garden, home life, nature

A “Dear Old Lady” and her Surprise Flower Shower–a Sweet Story from 1910

It doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to make someone else’s day a little brighter…here’s a little story to inspire you as you take care of others. (Even 110 years later, a flower shower is still a fantastic idea, if you ask me!) She was a dear old lady and she lived alone …

housekeeping, housewifery

Soapmaking–a useful skill in a dirty world, plus an easy recipe

Lately I keep running into people who want to learn how to make their own soap.  Soapmaking can be an art form, most definitely, but it should also be a basic skill.  After all, up until the last hundred years or so, nearly all housewives knew how to make the soap for their families’ needs.  Even though …

housewifery

Growing Garden Huckleberries (and a pie filling recipe)

 The problem with growing your own fruit is that you often have to wait years after planting the trees and bushes to get a decent-sized harvest.  Enter the garden huckleberry.  Garden huckleberries are unique because they are annual plants. The berries are firm, shiny, black, and grow in clusters on bushes approximately the size of a tomato …