Making Room

The other day, I was pretty annoyed with the family at large for not doing their share, or any share, really, of the housework. I’d spent the whole day working, and the whole lot of them were gone. Disappeared. Two of them had an acceptable reason: they were at work! But the rest of them? […]

Make: Chunky Bobble Garland

I do not know what possessed me to want to make bobble garland, but make it I did!  And it looks adorable on my “Advent” tree.  (An “Advent” tree is an artificial tree that you put up as soon as possible after Thanksgiving, even though your husband doesn’t care for “Advent” trees, and would prefer […]

Kitchen Work

I have always genuinely enjoyed housekeeping and homemaking.  Well, maybe not always.  We’re each of us, after all, products of our families of origin and the larger culture, and neither one really encouraged a love of homemaking in me.  So, in the beginning, homemaking and I had an uneasy relationship, really, because I did enjoy […]

Rendering Lard

One of the nice things about a homestead type of farm is that you can raise a lot of your own food. We’re in the throws of chicken butchering now, but we also raise up a couple of pigs each year for our own use. We hire out the butchering still, but I always ask […]

Taco Week!

When you let the kitchen helpers plan the menu for the week, and they choose meals they have been craving instead of meals that kind of make sense together, you might start noticing a certain trend forming by the time you get to Wednesday.  In our case, for this week, the girls were feeling very […]

Down With Food Waste!

“I fixed the refrigerator,” I announced. “What was wrong with it?” a daughter asked. “Well, you know how we buy more vegetables than we can fit in the drawers, and so we put them on the shelf, but then they kind of start getting pushed to the back where we can’t see them or reach […]

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

{pretty} We got new patio furniture last week.  We’ve been squeezing around one table meant for four, and, well, we stopped fitting there years ago.  I’d been looking for two rectangular tables, but couldn’t find anything in the material I wanted that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  One day, I stopped in at […]

What Morning Brings

“Where’s Evie?” I asked in sudden alarm. I was nursing the baby on the couch, but I heard the tractor right outside the window, and some shouted directions, and a very loud, very distressing crunch. Delaney jumped up to find her, safe and sound upstairs, and then we watched the deck pull slowly away from […]

On Fire

I set my alarm for five o’clock this morning, as per yesterday’s discussion, but it did not turn out to be a quiet or peaceful morning at all. First, I forgot to reschedule the coffee pot, so I had to wait for my morning cuppa. (Oh, the horrors!) Then, the baby woke for a nursing […]