I enjoy having tea and blogging with my tea friends. This blogging thing is a passion of mine. I enjoy it immensely.
I hope you come often and invite your tea friends here. I really would enjoy the company.
Wench By Dolen Perkins-Valdez 304 pages; Amistad A righteous historical novel about female slaves on, yes, summer vacation with their masters in free-state Ohio.
The Colored Girl Beautful
by Azalia Hackley
The National Capital Code of Etiquette
by Edward S. Green
My Book lists
These are books I am looking for to help with my reenactment program
I have this One!
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey By Alison Gernsheim
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Behide The Scenes
30 years slave and 4 years in the White House
Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker
the story of Lizzy, The first Lady's dressmaker.
Mary Todd Lincoln's Dress
Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice are believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in 1861–62. Both pieces are piped with white satin, and the bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. An evening bodice was included with the ensemble. The lace collar is of the period, but not original to the dress.
What is Life after retirement?-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
might coincide with important life changes; a retired worker might move
to a new location, for example a retirement community, thereby having
less frequent contact with their previous social context and adopting a
new lifestyle. Often retirees volunteer for charities and other community organizations.
Tourism is a common marker of retirement and for some becomes a way of life, such as for so-called grey nomads. Some retired people even choose to go and live in warmer climates in what is known as retirement migration. It has been found that Americans have six lifestyle choices as they
age: continuing to work full-time, continuing to work part-time,
retiring from work and becoming engaged in a variety of leisure
activities, retiring from work and becoming involved in a variety of
recreational and leisure activities, retiring from work and later
returning to work part-time, and retiring from work and later returning
to work full-time.
An important note to make from these lifestyle definitions are that
four of the six involve working. America is facing an important
demographic change in that the Baby Boomer generation is now reaching
retirement age. This poses two challenges: whether there will be a
sufficient number of skilled workers in the work force, and whether the
current pension programs will be sufficient to support the growing
number of retired people. The reasons that some people choose to never retire, or to return to
work after retiring include not only the difficulty of planning for
retirement but also wages and fringe benefits, expenditure of physical
and mental energy, production of goods and services, social interaction,
and social status may interact to influence an individual’s work force
Often retirees are called upon to care for grandchildren and occasionally aged parents. For many it gives them more time to devote to a hobby or sport such as golf or sailing.
On the other hand, many retirees feel restless and suffer from
depression as a result of their new situation. Although it is not
scientifically possible to directly show that retirement either causes
or contributes to depression, the newly retired are one of the most
vulnerable societal groups when it comes to depression most likely due
to confluence of increasing age and deteriorating health status.
Retirement coincides with deterioration of one's health that correlates
with increasing age and this likely plays a major role in increased
rates of depression in retirees. Longitudinal and cross-sectional
studies have shown that healthy elderly and retired people are as happy
or happier and have an equal quality of life as they age as compared to
younger employed adults, therefore retirement in and of itself is not
likely to contribute to development of depression.
Many people in the later years of their lives, due to failing health,
require assistance, sometimes in extremely expensive treatments – in
some countries – being provided in a nursing home. Those who need care, but are not in need of constant assistance, may choose to live in a retirement home.
My life After Retirement-from Estelle T Barada
is definitely a life changing experience. I feel I have time now to get
to know myself. More time to spend in catering to what my needs are .
It may sound selfish, but I spent most of my working life tending to
others. I have worked hard ever since I was 15 years of age.
catering to others from the beginning of the day to the end.
do not plan to move from my lovely Victorian style apartment nor down
size. I have prepared my home for the time when I can truly enjoy it.
Now I can.
can sleep in and get up when the sun comes up., enjoy long hours in the
bath, invite family and friends to tea. I can now go for long walks and
stop and smell the flowers.
I can travel and meet new friends and have more time with my previous social contacts, like my Red Hat Society friends, while adopting to my new lifestyle.
I will volunteer some of my time to non- prophet organizations, like the historic Hearthside House
I have been given what we think is a late Victorian or early Edwardian
dress. Not museum quality. But still quite interesting and I will be using it as a display piece for my new program. It's made of
linen and a mesh like material. It was given to me by a dear friend, Jen Cook It is now on display in my parlor. Can anyone help me on identifying this piece?.
I'm thinking it is late 1870s natural form. There was probably an overskirt at one time The dress form's chest is a bit larger so, I give it a lace collar to cover the opening, somewhat.
bodice is quite low on the hip so I'm still inclined to think natural
form. The beginning of natural form 1876 perhaps
Accommodation for a small bustle.
would say 1876-1878. The militaristic aspect is very 1870's, but
they had more of a diamond in the back and a much larger bustle. The
more form fitted top is leaning to 1880. So, late 1870's is my guess.
Here is a good example of a similar dress.
Dress Date: 1878 Culture: American Medium: Silk Accession Number: 2009.300.6511a–c
This is a heartfelt letter, on November 22, 2015, from a kindred spirit to me...... I am enchanted.
Dear Miss Barada,
I live in Ohio but have had the pleasure of hearing so many wonderful things about you.
friend Jo-Ellen Tramontana has been to "Hearthside" and told me about
you and gave me a snapshot of you that I keep in my photo album. She
said that if and when I make it back to RI, she will take me there and
hope I will be able to meet you.
Estelle, I wanted to know if I could acquire your autograph on a
Hearthside brochure or whatever is the most convenient for you?
had hoped to visit Jo-Ellen and Chuck this year but I had a brain tumor
removed in April and it has taken much longer to recuperate. But I know God is there so I have faith that I will be well again.
Please let me know how I should proceed?
I will gladly pay you or make a donation to Hearthside.
I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing from you.
Few styles bring romance to home decor like that of the Victorian
Style. The opulence of the ladies in the nineteenth century during Queen
Victoria's reign, known as the Victorian Era, created a very distinct
look. A profusion of floral and botanical used in art, fabrics,
wallpapers, and of course filled vases, were a nod to the feminine
The romantic feeling was also displayed through lace and crochet
bed linens and tablecloths. Lace doilies were a favorite of the ladies
and adorned almost every table surface. Heavily carved furniture in dark
finishes were a sharp contrast to the delicateness of the doilies, but
married the feminine and masculine quite well.
Window treatments echoed this same balance. Elaborate styling of
velvet, damask and wool drapes in multiple layers, with an eyelet or
lace sheer were always accompanied by an upholstered cornice board,
valance or swag.
Drapery treatments often adorned master beds as well,
and some beds even flaunted full canopies. Ribbons, bows or tassels
accented almost every fabric treatment. Accessories are essential to the Victorian style. They were
ornate and excessive, and what enabled the accumulation of an abundance
of collectibles was wealth.
Travel and education were the privilege of
the wealthy, and these too were represented in the decor. Books were
plentiful and travel brought eclecticism to the Victorian home. Creating the Victorian style is no quick decorating job, but I enjoy
surrounding myself with romantic notions of the Victorian Era,
I hope I have inspired you! Much love, Lady Estelle
We had a wonderful season at Hearthside House this year. Thanks to my beautiful Hearthside family for the adventure.
The lovely Kathy Hartley is the president and founder of the Friends of Hearthside.
It is her mission and passion to preserve this beautiful 200 year old house for years to come.
I enjoy when the young ones come to visit me in the kitchen at Hearthside. I always have cookies and lemonade for them. They love to hear my stories and ask me lots of questions about children in the olden days. It is such a reward to see there amazement.
It is very rewarding to see the young docents at the Hearthside House
getting active in teaching the young visitors what it was like living
and playing in the days that pasted. These two young ladies are my
granddaughters following in their grandmother's footsteps. They have a
real passion for history.
We at Heathside would love to show you the house and tell you the lovely story of the families that lived here.