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What makes a pleasant home?

October 30, 2011

Chapped hands and a sore back were the consequences from "wash day" when so much was done by hand many years ago. Other chores such as an ironing day, sewing day, cleaning day and so on was the typical schedule of most women as part of their homemaking routine. Women had it down to a science and worked hard in a way that is different than today. Great physical labor was required and, as seen in prior columns, a working knowledge of such things as using many parts of an animal for cooking, including calf and hog brains, was common. A look into by-gone years tells us what some of these homemaking chores were like. The goal of course, was to have a cheerful, charming, and cozy house, with the main responsibility for this falling on the wife.



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