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(…)

Salvaged closet doors: An easy win

Salvaged closet doors: An easy win

Well, we finally did it. We actually put up closet doors. When we first moved in our closet had those mirror doors on it. We are just not fans of the mirror doors. I don’t mind mirrors and I don’t mind doors but mirror doors? What’s the deal with those? It’s just really too damn(…)

Garden dreaming…

Garden dreaming…

Late last spring we wrote a post about our grand plans to grow some vegetables. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we decided to forge ahead anyway. (Kinda like we do almost everything around here.) With the encouragement of Mama Holt (whose blog I miss all the time, even all these months after(…)

To DIY  or not to DIY…

To DIY or not to DIY…

…that is the question. Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous DIY misfortunes, Or to take Charge (or cash) against a Sea of handmade troubles, And by buying something ready-made, end them? OK, that’s as far as I can go with that. Here’s the point: Much as we(…)