July 6th I am escorting my husband’s grandma to New York. She is a pretty amazing woman. She is going to be 96 this summer. I love hearing the stories she tells about her life long ago on the farm. Everything was made from scratch or you had to work hard to accomplish the task.
I wonder if I could have been a housewife during that time. I also wonder that every time I read a Janette Oke novel. In this modern day of technology, things are very easy. Put clothes in the washing machine, the dishes in the dishwasher, throw away the feminine products, buy everything food-wise grown and prepared for you. My husband’s grandma lived on the farm. To have eggs for breakfast she had to go to the chicken coop and get the eggs, not just to her fridge. She knew they were “organic” and it didn’t cost her a thing. She grew her own garden, not for keeping the planet green but for survival. She didn’t need to go to the gym, life in general gave her enough of a workout. Maybe to be healthy in the future, we can look backwards and see what made people so strong.
Women like her encourage me to be the best wife I can be. She was married and faithful to her husband till the day he died. She was a mother of seven I believe. Now at 96 she still does dishes, gets the mail, and plays an awesome Scrabble game.
In the last few months, I have found some pride in some of the “old-fashioned” stuff I am doing. We canned our own tomatoes, we hang our clothes up on the line, and I haven’t bought a meal in a box in over two years. For Christmas I made homemade French fried onions, from scratch cream of mushroom soup, and used fresh green beans for my green casserole. I knew everything that went into it. We make our own laundry soap too.
What type of things do you do that are “homemade” or natural?