Category Archives: housewifery

Vintage article on home and family

(Previously) Some of this has absolutely no bearing on today, at least not in the U.S. Some of it presents useful principles and ideas.  The illustrations are mostly advertisements I found in a 1920 House Beautiful or similar magazine.   The first essential of the perfect home is its adaptation to the family.  It is […]

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Things I found helpful with orphan hosting

There’s no sense or order to this, and others out there probably have better ideas and definitely more experience, but I needed a good place to put things I want to remember for later. Many of these resources are definitely specific to kids from Russia or Ukraine. Some are specific to orphans. Others could be used in […]

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Preparing for Motherhood

Preparing for motherhood, fatherhood, or really, preparation for becoming an adult, ideally begins when we are quite young. I think possibly most of us think of the sorts of things we need to prepare for parenthood as a list of skills to learn: diaper changing, holding a baby, what to do with a sick baby, […]

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The Lamp of the Proverbs 31 Woman

I don’t think I’ve really thought much about this one in all my 53 years of living- but my impression (rather than thought) is that she sacrifices her own rest.  But that’s just silly.  That’s now what this is referring to at all. “In those times it was needful to keep a light or a […]

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The Virtue of the Proverbs 31 Wife

Her Virtue Who can find a virtuous woman? [v. 10] Virtuous, not in the modern sense of chaste merely, but in the older English sense of manly or valiant; strong in all ways, energetic in body and mind, and in moral excellence. So Shakespeare uses the word; and the early English writers commonly used the […]

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Vintage Housekeeping Advice

I found this article titled “A Plea for Disorder” in an old Good Housekeeping magazine (the illustration above is from a completely different magazine). The title caught my attention, of course. In fact, in these times when all my online friends are talking about Kondo-izing, decluttering to the point of monkish sparsity, it kind of […]

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1894 Article On Homemaking and Women Working Outside the Home

I had some fun with an article on homemaking which I found on googlebooks. It was published in 1894 by Lillian Betts.   Reading the below article, you’ll be curious as to the first factor that increases the family income- that was strength or health, the idea being that the wife and mother has a […]

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Project for Today

We have a play area downstairs in the living room. I’ve been meaning to go through it, organize it better, and get rid of lots of the toys. Now that (strangled sob) Shasta and the Equuschick have moved their four darlings to Nebraska, I no longer have grandbabies playing there several times a week (cue […]

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The Key To Slicing Home-made bread

Start with home-made bread:   I have experimented with lots of different recipes because I sometimes like to play around with different bread doughs.  However, when I just want a basic whole wheat bread, this is the recipe I tend to come back to. I like my bread sliced on the thin side so that […]

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Cleaning up after pets

The FYG is dog-sitting for Pip this weekend. Yesterday when the FYG picked up Donovan dog, she found evidence that they had been given some boxes of chocolate which were wrapped and under the tree, and the Donovan dog had unwrapped and eaten them. Chocolate is usually horrible for dogs, but he’s proven he is […]

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