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To-Do Tuesday: FUNFUNFUNFUNFUNFUNFUN

To-Do Tuesday: FUNFUNFUNFUNFUNFUNFUN

As you can see, Violet has filled our schedule for this Spring Break, so I have no time for my To-Do list. This calendar/coat station wasn’t on my list either, but it was necessary. We stood in the foyer before school every morning yelling about whether it was P.E. shoes day, or why no one […]

To-Do Tuesday: blank wall

To-Do Tuesday: blank wall

It only took 9 years to put something on this completely barren wall in our living room. So?

city plan, part 2: playscape

city plan, part 2: playscape

Can you imagine how fun this is to mow?  And it’s not even grass; it’s weeds and pokey things.  Of course, this ridiculous section of our lawn had to go.  But first.  I wanted to build something.  With these. Because they were free.  And building is fun.  So I added a little playhouse section onto […]

city plan, part 1: dry creek bed

city plan, part 1: dry creek bed

Last spring I was reading the flyer that came in our (gulp) utilities bill.  It mentioned an experimental plan offered by the city to pay us (pennies on the dollar!) to get rid of our lawn and plant a native landscape instead.  This was on the heels of the Year of Fire and Brimstone, so I thought […]

Dos and Don'ts for staying sane after a robbery

Dos and Don’ts for staying sane after a robbery

Nothing like a good old-fashioned home invasion, robbery and grand theft auto to knock the urge to blog right out of a person.  In fact, I’m not sure it has returned yet.  So instead of a long rambling hysterical post, I have created a list of dos and don’ts to remember the next time you […]

Wordless Wednesday: robbed

Wordless Wednesday: robbed

the post where I don't talk about my back...

the post where I don’t talk about my back…

…because no one wants to hear it.  Let’s just say my back is Messed Up.  This means that for the past few weeks I haven’t been able to bend forward more than 15 degrees without stabby stabby knives jabbing and twisting into my spine.  Unfortunately, if there is a small kid or two in your […]

Gratitude, Day 17: my galley kitchen

Gratitude, Day 17: my galley kitchen

This week, all the lights went out in my kitchen. (Aside from a solitary mini over the sink.)  Graham was sick, it was cold and rainy and I just didn’t have it in me to climb a ladder, take apart the fixture, drag the boy to the store, find the proper bulbs, and do it […]

tear down the wall

tear down the wall

What is it about 1970’s houses?  Why did they invent things like galley kitchens and walls-with-no-purpose? There isn’t much we can do about our kitchen, but we did have some funds left over after the porch addition to tear down the “wall” between the dining and living rooms.  It was more of a partition than […]

new porch! new porch!

new porch! new porch!

I have been talking about doing this for ages.  We have a southern facing backyard with no shade.  In case you’re not in Texas, this means that we can’t step foot out back for about half the year.  (Surface of the sun, remember?)  Oh, and we’ve come to realize that the chickens think the world […]