#96 What I Said At My Father’s Funeral

#96 What I Said At My Father’s Funeral

My father, my sweet Daddy, has been gone one year now today. I’m still picking up pieces of my heart, but I do have so much to be thankful for: my healthy, growing girls; the loving relationship I have with my step mom who is still across the driveway and doing well; and my husband, […]

#95: Domestic Potential

#95: Domestic Potential

While there was a lot to commend it, a downside to the house I wanted to buy was its complete lack of any working appliance. There were gaping holes where the fridge and stove should be, and while there was a dishwasher where you might expect a dishwasher, it produced buckets of brown water and loud […]

#94: On Empty

#94: On Empty

Hey there, it’s been a long time. How are you, internets? I’m attending a cooking class at Bread Becker’s, the store where I buy my supplies to grind my own wheat and make all of our bread. (Yes, we live THAT far out in the country, and I also wear bonnets and read by oil […]

#93: At Least One True Thing

#93: At Least One True Thing

So, apparently, Christmas happened when I wasn’t looking! Though it’s not like I let it completely slip up on me. I went to a few Christmas parties and ate some candy canes and there was a 7 foot decorated conifer in my living room. I bought gifts and wrapped gifts and got gifts. I have […]

#92: Surprised by Success

#92: Surprised by Success

Here’s the thing about spending a mid-November vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina; they serve hush puppies there. This, in itself, is not that unusual. You can probably find those delightful little morsels of fried cornmeal batter in most seafood restaurants. But South Carolinians are not satisfied with a simple, crispity, crunchity morsel of cornmeal […]

#91: Avocado Green With Envy

#91: Avocado Green With Envy

I subscribe to a number of decorating magazines, and I’ve noticed at the beginning of each season, they all announce the latest “hot” colors with great fanfare. I understand the desire to stay on trend, and I try to keep an open mind about most things décor-related. But when it comes to colors, I have […]

#90: How I Use Pinterest

#90: How I Use Pinterest

It would be hypocritical of me to write a blog entry about how I don’t like social media. And, for the most part, it would be untrue. I love checking Facebook to see what’s going on in the world of my friends, and I go on Twitter spurts from time to time. From time to […]

House Update 11.10.13

House Update 11.10.13

I am totally consumed by our latest house project. While other, I daresay more important, things in my life have gone on the back-burner, I am up too late every night on my laptop, hunting down light fixtures and trim details. I’m tired. So I’ve shown you pictures of our kitchen. She ain’t pretty. A […]

#89: My Second-Hand Style

#89: My Second-Hand Style

When I had guests over at my house recently, I overheard my mother attempt to describe my decorating style (in the kindest possible terms, of course!). I could tell she was having trouble finding the right words, but I believe I heard her utter the phrase, “Yes, she has a distinct style, a…. unique eye.” It’s […]

#89: On Grief

#89: On Grief

Twenty years ago this week, a cardio-pulmonary embolism abruptly shoved me out of the last fog of my naive and mostly innocent early years. I, along with my three brothers, had to chart a new course without our mother. “With my mother’s death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable disappeared from my […]

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