Chair covers from kitchen towels

While furnishing the new house, I’ve kept my eyes open for affordable furniture that might help fill in gaps and make the home more comfortable. One of the things I’d like for each master bedroom is some kind of chair. When we got the smallest coziest master bedroom finished, we decided it would indeed fit […]

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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

Valentine’s Day

Our Valentine's Day celebration this year happened a day early (to avoid the crowds in restaurants-- we're practical like that) and included our youngest two daughters. At 12 and 14 they are totally old enough to be home on their own.  But you try … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

Starting on the back yard

I’ve been derailed for the past few days by the dreaded puking bug.  Today I’m feeling better though I still have not gone beyond toast and Sprite and cold cereal in the food department.  And sadly, now Julianna is sick.  Bah, humbug.  Hoping everyone else will continue to feel healthy. I wanted to tell you […]

Simplicity

I enjoyed reading these pieces and thought you might also On Living Set Apart Simple (and small) Living Ready or Not   Then there’s this brilliant pine cone idea from A Fanciful Twist

Now we’re cooking with gas

I think I told you that just before we moved out of the old house, in the midst of repainting and recarpeting and replacing the whole kitchen,  our oven broke, forcing us to buy brand a brand new range also—a mite frustrating after all the money we’d already poured into the house, especially given the […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]