Let’s get social

Here’s the straight-up truth:

We get an endorphin rush like no other when we hear from you. Do you know how cool it is to send our words, our images, and all our thoughts and feelings about home out into the internets–and then know that real, live people care about them? And have their own thoughts in response to them? And sometimes feel strongly enough about them to pass them on to their friends?

If you don’t, it’s awesome.

So, yes, we love to hear from you and connect with you. Here’s how you might do that:

We love comments on our posts with your questions, ideas, feedback, and suggestions–we read them all and almost always respond. (One upside of being a smaller blogger is that we’ve got time to do that.)

If you want to chat more privately, you can drop a quick note in our inbox:


We’ve both got day jobs, but we respond as quickly as we can.

cane and rita

…and when we’re not at work, we like hanging out at the rive and taking goofy pictures of ourselves!

Maybe social media’s more your thing?

There are so many outlets, and so little time. We’ve picked just three that we think we can keep up with:

You can find (and Like) us on Facebook.

This (sorta) Old Life: Facebook page

We always link our posts to our FB page, and that’s a place I try to share small tidbits of stuff that don’t warrant a whole post–often links to great resources that I can’t stand to keep to myself.

You can follow me (Rita) on Pinterest.

This (sorta) Old Life: Pinterest

I do not exploit the full power of Pinterest. I know it, and I’m OK with that.

I use it to bookmark posts and articles that I think I’ll really, truly reference in the future. I also pin all of our posts on our This (sorta) Old Life board. If Pinterest is your thing, this might be a good way to follow us and keep up-to-date with new posts.

And last because it’s (currently) least, you can follow me (Rita) on Twitter.

This (sorta) Old Life: Twitter

I’m trying to embrace Twitter. Really, I am. I suspect that it’s not my thing. I just don’t know if I’m a 140 character girl.

But I get on there somewhat regularly, and I always Tweet our posts. If Twitter is your thing, please follow me and show me the way. Maybe if I had a bigger Twitter pool, I’d feel more like diving in?



  1. Leonard Popiel
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 12:07:18

    Going to really enjoy this. Thanks.

  2. Mili
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 12:06:40

    I am a bit power tool phobic, but got so excited when I saw how simple the adirondack chairs seemed to be, I pulled myself up tall and headed out to Jerry’s for supplies. My husband came out to check on me after returning from the library with our kids and suggested I might like to try our mini circular saw instead of the handsaw I had been using so far. I did, and it was great! Several weeks ago I made the first one, and I am about to try the second one. I have plans to sand and paint. If I ever upload the full memory card on our camera, I will take pictures and share. I feel so proud of myself for having built this one chair, I appreciate how very accessible and user friendly you delivered the instructions. No need to reply, I just want to say thank you!
    Mili Rose in Oregon

    PS My Mom has an old door I am toying with turning into a coffee table as you guys did, again, I will keep you posted if I get brave enough to try!!

  3. Christine
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 08:12:56

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you for visiting my little starter blog. I don’t have time this moment to fully immerse myself into your blog, but I am in love so far. You have so many furniture items, paint colors, styles, and ideas in your home that speak to me. I feel as though we are kindred spirits. I hope to spend more time on your blog later this evening. Have a great weekend!

  4. Christine
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 07:08:32

    Hello, Rita! I hope all is well. Great news, I just nominated you for a “Liebster Blog Award”! Please check out my latest post: http://wp.me/p12yAb-H1, to participate and nominate your favorite blogs! Have a great weekend!

    • Rita
      Nov 09, 2012 @ 14:57:49

      Thanks, Christine! Glad to see that you’re still blogging.

  5. Denise M
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 15:14:18

    I am very interested in your greenest project yet, your door coffee table. I am very interested in starting on my own. Could you e-mail directions on the “how-to’s” of building my own to me…Thank -you…and by the way, Yours is gorgeous! I love it! I will take pics of mine whenever it does get done, and mail it to you….thank you for showing us all your work….it is great! thanks again! Denise M. In So Cal.

  6. Paula Gregoire
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 20:30:25

    Hi Rita,
    I love your site!!! I’ve been trying to find someone who actually decorates with thrift store art. I LOVE your house. You have a unique gift. I’m surprised some hot designer hasn’t stolen some of your ideas. Even if you didn’t mean to make a design statement. You have.

    Keep it up!

    • Rita
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 18:46:51

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Not sure about a gift–we just like to play around with things, you know? Glad you found our blog. We sure haven’t figured out the thrift store art thing yet, so I’m sure there will be more to come.

  7. Joyce
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 09:21:02

    Dear Rita, Enjoyed reading about your experiences with cork flooring..I have a question–I live in a mobile home and currently have stickem vynil tiles on most of my floors–should I put a pad down over these tiles before I put down the cork flooring? I am interested in putting cork down as I have found out from friends that it is easy cleaing but am not crazy about taking all the stickem tiles up so my thought is that the pad may help in having warmer floors in winter and keep the stickem tiles from coming up under the cork flooring..Hope I made sense in describing my problem..Many thanks for your thoughts on this..

    • Rita
      Feb 27, 2013 @ 20:45:56

      Hi Joyce–
      What we know about floating cork floors is that they have a built-in underlayment–which is a thin cork layer–so that you wouldn’t need any kind of padding or underlayment barrier between the cork and your tiles. That said, we aren’t experts and I’m sure there are variations among different cork flooring manufacturers. I think your best bet is to talk with some people at a flooring store and ask them about your floor and the type of cork you want to install. They’ll know more than we do about what will work best for you.

      Good luck, and I hope it all works out well for you! We really love our cork floors; they are much warmer underfoot than any other floors we’ve had.

  8. vicky
    May 10, 2013 @ 22:09:04

    Your lovely article about your Weber grill restore totally inspired me …. very fun. So I found one on craigslist here in Omaha … bought it and love it! I really wanted a nice grill and I’m thrilled with my purchase. Thanks.

  9. Liz Evans
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 08:55:01

    Recently,Scripps Hospital, La Jolla, has finally listed ONIONS (and shallots) as being one of the trigger foods for migraines. I CURED MYSELF 20 years of debilitating migraines by keeping a diary of foods I ate and eliminating onions from my diet.
    Onions are found in seemingly innocent foods, even in bullion cubes and catsup! They are also in every salad dressing and canned soup you can buy in markets, as well as many store bought salads, sandwiches, etc.

    ALSO, THE EFFECT CAN BE CUMULATIVE. One piece of onion might not be too bad, but three days in a row — watch out! For 30 years, I have never had a migraine since I started keeping this food chart. Hope this helps you!

  10. Ron Moneypenny
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 10:42:54

    Thought your page was very informative, as I am considering replacing the carpet in the family room with cork. I tried to access the links at the bottom of your page and it just kept sending me back to your home page. What I’m trying to find out is if will keep warm, as I am putting it on concrete. If seen the laminate and the squares, the laminate having about 1/16″ cork on each side and the squares only being about 3/16″ thick. As with any insulation I would think that the thicker the cork the better the R value. Is there a thicker tile or does it matter at all? I do live in Ohio and the winters can get severe, we have electric forced air heat with no aux heat down in our in the family room of our tri-level, so the family room is not a basement but the lower floor.

    • Cane
      Oct 02, 2013 @ 19:57:33

      Cork is an excellent insulator Ron. Ours is on the second floor so I don’t have experience with it over concrete. The floating cork has a thin layer of cork on the bottom as well. I’d think it would not pick up the coldness of the concrete at all. I have the glue down tiles in our bathroom and they are very nice to step on after the shower. Not cold on the feet at all. I don’t think you’d be able to find a warmer option or another option with the same insulation value at this thickness.

  11. Andrea
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 09:03:17

    I love your approach to your home and your daily living. I have a similar style house to yours and wonder if you have a storage space under your front entrance stairs. I have a space that currently houses shoes. I can not find any ideas on line about how to use that space, it is all big fancy pictures of open stairs with offices, bathrooms, slid out cupboards. I am wondering if you have ever tackled that area. The very back will be for storage of items we want to keep but don’t need access to. The front I am hoping to use for shoes. Any ideas would be great or pictures :) thanks Andrea

    • Cane
      Oct 05, 2013 @ 20:16:50

      We have a crawl space under the stairs that’s currently closed off. When we first moved in my daughter found it. She’d crawl in there when she was upset or needed a break from the rest of us. I framed in all the walls and ceiling with scrap wood and put down a padded floor. She’s a little too big to go in there now. I’ve been thinking about turning it into storage again as it’s a fairly large space. Haven’t moved on it yet. Lucky for us we don’t quite need the storage. We cleaned out our garage last week and we actually have some unused storage in there. When we get a couple of tables sold we will be able to park our cars in the garage again for the first time since early summer. I’m thinking I’ll end up doing something with the under stair space but not for a while.

  12. Andreas
    May 13, 2014 @ 01:33:00

    Great site.

    Regards from Germany

  13. david corder
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 09:45:08

    Looking for Weber Genesis 3000, Model 231001 caster frame (left side of grill) Unavailable at Weber and can not find at aftermarket places on the net. Thinking about trying to find right side (wheel side frame) with wheels and retrofitting it on left side. Know anywhere i can find and will ma idea work. Thanks.

  14. Joylene
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 18:20:36

    We’re torn between the cork flooring or the new coretec flooring. Made by the same company (US FLOORS) . I’m worried about the fading and scratching of the cork floors. I love the ones you guys put down. What was the name and color of those?

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