Friday, 28 April 2017

Home treasures

Day 9 Living without.

Another cool day, although it did manage to warm up. I had to do a drive to the shops and do a shop as they were selling Arnnotts family biscuit (cookies) packs for 20% off. Both plain and cream ones were at that price. We never did find the cream ones so they must’ve sold fast. While we like to bake, some times it is more frugal to buy when the prices are drastically cut and it makes a good deal.

With the shopping done, I was glad to get back home. I like being at home. There is always something to do at home especially so when you do most things the old fashioned way. When you have to be in your home full time and can’t go out of the home because you need to take of family, or you can’t find a job, or you find it hard to be out in public, then it makes sense to be as productive as you can be in your home. 

I find noticing small details often makes staying at home more enjoyable. We are so condition in believing we must have the biggest and best of things, we often ignore simple little things in life that could be a special moment if we had just slowed down long enough to take notice. 

That’s why I’ve begun to slow down. Slowing down enough to bake biscuits (cookies), put on an apron (or roll up your sleeves like Rosie Riveter), garden, and hand sew, or paint, is a connection to old family traditions. Not everyone I live with is on board with becoming this way, but that is alright. I can take notice of what I'm doing and make changes to bring my life back to reflect a time which seems to be more connected to important things. 

For me, I enjoy being at home and being as vintage as I can, with a touch of modern; but just a touch. It’s truly concerning how reliant I’ve become on technology I never had as a kid…even as a teenager and young adult. 

Phone booths were still a thing, and we had cassettes to listen to music, computers were for business not for the home, the home phone let you contact local friends and family, and writing letters kept you in touch with overseas friends. 
It’s good to have technology but not when it takes away enjoying simple moments like doing things the old way. For me, vintage does feel better.

"With pomp, power, and glory, the world beckons vainly. In chase of such vanities why should I roam? While peace and contentment bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my hearth with the treasures of home."
- Beatrix Potter.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


  1. I can tell you are happiest at home, Shiralee. Mind you, it was so cold today that our house was absolutely freezing so I enjoyed getting out for a while. It will warm up now...for a while I guess before the real winter weather kicks in.

  2. I also enjoy doing things the old fashioned way. Nothing makes me happier than putting on an apron, cooking up a meal for my family with the little grandgirls running around and wanting to help. :)
    Your pillow with the birds is precious - did you make it?