A few blogs I would love to share with all of you, although most of you may already enjoy them:
These blogs and the writings of Connie Hultquist and Mrs. Sharon White always bring me back to the basics and joys of homemaking. They are devoted homemakers with a real love of tending to the family and hearth. They also have very strong spiritual practices that keep them in balance and in gratitude.
I have been working too hard on my channel and writing books and it has caused a severe imbalance that has caused me to be rude and irritable. I have already canceled all my media and never watch the news, however, I get sucked into the YouTube vortex and consumed by writing.
So, I have taken up my ladies books and blogs to read passages on being a housewife and mother and finding peace and faith in planting a garden, putting up a pantry, cleaning a home thoroughly and turning back to daily communion with God. I feel much better, I must say.
I recall when my family moved to Walnut Grove (not the one in Little House on the Prairie but so fitting since I devoured all those books as a girl). We lived on a fruit farm on the Delta River and owned one car. The nearest town was 40 minutes away. I stayed home with two babies and once a week my childhood friend would visit and once a week I would go into town to buy a Starbucks latte and do the grocery shopping. This was “me” time and I looked forward to it as a child does Christmas morning. Grocery shopping and buying fancy drinks is not a big deal to most people, but when it becomes a rare thing…it becomes a treasured luxury.
Life was simple. Bali worked all the time and I tended to the home, two little baby boys, and feeding everyone. I didn’t write yet, I didn’t get online unless I was finding a homemade bread or laundry soap recipe. I had local channels and only watched an old movie now and then.
I did keep my home tidy, picked fruit from all the various trees around our house, hung my clothes out on the line, and I would sit outside with the boys and read stacks of Amish fiction while the little’s played in the sandbox Bali made them from the leftover sand when a new well was built.
Life was slow and easy. It was a farm and we woke when the sun rose and went to bed when it went down. We enjoyed the birds nesting in our screened in porch and listened to the coyotes hunting at night. I miss that time. I didn’t get out much but I was so peaceful and content.
We now live in town and life is a bit busier. We have two vehicles and one boy is now enrolled in an Independent study with a delightful charter in Nevada City. We drive from town to the forest for him to have a good education. Before he had chosen a public school in town and I did not enjoy those days. The waking with an alarm, packing lunches, washing twice the laundry, being separated from my first born eight hours a day. I was relieved when he decided it wasn’t for him (with the help of bullying that went on for a few months) and now he is involved in a school that is fun, loving, and casual where the kids are wholesome and confident and don’t have iPhones in their hands.
My dreams of homeschooling and coops are alive again. I’m also homesteading in town like crazy.
I have been building up my pantry, cleaning deeply, and reading my little ladies works. I’m back to more reading and blogging and off YouTube and not forcing novels from my fingertips. I am enjoying all the planting and work Bali and I are doing in the gardens and cooking everything…or almost everything from scratch and loving my time in the kitchen. Music plays on the radio and the TV is saved for a sitcom or old movie now and then. We all enjoy doing art and coloring, and I’ve really taken up my role of teaching Arjan at home with both hands. We learn as we travel, as we cook, bake, garden, we write together, we read together.
Today I’m watering, feeding and rinsing the dust from my house plants. I’ll be baking four loaves of white and wheat bread, a huge batch of Amish bran muffins from my new Dining on a Dime cookbook (it has been very fun carrying it about and planning recipes). My spouse is vacuuming the house and will be making a big pot of Punjabi Mung Bean soup and the boys will play outside most of the day.
Life is cozy and charming for me now. I will finish this blog, do my shopping list and head out to Winco today to build my pantries a bit more. I was gifted a hundred dollar bill by a subscriber on my channel so I’m eager to see how far I can stretch it at the store. The other day I stocked my whole pantry, fridge, and freezer on $300 from Grocery Outlet. I’m excelling at the budget these days and each victory inspires me.
Check out the blogs and be inspired as well.