Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dance with it..

It's New Year's Eve. There is snow on the ground and we are all tucked in by the wood stove for the evening. I find my mind drifting... Things that need to be done.. like the laundry... Where had December gone? This month has slipped away from me. Job changes. New routines. I find myself wondering - how will I fit it all in? Then I came across this picture and I smiled. No automatic washing machines for these ladies and yet, they got it all done.

I just started reading Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life (Jenna Woginrich). The book has been in "the stack" since summer and I am just starting to wade my way into the "winter reading project." Something she said stuck in my head..

"Accept where you are today, and working toward what's ahead, is the best you can do."
"Find your own happiness and dance with it"
~Jenna Woginrich~

I am thankful for all of you - my friends.
Looking forward to dancing with you in the year to come!

Happy New Year!


Posted photos from the book:
Luchetti & Olwell

15 comments:

dmoms said...

Go with it! I want to look for that book. Happy New Year.

Rural Revival said...

We're sitting by the fire tonight too, mostly playing board games, and of course, eating! I have that book on order from the library, should be in on Saturday, can't wait!

Happy New Year and looking forward to blogging together in 2010!

~Andrea~

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Love it.
Good book too.
Have a Happy New Year Leigh!

Spring Lake Farm said...

Loved the book! Awesome quote.

Happy New Year!

Sandy

Theresa said...

Hi, I just discovered your blog. I am trying to do what you are doing, but in a very different climate. Want to get bees, can't have chickens...

Jeannine said...

Such great wisdom (and it sounds like a great read!). The photo of the giggling girls put a smile on my face.

Happy New Year to you!

Nancy said...

That book is on my list for 2010 too. Love the quote. So true it is. And the photos are adorable too. Let me just say I'm grateful for not having to do the laundry the way those ladies did!

Amy Blogs @ River Rock Cottage said...

Happy New Year, Beegirl!

Heather said...

Well said, by you and the author of the book! My dancing shoes are ready~

Sarah { bee house hives } said...

Happy New Year Leigh!
I don't know how our pioneer women got it all done. I think of them often.. mostly when I am sighing about loading the washer or taking clothes from the drier!
You are a sweet friend and I appreciate you very much!

Laurie said...

Great quote! And pictures too. I've wondered about that book. May have to check it out.

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

They got it all done 'cause they went to bed at 1PM and got up at 3PM. I'm sure of it. And I'm sure they probably could've used a manicure and a Ped-egg - that's why they wore long skirts. Well, that and they didn't shave for months at a time. Have you ever tried to shave your calf with a straight razor? Nasty piece of business, that. :)

PS: I'm looking forward to doing the Cha-Cha with you too!!!!

~~Camie~~

deb said...

You know Leigh, I think Camie (her comment) could be right on this one... :)

I too look forward to doing the electric slide here with you! Just kidding...I still can't figure that one out.

Cheers to 2010 - may it be smooth sailing and rich in happiness!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Things sure were different back then. It makes me think of my grandmother caring for 9 children. My life suddenly feels like a walk in the park... I love the idea of an entire book about the pleasures of a handmade life. I'm adding it to my stack. Thank you.

underthebigbluesky said...

i'm just catching up and like you said feeling the strain of fitting it all in.

i have this book on my bookshelf to read as well. i love this quote, I think I'll pack it in and go curl up and be happy for a few and let everything else be damned.

good luck finding your balance Leigh! may it come sooner than expected.