There Are So Many Sweet Things to Think About

A few thoughts by a housewife, written in 1932…. As I stood ironing yesterday, my mind began to dwell on little troubles, misunderstandings, the slight of a supposed friend, problems which were beyond my control. And as my mind clung to such thoughts, each trouble, or misunderstanding, or slight, seemed to grow and grow and…

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The Small Courtesies that Make the Going Easier

Some thoughts written in 1931 by a woman in Wyoming– Recently I bought a dress and hat at a local shop kept by a women who, early in life, was suddenly and without preparation thrust into the position of breadwinner for herself and husband. Through the various ups and downs of her career in our…

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Five Reasons to Love the Humble Jar of Jam

For the last couple of years I’ve noticed turned-up noses when it comes to jams, jellies, and all preserves in general. It seems to be on the Not Trendy list at the moment. It’s baffling to me but maybe people are trying to avoid sugar (doubtful, given the other things they eat copiously) or people…

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A 1919 Housewife’s Chore List for July

The specifics are a little different in 2022, but on the whole, things haven’t changed a lot in the past 100+ years. We still prefer lighter, fresher meals cooked outside in hot weather, there’s an abundance of produce that needs preserving, end-of-summer sales are a good time to stock up, and in spite of air…

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