MOOC Week 1-Kitchen eating area redesign

MOOC Week 1-Kitchen eating area redesign

Well, Rita and I got through week 1 of our online design class pretty well. (You can read all about what we’re doing and why here.) At halfway through week 2, though, neither of us had had time to look at the assignments for this week. (There are 4.) We’ve now briefly looked at the assignments and some(…)

Eliminating paper towels and napkins

Eliminating paper towels and napkins

No offense intended to those who raised me, but I think I might have been in junior high before I realized that napkins could be made out something other than paper. I don’t know why. I’m sure it was me, not them. (It just never occurred to me that a napkin could be made from(…)

Gardens and trucks and designing, oh my!

Gardens and trucks and designing, oh my!

When I first met Cane, he had an little old pickup truck that he loved dearly. He often expresses longing for it, especially when we have a project that would be easier with one. Such was the case this weekend, which we’d scheduled for the next phase of our vegetable garden project. (You can see(…)

Getting schooled by a MOOC

This week Rita and I started a MOOC. What is a MOOC, you say? It stands for massive online open course. The course is being offered through Coursera, an online hub for free and paid courses covering all kinds of subjects–everything from English composition to physics, nutrition, thermodynamics, design, and more. Currently there are 100(…)

Of projects, priorities, and perfect days

Of projects, priorities, and perfect days

I cannot remember the last time I felt bored. Tired, cranky, anxious, overwhelmed? Yes, more often than I care to admit. But bored? Never. Sure, there are lots of minutes in every day that I have to do things I find boring, but I think I will never have enough time to do all the(…)

6 ways to UnDesign your garden

6 ways to UnDesign your garden

When it comes to gardening, we sure are glad that we’ve decided we’re UnDesigners. Because we don’t know the first thing about designing a garden. Nonetheless, we’re pretty happy with what we’ve done so far, and we thought our methods might be helpful for some of you–especially if, like us, you consider yourself a gardening(…)

The thing itself

The thing itself

Bad weeks:  We’ve all had them. I got to have one last week. The particulars don’t really matter. Some were kind of big, but most were small. It was the cumulative effect, the snowballing nature of the week that, by Friday, had flattened me. All I wanted was a day at home. On Thursday I(…)