This is the time of year when people start hanging things out to dry instead of using their dryers. I am amongst that group of people and I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE taking the clean sheets, Sunday shirts, nicer clothes, or delicates out of the washer, putting them in a basket, and taking a stroll out to the clothesline! I find great satisfaction in accomplishing this little task. Why?
Maybe it's because we love crisp sun and breeze dried sheets on our beds (try it sometime!! It's wonderful!).... Maybe it's because I feel that I'm truly taking care of our family by taking extra pains with the clothes.... Maybe it's because hanging the clothes out to dry has been something that women have done for ages and I like doing the old fashioned things.... Whatever the reason I LOVE hanging the clothes out to dry! I feel the job has been well done as I fold the outdoor dried clothes!
What do you think?
Last weekend found Momma and I once again in the local antique mall looking at all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) things from years gone by. We both came home with "goodies" that day but what I found touched me and made me think in a different way about antiques.
I found a set of four "place mats" and a set of six napkins; now, although they do not match each other we believe that they were made by the same caring hands. See, the fabrics were the same kind just slightly different shades of cream, the floss is what Momma thinks is silk on both sets, and the stitching is so incredibly neat and precise.
This is what the back looks like.... see how neat it is?! It is such a contrast to what you normally see.
As I looked at these I am struck with how much time it took someone to embroider these items. This wasn't accomplished in a week, it was a project. This lady obviously loved her home and took pride in how it looked and was kept. It's made me think about what I do in the home? Could I be doing a better job at what I do? With a little extra effort could I do a little something extra each day that would make the house a more welcome place (such as sweet the back porch, dust an extra room, take fifteen extra minutes to put a room back together, etc....). And I've started to look through the eyes of the "unknown visitors" that could show up unannounced. I'm here to help my Mother in what she does.... what else can I do to ease her load?
I just love this picture!! Sawyer arranged all my "garden rabbits" several weeks ago and then came and told me that "wa-wa's ea fower's"! Today the "wa-wa's" are still sitting there "munching" on pansies!