Category: Making it a Home

March 7, 2014


For a time, Big Daddy and I moved every few years. We moved into our home in IL in 2001 and moved to our first rental in Michigan in 2004. We moved again in 2004 (crazy, right) to our second rental in Michigan and moved back into our home in IL in 2006. Our most […]

December 5, 2013

Crafting with Ornaments: Garland

I admit that I kind of have a thing for using Christmas bulbs in my decorating. It started many years ago when Big Daddy and I were newlyweds. We didnt have a lot of our own decorations and we didn’t have a lot of money. I’d bought some boxes of plain glass ornaments to hang […]

November 1, 2013

Things I NEVER (or almost never) do in the kitchen

Over the years, I can say that I’ve actually grown into being a good cook. People who have had my cooking can vouch that the things turned out by my kitchen are now pretty consistently good. This was not always the case and Big Daddy and I still remember the ill-fated cheeseburger loaf. Look, in […]

August 30, 2013

Cute Back to School Organization

Summer. You stretch out before us all lazy and languid.  It’s hot, so we move slowly, content with drifting from thing to thing.  We spend hours on the porch, sipping dripping cold drinks from mason jars, letting the breeze blow over us as we sit in the shade. The little girls improvise sweeping tales on […]

May 15, 2013

Rain on a tin roof?

This winter, I noticed some black “smudges” on our garage ceiling.  I didn’t worry much about it because, well, it’s a garage and I figured that we, or the previous owners, had probably rubbed something against the ceiling while trying to maneuver it.  I mentioned it to Big Daddy and he agreed that there was […]

May 15, 2012

The State of the Estate

Last week I got a bee in my bonnet.  I announced that I wanted nothing for Mother’s Day but labor.  Big Daddy is on a money saving initiative, so that suited him fine and the girls have no choice.  The yard needed some help.  Our lawn looks amazing.  Big Daddy and a lawn service has […]

October 19, 2011


By the time the end of February rolls around, I’ll be done with the extra stuff sitting around the house and I’ll put away all the doodads and things will be clean again. Simple. Like i like it most of the time, but Autumn rolls around, I can’t help myself. I have to decorate. Extra. […]

September 21, 2011

Before and During…

One of the things I love the most about Big Daddy, is that we seem to get fed up with things around the same time.  This means, when I’ve had enough with a certain situation and want to change things, he usually feels the same way. This month?  Big Daddy and I decided that we […]

July 14, 2011

Blank Canvas

Those are two big girl beds you see.  Two weeks ago, we took down the crib.  Though just hardly two, Baby Bee began climbing out of her crib with regularity and we decided that it was time to take it down to keep Baby Bee safe. I won’t tell you I won’t cry over it.  […]

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