Four-week cleaning schedule


Life around home

I do not enjoy housecleaning. I enjoy only the afterglow. In fact, I have almost resolved to spend as little time housecleaning as possible for the rest of my life. But I do not enjoy a messy house either. In light of these facts, I tried an experiment that I just completed: my first month on a four-week cleaning schedule rotation, where I scrub for a few minutes each morning and that’s it…

March 19, 2018

In which things go to pot


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For Christmas he bought me an Instant Pot An instant best husband of the year pot And my delight has been, in ongoing ways, unbounded For Christmas I bought him Or rather, we bought us The game of Catan An instant route to all manner of marital stress and difficulty   So that was pretty […]

January 12, 2018

On the first day of vacation


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1. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me Mom, there’s cat poop all over the porch. 2. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me I thought it was just leaves and There’s cat poop all over the porch.   3. On the first day of vacation, My […]

December 21, 2017

Thank you


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Confession: Sometimes I don’t even like Sundays anymore, though they used to be one of my favorite days, because – no mail. I can’t thank you enough for the happy pictures and notes showing up in my box these days. You brought me a great deal of joy! Special thanks to those who sent tea, […]

December 20, 2017

The astonishing things I heard


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Today I heard I have a brand-new niece. I feel radiant with joy, especially that I got to see her and snuggle that sweet bundle in my arms. Today I heard that the silly little gift I sent on request to my friend Luci yesterday was helpful. She remembered a song my parents sang years […]

October 16, 2017