Don’t Ban Love

I have been in a bad mood all day. Just ask the kids. Cupboards have been slammed, “Shit,” muttered under my breath as I’ve mostly accidentally kicked a laundry basket over, clean clothes tumbling out onto a less than clean floor, and I’ve thought about chucking my laptop across the room in frustration. Frustration from a…

Paper

I’m about to enter the Konmari paper purging stage. I’ve weeded out my clothes and disposed of, donated, and given away books, so now it’s time to turn to the papers. This might actually be harder for me than any of the other stages before or after, because…paper. I love it. I love stationary and…

A Working Kitchen

There was a period of time where I fancied myself a cook, which meant I cooked a full meal for my family of four couple of times a week, the rest of the time ordering out or slapping together sandwiches or spaghetti. Though you’ll never get me to admit that a good sandwich isn’t a…

My Year with Zoloft

About a year ago I was sitting in the car. I had been sitting there for nearly an hour. It was 9 o’clock at night. My phone was buzzing again and I forced myself to look down and see that it was my husband calling again. I looked away, frozen in my seat, arms feeling too…

Little Seals

It was a day off for all of us. A day off from school, our weekend visitors had finally dissipated, and graduate courses had not yet begun. My house was a mess, but I wasn’t of a mind to deal with it just then. No, we all needed to be outside. As if we were…

Radical

I was sitting in the tub, as you do, thinking about this post. I’ve recently finished Radical Homemakers and it’s left me with all sorts of good thoughts and dreams. I considered what I wanted to say and also what picture I might want to accompany the post. Something green, maybe. Or perhaps a photo of livestock,…

The Amish Hour

I couldn’t tell you where this idea originated, only that I saw it as a part of an article about self-care, but we have recently started instituting something called “the Amish hour”. While we fall short of unplugging every item in our house (no candlelight just yet, but perhaps when the days start to get longer…

Simplification

Friday and today have been dedicated to The Purge, where I have eviscerated my own collections of clothes and books and, for most of today, my children’s toys. This weeding of playthings happens on a fairly regular basis, almost seasonally, and one would think this meant my children would have a very modest assortment of toys. One…

Konmari, Tidying, and Magic (A Review and a Promise to Myself)

We have quite a bit of stuff (I will refrain from calling it junk, but honestly, a lot of it is). It’s stuffed in cupboards and closets. It’s piled on desks and tables. Right now, quite a lot of it is on the floor, too. I am overwhelmed by things! This inundation of objects has simply…

Food

Clementines and coffee. The last of the Christmas Kringle danish and coffee. Asian beef and broccoli. Pot roast with apples, sweet potatoes, and prunes and an arugula salad. The second to last slice of that delectable danish. This is what I’ve eaten in the last twenty-four hours, starting from right at this moment all the…

Working Through It

When I last wrote here, we were in the thick of autumn. I had been swept up in that seasonal preparation, while also finding myself inundated with school work and a lot of physical and emotional upheaval in my work (there is nothing worse than massive shifts in one’s work life when their work is…