housewifery

I Cannot Be a Successful Homemaker and a Minimalist, too

It is not easy to determine, in detail, just which things are really necessary to refined and beautiful living, and which are the evidence of…ostentatious waste. -1907 The lifestyle of all the cool people for the last several years–minimalism. Like most extremes, it was the reaction to the unprecedented materialism of the last few decades.  …

housewifery

Praying and Playing in the Great Depression

This little story was first published in 1931, at the start of America’s Great Depression. As difficult as that time was, Grandmother felt that the 1870s was the “harder” time. Hard times aren’t unprecedented and for us in 2020 with our many concerns about the future, advice from past generations is always encouraging. From Grandmother: …

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 …