The Next Set of Challenges

Photo: It’s still winter, but the absence of snow and the warming temperatures have given us opportunity to visit with the flower beds in preparation for Spring plantings (which are still a ways off). I’m very pleased to see that the over-winter preparations we did back in November have produced gloriously black and nutrient-filled soil…

Blessings in Disguise

Photo: There is one less tree in the world today, and I’m sincerely sad.   I find that a lot of my conversations with my husband as of late are simply regarding logistics. We always need to be in two places at once. This weekend was full of that. I’m sure some of you Dear Readers…

We’re Still Warm

Photo: A friend of mine put up her children’s dresser for sale on Facebook and I immediately was like, OOO MEE!! GIMMIE!! The boys quickly outgrew the little dresser we’d had in their room, so I had been looking for something cheap and big. She sent me the dresser and this kiddo couch and some sort of…

Are We Really Only Three Days In?

Photo: Just… augh…   Ok, so here is the stupidest thought that I ever have thought ever in the history of my life: “I’m gonna just slide into 2018 and keep my head down and get some work done. I’m gonna mind my business, keep my scalp oiled, keep my eyes on my own work,…

No Rest for the Weary

Photo: This little goofball… I wanted to take a nice candid photo of him watching the fire, and he immediately starts striking a pose. I was like, “No! Ignore me!” and he just couldn’t. So you get the benefit, I guess. Here’s my baby not looking at the fire.   After a week of extreme adulting, The…

Oh Hey, It’s Monday

  It’s going to rain here in Massachusetts tomorrow, Dear Reader. And that’s important to know. Because it would seem that you can’t get your oil tank replaced when it’s raining outside. So my husband gave me a call today at 8:45 asking me what day would be a better day for the men to…

Settling Back In

Photo: The first thing we saw when we came up our driveway was a garden that was very well taken care of while we were away. Our tomato plants are taller than we are! The kale is huge and we are going to eat a lot of it this week! There is an adorable baby melon and…

A Winter Strategy

Photo: Ursa Minor with a hammer in his hands and a rock to smash. What could possibly go wrong? lol Now don’t go callin’ the gov’ment on me: there were three adults in the room supervising and, as you can see, he was wearing appropriate safety gear!   We are back in Massachusetts and (indoor) Christmas…

Busy Kitchen!

Oh yes! Today is Meatless Monday and my friend gave me an awesome recipe for General Tso’s Tofu. I was like, yes, I will make this. Because tofu is best when it’s fried anyway, so why the hell not? Not only is this a vegetarian dish, it’s actually a vegan dish! Whaaat? I am totally winning. I…

Should've Known Better

Photo: Look out, now! The plastic sheeting is out! The paint brushes are set! It is time to paint the room! Finally! Absolutely nothing could go wrong! Nothing at all! Everything is going to go according to plan!   I told you I toured that school last Friday and smelled French onion soup the entire time. Well, it…