Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pretending To Garden

Mrs.White's Grandbaby picking a bunch of "flowers" at our Vermont Estate.



It is supposed to rain for the next several days. I keep trying to get outside and do some gardening.  I am only an amateur so I don't do very much.  Late this afternoon, I put on my gardening gloves and went up to the back property by the river. This is where our strawberry garden rests, right beside a nice bench for me to sit and take my breaks.

When I finished a few sections, I started to walk the property. I take my time, stopping to look at many of the trees.  Today, I saw some wild daisies growing by the side fence. I was delighted! 

I also saw tiny little blue flowers, yellow ones, and white ones.  I have no idea what kind they are, but they are probably weeds. (gentle smiles).  They grow, here and there, throughout our two acres.

When I am walking the grounds, in late afternoon, I often see three of my grandbabies standing in the front picture window. They are so excited to see me outside!   Soon their Mother brings them out and we all have a lovely time in the front yard.  The children love picking flowers and weeds, just for fun.  They will pick two tiny flowers and give one to Mother and one to Grandmother.  They laugh and run and enjoy the Estate so much!  It is a delight to sit and watch them in their happiness.

Sometimes, the children wonder what I am doing on my walks.  They see me staring at the different leaves on the many trees, looking for changes, and enjoying the beauty of nature.  As I walk along the property, I hear birds singing and hear the beautiful sound of the rushing river at the edge of our Estate.  This, I suppose, is what is called a "nature walk."

I have no idea what I am doing, or what I am seeing. I will often pull up some random weeds, here and there. Or, I will pull off dead leaves from a plant or tree.  I call this, "pretending to garden." (gentle smiles)

This is how I am learning, by just walking around, observing, and trying to garden. It is a peaceful work. It is a cheerful pastime.   This is also how we learn to keep house, be a good wife, and to mother our dear children.  We just play at it, we pretend, we have fun with it, and this gives us the knowledge and experience, over time, to do it well.

Blessings
Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Training Children - Nobody Wants to Clean a Messy House.

You Can Do It! - Housekeeping - With a Will.

A Happy Marriage - Serving Mister.





Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Winner of Living on His Income Book





I hosted a give away for a copy of my book, "Living on His Income - Remembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife."

I loved all the entries which contained so many incredible ideas on frugality. Thank you so much for all you shared!  If you have not had a chance to read all the comments, I hope you will!

There were 71 entries.  The winner was selected at random.  The winner is....


Amelia


The Winner has already been contacted.  Thank you all so much for entering!


Blessings
Mrs.White



From the Archives -

Practical Living - Retirement Planning for the Poor.

Some History - "Just a Housewife."

Simple and Peaceful - An Ordinary Life at Home.







Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Living on His Income - Giveaway





I am giving away a copy of my book, "Living on His Income - Remembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife."

The is a small, paperback book with only 64 pages.  It contains two sections:


1. "Remembrances"

Includes the brief stories of some of the women in my family as housewives.

2.  "Advice"

These are nine short chapters giving practical suggestions to live on a small income while trusting the Lord and one's husband to provide.


What readers are saying:


"If you want a very simple to read book on the pleasure of homemaking with the simple things that you have, then this book is for you!" - Jane M.


"In today’s world we are so caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ that we fail to realize what exactly we are supposed to be doing – that isn’t to be buying the newest gadget – but to bring glory to God. . . .  This isn’t a workbook but more of a guidebook, Mrs. White shares short stories of her Grandma, her Great Aunt, her mom, her mother-in-law and herself and how, through the generations these women of faith learned to live on what their husband’s brought home and be happy about it, even when it meant meager living or what we’d see as poverty today." - Sarah B.



To enter for a chance to win a copy of this book, just leave me a comment sharing any advice you have for living frugally.


For additional Entries:


1. Post about this on Facebook.
 
2. Share this on your own blog or other social media.
 
3 - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 


 
*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.*


One random winner we be selected on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (U.S.  Entries only.) If I am unable to reach the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. Your entry is only valid if you include a way for me to contact you. 

* This contest is now closed. The winner is Amelia. Thank you to everyone who left such wonderful comments on frugality!*


Blessings
Mrs. White


From the Archives -

Old Fashioned Happiness - The Privacy of Home Life.

Real Life - Money Can't Fix Everything.

Taking Care of Grandchildren - I Hear Angels Crying.




Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."




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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Elegant Music for the Home - A Review

 
 
 



I love to listen to an orchestra play classical music.  It is wonderful to have this kind of music to listen to in the home or in the car.  Years ago, an art teacher suggested to homeschooling parents that they should have a tape of this type of music to play while the children are doing their art lessons.  This type of culture is excellent for the family.

I had no idea there was an orchestra who played hymns and sacred songs until I came across the CDs of Jan Mulder.  I was delighted when I heard the samples. I was even more thrilled when I received two of the CDs!


 


CD:  "Love Divine"  London Symphony Orchestra - Jan Mulder 


Approximate running time:  54 minutes


Includes:  A Little booklet listing all the 16 songs, as well as lyrics and pictures. 



This CD includes the hymn "More Love to Thee" which was written by Elizabeth Prentiss in the 1800's. She is the author of the beloved book, "Stepping Heavenward."

Other notable hymns are: "Amazing Grace," "Abide with Me," "It is Well with my Soul," and more.




 
CD:  "Love Divine III"  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Jan Mulder 


Approximate running time:  58 minutes


Includes:  A Little booklet listing all the 20 songs, as well as lyrics and pictures. 


Notable hymns are the beautiful "Be Thou My Vision," "How Great Thou Art," "This is my Story" and more.


I love both of these CDs and would be delighted to have more in the collection over time.  The music is soothing, peaceful, and incredible. 


To hear samples of the songs, please visit the Love Divine CD site.




* Disclosure - These were received for review purposes.  It was a blessing to receive and I hope my readers are able to purchase some for themselves. To find out more about my commercial breaks, please see my disclosure page. *



Friday, May 12, 2017

A Weak Gardener

White dogwood tree near river at Mrs. White's Estate



I have a new white dogwood tree on the back grounds.  My boys bought it as a Mother's day gift for me.  They planted it back by the rushing river.  It is a beautiful spot.

Today I walked out back to work on my strawberry garden.  Mister planted it for me a few years ago.  It always produces some nice fruit for me each season.  This year I have a little white fence around it.

I cleared some more leaves and did a little weeding.  It is tiring work.  I used to be stronger and able to endure much more.  Now I am a "weakling" and have to pace myself in any labor I attempt to undertake.  (gentle smiles.)

After a short time, I thought it would be nice to have my bench nearby to sit and take breaks under the shade tree.

My son-in-law gladly moved our bench, from the front grounds to the back property, late this afternoon.  It is right near my strawberries.  It looks inviting.

Strawberry garden and a bench for resting at Mrs. White's Estate

I managed to clean up a small portion of the garden.  I hope to work on it again on the next sunny day.  The fresh air and pretty landscape helped bring me some cheerfulness.  We have had a long, difficult winter. 

Now I am back indoors for a tea- and- cookie break.

Blessings
Mrs.White


From the Archives -

For the Tough Times - How the Old Time Mothers Survived Poverty.

It Does Not Have to be Difficult - The Basics of Lovely Housekeeping.

Remembering my Childhood - Manners Learned at The Finishing School.





Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 





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