Friday, February 3, 2012

Farmer's Wife Friday--True to Her Higher Ideas

The farmer's wife who wrote today's letter, from Nodaway County, Missouri, thinks highly of   country living, hoping her daughter will marry a farmer as she considers the many new interests of farm life. "The most perfect specimens of womanhood are found on the farm." and "She who is true to her higher ideals will find time for unselfish community service...by which her own life is enriched." Our world would  be a much better place if more people subscribed to this way of living, whether in a city or the country,  don't you agree!
Another reason I like this lady is her mention of having a well-developed sense of humor, which helps her keep a smile on her face as she reads "articles on the monotony of farm life", something she knows to be far from fact!
 Pine Tree #67
 Tulip  #96
This farmer's wife hopes for "my daughter to marry a farmer that they may live where God speaks to them through nature and where their minds may have the ever-present uplift that glorifies toil and adds dignity to the humblest duty."
 It was another unseasonably warm day here in the midwest, so I took the opportunity to spread out all sixty blocks outdoors and snap a picture. I'm more than half way there....
and that makes me happy! I"m anxious to see Cindy's blocks this week and read her comments about this wise farmer's wife.
P.S. I just noticed that the title of this chapter (and thus, my post) includes kind of a funny typo.....Instead of having "higher ideas",  it probably should read "higher ideals".  But, then, both are probably good things to have!

10 comments:

  1. Absolutely...both are good things! Love the blocks and this will be some handsome quilt when you are all finished.

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  2. I love the sharing of the little stories - the quilt blocks still scare me!

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  3. Such very "cheerful" blocks!! Just lovely!

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  4. Hi Carla! I have to say that the Pine Tree Block is my favorite so far - and I agree with Mary. This will be one amazing quilt when you are done!

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  5. Oh, that pine tree block is glorious! I'm always a sucker for triangles, but never manage to sew them perfectly. Your tree colors are unexpectedly pretty. I'd have been the boring one who chose green for the triangles. Yawn. The blocks are looking very cheery together. It's gonna be an awesome quilt.

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  6. Your blocks are SO cute! And I always enjoy your thoughts on the letter.

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  7. Stunning. I just love ALL that color!

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  8. Your quilt is looking beautiful!

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  9. You are going to love this when it's done - it looks wonderful. Thanks for including the thoughts from the book - makes each post so much fun!

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