Monday, July 24, 2017

Every Home Should Have a Pretty Bell

The harbor in the south shore of Massachusetts at sunset - July 2017
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I visited my Aunt early this month.  I enjoyed seeing the ocean and all the boats.  The above picture was taken by my sister. (She has a much better camera than I do!)  My Aunt is 80 years old and looks amazing. She is still active and has a lovely home.  She does word search puzzles, for fun, which gave me an excellent idea.  Our local dollar store sells these for very little cost.  I bought a few for Mister.  This is something he can do to pass some of the time for entertainment. (He has been disabled for more than 2 years now.)  This helps keep one's mind sharp.

My Aunt has always had a collection of pretty bells.  She used to keep them by the front bay window of her Massachusetts home.  There were pretty decorations on them, and we children loved to pick each one up (ever so carefully) and ring them to hear the different sounds.

This past week I received a "call bell" in the mail.  It is just a plain design, but something you ring when you need to call someone from another room.  I showed it to my grandchildren. They were delighted!  "Will you ring the bell, Me`me?"  One will ask.  I smile and oblige.  Every so often, I will ring it just for fun.  It makes us all smile.

It is also good to have a bell in times of sickness.  If one is on bed-rest, the pretty bell could be on the nightstand to call those for little services such as a cup of tea, some toast, or some water.  Every home should have a pretty bell.

I am very worn out and trying to take things slow.  I have not had much energy to write here, but hope to get back to it next month. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Our new Way of Life with Mister's Disability - The Shabby Garden.

Making the Best of things - Poor and Pretty Living.

I'm Happy to Be - Just a Housewife.

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. 



Mrs. A said...

What happened to Mr. White??

We used to have ceramic bells in our house when I was little.

Unknown said...

I love the idea. So sweet. I wonder if someplace like goodwill would have that.
I pray you feel better, and Mr.White as well!
How wonderful you were able to spend time with your auntie. Is this the aunt you talk about in your book ( can't recall which one) who has the sweet little house?
God bless

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage said...

Hello so good to hear from you. I will pray for you both. Today I am half way through my chemo treatments. Good day and good week to you my distant friend. I bless you with peace and prosperity in the name of Jesus.

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Gentle Joy said...

We do have a few bells... and have used them when someone is sick... until they start to get well and ring it too much! :) I have a larger brass school bell also that was given to me when I left teaching for raising my children. I hope you Mister gets feeling better.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Sounds like you and Mr. each need a bell, and someone there to come running to take care of you right now. I pray you will feel better and rested soon. Blessings, Deborah

Amelia said...

Oh how nice! A new blog from Mrs. White. : ) I don't know how I missed this one!

What a lovely time at your aunts. I think bells sound like a wonderful idea, when I was a little girl, my mother gave me one to ring when I was ill one day. We have one or two in the kitchen and I am thinking I need to use them!

I do hope you and your family are doing well. It is very wise to rest and take it easy. I too am trying to just 'Do the next thing' as Elizabeth Elliott once said on the radio.

God be with you and bless you and Mister. May you be encouraged as you encourage others.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, So glad you had a little time away to visit family and to see your sister! Love the photo! Also, having bells is really a sweet thing to have, my mother in law collected them. And my Mister also works on those word search puzzles while sitting at the table.
Thinking of you!
Always, Love Roxy