Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


A Day of Rest

Church, Sunday Dinner, A Nap

That's Sunday at Linderhof!

Growing up I was always fond of the
"Days of the Week" 
Kitchen Towels that
Mother and Grandmother used

Often a young girl's first embroidery project
for a gift for that same mother or grandmother

and when you had a wedding shower

You always got at least one set of these towels
often made by that same grandmother!

But back in those days, women stayed at home
And their work was home keeping

And it was parceled out day by day

But also in those days, washing did take up most of Monday;
Ironing most of Tuesday;

Housekwork was a day long duty
Not something that you whipped through
in an hour or less!

These towels reminded you
of the order of things!

As you washed the dishes and dried them by hand!

I've worn out my wedding present ones
(from my grandmother)

I have another set given to me a few years ago
from my dear Mother-in-law
I'm saving those

To pass on to her namesake granddaughter,


Tricia said...

I remember these kitchen towels! My sister and I embroidered a set when we were in elementary school. I will have to look for them the next time I visit my parents.

racheld said...

Isn't it funny that they (we---I've put in many an hour of stitching on the days-of-the-week items, and teacups on others, or Sunbonnet Sue, or monograms) put so much time and care into those dainty slips and towels and scarves, and they were meant for "everyday" usage.

And we today treat them as antiques and great treasures, not daring to use them for much but display---to line a tea tray, to hang from the oven door, framed over a pretty breakfast table, or spilling from a carefully-arranged drawer in a clothespress.

Even the old hard-working flour sack kind, if we can find them, are as revered as hairpin lace and treated with great respect.

The work of other women's hands---especially the ones who loved us---that IS a work of art, no matter what the use.


Linda said...

Then we get to do it all over next week! Love the towels, I have some from my mother.

Barbara said...

My mother made me a set years ago that I used until they fell apart. I cut out the stitchery sections, however, and someday hope to make a small quilt from them. And I remember when my mom wore a dress, a house dress, every day!

Sandra said...

So many nice comments from all the ladies. I like your Sunday Towel. Since moving to ND; we have found that more people really respect Sunday for Family and Faith. So nice. I love these towels and I do find it hard to use them for just everyday use. :)

Seaview said...

I have an embroidered towel from my maid of honor... 35 yrs now...this morning a neighbor was power washing something in his yard.. Very loud... I told my son that when I was growing up we would never do that...we didn't even hang wash on the line... I wouldn't do it to this day... I still believe it's a day of family and faith too ...

Linda said...

Oh Barbara, my mother wore a "house dress" everyday too. She never wore slacks ever. When she was about 90 and didn't remember a lot. I put her in long shorts to the knees and took her to the beach. She had a good time!

Pam said...

I have a set that my aunt made. I had them framed and have had them hanging in my kitchen in 2 different houses.