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“Practicing the Art and Mystery of Housewifery”

We took a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia in the summer of 2012. Standing in the hot kitchen building where the cooking hearth fire had just been extinguished, the living historian explained the duties of the woman of this house in the 1700s. She oversaw all the domestic activities and practiced the art and mystery of housewifery. I asked him to repeat that. He repeated this and added, you didn’t want everyone to know all your secrets. I am, however, willing and glad to share mine here.

My definition of Housewifery encompasses mothering, housekeeping, gardening, and cooking. And includes decorating, diapering, and ridding my house of squirrels.

 

Click On These For The Stories

On ‘The Good Mother’

Or read ‘Mommy’s Thought Thoughts’

 On ‘Raising Fair Fiona’ 

Or read ‘Oopsie Daisy Mommy

 On ‘Son Shine’

Or read ‘Ready or Not, Here’s Mommy’

 On ‘My Joy of Cooking’

Or read ‘Beautiful Buttermilk’

On ‘How Does My Garden Grow’

Or read ‘My Brown Thumb’

On ‘To Clean or Not to Clean’

Or read ‘New Year’s Urge’

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