the homeschool room
home design / homeschool planning / homeschooling

the homeschool room

It’s butter yellow. With a great big red industrial light smack dab in the middle of the room. A desk on the side for moi and a slide-out drawer for oft-used printer (love love love having the printer beside me). Can we say Latin pop quizzes? On-line printables? And stuff I print during morning studies … Continue reading

landfatuation
home design / homesteading

landfatuation

Landfatuation: a new term I’ve created, not yet found in my English dictionary. Land and infatuation…Landfatuation: the description of awe, wonder and anticipation at a piece of raw land and all that it can become, like a blank artist canvas. Directly ahead of me is a young Douglas fir. To the right, a more established … Continue reading

build the house
home design / homesteading

build the house

A decade of effort and creativity condensed into one simple sentence: we built a home. We planned our house design years ago. And when I say ‘we’, I mean mostly my daughter and I, because my husband was less interested in the details of how big a room should be, or whether the kids should share a … Continue reading

magical gift of tidying ur stuff
home design

magical gift of tidying ur stuff

Simplifying life and dietary changes: cliché January goals every year. I hadn’t thought twice about either of them till just before Christmas. A book fell into my lap, and health issues too, which has got me thinking about both. Have you seen this book yet? Perhaps you are one of the 3 million that has purchased this book, … Continue reading

hardscaping, and some gardening
gardening / home design / summer

hardscaping, and some gardening

I had my hands in gardening gloves and actually planted things just weeks after we moved in. I live in the four season world, so my outdoor gardening time is limited. I know it’s a risk for the first year homesteading though. Because…. I’m planting in rocky, sandy topsoil with little nitrogen. It’s heavy and holds water … Continue reading

sneak peek
home design / homesteading

sneak peek

I’ve been asked a few times: “Any chance you’re going to post those pics of the new house?” I am super thankful for the opportunity to create my own abode and recognize it as an opportunity of a lifetime. I’d rather have you for coffee, and some of the kids’ baking. But until you give … Continue reading