• HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

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.

Newest Article

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

Teaching Writing to a Reluctant Writer

Like many middle-school-aged boys, my son despised writing assignments when we began homeschooling. Having been forced to do voluminous writing assignments when he was still attending school, his initial reaction when I became his teacher was to protest and argue over every writing assignment I gave him. After much trial and error, I found that the best approach was to give him a lot of latitude in choosing the topics and even what days he would write, at least in the beginning.

From Our Archives

The Power of Lists

I'm working on routine. Not a schedule. When I schedule myself, I end up trying to cram something into every single minute of my life--and, of course, failing miserably.

What has been working for me lately is a list. I have two files I keep open on my computer, one called "to do," and one called "days." The "to do" file is non-dated things to do, including constants.

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