Monday, April 4, 2011


"[U]sefulness is happiness,
 and...all other things are
 but incidental."

~Lydia Maria Child:
The American Frugal Housewife 1829

There is a two year old
who visits me Monday-

Her Mommy  [my only
daughter, Erin]  had
to be out of town for
work and her daddy also
had to work, so...
she stayed with me and
we had a weekend slumber

We went to bed early and
awoke 'very' early. We
read books and dug in
the dirt. We tried a new
recipe and played with yarn,
we had fun just being!

On Saturday while hanging
clothes on the clothesline,
my helper was right there
helping...smiling and singing
the whole time...clipping pens
to all the clothes.

Whatever and whenever a task
needs to be done, this wee one
is the first one to yell, "I want
to help".  No matter the age,
being useful is a wonderful

Oh please, do not grow up
too fast! xx


  1. How sweet...I wish they stayed that helpful. Unlike my teenagers who want to know how much they'll be paid if they help.

  2. Oh you did have a grand treasure with you this weekend!!! What special moments they must have been :).

  3. That is so sweet! What a wonderful, cheerful helper to have by your side. That would make any task enjoyable. :)
    It's so true, young ones sure do love to help out and be useful.

  4. I have to say that looking at the pictures I thought that you put the pins on the hemlines of your cotton shirts to get them to dry without curling! I believe Erin is going to bring innovation to domestic endeavors for the housewives of her generation. Wow, impressive little gal you've got there!

  5. Sounds like a great weekend! Your granddaughter is adorable, and how neat that she will grow up with those memories of helping her grandma!

  6. What sweet curls...and sweet clothespins! Seriously, don't grow up too fast! You are so lucky to have gotten such a special treat for the weekend.


  7. Oh my goodness! It sounds like a great time! I love the clothespin placement! How sweet!

  8. She is a cutie! I love those curls and I can almost smell your clothes hanging on the line. Sounds like a spectacular weekend!