Saturday, August 1, 2015

Puttering Around the Estate
Visiting by the back fence at Mrs White's Vermont Estate

I am called away from home many times during the week.  There are appointments to keep and essential visits to make.  I have also been industrious in the kitchen, baking muffins most mornings.  Since blueberries are in season, it doesn't cost much to make fresh blueberry muffins. I have also made banana muffins and chocolate chip.  This is a nice, filling breakfast food to delight the family.

The other afternoon, my oldest grandchild (almost 3) came into the kitchen asking for cookies.  I told him "there are no cookies here."  But I gave him a cup of juice and a portion of a muffin.  He smiled and was content.  I remembered when he was just a 9 month old baby. I would take him for walks in my gardens and show him the flowers and the strawberry patch. I would tell him all about the land. He would look at me content, and he would sigh and then hug me.  This was the same happiness he showed when I gave him the refreshments the other day. So very precious.

Since Mister is recovering from his accident, I am by his side almost always.  But it happened that I was needed elsewhere. There was a crisis and I had to go out.   Mister wanted me to go help another family and said it was good.  Then I thanked him for allowing me to help someone else, because I knew it was a great sacrifice for him to be without me during his difficult time. (Our teenage son would remain at home with him.)

Soon the crisis was over and I was home.  Mister and I had appointments the next morning and there was a visit to make.  By the time we came home I was shaky and worn out.  I rested for a little while and then recovered my strength. There was sweet kitchen work to do in my purple kitchen with the old southern gospel playing on the radio.  The dishes seemed to wash themselves and I happily worked.

Then it was time for a walk around the grounds. I picked fresh and colorful wildflowers for a little white vase on the kitchen window-sill.  I checked my strawberry patch, and looked at the rushing river at the back border of the Estate.

The day seemed to pass so quickly, as many days do when we are in our older years. I walked through many of the rooms in the house until I settled myself in the little back parlour to read "Great Expectations." I was having such fun resting with this great work of literature that when my teenage son entered for a visit, I had to explain portions to him, and suffered him to listen to me read several pages of this 1800's novel.  We had a lovely time, but soon it was back to domestic duty and checking on Mister.

Many days will come when I will be called away from the Estate to help others.  When I return home, I will always delight in the little home tasks as I putter around the Estate.

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Our current trial - Mister is Not able to Work.

Even though I am back online, and blogging again,  I am still writing these - Letters from the Estate by Mail. 

This is an excellent book - Corrie ten Boom, "In My Father's 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. 



Laura Lane said...

You put life into such a lovely light. May I be more content as you are.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Oh I'm so glad you're reading Great Expectations! I was just telling Lynzie that it's one of my top 5 favorite ever! Hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend! Sending love and prayers to your husband---and all of you!

living from glory to glory said...

I appreciate your view and expression of being home and how it is the place that allows oneself to feel at peace and content! Your words painted a sweet picture. I must tell you that my eldest brother was here visiting our home and he referred to our place as an estate, and I could not help but think of you!
That very word alone makes it feel grand and like a treasure!
And yes to muffins in many different flavors, but blueberry, YUMMY...
Blessings, Roxy

Mrs. Cote said...

Your logging of your day is so charming to read! God bless!

Deanna said...

Hello Mrs. White.
Puttering a 'bout the estate is one of my favorite things to do!
It is with great pleasure that I stay HOME and putter.
God bless,

Unknown said...

Life is fleeting! It is nice to learn how you appreciate the small blessings in your everyday life. I pray for a speedy recovery for your husband, even though I,sense how much you are enjoying more time together while he recuperates! I really enjoy your blog and all the encouragement you give!

Unknown said...

What a sweet post this is. Life was so much slower it seems back then. I enjoyed the part of the story about your grandson. Visiting from I Choose Joy.

Karen Del Tatto said...

Just last week I set out to read the classics, of which I confess I never had. One of the books on my must read list is Great Expectations.

The first book I am reading, though, is Pride and Prejudice. I was so drawn into the author's focus of conversation. It took me a little to get used the language of the Victorian age, but I absolutely love it!

The gift you have with words and writing, reminds me of the Victorian writings. I imagine you with a soft spoken voice, and felt so peaceful and happy as I read about your day.

It was a blessing to visit here today. :-)