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How to Marie Kondo and Granny Grubbs at the Same Time

  If you aren't on social media much, you might not know that Marie Kondo is a lovely lady currently famous for her organizational skills. One piece of advice is to purge your belongings and only keep things that "spark joy." If you aren't a close acquaintance of...

Why I Fed the Cat

This is Clementine. Clem for short. He is not my cat. Clementine showed up during CousinsCamp19. My longsuffering husband had just helped me haul ten grandchildren on a six-hour trip from their home to ours. Then we were joined by a local grandson plus a few drop-in...

How Unpacking a Box Changed my Perspective

Last week I got a little cranky, because, although we are living with this beautiful space:             We are also living with this not-so-beautiful-and-totally-dusty space. Some days I'm patient with the renovation process. Some days I...

Further Up, Further In

                      I am so over construction dust. And unpacking boxes. And construction dust. Did I mention the dust? Our grandson, Jake, explained this is why Chip and Joanna don't let the owners see the...

We Bought a Tractor

  It is a tiny tractor, on the scale of things, but big enough to make our grandsons think we own the world. Here is the thing: I did not know we needed a tractor. In all of our forty-five years together, I don't remember my handsome husband ever saying, "Man, I...