The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

The poor planner’s key to home renovation success

Rita and I have one of those modern families. We both have children with ex-spouses, and managing time around holidays is always quite a balancing act. We have to deal with 3 households in 3 different cities and (at least) 3 different ideas about how holidays work. Last December we had a plan that Rita(…)

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(…)

Oh, holy night

Oh, holy night

Yesterday was the Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the official beginning of winter. I love the paradox inherent in winter: While the first day of the season is the beginning of our walk toward increasing light, it is also the first day of the most barren weeks of the year. As I shared(…)

One man’s trash=crafty Christmas treasure

One man’s trash=crafty Christmas treasure

Oh, I had plans. I was going to make things, I tell you. There was a perfect crafting storm brewing around here about a month ago. I rediscovered my love of craftiness through the family room pillow project, and for the first time in years I found myself looking forward to the holiday season with(…)

The most wonderful time of the year?

The most wonderful time of the year?

For years, I’ve struggled with the holidays–mostly privately, but sometimes out loud. I’ve tried a variety of stances toward this season: Fully embrace it (let’s do everything and will ourselves to have a big ol’ Merry Christmas dammit!) Acknowledge its difficulties (admit out loud that I don’t like it, hoping that such admission will allow(…)