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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.

 

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery | 4 comments

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Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Little Guy Lessons, Raising Fair Fiona, Wisdom Lessons | 7 comments

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

My Christmas Tree Fell Down

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Ahas, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Random, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

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Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Family, Nestmaker | 3 comments

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