The Ask Me Anything Vlog (part 2!) and my new favorite TV show

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Good morning! Today I bring you part 2 of the Ask Me Anything vlogs (there's one more to go!). I'm so sorry that the sound is so quiet. I'm technologically challenged and maybe I need a mic or something when I record. Any suggestions, O Tech Savvy Ones? And if you're reading this post via email or a reader, you may need to click over to the actual site to see the video. Thanks! (Oh, and you can … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 100 (100!)

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ONE HUNDRED?! Wow. I feel like I should have something exciting to offer for sticking with me all the way to 100! But all I've got is the usual programming of photos, and links, and miscellany. We had a tea party for our "first day of school" last Monday. Honestly, school days don't look much different from summer days. We write letters and mail them for handwriting/spelling practice. We … [Read more...]

Ask Me Anything Vlog: Part I (Wes Anderson, My Tattoo, and How We Discipline)

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OK, so I told you I'd do a vlog answering your questions. And then things got crazy and I never had a chance to sit down and record anything because, you know, children. And out of town. And life. BUT today the stars aligned and I did it! Then it turned out to be 20 minutes long. Ain't nobody got time for that. So I cut it off partway through and I'll post the other two parts later. So, in Part … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 99

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Happy Feast of the Assumption! You probably didn't notice that I haven't been around much this week. But, I've been almost completely unplugged from the blog, email, and social media while we're enjoying a week in the NC mountains with my extended family. I'm just popping in today to say I missed ya! It's actually been a good week to have almost no internet access. Every time I try to check … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 98

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I think I've ALMOST recovered from the Edel Gathering and now we're off to a family reunion. Remember when preparing for a trip mostly involved making mix CDs for the drive and remembering to pack your toothbrush? Yeah....we're not in Kansas anymore. Packing for five is no joke. Well...four. Daniel is skilled at packing his own stuff. To tell the truth, anything I have to say today sounds silly … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol 97

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I haven't caught up on sleep from Edel, yet. But it's mostly because I keep staying up late talking to Daniel forgetting that the mornings start early around here. Today Gwen woke up at 4:55. FOUR FIFTY FIVE! And honey child was not falling back asleep. So, I just got up, got dressed, and tried to rig yesterday's makeup into today's makeup before heading to Panera to write/answer emails/catch up … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 96

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Whew. What a week. And not just because I riled up the internet. There's lots of big projects happening on the homestead and lots of preparing for the Edel Gathering. I did a test run of my talk for some friends and discovered that an hour is a lot longer than I thought it was. Ahem. So, this morning I'll be adding to my talk. And sorry in advance that there'll be lots of Edel on social media for … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 95 (Ask Me Anything)

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"I dwinking hot chocwate." It seemed like a good idea to console my children with sugary beverages after our quest for gluten-free cupcakes came to naught. In hindsight, hot cocoa in mid-July Florida heat wasn't the best idea I've ever had. On the Homestead:   This is my favorite time of year for eating out of the garden. Daniel's tomatoes are amazing this year (the sungold's … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 94

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It's been one of those weeks. Stomach bug weeks. Lots of extra laundry, sad little ones, fevers, and enough Netflix to fry our brains while we all pile on mama's bed and recover. Poor Lucy had it the worst. Temp of 103.5! That's the worst fever we'd had over here in as long as I can remember. She was the most darling little invalid. Gwen and Daniel were mostly unscathed. Everybody's … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 93

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  You're probably on the edge of your seat waiting to hear the fate of the last somewhat blah Stitch Fix box and Daniel's future as a jewelry model. You're not? Well, you're gonna hear about it anyway! I decided to ditch the whole box. I didn't love any of it and since I'm currently in a decluttering frenzy, why spend money on one more thing in my closet that won't get much use? I did … [Read more...]