Monday, January 20, 2020

Stepping Back In Time

One of my favorite eras was the 1800's, and for some reason it's one that I can really relate to and feel close to.  Those pioneer women amaze me, how they traveled all over the frontier looking for a better life.  They became independent at an early age, often marrying very young.  They had to bear children under harsh conditions, where doctors and medicine were hard to find.  I am reminiscing and thinking about delivering my own three children naturally and without medication.  They had the most important job of the frontier, finding food for their family, taking care of their children, and even farming.  Never complaining, and always doing what was best for their family, they were some of the strongest women in history.  I appreciate them very much.

Remember Caroline Ingalls
with her little ones?


 
I love the way they used to cook their
meals over an open fire.
 
 
 
Yes, there's just something about this era
that stirs me.
 
 
Now, Jess and Nel's favorite era is the Roaring 20's.  They love everything about it - the styles and fashion, the jazz age, the accessories, the writings from that period.  It was an artistic, creative, and classy time.  Do you know that Nel and Jess learned the Charleston?

 
Even little Francesca is joining in
on the fun.
 
 
So, do you have an era that speaks to you,
that you can relate to, that you feel you could have lived back in that time?  I'd really like to hear.
 
~Sheri

29 comments:

R's Rue said...

Beautiful.

Billie Jo said...

Hello!
I so enjoyed this, my friend.
Flynn and I are reading Little House in the Big Woods now, and I too enjoy the courage and strength of the mothers of that time. I seem drawn to the 1950s. I love old shows of that era, and would love to spend a day as a housewife of that time, just like my mom! Thanks for the good read this morning!

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

I always watched that TV series. Modern times are the best

Pilar said...

I remember watching Little House on the Prairie reruns growing up. I still love to watch that show!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Can I go into the future? I wouldn't want to go back...I'm not tough enough to be a pioneer! I did enjoy the 50s when I was growing up. I like to look back in time but I'm happier with all my handy dandy conveniences now! Sweet hugs!

It's me said...

Oww so nice.....little house of the prairie was. My favorite...love Ria 💕💕

Patti said...

My favorite era is the 1930's---yes The Great Depression. I think the people in that period had a strength of character largely foreign to us today.

I used to really love the Pioneer days, like you do. But I need my running water!! Too many camping trips in primitive campgrounds made me realize I couldn't be a pioneer.

Fun post!!

Louca por porcelana said...

Such fun! I love seeing old furniture in beautiful old homes,but I haven't a favorite era...Thank you for your always sweet visit!

Chatty Crone said...

I don't know too much about the 20's - I remember more what my parents told me about from the 30's and the depression.
I LOVE Little House on the Prairie - I will still watch it if I can find it. I also LOVE the Walton's. I guess that was what in the depression era - but they had such love for one another.
Sandie

Marilyn Miller said...

I would choose the 1920's too. Love the architecture, clothes, and freedom women were beginning to feel. So many eras interest me, but the 1920's is where I always come back to. The 1800 pioneer women had to work too hard. I can't even imagine.

Rose said...

Funny you mentioned the Ingalls...I just read Caroline...a fiction book about Caroline. I enjoyed it so much till the very last, and there was a couple scenes in the book that did not flow well at all..like someone else came in and wrote it. It was an easy read....

And I am reading Prairie Fires now--Non fiction...about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose.

I have always been one to read about the settling of America. I have read a lot of memoirs...as well as fiction. But one of my favorites is Sod & Stubble by John Ise. I have physical book but also bought it for the kindle. It is Non-fictions. I have read it at least 4 times and will read it again.

Also there is a series of books called Covered Wagon Women that is diaries kept by women as they went west...you might like them.

I also love books about moving to and settling in Alaska....

CiNdEe said...

I always loved Little House on the Prairie since I read the books in school. Later I watched the T.V. series every week. I always loved that time period. I do enjoy modern conveniences though(-:

shayndel said...

Very sweet!And your girls seem to "match" well with the Charleston era, they are so stylish and glamourous:))
I never really thought about a time period in that sense, just living in the one we are in feels like the right one somehow, I don't think I am tough enough for all that the woman had to do then, but maybe would be if I were then!! And yes, as the Cindee above said, I am grateful for the conveniences of our era for sure!!
If i were to answer the one era that speaks to me, today I would say it is the era of Israelites of the wilderness generation, and imagine what it would be like to be in the desert with the presence of God right there with them like that!! ♡
Blessings and Joy to you and your family!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Sheri!

I have a few eras that I admire based on ONLY what I have seen in photographs; married to a historian is challenging when you say, "Oh, I would have loved to live during this time" and he says to you, "Oh no you wouldn't have because back then, women or people of color didn't have it very good." TOUCHÉ. I get the point. However, speaking from having seen images that speak to me, I have to say that the 20s and 40s are my favorites. Fashion-wise, both the 20s and 40s were the most elegant. I love the architecture of homes built in within those 20 years and as far as what family life was presented as, the 50s.But all of this is based on old TV shows, art, literature and other presentations that maybe were only meant for a few, but I love them just the same.

TARYTERRE said...

you speak with such passion about the women in the past, during the 1800's. they were strong and held together their families under harsh conditions. they deserve our respect. that's for sure. i love the music from the roaring 20's. think it's great that the era of the flappers has enthralled them. i wanted to be an archaeologist when i was younger. i've always been fascinated with the pyramids and egyptian culture.

Debbie Nolan said...

Sheri - what a great post. I don't think I would have made a good pioneer woman...perhaps the 40's would be my choice. Love all the nostalgic music of that era. Wow your girls learning the Charleston made me smile. Hugs!

Curtains in My Tree said...

OH Little House on The Prairie, my youngest daughter has been to Mansfield Missouri a few times to see where their house was etc
My youngest daughter has 4 boys now and she enters them in some kind of contest at the Little House On Prairie Days

Mellie said...

I'm probably in the minority but I never liked Little House on the Prairie much! I tried watching it but never could get into it.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Sheri,
What a fun post. :-)
I am with you, Prairie Days! I just read Little House Christmas.

Tanza Erlambang said...

lovely story of old America...
Thank you for sharing the story

Jeanie said...

Good question! I know I wasn't and am not cut out for prairie life! I'm probably closer to 30s/40s decades. Interesting thought!

Lauren at Wonderfully Made said...

I always say I should have been lived as an adult in the 50's. While there were definitely drawbacks to being a lady then, I just long for the days when everyone was at home, you knew your neighbors, there were no cell phones and very little tv . . . kids played outside until dark. I know it's easy to 'glamorize' an era but I think I would have fit right in lol. I LOVE the fashions and the decor . . . I've collected a fair amount of both that I wear and use even now.

Pam said...

Oh Sheri, if you have not learned by now, I am all over the place with everything in my life. Eras are no different. I love the 70s. I was a teen of the 70s and to me, life was simpler then, I love the music and the fashion. Now when it comes to decorating I am not sticking with the 70s!! haha. Matter of fact I just looked up different styles of decor to sort of put a name to what I like. I love rustic, antiques, shabby chic, bohemian, farmhouse. That sort of took me to the style of me being Rustic Shabby Chic Bohemian! But going back to era...I love the 20s also. Love the clothes and the esp the party dresses. But when I look at fashion I love the 50s style also. And as free spirited as I am and loving to wear as little as possible in the summer I also love wearing heavier clothes in the winter...and with that said, I often think I would have loved to been around in the western (1800s) time cause I totally love those dresses! I love long dresses but maybe better in this era since those dresses are now light weight and flowing....see, all over the place. Your daughters are so pretty and I love when you show pics of the baby girls. How is house hunting going?

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

I've always found the prairie era appealing too. I can only imagine, though, how hard it must've been to live then and raise children. I think it's romanized often on TV, with Little House and When Calls the Heart. In reality it was very hard work. I don't think children today would last a minute without technology. There is something beautiful about the frontier life and clinging tight to one's family and working hard together.


Thank you, Sheri, for your visit to my site and your comment. I wasn't sure if you'd receive my response on my site, so I'm including a portion of it here...

Thank you for asking about how I'm doing. I am fine, but this new year has been a difficult one for my family. My Aunt had an accident and is still in the hospital. She is unconscious, but breathing on her own. I shared more about this HERE, if you'd like to read it. I would so appreciate your prayers.

Blessings, Net

baili said...

wonderful sharing dear Sheri

i do love 1800 ' women ,i watch historical shows regularly on Netflix and their life style fascinates me ,inspite of all the odds and restrains they had as women ,they inspire with their dare and skills for successful survival
i loved dressed they wore more :) sometimes i wish i could live through those times when progress of woman was on initial stage

i absolutely loved the gorgeous ladies Jess and Nell
lovely pretty and excellent moms :)
their love for 90's is justified
we all love times naturally what our mothers went though ,it seems part of our own existence
hope weather is kind and days are magical :)
stay blessed with heart of gold my friend!
hugs!

LA Paylor said...

I like history and the 1920's are a fave for dance and clothes. I LOVE the charleston, and if you dig around on youtube you'll find some extra well done dancing in that style. I was just on someone's site looking at their Godey magazine from Jan 1864. The other day I watched a video on how to do roman hairstyles! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Sandi said...

Caroline Ingalls was so young on the show! I don't remember from the books what her age was, but Half-Pint married and became a teacher at 16 (on the show, not sure about real life.)

Walking the Bean said...

Sheri,
When you think about how rough they had it back then, I bet many of us {me included}, would not survive living a life the way they did. Imagine if something simple like our air conditioner breaks. Or if we didn't have a refrigerator? Yet they didn't have any of those luxuries and still managed just fine.

~christopher

Bety said...

Interesting question!
I do not want to go back in the past for many reasons. Too much time for ordinary things like cleaning and laundry, for example. I prefer to create something..... But if I could choose where to live, I would choose an isolated place in a mountain, forest or by the sea.