A Pioneer Way of Life!

As a young girl, I dreamed of living in a log cabin, growing a garden, raising chickens. I knew it would be hard work. I have never shied away from hard work! I enjoy getting my hands dirty and having sore muscles in a good way! Well, things did not work out.

You had to have money to buy land and get a start in life. Just like the young people of today, it is difficult to get a good start. For many just finding a job is a real challenge college degree or no degree! You may end up in a job that is a Soul Sucker! It literally will suck the life out of you! Only a few fortunate folks find a job they love! For years I was in an office! Totally goes against a person’s grain! Stuck in an office on the first warm sunny day of spring! Oh, how I longed to be outside! Once you have children you have to be the responsible adult! There were days when I enjoyed working, don’t get me wrong I was grateful to be able to be a contributing member of society! Thankful I was able to help my children grow up to be responsible adults!

We can so get caught up in the make money spend money way of living. Enjoying life is something you did on weekends and occasional vacations.

At this point in my life, I can still dream of being in that little house of the prairie! A kinder, simple life! Growing a garden, maybe have a few chickens again. So grateful things have worked out where we can afford to buy our 3 acres for $26,000. Dirt cheap compared to where we use to live. 3 acres would easily cost $300,000.

Getting older now and not wanting the hardships of pioneer life, just a little taste of it will do me just fine! Blessed to be able to wake up in the morning and start a day more conducive to healthy living!

Below is a little excerpt from Pioneer life in America.  http://www.jrank.org/

The pioneers lived a rough, dangerous, and demanding life. The men had to be farmers, hunters, trappers, skilled carpenters, and skillful with weapons, especially the rifle. The women did much heavy farm work, raised and cared for the children, cooked, spun yarn, and wove cloth. There were no doctors and medical care had to be improvised. A serious illness or injury often meant death and epidemics were devastating. The pioneer diet was simple, consisting primarily of corn and game. Corn was preferred because it could be easily preserved and salt was used to preserve meat. Eventually, as conditions improved, so did diet, clothing, and the availability of other essentials. Pioneers built their own homes (often helping one another in the hard work), grew and hunted their own food, made their own yarn and cloth, bullets, candles, medicines, shoes, and other necessities. Their way of life fostered values of independence and self-reliance that were reinforced by religion and a strong sense of community. The struggles, hardships, and experiences of the first settlers continued to influence the later community. Values and attitudes were transmitted through stories that have become an essential part of American self-awareness.

Have a wonderful day my friends! Love from Mountain Meme!

Read more: Pioneer life in America – Settlers, Land, Settlement, and Pioneers – JRank Articles http://www.jrank.org/encyclopedia/pages/cm7kxkdlo9/Pioneer-life-in-America.html#ixzz5FrjNKSyr

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Medicinal Plants

One of my many interests has been the use of medicinal plants. I have dabbled in it in the past. It is now so easy to go to the local health food store and purchase what you feel you need.

I now have the time to maybe try making my own tinctures or teas. I am a firm believer in using what God has given us. All of the chemical compounds that Doctors so readily prescribe can do more harm than good! Not to say all are that way. I do take a few for my arthritis.  Mostly I take a lot of supplements. Each person is different and has different needs. By no means take my word as gospel!

Balsamorhiza sagittata is a North American species of flowering plant in the sunflower tribe of the aster family known by the common name arrowleaf balsamroot. It is widespread across western Canada and much of the western United States. A specimen was collected by explorer and botanist Meriwether Lewis near Lewis and Clark Pass in 1806. source wikipedia

Native Americans relied on all parts of arrow-leaf balsamroot for food. Young leaves and shoots were peeled and eaten raw, boiled or steamed. The peeled roots have a bitter, strongly pine-scented sap. When cooked for several days (roasted or steamed) the root became edible and was often ground into meal and mixed with grease and made into cakes, or mixed with powdered berries and eaten with a spoon. The small, sunflower-like seeds were dried or roasted and pounded. The plant was also used for medicinal purposes, with the leaves being used as a poultice for burns, the roots boiled and the solution applied as a salve for wounds, cuts, and bruises, and a tea derived from the roots used as a treatment for tuberculosis and whooping cough. Today, it is added to muffins, loaves of bread, and granola, and can also serve as an emergency survival food. Modern herbal practitioners may use the root as an immunostimulant or expectorant. source: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/youth/lewisAndClark/plants/arrowleaf.html

Please do your own research before using any herbal remedies as they can conflict with prescription medicines.

I hope Y’all have an awesome day!

Hugs from Cozinest Hollow! (Mountain Meme)

Growing Old Gracefully

Hello, Friends.

This May I turn 67 years old. As I age I will always try to be the best person I can be.  Knowing that I will fail at times. I must stay true to myself. This is a very recent photo of me in the morning. One with a freshly washed face (no makeup), just a little face cream.  The other with light make-up. I use an Almay makeup, with a little blush. That is about it when I do use it. In the summertime when I get a little color, I don’t wear any at all!

Prayer for growing old (I think I am already there!)

Dear Higher Power, You know better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but You know, Beloved, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is a vexation to those around.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people; and give me, Divine One, the grace to tell them so.

A sweet poem, but I will cut myself some slack if I can’t always do my best! I will continually try!

Camp Fire Girls

The photo above is an outfit for a Camp Fire girl of the 1940’s. A friend gave this to me because she knew I liked old stuff. I do have a respect for older things. I just hated to see this be discarded. The workmanship is impeccable. It is my friend’s Mother’s outfit. I have tried to donate it to the National chapter of Camp Fire Girls and the Seattle Chapter, neither said they had space for it. I finally found a local that said they would be thrilled to have it.

Camp Fire was founded as Camp Fire Girls in 1910 by Luther Halsey Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte. It is the first non-sectarian organization created for girls in the United States. The watchword, Wohelo, and parts of this ceremony were developed by Mrs. Gulick in the summer of 1910. The watchword is made up of the first two letters of Work, Health, and Love.

Five years later, in 1915, Camp Fire North Texas started their 1st group of Camp Fire girls and this year, we are officially 101 years old, having celebrated our birthday in March.

The Native American culture has long been a source of inspiration for Camp Fire and stimulates creative expression, respect for nature, and sensitivity to the world around us.

The foundation of this organization is built on solid morals and ideas.

 

Buffalo Plaid Season

It’s Buffalo Plaid Season!

buffalo plaid

a broad checkered plaid pattern usually of two colors
 

Happy Monday, Folks!

I have always loved plaid, I can’t wait until Fall and flannel shirt season! They are good cover-ups for the older form! Short sleeves and shorts are a thing of the past!

Plaids are a just plain cozy! (Cozi) All plaids are mostly to my liking! Lightweight flannel, heavyweight flannel, cozy pillows, and throws! So many things come in plaids! It must be my Scottish heritage!

I found some candles in a buffalo plaid tin, also a buffalo plaid banner at Target which I have used in my Christmas decor! I pulled out some stored Christmas items and lo and behold, buffalo plaid gift bags in burlap! They were 75% off from Target last year! I love when that happens! 🙂

I have had the urge as of late to make Gnomes with a green buffalo plaid! Now, almost all of my fabric, sewing, and craft stuff is packed away! Hard for me this time of year when I get in the mood to create! So far, I have resisted going to buy more, I might cave in and get the necessary supplies for Gnome making! We shall see!

by Emily Dickinson

A Spider sewed at Night

 A Spider sewed at Night
Without a Light
Upon an Arc of White.

If Ruff it was of Dame
Or Shroud of Gnome
Himself himself inform.

Of Immortality
His Strategy
Was Physiognomy.

Took a photo this morning, in case you would like to see who it is making an attempt at blogging once again! The older I get, the more photos I take to get one that does not show too many age spots and wrinkles! I will take all of the things that go with older age and make the best of them! I am grateful I have made it this far, I plan on being here for quite the long time still!

Thank Y’all for your continued support on this journey! Much love and have an awesome week!

 

Let us be Thankful

Thanksgiving

Let us be thankful—not only because
Since last our universal thanks were told
We have grown greater in the world’s applause,
And fortune’s newer smiles surpass the old—

But thankful for all things that come as alms
From out the open hand of Providence:—
The winter clouds and storms—the summer calms—
The sleepless dread—the drowse of indolence.

Let us be thankful—thankful for the prayers
Whose gracious answers were long, long delayed,
That they might fall upon us unawares,
And bless us, as in greater need we prayed.

Let us be thankful for the loyal hand
That love held out in welcome to our own,
When love and only love could understand
The need of touches we had never known.

Let us be thankful for the longing eyes
That gave their secret to us as they wept,
Yet in return found, with a sweet surprise,
Love’s touch upon their lids, and, smiling, slept.

And let us, too, be thankful that the tears
Of sorrow have not all been drained away,
That through them still, for all the coming years,
We may look on the dead face of To-day.

James Whitcomb Riley, a favorite poet, and storyteller that heralds from the state of Indiana. I love his pure heart and down-home style. My Mother gave me one of his books before she passed away. It is a treasured possession of mine!

I remember some very Happy Thanksgivings and some very sad and scary ones indeed. When a child, being so small, life can be so large! It molds us into who we are today! If we can take all of the good, some of the bad, and a little of the very bad and remember it has made us and pocket it all in a little corner, knowing it is there for future reference. It is a thing of the past! We are able to draw from it what we want and leave the rest safely tuck away! We owe it to ourselves and those who do and have cared or loved us! It allows us to be able to lead the kind of life we want! Choose joy, love, happiness, and family! They are truly the best things in life!

A very heartfelt Thanksgiving from Carolyn at Cozinest Hollow!

Collecting Rae Dunn

Hello, Friends!

It seems like we all like to collect things! I know there is the minimalist out there! I don’t care for the saying, “if you had not used it in the last six months, get rid of it!” That does not fly with me! I like my stuff and I might use it in say 7 months or a year! As soon as I get rid of it, I NEED IT! That is how it works!

Around early September my daughter was looking for a Rae Dunn COFFEE canister to put the K-cups in for her Kreuig! Now she had pinned what she wanted on Pinterest about two years ago! Caroline (my daughter) had stopped at local HomeGoods! She did not find her canister that day but ran into a Rae Dunn collector who was very helpful! The lady had suggested she buy a BEWITCHED mug and join a group on FaceBook of local collectors and thought she might trade for her canister.

Now before this, I had not heard of Rae Dunn pottery, (look her up, she has an interesting story)!

Caroline was very much pregnant at the time, (she delivered on the 14th of September) so it was hard for her to shop! Being the Mother Hen that I am, I went into Mother Mode and said maybe I could help! Caroline had done some research and proceeded to tell me Rae Dunn pottery was hard to find and there are usually Ladies waiting outside the doors at the opening! The pottery is carried in TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods! Well, the closest town has a TJ Maxx and HomeGoods right next to it! Now the HomeGoods store had been in town for over a year and I never went! That quickly changed!

I started going to the openings and waited in line and got to know some of the regular collectors! I had told one of the collectors who had met my daughter and gave her some pointers the situation. That I would like to find Caroline her COFFEE canister before she gave birth! I was elated when she came through and sold it to me. Caroline was thrilled!

I got sucked into the Rae Dunn world! I joined FaceBook groups, started meeting regulars and developed Collecting Friendships! I say “Collecting Friendships” because it is a competitive world! I do feel I have managed a couple real friendships from this! You have the personal collectors, the collectors that find for friends and vice-a-versa. They sell and trade for retail, and then you have the up-chargers that clear shelves and resale on eBay and Mecari at ridiculous prices! I want no part of the up-charge world at least right now! Maybe in a few years if I tire of it and can make a chunk of change maybe! I go in cycles! Right now I am happy to collect, buy and share!

I stick with mostly the LL or Large Letter in black style! She has many styles which are very cute! I don’t have the room or money to go that far! Although it is considered inexpensive $4.99 for a mug or $12.99 for a canister adds up real quick!

A popular current trend is Farmhouse style, which the pottery fits in nicely! When we are ready to sell our house I hope to be able to stage it as such!

Right now too Gnomes are hot and flying off the shelves! Of course, I have had to pick up some of those too! Then you need the accessories, plate stands, shelving (Hobby Lobby), cabinets… to display your collection! It is a slippery slope, so think twice before you go down! It can be consuming! I do try to keep it in check, with one line, the LL! With any trend, it will fall out of grace and something new will come along!

I hope Y’all are having a great Thanksgiving week and thank you for stopping by!

Hugs, from Cozinest Hollow!

Over the River and Through the Woods

Hello, Friends!  Big day for the family! All three of my children, my six grandchildren and friends are coming! A house full! (insert big smile emoji here) Early Thanksgiving, since they all go to their respective spouses family on Thanksgiving day!

One of my favorite memories of childhood is singing this song this time of year!

The original piece had twelve stanzas, though only four are typically included in the song.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
as over the ground we go.
Over the river, and through the wood—
and straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
it is so hard to wait!
Over the river, and through the wood—
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for everyone.”
Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

The following verses appear in a “long version”:

Over the river, and through the wood,
with a clear blue winter sky,
The dogs do bark, and children hark,
as we go jingling by.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring, “Ting-a-ling-ding!”,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!
Over the river, and through the wood,
no matter for winds that blow;
Or if we get the sleigh upset
into a bank of snow
Over the river, and through the wood,
to see little John and Ann;
We will kiss them all, and play snow-ball
and stay as long as we can.
Over the river, and through the wood,
trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound!
For ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood,
Old Jowler hears our bells.
He shakes his pow, with a loud bow-wow,[1]
and thus the news he tells.

I hope Y’all enjoy your day!

credit for lyrics, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_River_and_Through_the_Wood

A New Day!

Thursday the 16th of November already! The month is half over! Do you believe it! My middle daughter who is 33 often tells me she can’t believe her oldest daughter is 7, times seems to fly she says! I say, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Time crawls as a child, that old saying “Slow as Christmas” must have come from a child waiting for Santa! My Mother, God rest her soul was full of sayings! The older you get the faster time goes, was another one! Boy, was she right!

I will savor this day and be thankful for it! How about you?

The photo I included is part of my kitchen area. We had to do quite a bit of work in it! New hardwood floors (family effort), the two windows were replaced (hired out) and painting the walls (I did)! I like to paint, I was pleased with the outcome! Although it is getting harder for me to do with my arthritis. Holding a paintbrush and standing on a ladder is a challenge these days. Which famous artist taped his brush to his hand? Maybe it was Van Gogh! We have all heard of the man who complained he had no shoes till he met a man who had no feet. I am grateful for what I can do! We built the back deck with a covering (again family effort) so we could use it with all the rain we get in the Pacific Northwest!

This house was built in 1988. We had to do a lot of just basic maintenance to it. It was bank owned and neglected. My youngest daughter found it for us and we bought it sight unseen, signing papers as we were on the road driving from the Boulder Colorado area. We lived in Colorado for six years and moved back to be closer to kids and grandkids in 2011!

It has been a work in progress for the last 6 years, now we are trying to update a bit. Building sweat equity, mainly because we can’t afford to hire it all out! Cost of labor is so expensive around the Seattle area! Living in the Seattle area is expensive for retirees! It’s the main reason we are planning a move next year so my husband can retire. We will still be in the state of Washington, just further east!

Okay, enough ramblings of life in Cozinest Hollow! Wait! Just one more thing, the Cozinest Hollow name came about when I found my cute logo which came from a 1900’s German postcard. Also, our house seems to sit down in a hollow! In the pines, in the pines where the sun never shines (love that song)! Our new house will be somewhat in a hollow! It has a more open area, higher elevation and surrounded by the Kettle Rage mountains. More sunshine!!! Yay!

Hope you enjoy this day the Universe has handed to us! Life can be oh, so, sweet! It is all that YOU make it!

Thank you, for stopping by! Hugs!

Carolyn