#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 […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

#88: The Value of Vanilla

#88: The Value of Vanilla

Saying my grandmother was fond of pound cake is like saying the Titanic had some “issues” with an iceberg. She baked one almost every week of her long life. She offered it as a dessert, enjoyed it as a snack, and even relied on it for an occasional meal. Her preferred method of preparing a […]

#87: When Fruit Isn’t Free

#87: When Fruit Isn’t Free

I’ve heard of people who celebrate birthdays by doing something that might be considered, if not outright dangerous, possibly ill-advised. Climbing the highest mountain, jumping out of perfectly good planes – that kind of thing. By contrast, I am usually more than content with a few balloons, a card or two, maybe a cupcake. Until […]

#86: Grace and Salt

#86: Grace and Salt

My faulty memory is well-documented on this website, so it’s always curious to me what I do remember. Embarrassing things that happened, no matter how long ago, seem to stick like glue, and in unguarded moments will play in my mind’s eye on a continuous loop. But there have been a few moments of success, […]

Wordless Wednesday: New England Autumn

Wordless Wednesday: New England Autumn

#85: Really Blind Ambition

#85: Really Blind Ambition

A short while ago I was standing in my boss’s office, conversing about the employee performance reviews we had recently completed. We weren’t discussing specific details – more like exchanging verbal high fives that the process was over and we wouldn’t need to talk in acronyms for another year. His door was open, but clearly we […]

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