The Most Important Person in the County

The Most Important Person in the County


winter farmhouse n snow

Dear tired, weary, over-worked, beleaguered salt-truck worker,

I salute you.

For four months now….you have tried so hard.


In November they told us all that the snow was on its way and you diligently salted the roads.

And not a snowflake ever came.Continue reading

Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Stinky Shoes

Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Stinky Shoes



This is the week that school started.


Can we still be friends…..

……if I tell you I’ve been waiting for this week all summer?

Every time I picked up a pair of flip-flops off the floor or washed stacks of bowls etched with dried-on fruit loops or sorted through wet beach towels left in the back hall or swept up tiny pieces of paper scattered all over the floor or gathered up the stinky tennis shoes from every corner of the house…..

….I sighed.

And waited patiently for the days of sparkling clean floors and quiet.Continue reading

How to Create a Watercolor of Your House in Four Easy Steps

How to Create a Watercolor of Your House in Four Easy Steps



I wish I was a weatherman.

Or I wish I was married to a weatherman or had an aunt or uncle or brother or sister or a cousin-twice-removed…..

….who was a weatherman.


Because maybe they could explain to me in simple weatherman terms…..why the sun is shining and the skies are blue….

…..and it’s 12 degrees.

Shouldn’t all that sun warm everything up and melt the snow a little?

I mean….I’m not asking for much….just maybe a temperature with a 2 in front of it.

And why did the sun only melt the snow on the top of my car which turned into water and then slowly dripped down across the driver’s side door….

…oddly turning into ice again mid-stream.


And then froze the door shut.Continue reading

Stenciled Concrete Pavers

Stenciled Concrete Pavers


Until about a month ago we were a non-jumping household.

To get from place to place….we walked everywhere.

Well…..most of the time we walked.

Sometimes we walked really fast.

Sometimes we ran.

Sometimes we skipped.

And….truthfully…..there was even the occasional slight hop.Continue reading

Under Stair Office Reveal

Under Stair Office Reveal

Office Remodel


Dear over-looked, under-appreciated, almost forgotten little room under the stairs,

I told you so.

I told you 2013 was going to be your year.

And I have to tell you… look amazing.Continue reading

What To Do With a Big Blank Wall

What To Do With a Big Blank Wall


Do you have a big blank giant enormous wall in your house?

Me, too.

Actually, I think we have the biggest, blankest wall in North America.


You might not have noticed its big blankness because it’s cleverly disguised by the giant multi-paned chalkboard that takes up almost the entire space.

But before that chalkboard…..well…..that wall would totally have shown up on Mr. Blackwell’s worst dressed list.

At the very top.

I tried everything.  I painted it khaki and I painted it gray and I hung yard sale frames and then coasters and then iron pieces ……and nothing worked.

Chalkboard Calendar project
It just looked unfocused and outdated and a little like I was trying too hard.


Kind of like my perm from 1994.

All ratted out with split ends and nowhere to go.

And then I saw a broken 40 pane window in the trash….and the rest is history.


So just in case you have a big blank wall……and no one has thrown away a window in your neighborhood…..I posted some creative ideas on what do with all that blank space over at the Lamp’s Plus blog today.

And can we keep the whole split-ended perm ratted up with Aqua Net thing……just between us?

I wouldn’t want the walls to talk. :)





The Fate of a Railroad Sign

The Fate of a Railroad Sign


I really need a big opinion.

Please tell me you have one.Continue reading

Just Jump

Just Jump


Have you ever had a dream?

Something that you thought was unattainable, out-of-reach, pie-in-the-sky.

A dream that you put away on a shelf and took out only when life was at its most overwhelming.  A dream that you never thought in your wildest imaginings would ever come true.  And when life twists and turns as it must and you are tossed and tumbled….emerging a little rough around the edges….that dream is all you have to sustain you.Continue reading