DIY salvaged door trash can screen

DIY salvaged door trash can screen

Ever have something in your home that just wasn’t right, but it felt wrong to get rid of? Maybe it had sentimental value, or maybe it was a gift, or maybe it was a special DIY that it felt wrong to let go of? We had such a thing, and you might have seen it before:(…)

Welcoming summer in

Welcoming summer in

This is the best part of summer for me, these days at its very beginning. We can still feel the weight of the school year on our shoulders, but it is lifting. Both things are good, the weight and the lifting. It’s not a bad weight, but it is weight all the same, and without its heft the(…)

Strawberries are my jam

Strawberries are my jam

Strawberries are the best part of June. In our part of the world, June days can be gray and cold and feel way too much like March, but every year this is the month our local Hood strawberries come in, reminding me once again what real summer tastes like. Those big, pale monstrosities they sell at(…)

Seed spotting

Seed spotting

The sun has set on another school year for us. The end of it was very rocky, with a school shooting just down the road from our home. Because the school is so close and both boys who died were freshmen–the same age as the students I’ve been teaching for the past 6 weeks–and because our(…)

Checking in

Checking in

The last month has been a little…hard. Being back in the classroom has stirred up all kinds of things for me–more than I feel able to process and write about yet. What I can say for sure right now is that 3 part-time jobs is insanity-making. Not just because it is impossible to do each(…)

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(…)

A DIY Sofa Makeover

A DIY Sofa Makeover

  Can This Sofa Be Saved? Rita’s Turn: From the beginning this was really a marriage of convenience. I mean, it wasn’t exactly true love. Before I had this sofa, I had a camel-back sleeper-sofa that I found on craigslist when I was setting up a new household for my kids and me. I was(…)