About Rita Ramstad

http://www.thissortaoldlife.com

Co-creator of This (sorta) Old Life. Mom, partner, teacher, writer, maker, do-er, life renovator looking for ways to live happier, healthier and just plain better.

Posts by Rita Ramstad:

Beating your DIY addiction

Beating your DIY addiction

In our last post, I came clean about my chair challenges and promised to share my principles for recovery from DIY addiction. Because, sadly, this empty little graphic is just as true of my chair project progress today as it was the day I made it in the summer of 2012. But before I dive(…)

Confessions of a chair addict

Confessions of a chair addict

Hi. My name is Rita, and I’m a chair addict. Chair make-overs are my favorite kind of before/after DIY blog posts, and I’ve pretty much never met an old chair that I didn’t think I could save. When I bought that first one I had no idea what kind of path I was starting down. It(…)

What if Facebook were around 80 years ago?

What if Facebook were around 80 years ago?

It probably wouldn’t look that different from today’s Facebook. You’d still have line-ups of beautiful young women in party dresses: And the posed, wanna-be-artsy portraits they take of each other when boys aren’t around: There’d be photos of handsome young men doing their own kind of posing: Like today, there would also be those awkward(…)

Life, death, and laundry

Life, death, and laundry

Around here, we like to say that how we do home is how we do life. As I walked around our home on Saturday morning, the truth of that was quite apparent to me. How have we been doing home/life for the past few weeks? On-the-fly. Half-assed. The opposite of intentionally. Meal planning means I’ve(…)

Oh, holy night

Oh, holy night

Yesterday was the Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the official beginning of winter. I love the paradox inherent in winter: While the first day of the season is the beginning of our walk toward increasing light, it is also the first day of the most barren weeks of the year. As I shared(…)