John Meistrell

What I found in the ‘begats’

When I was a kid and we’d get stuck in the begats in the Bible, I’d find my attention wandering and sometimes I’d wonder why they even bothered to keep track of who was born to whom.  But lately I’ve been wandering there myself. On a whim a few weeks ago I checked out  […]

Featured Recipe

Eggs, wonderful eggs

Seven Great Ways to Use Eggs

I went grocery shopping yesterday and was amazed to discover that (in our area anyway) a carton of five dozen eggs is only $2.69. I can't remember the last time eggs were that cheap.  That's a LOT of protein for less than $3.  In honor of that … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Beach in July

Beach time

Here's a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

Our long, long table

Family Dinner

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with this new house, especially when it comes to having company!  Most weekends John and I invite our kids all over for a meal, sometimes in the evening, or sometimes for brunch.  Often John’s mom and my parents are able to come, and the kids are welcome […]

beautiful babies

Being a nurse, part 2

(If you missed it, here’s Part One) Now for the rest of the story of night shift nursing: 2AM to 5AM on night shift: When it’s quiet or even moderately busy, here’s where the night starts feeling long, the yawning starts getting serious, and the ‘since I can’t sleep yet’ eating starts happening.  I try […]

Being a nurse

Being a nurse: what it’s like

This transition from being an at-home mom for 17 years to working two days a week has been mostly good, I think.  But it is interesting how back and forth my emotions can be about my job, depending on where I am in my work week.   Just for fun, I decided to document my thoughts […]


More on the 36 hour sell

So. The house passed inspection and we’re on target to close by the beginning of March.  Crazy how fast this process is going. I’m holding my breath, aware that delays could still come.  But, wow it is looking good.  What a huge blessing. After the inspect, we do have a second round of workers plowing […]

It's soup-making weather!

Getting back to normal

Our house went on the market on Wednesday.  (Here’s the link to the virtual tour, if you want to see it.)  Twenty-four hours later we’d already had 5 showings and one offer — an OFFER.  Our agent is coming at noon today to present us that offer.  Crazy to think that (maybe, maybe) it could […]

my latest Stitch Fix

My latest Stitch Fix

This time around the lovely folks at Stitch Fix sent me quite a few fun contenders!  I’d love to hear what you think I should keep. First was a pair of black leggings that I didn’t get a picture of.   They would be great with a long tunic-type top.  They’d also be a nice […]

Our House

More house pictures!

I’m so excited to show you some photos of our home, all staged and ready to go on the market next Monday! A friend of mine owns a staging business called Graceful Designs and did a beautiful job of highlighting all the hard work we’ve done to make our much-beloved family home comfortable and lovely […]

Our House

sneak peek of kitchen loveliness

Fixing up the old house to sell has been completely consuming lately, but as you can tell by this shot of the lovely new kitchen, it is all coming together.  Here is a picture of the kitchen before, just to refresh your memory.   And here is the new kitchen, complete with brand new cabinets […]

Love, Unrationed

Love, Unrationed

One thing after another has been thwarting me in the blogging department lately. First, of course, the move. Then it took 2 weeks to get internet at the new place. Plus, before the move one of my laptops stopped charging, and this week, my tiny backup travel ipad-ish thing ALSO stopped charging. Arg. I am […]

Christmas Ostyns


Happy New Year!  It’s been a whirlwind 2 weeks around here– probably the craziest Christmas we’ve ever experienced.  After planning for a month to close on our new house Dec 18th, we had all sorts of delays.  At one point the expected close date was looking to be as late as Dec. 29th.  But then […]