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Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

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10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn and Back to School

Neighborhood Campfires

You don't have to go camping or sleep on the bumpy ground to enjoy the friendly warmth of a glowing campfire. Invite your neighbors for an impromptu backyard fire, complete with roasted marshmallows and ghost stories. It's a relaxing way to end the day and celebrate the last nights of summer or first weekends of autumn.

Adults can chat, kids can play games in the dark, and everyone can roast marshmallows or cuddle in a soft lap until they're drowsy. Here's how to make campfires work in your neighborhood.

Take depression seriously--it can kill you

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Spot's Spots

Our pets give so much to us. Unconditional love, endless excitement when we come home, a warm purring presence in our lap...hair on the floor, on our clothes, and in our food, occasional liquid outpourings, scratched furniture.

But we love them too and wouldn't live without them. When the inevitable happens, how do you deal with the mess? I'm going to confine my remarks to the messes created by the average dog or cat. If you've got an iguana roaming your house, you know more about cleaning up after it than I do. But I've had one furry mammal (or more) since I was five years old, and that adds up to lots of paper towel rescues.

How well does it really work?
Organizing the clutter before it takes over the house
First steps in encouraging kids to help clean up