Some handy tools

I thought it would be nice to do a little round up of some of the tools that we find useful on a pretty regular basis. Some of these are every day tools, some are things we’re still trying out, … Continued

Swimming Up River – A Chinook


I bought a van last week–a 1986 Ford Chinook! We don’t have a name for it yet. But, this is why I have been less active on the blog, and on Twitter, lately. I have been tearing the van down … Continued

Houston, we have a problem

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Rockford has figured out climbing. A couple days ago, we were all playing in the front yard, and he decided he wanted to investigate the dogs, who were still in the house, behind the storm door. So, he crawled over … Continued

Pulling together

A recent conversation between my mom and me: “ALL THE SWEAR WORDS!” I yelped, from the pile of scrap wood and last year’s fallen leaves under the back deck. “I’m going to need medical assistance.” “What happened? Are you OK?” … Continued

Sneaky Friday

Oh, hello again, Friday unproductiveness… OK, look, it’s not actually true that I haven’t been productive this week, but I feel like the blog has very little to show for it. So let’s do a little run-down of where we’re … Continued

Being A Lover

A short sampling of ways to leave your be a lover: You just slip out the back, Jack (No need to make a scene – being a lover is not always about you.) Make a new plan, Stan (Be flexible! … Continued

Sharing Your Joy

Back in the Pleistocene, circa 2001, I was dating this one: Her name is Laura Jean; if you read Blue Like Jazz, she is Chapter 5. One day, in between clumsy courtship, whimsical adventures, and discussions with the genius of … Continued

Clear floor, clear mind

I think that if you told me 15 years ago that I would be finding comfort and calm in cleaning up other people’s mess, I would have called you crazy. And yet, here I am, covered in dust and happy … Continued

An upside to Jealousy

Jealousy is a funny thing. It can creep up on a person in sneaky and unexpected ways, but it doesn’t always have to be a bad thing when it shows up. Carlos and I have been apart for a month. … Continued

Friday I’m In Love

Friday is my favorite day. Today, it was sunny, although not warm. I swam ten (10!) laps.* Rockford put himself down for a nap! I get to see my husband so soon! We ate lazy dinner and took Rock on … Continued