Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Farm Kitchen Revealed

Chances are you'll never have a kitchen as primitive as this. . .I honestly hope not. . .but I wanted to quickly share with you a typical farm kitchen inside a shotgun house during the Great Depression. . .In fact, this one may actually be a little fancy for most families.


Wheee. . .It's been quite a journey this summer getting to this point for our Fall Tours at the farm. . .One of the things I was set on was to stage COWBOY'S SHOTGUN HOUSE as a Depression Era two room home. . .pretty sparse, huh? . .Back then a kitchen was a work place. . .not a show place. . .without running water or electricity. . .Can you imagine? Well, even during the 1960s I visited inside homes such as this. . .By then they did have electricity and maybe running water from the well. . .but very basic kitchens. . .I remember them as warm and cozy--the Mom cooking or baking or canning in the same manner that my Mom prepared the food in her new and modern kitchen. . .What a difference. . .yet with the same function.
 


Many finds for the room came from flea markets and junk yards. . .In fact, John took a big load of our junk to the county dump and returned with the wood-burning stove. . .I have every intention to try my hand at cooking on it one day. . .The Hoosier style cabinet top had also been discarded. . .this time on the side of the road. . .Now that was real junkin', huh?

I posted peeks for the two rooms of the shotgun house at DUNCAN FARMSTEAD if you'd like to see more. . .Since many of you don't follow that blog, I thought I'd share a few more kitchen photos here. . .Thought you might enjoy them. . .Sorry they are a little grainy. . .I had limited light since the windows haven't gone in, yet. . .had to rely on an overhead light. . .The shotgun isn't finished--that's a winter project. . .We will add walls (not all tenant house had them) and windows and a back door, but the rooms will pretty much remain set up as you see them here. . .a farm kitchen representative of the Delta during the 30s.












Gotta run for now. . .
I've enjoyed popping in to say "HI" and hope you're enjoying this Fall weather. . .
 
 


Sunday, September 14, 2014

SUNDAY: Working with My Hands in the Quiet of the Day

 
On this Sunday-this day of rest-it might be a little odd that I'm thinking about work. . .The countdown to farm tours fills my thoughts even on this day, but probably not in the way you might think--as in 'to-do' lists and endless details. . .What fills me is awe at the gradual transformation of a mind-set from the tech world and a hurried life where every minute is filled with 'something' to the realization of the blessings found in the hum-drum tasks before me.
 
The Shakers believed that their daily labors, when attended with devotion, would bring them closer to God. . .Working with my hands in the quiet of the day, I often reminded myself of the Shakers and their dedication to God in ALL things. . .Over and over I'd say to myself, "Hands to work. .Hearts to God" and little by little I've begun to see the wisdom of it. . .It's become an incredible journey. . .just me and God. . .An experience that has been a surprise but such a blessing in my life. . .I feel centered and upright. . .in a simple sort of way. . .
 
MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH A LOVE-FILLED SUNDAY, MY FRIENDS
 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ivory-Crepe Myrtle-Sailboats

Catchy title, huh?. .I'm sure you're thinking, "What in this world is she up to now?"
Well. . .Read on. . .


I'm probably behind everyone else with this discovery for our farmhouse bath. . .Have YOU seen Ivory in it's SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE WRAPPER? I hadn't when I ran across the bars for sale at Dollar General a month or so ago. . . I only bought one at the time, thinking I'd add it to the bath "somehow". . .Once I brought it home and saw how it added so much to the room, I went back to buy more. . .and was so disappointed. . .They were all sold out. . .Bummer. . .I began stopping at every Dollar General with no luck. . .Then I found them! . . .at Dollar Tree of all places. . .They only had three. . .bought them all, of course. . .



My goodness. . .the fragrance of Ivory soap will forever remind me of my Grandmother's home. . .what a lovely memory. . .But, this isn’t just your grandmother’s soap. This is your great-great-grandmother’s soap! It's been around for 135 years. . ."Just a little more than 100 years after our country declared independence - Ivory first floated. The first cake of Ivory was sold in October, 1879. . ."  It's definitely been around for a while.

The SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE  WRAPPER covers a large size CAKE OF IVORY SOAP . . .and reminds us that "it floats" . . .How well I know! . .It's not only the fragrance that reminds me of Grandmother's bath, it's the sailboats we made together with Ivory soap bars. . .Now, that's a memory. . .


Toothpicks and paper were all we needed. . .We'd make a whole fleet of sailboats. . .I could spend hours--if she'd let me--in the tub. . .I guess you could say I'd be squeaky clean, huh?

We've been so busy with the farmstead that I've barely taken any time for myself the last couple of months. . .As I finished the laundry this week, I glanced over at the Ivory--suddenly having a desire to make at least one sailboat for a long soak in the tub. . .

I headed to the kitchen for supplies. . .and noticed right outside the window that the Crepe Myrtle was fast fading. . .I realized I had not brought a bouquet indoors all summer long. . .It's been beautiful this year. . .but now the blooms are fading. . .a sure sign that fall is on it's way. . .I ran out and cut a few to enjoy. . .

Actually, I sort of like the look. . .much more suited for fall, I think. . .


Before I knew it, our vintage bath was looking as if it was straight out of a magazine. . .So SIMPLY done. . .I have to give the Commemorative Ivory Soap Wrapper the credit.  . .Who would have guessed that a $1 bar of soap would bring inspiration for our Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style. . .and such wonderful memories. . .So many times it's the little things that impact us the most. . .isn't it?


My long soak in the tub with Ivory-Crepe Myrtle-and Sailboats was "heavenly". . .
I highly recommend it to you. . .or to your kids.
Hey. . .why not share a fleet of sailboats with them. . .and create a memory?
There's nothing more simple.
 
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 
 
 

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