Monday, October 23, 2017

Taking Care of the Home

Library of Congress: A Family Home in 1900.

We had a couple of large trees removed from the property this month. They were dangerously close to our house and became a hazard.   This has left quite a bit of work for us to do. There is much firewood to cut and stack.  The boys use a wheelbarrow to haul stacks of it to the garage, where pieces are then cut to a suitable size for the wood stove.   Since the trees are gone, there is a clear view of a side of our house that I have never really seen.  It is in desperate need of paint, and makes our home look even more shabby than before.

To take care of the grounds, to maintain the house, and to keep things clean and orderly indoors is a tremendous amount of work. But work is good for us and helps keep us healthy.

Indoors, I have been cleaning and organizing my dressing room.  Old files and papers are being discarded.  Bags are being filled up with books I no longer need.  Bookcases are being straightened and made neat again.  It is starting to look better, but will always be a regular task to keep the house in order.

While I was working the other day, the grandchildren came to visit me.  I had stacks of things all over the floor.  I was delighted to have them help me.  Then it was time for a rest.  I had several tea breaks with different members of the family throughout the day.

In the midst of the maintenance work, there are still the daily duties of laundry, cooking, baking, and cleaning the kitchen.  Pacing myself will always be a challenge.  I tend to do far more than I should without taking enough breaks.  This is something I am trying to improve.

Years ago, I remember my mother-in-law visiting us from Massachusetts. She was an excellent housewife and homemaker, and an incredible example to me.  She saw our old house and the many rooms and wondered how I would ever keep up with the work. I wonder that too sometimes!

The weather has been unusually warm.  I walked the property with Mister in the late afternoon yesterday.  We sat on the bench, back by the river, beside my strawberry garden.  It is nice to take breaks.

I have plenty of work today to keep me busy and happy.  We will also have company at different times of the day, which will be wonderful.


From the Archives -

A Happy Marriage - Serving Mister.

The Joy of Grandchildren - I Hear Angels Crying.

Our Neglected Home - The Shabby Garden.

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. 



Review – When Calls The Heart on DVD

When Calls the Heart - The Heart of Faith - Movie 1, season 4

I have been watching several episodes of "When Calls the Heart" on DVD.  This is a series shown on the Hallmark channel, which is also available for purchase on DVD.  I have been enjoying the program very much.

The series begins with a young woman, Elizabeth, who travels to Hope Valley to become the town's school teacher. She comes from a very wealthy, upstanding family.  The new life she begins takes quite a bit of getting used to, but she does it with dignity, poise, and grace.

The program is like watching a lovely civilized western, where the buildings are beautifully decorated and the majority of the residents have upstanding characters.  It is refreshing to watch.

The clothing is beautifully made and will inspire, I am sure, some designers to make similar wardrobes for those of us today who would love to dress in such a charming way.

Each "Movie" on DVD, from each season, has a specific plot that we get to enjoy.  It is resolved by the end of each episode so you are not left wondering what will happen next.  At the same time, we look forward to the next program so we can follow the lives of the people we get to know and love. 

I love that there is a church and a pastor in this town.  I love the cafĂ©, which is a classy establishment run by a gracious hostess.  The school teacher is cheerful and pleasant and is wonderful with the children.  Most of the men in town have strong moral characters. They work hard, are committed to their duties in life, and are protective and caring of those in the community.

At times, in some of the episodes, there are moments when a female character is eager to take on work that is commonly done by men in the town. For instance, a gentleman will offer to help chop wood, but the lady wants to do it herself.  The lady does it cheerfully and with a smile.  The men take it graciously.  However, I would love to see one of the ladies accept this help.  It would be good to encourage such gallant behavior in men, and thankfully accept their kindness when possible.  

I love that they talk of faith in God and pray in each episode.  It is refreshing to see such a program which is produced by Michael Landon, Jr.   The program is inspired by the novel, "When Calls the Heart" by Janette Oke.

The scenery is, at times, breathtaking.  The town is beautiful to watch, and the writing is well done.  At times, viewers will cry, smile, sit on the edge of their seat in suspense, and be inspired.

A Bonus:

Movie 1, from season 4, is a Christmas special. The title is "When Calls the Heart - The Heart of Faith."  Included in this DVD is a Bible study. It can be accessed by putting the DVD into your computer and getting the files.  These can be printed for personal use, or shared with others in a group study.  It is approximately 30 pages long.  The study has 15 short sections for discussion based on clips from the movie.  There are Bible verses, questions, and room for notes and personal reflection.  This is very well done!

*Disclosure - I received this for review purposes.*


A trip to Ohio

A couple months ago I took one of our girls and made a trip to Ohio.  I was born there and my mom and cousins live there.  Spent about a week and had a great time with cousins and sisters! 

One of my most enjoyable moments was visiting the home that my father built shortly before I was born.  Even though we moved shortly after my first birthday it nevertheless was a treat to see his handiwork.  

My daughter Mary had a blast swimming in our cousin's pool!

Me with cousins and sisters!

As a kid I used to swim in this pond with extended family.  And in the winter we skated on it.  My uncle pictured below still lives here and it was so great to relive memories.

We scooted over to historic Ripley, Ohio and Maysville, Kentucky.  There were several murals in a line portraying the city in the 'old day'.  


Famous Ohio River

A real old fashioned ice cream shoppe.  Even though I'm from WI I have to say that their ice cream came pretty close to
being as great as my homemade with real WI cream!
Mary and I down by the Ohio River