Spring Cleaning Drudgery? Not this Year! 1926

Drudgery! It is an old-fashioned word that we rarely hear today, but a century ago, it was used a great deal to describe housework in general, and often Spring Cleaning. In 1926, a woman from Iowa wrote, “True, we have vacuums, dust mops, electric washing machines, and washable floor coverings…but there always will remain, to …

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 …

Simple Ways to Live Out-of-doors (1906)

These recommendations for taking advantage of the outdoors were written in 1906, when people still traveled in open horse-drawn carriages, used outhouses, hung laundry outside, and had minimal conveniences. If they needed encouragement to be outside, how much more do we need the outdoors with our self-contained homes and unlimited technology distractions? Live out-of-doors as …