Living Like Little House

Simple Button Lamp

December 11, 2013
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Have a source of light in any situation, make your own easy and frugal Button Lamps, just like in The Long Winter.

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Wanting Your Needs

April 5, 2012
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Laura begged Ma to take the $5 and spend it on herself. “No Laura,” Ma refused. “You are a good gril to think of it, but there is nothing that I need.” “Now whatever can that be?” Ma said to Laura. They waited. As soon as possible, Pa came hurrying back. He lifted the blanket […]

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Luck

March 30, 2012
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” A body makes his own luck, be it good or bad,” Ma placidly said, “I have no doubt you will get as good as you deserve.” Laura remembered what Ma had said about luck, and she though to herself: “I believe we make most of our luck without intending to.” These Happy Golden Years […]

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Shiny Things

March 15, 2012
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He was cutting the oats and wheat again with the old cradle. A harvester cost more money than he had, and he would not go in debt for one. “This giving a mortgage on everything he owns, to buy a two hundred dollar machine, and paying ten percent interest on the debt, will ruin a […]

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Take Them as They Come

March 8, 2012
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Pa said, “It seems we have to have about so many electric stroms. If we don;t get them in blizzards in the winter time, we get them in cyclones and thunderstorms in the summer.” “We can’t do anything about it, so we must take them as they come,” said Ma. – These Happy Golden Years […]

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: What You Really Need

March 1, 2012
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“Pa spoke. “Could you be ready to move to the claim this week, Caroline?” “This week? said Ma in surprise. “The school district’s going to put up a schoolhouse on Perry’s claim just south of our south line,” Pa said. “All the neighbors will help build it, but they will want to hire me to […]

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Homesteading and Skills

February 23, 2012
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“It’s a bet, Pa says,” Laura answered. “The government bets a man a quarter section of land, that he can’t stay on it five years without starving to death.”  – These Happy Golden Years p.119 I was thinking about this paragraph this morning while reading through These Happy Golden Years. I thought it was interesting […]

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Living Like Theses Happy Golden Years: Managing

February 16, 2012
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“There you have it, Laura!” Pa said. “It’s all in that word “manage”. You might not get far with Clarence, even if you were big enough to punish him as he deserves. Brute force can’t do much. Everybody’s born free, you know, like it says in the Declaration of Independence. You can lead a horse […]

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Living Like These Happy Golden Years: Failure

January 26, 2012
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Pa assured her. “You’ve never failed at anything you tried to do, have you?” “Well, no,” Laura addmitted. “But I…I never tried to teach school.” “You’ve tackled every job that ever came your way,” Pa said. “You never shirked, and you always stuck to it till you did what you set out to do. Success […]

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Living Like Little Town on the Prairie: Wants vs Needs

January 19, 2012
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“Laura?” “Yes, Pa?”  “You want some of these new-fangled name cards, don’t you?” Pa asked. “I was just thinking the same thing, Charles,” said Ma. “Well, yes, I do want them,” Laura admitted. “But I don’t need them.” ~ Little Town in the Prairie p. 195  I almost feel like I don’t need to add […]

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