He: “They’re housing homeless there, but vandals flooded the building and now they don’t have heat.” She: “People are living in the cottage?” He: “Yes.” She: “Then, they are NOT homeless.”

Cleaning up my tech clutter

It was fine and dandy to have a nest of tangled power cords on and under my desk when my workspace was in the kitchen. When I moved my space to the basement, the mess of cables became a distraction. So, I began my quest to clean up my mess by counting the number of […]

not-so-great mysteries

In the past two days, I stripped all the beds and laundered *everything. When I went to re-make all the beds, I had one extra twin mattress pad and a missing full size mattress pad. Did I have a twin mattress pad on a full mattress? It doesn’t fit now, so how could it have […]

Mommy guilt

I left town for one weekend and returned to a lawn as tall as my waist, every dish in the house dirty, a dead dryer, an attitudinal SuperTween and a heartbroken Sawyer because, “Mommies are supposed to be at home.” I’m not sure if I should travel more often or less often.

laundry and dishes

It’s time for my annual declaration that this is the spring we are going to put up a clothesline. Our current dryer takes 2-4 times longer than our washing machine AND our dryer is too small for most quilts and sleeping bags. In a few weeks, I will make my annual declaration that there is […]

house snail

Snails in aquariums are useful and interesting. Everyone can stare at the tiny creature because it cleans the slime on the glass walls of the tank. Homes need something like snails. You could give the house snail a name, like Gary. Watching Gary would be interesting, but more importantly, Gary would silently eat the dust […]

perpetual renovation zone

Me: “I think we should take the temporary room down tonight and have a clean living room for the weekend. I really miss my window.” SuperTween: “Nooo! That’s our indoor playhouse. It has to stay up until summer.” Sawyer: “Tear it down! Tear it down so Daddy can use the wood on my treehouse this […]

slap some paint on it

She: “Why did you paint the wall with the door and trim paint?” He: “I thought it would look lighter after it was dry.” She: “Didn’t the high-gloss make you suspect that you were using the wrong can of paint?” He: “Shut up.”


If you watched a giant, brown recluse looking spider crawl deep into the dirty laundry that you just put in the washing machine, would you: A. Empty the washer and remove the spider so that your clean laundry isn’t covered in spider bits OR B. Slam the lid and run the wash so that you […]