Nesting

Wow, we’ve been spending. . . so very much time at home. Really. So much. But we are doing our best to appreciate the hygge aspect of all of this hanging-out-at-home stuff. One part of our embrace-life-at-home initiative is that we bought new sofas! This was a hugely big deal for us. Cute W and … [Read more…]

New Hardware Store in Town

There’s been quite a bit of buzz in our town about the opening of a new hardware store, Hatchet Hardware. It’s been maybe a year or two since the hardware store on Union Street shut down, so we’re happy to have something new close-by. Cute W is pretty dang handy and DIYish, but there is … [Read more…]

Houseplants

I’ve always had plants around, but I wouldn’t exactly call myself a green thumb. I’ve managed to kill many, many plants. I have killed cacti, a bonsai, an orchid, and even lucky bamboo. The plants that have managed to survive and even thrive around our house have done so because they are content with benign … [Read more…]

Wake Up and Small the Almond Lotion

One thing I like to do when I randomly suspect that I may have COVID is reach over and take a big whiff of lotion. This one‘s a big favorite, smelling like almond oil. It also comes in a teensy little container that is perfect for your purse and also perfect for obsessively slathering on … [Read more…]

Holding Pattern

There’s not much news to report these days, is there? We had a quiet New Year’s Eve at home, with movies and a jigsaw puzzle. I insisted on a ritualistic burning of some 2020 items, but my family’s lack of enthusiasm and tepid flames made it really quite unsatisfying for me. And since then we’ve … [Read more…]

Christmas 2020

No surprise, it was a quiet Christmas. I’ve literally never spent a Christmas with fewer people in my life. We knew it was going to be different, so we decided to distract ourselves with a ski outing. We skied at Belleayre Mountain for Christmas Eve. Skiing these days is a bit of an extra hassle … [Read more…]

Storied Coffee and b.inspired

I mentioned taking a tour of some local businesses in my Ho, Ho, Ho post, but shortly after that one, J and I made our first visit to 1671 Union Street, new home of both Storied Coffee and b.inspired, a home decor/lifestyle shop, which are sharing the space. We were super-excited to hear about them … [Read more…]

PSA: Vitamin D

Are you taking vitamin D supplements at your house? You probably should be! At our house, we’ve got multivitamins and vitamin D supplements, plus, with COVID, some Airborne in the kitchen cabinet. But I wouldn’t say we were particularly vigilant about actually taking them every day. When the girls were little, I’d make their breakfast … [Read more…]

Hunkered Down for the Holidays

J’s school is online only again all week after COVID spread from people’s Thanksgivings. We are all thinking that they’d do well to just keep everyone learning online through the holidays since folks can’t seem to manage to stay home. Of course we’re hoping for a snow day tomorrow. With snow in the forecast, the … [Read more…]

Kitties

Early on in the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal had a piece about pets debating the lockdown in which the dog viewpoint was that humans should stay at home as long as possible while cats urged humans to leave the house already and go back to work. I grew up with dogs and we now … [Read more…]