Simplifying

Something’s gotta give

Something’s gotta give

I was a pretty big Captain Kangaroo fan back in the day, and my favorite part of his show was story time. I can’t tell you why, 40+ years later, I still remember his reading of Caps for Sale, but I do. There was something about that book that fascinated me. How did the peddler(…)

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(…)

Getting a head start on the holidays

Getting a head start on the holidays

There are two things I thought we’d never do here: 1. Write a sponsored post. 2. Write a Christmas/winter holiday post before Thanksgiving. I’ve gotten on my soapbox before about my dislike of holiday craziness (for example, in an early-blog post here), and one of my pet peeves is the way in which Christmas has almost(…)

Hey, anyone still there?

Hey, anyone still there?

So, um, yeah…we’re still here. Sorta. In our last post, I did say that we might be posting a bit less as we entered back into the school year, but I didn’t expect to go more than a month without writing here. Since we began This (sorta) Old Life nearly two years ago (on Oct.(…)

Simple Living in Real Life

Simple Living in Real Life

If you follow our Facebook page, you might already know that Brooke at Slow Your Home is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve chosen several of her pieces as my FB lunchtime read of the day–because she’s smart, practical, honest, and down-to-earth on the subject of creating a better life through simple living. I loved(…)