!
I know I was! Please come link up again on the new link up party.
God bless.
So Much at Home

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