This is a continuation of Agnes Sligh Turnbull's short story When Queens Ride By, first published in 1932. You are reading the diary of Jennie Musgrave and her journey back to the heart of her home. Jennie is a farm wife living in the 1940's in rural Massachusetts. Her diary chronicles her account of returning to the role God made especially for her, that of help-meet to her husband and loving mother. It is my sincere wish this diary bless you. ~Suzanne

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Not a complete loss

My lands today was another full day! I put up 20 jars of my homemade tomato sauce, 20 jars of tomato soup and 15 jars of my momma's piccalilli. I am dead tired but looking at the rows of canned jars down the root cellar has me glowing with pride. 

That tomato patch I worked so hard at was a dead loss in the marketing sense of the way things are, but I was determined they wouldn't go to waste. I learned my lesson real good.

Tomorrow I am going to finish canning the rest of the tomato's after the washing is done. John knew I was upset over the loss of the tomato patch , but being the gentleman he is he didn't say a word. Just came in the kitchen for lunch and said something smelled so good he could smell it all the way to the barn. I told him to go along with himself ,but that flattery will get you a second piece of pie for sure!

Little Jim came home with a B on his latest spelling test, but he is still strugglin' with his math facts. John tooks some heavy paper from the cupboard and had Jim write his facts in dark pencil on squares he cut up. He said he would test Jim each night for 10 minutes or so with these little cards. He told Jim his teacher Miss Randolph taught him how to memorize them this way and it helped him alot.

After gettin' the children settled and in bed and getting the kitchen tidy for tomorrow's work I went and sat down in the parlour with John. It was so strange to be sitting in there, just him and I . We hadn't known how to relax for years. I swear we are getting more done than before! I am keeping my priorities straight now and the sleddin' is a bit smoother for sure.

I picked up my knitting and John was looking at the local farmers magazine while we listened to a broadcast of The Shadow. I do like that program, but Abbott & Costello are still my favorite by far.  I am working on some Christmas gifts for the family. John will have some new wool socks and a cardigan. The children need new cardigans and hats and mittens--they are growing so fast I can't keep up with 'em.

Well, time to put the pencil and pad down and get some sleep. John is already snorin' away next to me!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fall Cleaning

As glorious Autumn unfolds, my mind is still wrapped around all the 'fall cleaning'. Well, if I am honest I haven't done a Spring or Fall cleaning in so many years that I shouldn't call it anything but deep cleaning I guess. My Mum always said cleanliness was next to Godliness. I am thinkin' maybe she was right.

I managed to get the entire parlour cleaned spit spot and put in right order. Oh the mess! The shades had been drawn for over a year as we never went in there. We were either too doggone tired at night that we just fell in bed or there weren't no place to sit comfortable like anyway we just didn't bother.  All the curtains came down and got a washin' as well as the windows and woodwork. I took the sofa and chair cushions outside to air in the sun and gave 'em a good bangin' too. Quite a bit of dust flew out I hate to admit!  I stitched a new cover for the rockin chair cushions and draped one of my mother's afghans over it and it looked real pretty.  I even changed the room around a bit and put the sofa and chair in a different spot and it opened the room up alot. How I wish we had money for a new set from the catalog, but I am going to purpose to be content and make do. I think I will make some new pillows for the sofa. I put a nice big vase of sunflower blossoms on the sofa table and some plants in the window. When I stepped back the room really looked pretty! The floor got a good wash and the rug an extra good sweeping. I moved the radio back in and John and the children and I have been enjoying our evenings in there after dinner. John told me how comfortable the parlour was now that I put it in order.

I also got to the bathroom. Scrubbed white again and I had John pick up a few new white towels at Percy's store. I embroidered little blue periwinkles on the edges and they look so darlin' hangin' on the rack near the sink.

Well I need to put this diary down and get to dinner. John butchered a steer and tonight we are having a nice roast with our own potatoes, carrots and parsnips roasted in the pan. It smells wonderful!  I need to finish the apple pie so will write again later.