Reading this in January is so ideal! 

"The first snow came, and the bitter cold."

Again this chapter involves lots of work by Pa and Ma. Pa hunts and traps, and manages to shoot a bear. Ma busily cooks up meat from the bear and from a pig Pa also found.

The girls play by tracing images in the frost on the windows. I can't imagine only having a corncob doll, paper dolls Ma cut out for them, and some glass windows to play with in a winter where you're stuck indoors in a tiny cabin. 

Still, Ma kept the girls busy with chores - wiping dishes, airing and making their trundle bed. 

Does anybody here have a set cleaning schedule like Ma does? For example, "Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday," etc?

Did reading this chapter make anybody hungry for fresh butter? Any thoughts on why SO much detail was included (several pages worth) of how to churn butter? And then barely a mention of baking bread?

Did any of our fathers play silly games like "Mad dog" when they came home from work? (Mine did - he liked to shoot us with rubber bands if we didn't run fast enough! ouch!)

What did you think of this chapter?


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I thought this was a great chapter. We didn't have a cleaning schedule growing up, but we did have a breakfast schedule -- certain breakfasts on certain days. So we knew that Monday and Wednesday were "regular cereal days"; Tuesdays were waffle days (Eggos or sometimes homemade); Fridays was either pancakes or french toast days; Saturdays were eggs, and Sundays were always "sugary cereal" days. So I could somewhat relate to Ma's schedule. 

I, too, got a yearning for fresh butter when reading about the churning. It made me want to try churning it -- though I'm a "suburban girl"  so I'm sure it's harder than I think it is! I think it might have been so detailed because when the book came out, baking bread was commonplace, but churning butter wasn't that common anymore. So, maybe Laura thought that children in the 1930's wouldn't have known how to churn butter, and so she went into great detail about it. 



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