It’s time to check in on Book Two of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular series. If you’ve been following Hearth Cricket for a while you already know I have a real thing for those books and blame/credit them for my interest in colonial home crafts.
So I’m rereading these childhood favorites, slowly but surely (and mostly on the elliptical because they nicely distract me from my abiding hatred of that machine).
Little House in the Big Woods had all sorts of wonderful material about hunting, harvesting honey, making straw hats, and FOOD. Little House on the Prairie does not make my mouth water so much. Think beans, fried prairie chicken, corn cakes, molasses, repeat.
Oh, but the detailed construction information! Building a log cabin from trees dragged from the creek bottom. How to make a door with a latch string. A stone fireplace with stick-and-daub chimney, plank flooring and bentwood rocking chairs, oh my!
All that work and they had to leave it behind. The Ingalls family was on Indian land, and the government made them move on. It’s hard to argue with that, frankly, but holy cow they did a lot of work for nothing.
Next up is Farmer Boy, about the childhood of Laura’s husband, Almanzo Wilder. Though I haven’t looked at it for a long time, I remember food will again play a major part. There will be wheat threshing and ox training. Plus, Mrs. Wilder spun her own wool yarn, wove it into cloth, and then cut and sewed that cloth into clothes for her family.
I suspect I’ll be spending a lot more time on the ol’ elliptical in the next few weeks.