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 […]

bookavore hoarders

This week, I’ve been sorting and organizing the disheveled piles of books that have spilled from the packed bookcase to the floor all around it. Doug came home from work last night and went downstairs to change into sneakers and a sweater his mother knitted. No. That was Mr. Rogers. Doug changes into jeans and […]

drip, drip, drip

We live in an old house with what is politely known as personality. The long list of things that need simple repairs is low priority when something else is dripping, sparking or overflowing. Except for the occasional lightning strike destroying the a/c or a hail storm destroying the roof and siding, repairs are limited to […]

under construction – bed version

Half-full: We have a new-to-us mattress set to replace our mattress that sagged in the middle and stabbed us with broken springs. Half-empty: We don’t have a frame for it, so it’s on the concrete slab that is our floor. Half-full: The new mattress has an extra layer of squishy comfort that makes it feel […]