A Master Bathroom! Part 1

So, guess what? We’re putting in a master bathroom! Yippee! If you’re a regular reader, you know that I live in a small-ish, somewhat decrepit old house. I want to be the kind of person who is perfectly satisfied with our smallish house, but often I’m not. We’ve got one-and-a-half-bathrooms, which means the four of … [Read more…]

A New Master Bath! The Big Reveal

Phew! The master bath took longer than we expected, but it’s finally done, and we love it! At the end of the project we’d added a backsplash that we really didn’t like, so that had to get ripped down and replaced, and the new windows had a shipping snafu that had our contractor wringing his … [Read more…]

A New Master Bath! Part 2

Since I broke our exciting new bathroom news I’ve been collecting photos to share. Really, it’s more than two posts’ worth, but I don’t want to drive you all nuts. Still, the whole project has sort of been taking over my life, plus I’m excited because we’re starting tomorrow!! Whoop, whoop!! So I’m going to … [Read more…]

Houseplants, Revisited

Since the last time I wrote about plants, I’ve killed a couple more. However, I’ve acquired still more plants, and some of them are thriving. I also had to come up with some more places to put them in our small-ish house, so I bought this little shelf to stick in our packed-with-bright-but-indirect-light master bathroom: … [Read more…]

Home Life

All the rain we’ve had lately has sadly exposed a water problem in our basement that’s led to mold. Actually, we had already suspected that there was a problem, but there’s nothing quite like a massive downpour coupled with the loss of power for the sump pump to really clarify the issue. So we had … [Read more…]

Around the House

First, if you are local and you have not yet seen my 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun, well, you are missing out. It is a majestic compilation o’ fun, if I do say so myself. It is actually well over 101 items, if you wanted to take the trouble to count, but the point … [Read more…]


It’s about time I caught you up on our Spain trip. Last year, we approached our Paris trip as the trip of a lifetime. We weren’t sure how it would go, we weren’t sure if we’d ever take the kids to Europe again, and I did a ton of pre-trip preparation. This time. . . … [Read more…]

Mother’s Day Report

Was that the most fabulous weekend ever? Just about. I hope that you all enjoyed a lovely Mother’s Day. It was one of my favorite Mother’s Days since I’ve acquired the Mom title. First, everyone did a fabulous job of letting me sleep in. Everyone understands that I enjoy sleep, but in past years, it … [Read more…]

Thankfully, My Girls Are Beating The Odds

Perhaps you remember that I’m the proud owner of a resplendent new master bathroom? When we got past the rough stuff, like writing checks and demolishing the carpenter ant-infested wall, I was particularly excited about coming up with some cute plant for the top of our medicine cabinet. It was sort of out of the … [Read more…]