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I remember that clothesline and the blizzard and the fear of Pa getting lost in it on the way to the barn. Reading it in sunny southern California I just could not imagine!


I've never read this book sounds like I have a treat in store :o)

Have you read Kilvert's Diary?
In 1870 they were made of stern stuff...
"Sunday, Christmas Day

As I lay awake praying in the early morning I thought I heard a sound of distant bells. It was an intense frost. I sat down in my
bath upon a sheet of thick ice which broke in the middle into large pieces whilst sharp points and jagged edges stuck all round the sides of the tub like chevaux de frise, not particularly comforting to the
naked thighs and loins, for the keen ice cut like broken glass. The ice water stung and scorched like fire. I had to collect the floating pieces of ice and pile them on a chair before I could use the sponge
and then I had to thaw the sponge in my hands for it was a mass of ice. The morning was most brilliant. Walked to the Sunday School with Gibbins-and the road sparkled with millions of rainbows, the seven colours gleaming in every glittering point of hoar frost. The Church was very cold in spite of two roaring stove fires. Mr. V,
preached and went to Bettws. "


I love these books...I can't imagine having to twist hay in order to stay warm. We're having a bit of a cold snap where I live right now, and I am oh so grateful for a furnace, electricity, and a warm house. :)


Makes you glad for all the comfort we have, no matter how bleak other things seem. Love the quotes. I really need to read these some day.


As much as I complain about the heat, I also really hate being freezing cold--yes, I am a complete weather wimp. Perhaps I should skip ahead to The Long Winter to make me appreciate our unseasonably warm fall.

And I'm with you (and Laura)--sometimes I don't even want to be good.


Now that you live in the snowy north you can probably appreciate that snow more, eh?! What surprises me are the successive storms--one after another after another. I remember some years where we were hit with storms maybe a week apart, but just two perhaps. I suppose, though, when you have no plows and no roads cleared, even a little snow on top of a lot of snow makes it seem mountainous. Oh, and no central heating. I am trying to keep all that in mind as it gets colder and I begin complaining on how the house is so chilly....


I have not read this. Oh my, I would rather be unbathed for the duration that have to sit in an icy tub. I am totally convinced I am a complete wimp and would never have managed something like this. Then again, when you have nothing really to compare it to--having central heating and polartec fleece jackets that is--pioneers were surely made of sturdier stuff. You do have a treat in for you when you read this--it has such a different feel than the previous Little House books, I must say! Not so cheery and charming but still very good.


You remember these books well! I wonder if burning that hay would have been really smoky? I can't begin to imagine it either, but then there would not even have been trees to fall back on. I like my fleecy blankets and central heat and space heaters and.... (Full fridge...). Ma and Pa never really complained though--it's amazing!


I think you would really like these books--they are so good. And you get such an interesting view on what it would have been like to live in the midwest of the US when it was all open and 'pure'. I am sure they are a bit rosier than reality, but since they are juvenile books, I think they do a good job of showing what life was like. I do keep telling myself I have no room to complain about the chilly rooms in my house...


I do the very same thing--too hot, too cold and when I say that, sometimes it is only 85F or 40F!! I hope I am not jinxing myself and we end up with our own Long Winter, but as the fall has been so very nice, this might help keep things in perspective, right? Mary is certainly a role model, but I am much more like Laura (probably most of us are! ;) ).

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