Words to Read By

I just liked this picture, and the bookcase in the background.  It amuses me that it’s an advertisement for shredded wheat cereal.  Advice I cut off suggests it’s best to warm the wheat biscuit first to restore crispness.  In 1916 they had not perfected packaging or preservatives.


But even though they are selling something, it is something to keep in mind.  Find ways to simplify the stuff you have to do to make room for the things you want to do and need to do for your own soul and well-being.

Serve simpler meals and snacks. A roasted sweet potato is an acceptable snack, as is a roasted ear of field corn (or boil it in a bit of water and brown sugar), or popcorn made from scratch, or fruit and a nut or seed butter.  Pieces of chicken sprinkled with Italian seasoning and put in the oven with a pan of brussels sprouts and radishes seasoned with balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic and salt is a feast.

Wear the same clothes more than one day in a row- for children, have play clothes that go on and off by the back door or in a bathroom, and get hung on pegs until the next day.  Set aside outfits for when you have to leave the house and be seen in public.

Shoes off in the house cuts down on sweeping.

Reduce toys until you find the level you all can keep up with.

Pay attention to what you spend the most time doing each day, and see if you can change that, or if you need to.

Keep your schedule as simple as possible. Say no to more things and filler activities. Say yes to more relationships.

Read more books.


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  1. Frances
    Posted January 26, 2019 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I remember shredded wheat – hated it! Never cared much for cereals.

    I assume it was only suggested for breakfast. What would she have been serving otherwise, do you think? Porridge/oatmeal? If the family was expecting eggs and bacon they’d have been a bit miffed!

    PS: how’s the chipmunk?

    • Headmistress
      Posted January 27, 2019 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Maybe the novelty of shredded wheat made it a popular alternative? I didn’t buy cereal for my kids for breakfast much- they ate too much of it and still were hungry, and it’s not cheap! But somehow in his teens my son discovered frosted shredded wheat and that was his favourite cereal until a few months ago. In his second year of college he’s realized it’s too expensive, esp. with milk.

      The chipmunk died. I really think his neck was broken in a mousetrap. He held his head completely at a right angle to the ground which made it hard for him to drink.

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