Mindful

No one stays off the grid for very long without embracing mindfulness in a big way. Motherhood comes with its own mindfulness.  Are lunches made? Is homework done? Are there enough pop tarts for the morning? Was that scream serious or silly? But the questions and the questioning don't end when the kids go to bed. It's 9:20 PM. Thing 2 is finally snoring, and I'm trying to retune in my schedule...

Retro

The falling leaves are bathing Vermont in antique gold, and lately I feel as though I've entered a malfunctioning time machine that teases me with glimpses of the past.   Leaves and, soon, snow are coming to cover the painted yellow lines on the asphalt, camouflaging the trappings of the twentieth century.  But this only heightens my curiosity, not about the recorded history of the area, but...

Ma Barlow

  One of the disadvantages of living in an earth sheltered house is that a lack of planning can cause unusual conundrums. Today was the the perfect example.  I was pulling things out of the fridge for dinner and noticed that we were out of propane. It is fall, and in our old colonial farmhouse I would have automatically fired up the woodstove and made a stew.  Our current woodstove is...

Mom and the Apple Pie

It's the Big Guy's birthday, and I'm making apple pie.  He and Thing1 eschewed birthday cake in favor of pie a few years ago, so after a day of excavating our mudroom (perfect birthday activity), I pulled out the Joy of Cooking and started making the crust.  I go back and forth between the Joy of Cooking recipe - is it possible to use that and not think of your mom - and the one in the Good...

No Shame

  Order 8 x 10 Print Order 4 x 5 Card You might think that because I write a blog dedicated to my failures as a housekeeper, I would have no angst about the unexpected guest.  I thought so  myself until Thing2 came home from school with a friend. I knew the parents would come to pick up our tiny guest very soon.  However the work day was still in full gear. I realized that when these...