Re-construction in progress.
Gardening in the Spring
"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale" - Hans Christian Andersen
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feminine arts, and domestic skills.
And to truly enjoy it without any guilt, regrets or apologies!
Join me and explore some of the traditional feminine ways, occupations, pastimes and the domestic arts of women, wives and mothers, throughout history.
Years ago, I wanted to share some of the old-time traditional pastimes (along with cooking, gardening, for example) of my mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and close older relatives and friends. That was one of the reasons I even created this website. But now I’m also realizing some of these women were not only doing these things out of a place of necessity, they were gifted with a soothing and satisfying experience by the sewing, and even the drudgery of the necessary things like gardening and cooking, as well. They worked hard at all of these things, even the things lots of us consider to be just a pastime, and were rewarded for their diligence by something we now call ASMR.*** It gives me a whole new perspective and appreciation of the hard lives of these precious women. But it also gives me satisfaction in knowing they were enjoying it, as well.
*** I recently learned from my young granddaughters, age 8, 12, and 14, there is actually a term for this called ASMR. Wow! Young people telling an old woman things she “knew” but to be told, that there is actually a term for it, and it is healthy for us, has sort of explained why I love it so much! They even have their Pawpaw saying how something like feeding and watching the cats in the barn is so very satisfying.
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m in for more ASMR myself.
I can imagine some of the things that brought that sense of satisfaction to the older generation. For instance:
And likewise, I can think of a few examples for the newer generation:
Now can you see why I'm on a mission to instill some of the old ways into the younger generation?
NOTE: I’m learning also, that as with all good things, people can exaggerate the use of ASMR in an immodest way, and I can assure you this won’t happen here. If you happen to be one of those people, who like the exaggerated examples of ASMR, you probably won’t like it here.
💖 Can You Stay at Home? 🌷
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We could take some lessons from the older women, as well. Some of them truly fit the description of the Titus 2 woman.
Here's a few of the topics:
Yes, we need to take care of ourselves!
Just don't let this be your only priority.
Pampering Tips & Recipes
Pampering Me: Natural Beauty Care
Pampering Me: Herbal Skin Care
The Fountain of Youth
Well, now, there is one very excellent, necessary, and womanly accomplishment that no girl should be without, for it is a help to rich and poor, and the comfort of families depends upon it. This fine talent is neglected nowadays, and considered old-fashioned, which is a sad mistake, and one that I don't mean to make in bringing up my girl. It should be a part of every girl's education, and I know of a most accomplished lady who will teach you in the best and pleasantest manner."
"Oh, what is it?" cried Rose eagerly, charmed to be met in this helpful and cordial way.
"Housekeeping!" answered Dr. Alec.
"Is that an accomplishment?" asked Rose, while her face fell, for she had indulged in all sorts of vague, delightful dreams.
"Yes; it is one of the most beautiful as well as useful of all the arts a woman can learn. Not so romantic, perhaps, as singing, painting, writing, or teaching, even; but one that makes many happy and comfortable, and home the sweetest place in the world. Yes, you may open your big eyes; but it is a fact that I had rather see you a good housekeeper than the greatest belle in the city. It need not interfere with any talent you may possess, but it is a necessary part of your training, and I hope that you will set about it at once, now that you are well and strong."
Excerpt, from the book, Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott.
Summertime is Here,
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