Friday, July 5, 2019

Sweet Memories: The Childhood Visit to the Candy Shop

Few things bring as many wonderful memories to mind as when my dad took me on a trip to the candy store. I would slip my little hand into his and walk for 20 minutes to the sweet store of my dreams ..

Friday, June 7, 2019

Would You Accept a Fake Engagement Ring?

While many women would scoff at a fake ring, other women take it in stride, do not care, or in some cases prefer it ...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Unboxing a Free Box of Food

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Update: I took a reader's suggestion and made my friend some homemade muffins as a thank you for this box!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Food Shopping When Times are Tough

Our ancestors were generally very wise with money. There were few social programs to help out when times got rough, so they made their pennies stretch at the town market. My great grandmother used to talk about sneaking into a peach tree grove to steal fruit one summer when the breadwinner of the family was sick for a month. She learned to appreciate the more basic things in life because of the financial challenge.

Join me as I go to the market for some old-fashioned survival budget food shopping, and also show you what I ate for that week ...

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I'd love to hear about your experiences with stretching your food dollars and any feedback you may have. God bless!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Art of Being a Feminine and Delicate Wife

Dear wives and wives-to-be, I don't care how tough some women have gotten or how tough women are supposed to be these days, I just don't relate to their quest. I don't like competitive sports, hard  manual labor, or trying to reach beyond my limits. If anything, I hate having to be strong. In my most ideal state I can be flowery and fragile while my husband is my tower of strength ...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Dinner in 1883

Back in 1883, people hardly ever ate out, but when they did it was usually for a special occasion, Christmas being one of them. Single working men, travelers, and families were the most common patrons at Christmas. While there wasn't a multitude of restaurants around in 1883, hotels, inns, and department stores tended to have a nice place to eat for everyone. See what diners ate on Christmas day at three hotels back in 1883.

Quaint Advice: How to Deal with Loneliness & Isolation as a Housewife

Saturday, December 8, 2018

An Old-Fashioned Cast-iron Christmas

We cannot celebrate Christmas with my parents because of travel limitations, so it is important to me to carry on traditions I was raised with, one of them being cooking in old-fashioned cast-iron. Even though we have lived in our home now for 4.5 years, our house is still not full of the useful things every home should have. So we buy our home goods piecemeal as we can afford them ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time For a Walk in the Snow

Thank you for the messages many of you left checking up on how I am. I really appreciate this. I have been busy with decorating the house and outside for Christmas ...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Video of a Trip Down Market Street in 1906

Filmed by hand-cranked camera in 1906 on a moving train, before there were traffic laws. Notice people just trying their luck crossing the street. This film made me tear up. Probably because it reminds me of where I'm from and how my grandparents knew the city before so much blight and crime took over. Notice also no one seems to be cursing or yelling at anyone cutting them off.

Although life was difficult in 1906 for many reasons, this was the age America was viewed as the land of opportunity.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Victorian Style Breakfast

The lady of the house requests you sit down and enjoy yourself for a while. Don't rush off to school, work, or chores just yet. Take a seat around the table with your family, and watch the sun rise and the dew glow on the grass. Take in the warmth of home.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Old Fashioned Hobbies and Pastimes of the Victorian Age

Before television, video games, and the internet, housewives, husbands, and children entertained themselves in simpler, yet highly enjoyable ways. If you are interested in an old-fashioned hobby or pastime, far away from the influence of technology, read on.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Running Away to Become a Housewife

The housewife movement is more popular now than when I became a homemaker, and so when I did decide to quit my job with a goal of being domestic, I did so while hiding my intentions. I told no one except family and really close friends -- people that didn't know my coworkers. I led my colleagues to believe I had another job lined up. I didn't want to deal with questions, scorn, or weird looks on people's faces. I just wanted a clean break from all of the disappointments in my old life. I had to run  away.

I wanted to live the way I wanted to live, and I felt that social media was hindering my ability to do this because many coworkers were connected to my Facebook. My biggest plan after quitting was to cut off all social media. I got rid of my Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and that is what really set me free. I hated the idea of eternally connecting my decisions, persona, and whereabouts to coworkers -- to people who only understood promotions and raises as a way of moving on in life. I wanted to disconnect myself from my old mistakes and the ability of others to judge me as they saw me in my old life.

I was actually still single when I quit my old job. I saved enough money for some travel and rent expenses. Two weeks later I met my future husband. He told me early on he wanted to marry me, which put a glow and a little flutter in my heart. All I could think about was my wedding day and setting up a cozy home with my future husband. Many people will view my old job quitting as somewhat reckless and risky, but I needed to breathe and to change, and to look for a new life where I was away from the fray of the 9 to 5. And somehow it just came along. Few things in my life have fallen into place so easily.

Since then, the people I know personally in my life are people I talk to on the phone or see each day. My housewife friends -- like-minded people such as you -- are the only social media contacts I keep. I ended up moving to another state to a small town, so it was a completely new beginning. But even here I keep to myself.

I ran away from my old life to become a housewife and I never turned back.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Do Reality TV Housewives Give Real Housewives a Bad Name?

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Fights
None of the stay at home moms or housewives without children that I know of act like reality TV housewives. I don't know any homemakers cursing, fighting, or throwing things at each other on a regular basis. The Real Housewives TV franchise along with Basketball Wives I feel give a false impression about their real counterparts in everyday America ...