“How blest the maid whom circling years improve Her God the object of her warmest love
Whose useful hours, successive as they glide
This precious sampler was stitched by one Anne “Nancy” Mouton in 1796, and in her ten year old wisdom she added the words above to the more typical of alphabet and number fayre…
And what inspiration it has turned out to be for me, your dear old Vintage Housekeeper! For couldn’t we all do with a “useful” hour or two carved into our week? The very concept of an hour specifically destined for “useful” tasks delights me. Though I cannot be sure how our lovely Anne divided her hours between the
Think then not of
Do something practical. Do something that will make your life easier. Do something dull that you will thank yourself for doing later.
Do something useful.