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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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On ‘The Good Mother’

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 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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Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

My Creativity Workshop in the Fall of 2017

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nest Feathers - Interior Design, Nestmaker | 2 comments

My Remodeled Pink Dining Room

It was recently brought to my attention that I had never posted the “redecorate the dining room” post. This was a May ’17 project I set myself to completing before hosting a dinner party, taking our green dining room and transforming it into a pink dining room. And I was truly pleased with myself and the results. This room reno cost a little over $200 including awesome rug, paint, and curtains. And is a monument to decorating minimalism and intuition.   At least five years ago, I decided to paint my dining room Chartreuse green. I thought...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, My Joy of Cooking, Nestmaker | 0 comments

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Nest Feathers - Interior Design, Silly I Tell You, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Health and Body Wellness, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Wisdom Lessons | 3 comments

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood, Nestmaker, Raising Fair Fiona, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

25 Year-Old Crazy Brain

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Wisdom Lessons | 5 comments

The Incomplete, the Ignored, and the Undone

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nest Feathers - Interior Design, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

When Being at Home Can Happen Anywhere

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Friendship, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

The Trivia Fundraiser Design

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