Monday’s Project: Repaint Kitchen Table

Painting Kitchen Table

No, we’re not dining al fresco next to a Jackson Pollock tonight. Just taking advantage of beautiful fall weather…for some kitchen table re-painting. And the reasons are: 1) “We’re selling the house.” (I put that in parenthesis because we’ve been “moving” for a long time now.) 2) I had a couple of.. Read More

Granite Countertops

The End Result - New Granite Countertops!

We finally got granite countertops! I feel glamorous about having granite like everyone else on the planet in our very spoiled suburbs. (It’s the little things, right?)   To keep things in perspective I know we’re probably six months ahead of the next best thing coming out. What is it? Foam? Crushed sea shells? Asphalt?  .. Read More

Laundry Room Cabinets

Laundry Room Transformation

I decided to have fabulous laundry room cabinets a long time ago. Before buying this house in 2004. Before renting a 99 year old farm house. Before moving out of my parent’s home. And prior to touring the Biltmore Estate. It happened somewhere in the dozen or so years that I nannied and folded my way through college (and grad school,.. Read More

Shopping With Toddlers

Shopping With A Toddler 3

I feel on display when I’m shopping with toddlers.  In a not so good way.   People who normally keep their distance come right up to our cart to engage my child and Nori (her cousin), and I lose all personal space.  My attention is constantly diverted from my task to overseeing the interactions with them (and.. Read More

Toddler Currency

Baby in Pot Lids

I paid this morning. Like all mornings, afternoons, and evenings. For the chance at two minutes. Alone. In the bathroom. These kinds of charges always sneak up on me. Like most things you enjoy until you realize there’s a charge. Kind of like when you’re 11 and don’t realize the chocolate in.. Read More

Poetic Thoughts – On Loss and Healing

Creamer spilled on floor

A Cup of Comfort   When I’m not supposed to be drinking coffee. And I’ve already had my quota for the day (or maybe the week). But I want it, need it, more than anything.   When I’m putting off things I should be doing, And coffee again promises to be my reliever, fortifier, Substitute. But a Still.. Read More

What DO You DO All Day?

  For my hardworking fellow homemakers, their spouses who wonder what we do all day, and our friends in other seasons of life who wonder too… It happened, once upon a very recent time ago, that a husband phoned a wife, and asked her to take care of a simple task for him… Read More

Things You Never Want to See

Today I celebrate my ten wonderful baby safety gates, and commit solidly to using them every moment of the day…even when she screams and rattles the gates, and flops down like a dying bug on the other side of them. Behold, the cantaloupe knife…in the high chair: Hope your morning was less frightening! -RM

Loving Summer!

Baby Eating Popsicle

First of all, if I were a “professional” photographer, shooting with a name brand camera I’ve never heard of, a graduate of advanced photography classes, intricately acquainted with Adobe Photoshop, sporting a custom watermark design on the edge of each print, and with enough lenses strapped to my hip to make a several mortgage payments, I’d consider this.. Read More