In the beginning when researching my ancestors, I didn't pay too much attention to the mundane, every day work that needed to be done. I was more interested in the personal stories of family, military and special talents that made them real to me. Then I realized it was interesting to note how they lived their lives every day and how hard they worked just for survival, never mind earning a dollar.
If you wanted cloth you had to weave it by hand. How else could you make clothing for the family. Churning the butter, making the stew, making the broom so to sweep the floors. Pick the corn and collect the eggs. Then it gets dark early in the winter and days are shorter to do your work. There were no modern day conveniences, washing machines, toasters, ovens or dishwashers. Have you ever used an outhouse? Just try losing your electricity for a week and see how well you can survive. All I can say is thank goodness I had a generator when Hurricane Irene took our power away.