Doesn't this picture take you back to a simpler time in life? When women actually hung their wash out on the line to dry? When they dressed more femininely and adorned lovely aprons.
When I was little, my grandmother hung out her laundry on a clothesline; and so did everyone else in the neighborhood. I remember running back and forth in between the freshly laundered sheets blowing in the wind; inhaling them, and thinking; this is like a little bit of heaven on earth. We had a large cherry tree in the backyard too; for climbing, and picking, and lots of pie making. There wasn't anything better on earth as a child than my grandmother's cherry pie. Yum!!!
Gram always dressed in modest, freshly ironed dresses and pleasant looking aprons. She loved homemaking! My grandmother was a simple woman having grown up in a large family. They were very poor, but happy. Her parents were immigrants from Yugoslavia. Peter and Milka came to America in search of a better life. Fortunately, like so many others they found it here.
Gram sacrificed her entire existence for others. She dropped out of school to care for her dying mother, and help to raise her younger brothers and sisters. When my mother divorced when I was just 5 years old; she helped to raise my brother and I while mom was at work. Gram's motto in life was to love her family and to serve them abundantly.
My grandmother died at 100 years old a few years ago, and her priest at the funeral said among many things " Mildred always dressed like a lady, acted like a lady, and WAS a LADY." When when I finally grow up ( LOL), I want to be just like my grandmother.
I must admit I don't wear cute dresses around the house while homemaking; but I do wear pretty aprons, and feel that are becoming more popular with women today. I hang out wash to dry, but on a very limited basis. Several family members here have seasonal allergies so I must be careful what I put out to the wind. How about you? Do you wear an apron around the house? Hang out your laundry? Try to be more frugal like our mothers and grandmothers were?
What about sewing, crocheting, or knitting? Are these of any value to you today? For me, I have taken some sewing lessons in the past couple of months. My aunt left me an old but very operable Kenmore machine. I keep it at my elderly instructor' s home, and take lessons from her every now and then. My nine year old daughter and I are looking forward to making some aprons and placemats.
Crocheting and canning ( a lost art) are next on my list to do. How about you? What are your plans? . My husband and I are planning to do squarefoot gardening together this summer. I am excited about this new venture that I can share with my husband.
I plan to to post regularly on the topic of homemaking. And I hope that you will feel free to comment and share some of your thoughts here. If we truly love our vocation as wife and mother then we must strive to do it well each day, and sometimes that means looking into the past; and learning new skills that were the norm of our mothers and grandmothers day.
Each time I post on homemaking; I will also share a link on a homemaker that I find interesting, or have learned something new from their homemaking blog.
Have you visited Ruthie from Sugar Pie Farmhouse? If not you are in for a real treat. A Christian wife and mother of of four; Ruth is an inventive, creative soul who LOVES HOMEMAKING. Please take some time to visit her at SUGAR PIE FARMHOUSE
Have a great Day!
Photo source: Sugar Pie Farmhouse.