Home Keeping

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(…)

Reading Round-up

Reading Round-up

As we shared earlier this summer, we’ve been doing some writing for a new site called Purple Clover. We haven’t been linking to that writing from here, mostly because that site has a different focus from ours. However, I’ve written a few pieces that I thought all of you might find relevant/interesting, and we’re rounding(…)

How we’re beating the heat this summer

How we’re beating the heat this summer

I am a Northwest native. Well, not technically. My family has been in the northwest only as far back as the early 1900s–but most of them came from northern Europe, and I’m guessing that they stopped wandering and settled in here because  when they got to this land of grey sky, green trees, and cool(…)

Eliminating paper towels and napkins

Eliminating paper towels and napkins

No offense intended to those who raised me, but I think I might have been in junior high before I realized that napkins could be made out something other than paper. I don’t know why. I’m sure it was me, not them. (It just never occurred to me that a napkin could be made from(…)

The thing itself

The thing itself

Bad weeks:  We’ve all had them. I got to have one last week. The particulars don’t really matter. Some were kind of big, but most were small. It was the cumulative effect, the snowballing nature of the week that, by Friday, had flattened me. All I wanted was a day at home. On Thursday I(…)

Weekly meal planning:  It’s what’s for dinner.

Weekly meal planning: It’s what’s for dinner.

A few posts back I shared our non-commanding command center, created to support our newly-formed habit of of weekly meal planning. We are so pleased that Sara Tetrault of Go Gingham has asked us to write about what we’ve learned so far on her blog today. I read Sara’s blog all the time to get(…)

The upside of ants

The upside of ants

Once again, we are late to post. Once again, there will likely be only one post this week. It’s not that we don’t have things to say. To paraphrase an old favorite of mine:  So many blog posts, so little time. (That applies to both the writing and the reading of them. I’ve been missing(…)