Browsing category: Simply Personal

A Prickly Situation

After years and years of no porcupines, this fall we kept seeing two… a smaller female and a very large male. Usually they would be waddling around in the meadow.


When the One Cup Measure Doesn’t Measure One Cup

It didn’t take long for me to realize that my new measuring cups for dry ingredients weren’t giving me accurate measurements.


Where Did the Summer Months Go?

We’ve been busy. We spent several weeks cleaning up the incredible mess that the road crew left after their unwelcome tree-cutting and trimming rampage early this spring.


Yes, We Do Know It’s There

If you’d been driving past our house at the right time last night, you could have almost reached out your car window and shaken hands… with the bear that was trampling down the tall stand of day lilies and ferns at the edge of the road.


Can You Break a Piece of Spaghetti into Only Two Pieces?

I was cooking spaghetti, and my youngest son was telling me about the French scientists who won an apparently well-deserved Ig Nobel Prize for improbable research in physics a few years back.


And Sure Enough, It Was

My husband and I were in the kitchen one afternoon when he suddenly looked past me out the window and said something in an odd surprised voice… When I asked him what he had said, he said the same thing again…


Two Spools, Some Knots & a Short Piece of Rope

… this is the simple toy I made for them using two spools, some knots, and a short piece of rope. It helps that the spools are hard plastic and make an interesting clanking noise when they knock together and that the rope is thick and soft and very flexible.


What Living in the Moment Means To Me

The concepts of living in the moment and appreciating the uniqueness of now can sound too weirdly complicated to be a good fit in our aggressively busy world.


Is It Possible That They Actually Are As Healthy Now As They Look?

Late last winter I placed an online nursery order for fifty Oddity sempervivums… a variety of hens and chicks that have tube-like leaves and that… around here at least… are impossible to find.


Coping with a Power Outage

Reader question… “We found ourselves in a situation without electrical power for two days last week after the ice storm downed power lines in our neighborhood. We had never experienced a power outage before and weren’t prepared. My question…”