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When I was growing up, Grandma used to follow the old fashioned way of doing chores. Her version went as follows:

Monday was wash day.

Tuesday was ironing.

Wednesday was Sewing.

Thursday was baking.

Friday was cleaning.

Saturday she went to Market.

Sunday was the Lord's day, which consisted of church morning and evening and resting. There were certain farm chores that had to be done, but only the necessary things. She prepared a lot of the food that was served the day before. All she had to do was warm it up on the old cookstove. Granpa had to feed and take care of the livestock, but otherwise no work was done.

We kids could play quietly outside but we weren't to be wild or whooping around the yard. We could read, but no games were played. We could sit under a tree or laze in the hay mow. We were never allowed to play cards. They were the devil's tool.

The rules in Grandma's house were strict, but we were brought up to respect others, be honest and have faith in God. What more could we have asked for?

18 comments:

  1. It sounds like we were brought up in a lot of the same traditions.

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  2. Such beautiful traditions my friend.

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  3. morning glory,

    I'm glad to hear that you were brought up in the same traditions that I was. Weren't we so lucky to have been brought up this way.

    Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your visit.
    Mary

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  4. Denise,

    Yes, they were beautiful. I'm sorry that these type of traditions aren't being continued today.
    Mary

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  5. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for sharing! I remember my Grandma telling me stories like this and how she tended the animals and little ones, milked the cows, gathered the eggs, and stored coal for winter.

    Wonderful memories to cherish for sure!

    Smiles,
    Michele

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  6. As a child I remember the "blue laws" that meant no business was open on Sunday.

    My how times have changed!

    Great post!

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  7. Michele,

    Grandma had so much to do. She only had a cookstove and all of her baking and cooking was done on that. Mmm! The food that came out of that cookstove was delicious.

    She gathered eggs, planted, tended and harvested a garden and so many other chores.

    Thanks for your comments. I enjoy visiting with you.
    Mary

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  8. t*mmy,

    When my daughter was young, nothing was open here on Sunday. Now it seems everything is.

    I believe that Sunday should be a family day. Once parents had to work on Sunday, the world has changed extremely and not very positively. Some of the old ways were the best ways.

    Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your comments and your visits.
    Mary

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  9. My grandma had her days to wash and iron, too!

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  10. willow,

    Thank you for stopping by. I will keep you in my prayers and ask that the wildfires not enter your area.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  11. ....and in my humble opinion ---it WAS!! It was. A good life indeed. Simple, loving, and perfect.

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  12. Hi Mary ~~ Those were the good old days and it seems to have been the same all over the world.
    My brother put your lovely bouquet on my sidebar. I love it. Take care,
    Love, Merle.

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  13. Anni,

    Yes, those were the good old days when life was simple and children were taught there place. Wish it was like that again.

    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Mary

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  14. Merle,

    Yes, those days were much more simple. It would be great to follow those rules again.

    Glad you enjoyed the bouquet and that your brother put it on your sidebar. I'll be over to take a look.

    Have a great day.
    Mary

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  15. I was brought up with the very same traditions!! My Mother who was born in 1903 didn't know if we should even read the funnies on Sunday but she did read them to me!! She had a cookstove to... You have brought back some happy memory's for me!! Blessings Grams

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  16. Grams,

    Isn't it lovely to take a stroll down Memory Lane? These were the good old days when life was much simpler and, in my opinion, so much better.

    Thanks for dropping by. I'm always happy to see you here.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  17. Thank you for this entry. I love the time it brings to mind. And I love the plan of doing things on certain days. If only I could get myself to adapt it. -sigh-

    I've heard before of the plan of making Sunday's food, the day before. And it sounds like a wonderful idea to me.

    Plus the over-all view of not working on one day a week. Seems this is very good psychology. When do modern people ever get a time, when it is perfectly acceptable, to relax and rest? Hardly ever. -sigh-

    Mari-Nanci
    Photos-City-Mine

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  18. smilensigh,

    I think that if we want a day of rest, we need to just take it. Society today is too fast paced and that is why heart attack and stroke is on the rise. Heart attacks aren't just about what we eat, they are about stress, as are strokes. Stress can make us physically and mentally ill.

    A good rule of thumb is to make a week's meals on Saturday. Today we can freeze those meals and feed our families nutritious foods all week long. Trouble is, people choose takeout instead.

    It sounds like you could use a day each week to just relax and have fun with family and friends. Try it. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    Thanks so much for your comments. I enjoyed your visit.
    Mary

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