Hugged a Stove

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, November 10, 1913:  The first snow of the Winter lay upon the ground this morning. I was rather surprised when I looked out of my window and saw that the earth was clothed in white. Was pretty cold today. Hugged the stove part of the time.

Source: Good Housekeeping Magazine (November, 1911)

Source: Good Housekeeping Magazine (November, 1911)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Brrr. . . Sometimes I wish I had an old-fashioned stove to hug. :)

15 Responses

  1. Love the table in that photo. So practical.

  2. I remember that my grandparents used to have such a stove in a little dependance, quite practical for that place

  3. I like grandma’s description “clothed in white”.

  4. It brings back many memories of winter on the farm. brrrrrrr

  5. I love wood heat – it truly warms you up!

  6. Early snowfall! Hoping we dont see this a hundred years later : )
    I enjoy reading everyday. What a treasure to have this diary…

  7. Yes, the kitchen was probably the warmest room in the house.

  8. I had a little cast iron model of a stove like that as a kid. Imagine my surprise when one day I realized that it was just like the real one at my great-grandpa’s farm!

  9. Love backing up to a wood stove or fireplace!

  10. So interesting to experience your Grandma’s winter 100 years ago. I love our wood stove today, but wish I had a fuzzy furry pup to hug too.

  11. I can relate. I am always hugging stoves. I love radiant heat. I caught up on your grandmother’s entries. She seems to be writing more.

  12. Definitely brings back memories of cold winter days in Iowa. We had friends who had a big pot-belly stove. I don’t think I would have wanted to hug it, but it was really nice to stand right up close to it.

  13. I love hat expression: hugging the stove!

  14. Hi Sheryl. Sitting in front of my wood stove (or even my fake living room stove) is still my favorite way to pass an evening. Jane

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