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  • lead paint, a brief primer.

    On my first morning of the fifth grade, I got dressed for school from the comfort of a campground. My three sisters and I, along with our mom, had spent the summer living with…

    June 18, 2018 14 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this lemonade. {and these lemons.} 2. these red toes. {but mostly a toe that’s healing.} 3.this sweater.  {for continuing to be my favorite thing to wear,…

    June 15, 2018 7 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip # 166: You don’t get what you don’t ask for. Ask and ye shall receive (sort of), but more than that, you don’t get what you don’t ask for. In even the best…

    June 12, 2018 47 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this baseboard. {which is no longer rotting, or peeling, or falling off the wall.} 2. this patched up blackout curtain. 3. these surprise muffins. {a sweet…

    June 8, 2018 12 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #165: Paint the plunger. The handle anyway. It’s probably advisable to leave the rubbery part alone. But the wooden handle? Why not help it along a bit? Maybe it still has the…

    June 6, 2018 20 Comments
  • how to know it’s june.

    On wrought iron fence posts, roses.  From nowhere, humidity. In windows, air conditioners. Stretched over bellies, rash guards.  On little brown feet, starts of tan lines. On strawberry plants, pale pink. On noses, sunscreen.…

    June 4, 2018 8 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this hammer. {for being endlessly handy this week and always.} 2. these shoe boxes. {because after three weeks it’s awfully nice to be putting things back…

    June 1, 2018 17 Comments
  • improvements in a tiny apartment.

    In between bites of deli-procured egg and cheese sandwich (extra cheese, please), I sat down to write a quick post. We got the news that at some point this week we’ll be given permission…

    May 29, 2018 11 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week.   1. these chive blossoms. {and the ridiculous distraction they were for my kids this week.} 2. this rhubarb jam. {and the decision to make a very quick…

    May 25, 2018 5 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #164: Seize the moment. In mating season, male cardinals feed the females they’re hoping to woo. They don’t just gather the food, they coax it into the female’s mouth, morsel by morsel.…

    May 24, 2018 14 Comments