MY BLOG WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS, "STONEY HILL CABIN", BUT WE'VE MOVED TO THE COUNTRY AND I NO LONGER HAVE A BACKYARD CABIN. THIS WONDERFUL OLD HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1919 AND I OFTEN WONDER ABOUT HOW THIS AREA LOOKED BACK THEN. WE'RE JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE SMALL TOWN OF LIBERTY AND SINCE WE HOPE THIS WILL BE THE FAMILY GATHERING PLACE, I DECIDED "LIBERTY HOMESTEAD" WOULD BE A FITTING NAME. OUR BIG RED BARN IS NOW A SAFE HAVEN FOR OUR RESCUED CATS AND THEY SEEM TO HAVE ADJUSTED WELL. NEIGHBORS WAVE AS THEY PASS AND WE LOVE WATCHING THE TRACTORS, PLOWS, AND COMBINES ON THE ROADS AND IN THE FIELDS AT PLANTING AND HARVEST TIMES. THIS FEELS LIKE HOME.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS


Spring is finally here, it's Easter Day, and I'm looking forward to new beginnings. Have you ever felt as if you've been aimlessly wandering in a fog? That's how I'd explain the last few months - actually, the last two years. But the fog has lifted and my burden of responsibility is lessened, so I'm ready to turn the page and begin a new chapter of my life.


During the busy and stressful times, I put a lot of things on the "back burner".  I hadn't done much in the way of sewing, reading, blogging, or enjoying music as I used to do.  I missed all those things and now it's time to dive back in and begin to enjoy life again. I've already begun some sewing projects and have done some spring cleaning and re-arranging of cupboard contents - out of necessity.


Though I'd told myself I'd not bring home a bunch of things from my mom's house (after the major clearing out had begun), I did it anyway. How could I resist vintage and antique dishes and glassware? How could I not want to find a home for the old clothespins, dresser scarves, and knick knacks Mom had squirreled away in the basement cupboards for decades? I don't know the origin of everything I brought home but I am aware some of the plates and dishes had belonged to my grandmothers and possibly my great grandmothers. I couldn't bring myself to give all of it away. Much was purged, though, and many items were donated to people who could use them. The rest will reside among my sisters and me, and our kids.

I was thrilled when my daughter wanted the old red and white Pyrex dishes. She said they'd be used for her Christmas table and I'd be able to visit them every year. When I told her they shouldn't be put in the dishwasher or the microwave, she said that didn't matter. She loved them and would use them anyway. I've seen so many Pyrex bowls ruined by today's dishwashers.  The vintage dishes weren't made for such roughness. I wash all mine by hand, as I do the vintage glasses and bowls. As I wash them, I often wonder about who might have used them before me. My sisters and I found things in Mom's basement that we'd never seen. How nice it would have been had she invited us to go through those things when she still remembered how she came to have them.

I had to make room for the dishes and glass items I kept, so I cleaned out kitchen cupboards, removed some of my own things, and donated them. I relocated my rag-tag collection of Pyrex bowls to a larger cupboard and snuggly fit the antique bowls and glasses into the cupboard where the Pyrex had been. I did a bit more arranging until I had a place for everything and had everything in its place. After days of washing items and carefully displaying them on my dining room table, I took inventory and kept things that brought back fond memories. Some things I knew Mom had, were apparently lost to time and only my mother knew what she'd done with them, but there were still plenty of things to remind me of family gatherings and simpler times.  

While I am happy to have those cherished things from my childhood home, I'm also happy to be able to now move forward. I'm excited about getting back to sewing and spending extra time with the cats. There is still a lot to do around this old house, but now I can do it with a lighter heart.  I wish all of you a Happy Easter and a wonderful season of New Beginnings.