She has such a kind heart and I am so excited! I went straight away and bought what I needed to work on it. I did dye some thread myself for parts of the house , so that cut into some stitching time.... but , look what I have done so far! ( so far frog free!)
Thank you so so much Catherine. You're a sweetie! While stitching I got A LOT of movie watching done. Oh where to begin! Well for the silly side I watch "Paul Blart, Mall Cop" with Kevin James, which actually turned out much better than I thought it would. "Julie and Julia" with Meryl Streep was another funny but good movie. Then of couse there has to be something to fill in the gap of romance.Those movies in that genre I watched were "Sleepless in Seattle" which I must have seen a hundred times, but I don't care! I had to watch "The Ghost and Mrs'. Muir " again. I know, know, it's been on quite a bit lately ,but I can't help it. Then came "Last Chance Harvey". I love .love , love Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman and I really liked this movie. Then yesterday afternoon brought the wonderful "Somewhere In Time" with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. That's another one that I must watch when it's on. I would love the visit the Grand Hotel someday. I also watched the remainder of "Scent of a Woman" which I didn't catch until it was half over.
Here is a sideview of the house that they lived in the longest. The museum and bookstore are behind the house.
Unfortunately ,we could only take pictures of the outside of the house and the museum. No pictures are allowed inside so I can only tell you a little about that. We were amazed at the amount of personal belongings of the family and other artifacts that were there that had once belonged to them. Inside there were ton's a pictures of the family, furniture, a buggy, needlework ( some of which was done by Mary AFTER she was blind), clothing, early writtings, letters to Laura from school children , the Little House books in several languages, too too much to mention. Even "Pa's" fiddle. Which is actually taken out and played once a year for their "Wilder Days" celebration. We watched a little 10 minute film and in the background is a gentleman who was playing the fiddle. It still has wonderful tune! Here is a picture of the front of the first house.
The cabinets in this house is very low as Laura was a shorter woman than I realized. She was 4'11". Actually Almanzo was a short man as well, he was 5' 4". This house was truly great. So much character inside and I loved all of the wonderful antique furniture and dishes and table linens. In later years when Almanzo was older he had a lame leg and could no longer work the farm. During this time, he took up rughooking ( are you reading Deb?) and the rugs are placed all over the livingroom and library area. Inside the house , is a small room that Laura and Rose placed a copy of their books in after they were published. It's funny, there are two staircases in the house, one the Laura and Almanzo used and one that Rose used. The one that Rose used was only about as wide as half of a normal staircase , I kid you not! In the wall that the kitchen and diningroom shared , there is a square hole, that Laura used to push all the dishes and food through from one room to the other so she wouldn't have to keep walking back and forth.
Here is the National Register of Historical places plaque just as you come in the screen porch on the back of the house.
This was the spring they used on the property.
A stump of a pecan tree that Almanzo planted . I don't know why I took this picture.
Rose had this house built to resemble the cottages she had seen in Europe. However this particular plan came from Sears and Roebuck building plans.
They are burried in the downtown Mansfield cemetery.
Rose's husband's grave is not here and we didn't think to ask where he was buried. Well actually , it didn't dawn on us that he wasn't here until we were at the cemetery, and had already left the tour.
Well , I hope I didn't bore you to tears today. It was very interesting for us and we'd love to go back when they have their festival in the fall so we can actually tour upstairs in the houses. They only do that once a year.
Thank you all for your comments and your visit today! I appreciate it so much!
'till next time,
don't be a stranger,