A Confession and A Proposition.

I have a confession. A deep, dark, dirty DIY blogger confession. I don't know how to use cutting power tools ....more

Almost to Six.

The third tote was heavy in its fragility as I struggled to keep it under control, navigating the uneven steps and cracked sidewalk. This one was larger than the others, and my lessened sense of balance and heftier, shapelier frame battled my self trust and balance. I saw him motion, from the corner of my eye, waving his cane in an up-and-down arc, as you might wave a flag ....more

Grief, Manifested.

It is a pair of black tweezers in the medicine cabinet. I remember standing in the make-up aisle at Meijer some midnight, fresh off of losing my previous unremarkable pair. I've always had a touch of trichotillomania, and the inability to tame my self-proclaimed wild eyebrows triggered some sort of fight-or-flight response, the panic raising in my chest ....more

Let's Try It Again, This Time With More Soul: The 2014 Air Force Half Marathon.

Twelve weeks isn't a whole lot of time to beat your body into submission. Especially when you work nights, which used to be your running time. And half of your scheduled runs are in the part of summer when you travel, and the other half are somewhere in the chaos of three different school schedules starting for the three other people you live with, plus all the extra appointments and meetings required to get the two students of the house all ready to go ....more

Just Write 153.

I sit in the silence and feel myself exhale as if I'd been holding my breath. It is morning, the kids just moments earlier strapped into their bus seats and off to school. I have a little under four hours before Tova will return and enough tasks and errands to fill that time, plus the time between her arrival and that of her brother, coinciding with my efforts to get ready for work ....more


So the day that I post that I don't know what to do with this space?Ends up my bathroom was on Apartment Therapy as part of a round up of colorful clawfoot tubs.You can check it out here. There's even one positive comment about just my bathroom about halfway down.Figures, ha.Clementine -- giving this blog life since 2009. ...more

Proof I Was There.

If you've been here for any length of time reading this blog, you'll know that I kind of ebb and flow in my attention to it. Truth be told, I'm always thinking about this space. I'm constantly thinking of things I want to write about, to discuss with you, to weigh in on or get your opinion on ....more


I rearranged my bedroom. It wasn't anything huge or drastically different, merely just a switching of the bed and the dresser. Honestly, that's about the only switch that could be made, the way that we built the room and with the furniture currently in there ....more

This Is Where It Starts.

"Look, Mom!" Her tiny voice rang pure with confidence and certainty. "My baby has a black face!" She gestured a circle around the head of her new baby doll, a Disney Princess Tiana (from The...more

In The Wild: An Interview with Floor Coverings International

So on the very first day of my sojourn to BlogHer '14, I received an email asking to be interviewed about blogging.Well, color me flattered, like I know much about much of anything.So if you're curious about what I love about blogging, the DIY community, and how this here little corner of the internet came into being and some other trivia, you can check out the interview here.Thanks to Thad and the people over at Floor Coverings International for the great questions and the opportunity to throw my two cents out there! ...more