Browsing category: Simply Personal

A Downside to Our Rural Life

It has been a frustrating morning. It rained here all night, and today our telephone connection is so crackly it almost drowns out the usual loud background hum on the line. For the last several years, we’ve been trapped in a direct cause-and-effect situation…


The Joys of Rural Mail Delivery

A few days ago our mail carrier actually lost a Priority Mail package we were expecting. We had been tracking the package each day because it contained repair parts we needed desperately for one of our computers…


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…


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.


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.


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…”


Oh No… Not Yet!

Today’s weather forecast predicts partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the forties. Apparently “partly cloudy” covers a wide range of possibilities… this is what partly cloudy looks like here right now.


Do I Really Want Another Dishwasher?

Do I really want another dishwasher? I don’t know. We have had some miserable luck with our last three dishwashers, with each one being a “more trouble than it’s worth” situation.