Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Chilly Days of Fall

*Image: Little House in the Big Woods

The little house was fairly bursting with good food stored away for the long winter. The pantry and the shed and the cellar were full, and so was the attic.
Laura and Mary must play in the house now, for it was cold outdoors and the brown leaves were all falling from the trees. The fire in the cookstove never went out. At night Pa banked it with ashes to keep the coals alive till morning.
The attic was a lovely place to play. The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables. The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead. The hams and the venison hung in their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spice herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty-spicy smell.
Often the wind howled outside with a cold and lonesome sound. But in the attic Laura and Mary played house with the squashes and the pumpkins, and everything was snug and cosy.

~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods


  1. been feeling downrigh winterish here the last few days.

  2. Makes me warm and cozy all over. Thanks for that share.

  3. Oh Melanie...I love all of the Little House Books. Such warm and cosy reading! Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

  4. I agree, Teri! I never tire of reading them. Takes me back to simpler times.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.♥

  5. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder's writings. Thank you for sharing this, it is wonderfully warm! :)

  6. I was just thinking about that picture the other day! Do you remember there being something about cutting pumpkins in a spiral and hanging them up to dry?

  7. Mary, I went back through that part of the book where the picture was, but I couldn't find anything about cutting pumpkin in spirals. If I come across it in one of the other books, I'll let you know!

  8. That is such cozy reading for this time of year. It's so nice to be snug at home!


  9. You are so right, Sharon! I love reading the Little House books, especially when it's chilly outside. Yes, very cozy.♥

  10. Hi, Melanie! I was just telling Quentin last week how the cold weather made me want to read Little House on the Prairie books. :)

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.


  11. Hi, Vicki,
    Yes, the cold weather always makes me want to read a Little House book. We had a very nice Thanksgiving. Hope you did too. I'll be stopping by your blog. Have a good week! :-)

  12. Wanted to let you know I changed my blog link.


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