Keeping Up with the Edwards

Posted on July 29th, 2011 by Tonia 3 Comments

“In [Sarah’s] approach to housekeeping, efficiency was tempered by composure. She knew how to keep a house clean at its vitals, without stuffy cupboards left unaired or parlors sealed off. The house was open, used, full of clues that the family living in it had vivid interests. Books were left on tables, actually being read, not used as parlor props. There would be needlepoint on a rack by a sunny window and a lute in a corner. Esther, singing, might be putting up a hem for Sukey while a boy did his Latin lesson. It was the opposite of the kind of house where things were preserved in mothballs in locked boxes. Its ambiance was of windows flung open, of easy access.”

– Excerpt from Marriage to a Difficult Man, by Elizabeth D. Dodds.

Is there a character in a book or movie that you aspire to be like? I can think of several.

I’ll mostly be doing chores around the house this weekend with this playlist on repeat. But I also hope to find time to read, preferably at the beach with a big floppy hat.

I hope you have a splendid weekend- productive, fun, and rejuvenating.


  1. hello, i just found your blog through tomboy style and just wanted to say hi. i’m old enough to be your mom but we share lots of common interests. your blog is truly lovely as are you. so basically i just wanted to say hi.


  2. Tonia says:

    Thanks for saying hi, Janet!! I’m going to head over and check your blog out right now… :)

  3. sunny says:

    Hi Tonia! I’m in Wisconsin as well! (southeastern) and I am re-reading a favorite book at the moment, “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher – a book set in England. I adore Rosamunde’s consistent scenarios of a warm, cozy kitchen containing a long, scrubbed table as the main room where her family lives – with people coming and going all day long. I want that!

    Love your blog. Will be back again very soon!

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