“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder
The first set of books that my mother bought me were the "Little House on the Prairie" series. I read "Little House in the Big Woods" and fell in love with the characters immediately. Pa and his fiddle, Jack the dog, Carrie the little sister, and Ma and her understaning ways.
I made a list from memory of items that they had in those days, items that would still be reasonable to use now:
- Oil lantern- I've seen these at the thrift stores and have two on my table now.
- Bread and Pie Crust- Recipes using the staples of wholesome flour
- Handicrafts-Conversation while creating something from nothing-coffee filter wreaths, rag rugs
- Agriculture- Grow from seeds, plant bulbs, plan gardens
- Barter- Ma took her eggs to Mrs. Olsen for store credit. What ways can we exchange and barter?
- Hard work- Gratitude and upkeep. Have a porsche or a pinto? Does it matter if it runs? Keep it clean, tuned up and paid for. Be proud of what you've been given.
- Simple Christmas and Holiday Season-gift giving streamlined.
- Patience with difficulties.
- Look for lessons in life's struggles.
- Do more, Spend less and Save.