Category Archives: home

Puzzled

We ordered five 1000 piece puzzles and I opened one today to work on. Working a puzzle is like meditation. There is a box filled with 1000 pieces of chaos and slowly, through attention to color, pattern, shape, an order … Continue reading

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De-cluttering

It’s always a good idea when you are feeling overwhelmed with your life or confused about issues or direction, to tackle the piles of clutter. Our garage has been storing items from our son as well as boxes of things … Continue reading

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“Order” by Lydia Davis

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Second Night clean-up

We don’t have a dishwasher, well, except for the humans who live in this household. Usually after a big dinner party, JB and I get all the leftovers into the refrigerator and then first thing in the morning, we work … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the chametz

Major housecleaning today. We started with the refrigerator, throwing out past expiration date bottles of salsa, various cooking sauces, and pieces of cheese that had transformed themselves into stone (and actually looked like it too). We chipped away at the … Continue reading

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Centered, accomplished, absolutely gifted

There’s something very satisfying about cutting my husband’s hair (almost as satisfying as shredding paper). It’s like organizing chaos, tempering the out-of- control, moderating commotion. The visual reward is immediate. Since he is pretty bald on top, it’s basically just … Continue reading

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Shredding

In this season of purging (and culture of identity theft), I have to admit the acquiring of an electric shredder has changed my life. I used to use the shears pictured below for sensitive documents, but after clearing out the … Continue reading

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No quickies in the home improvement department

So you start with wanting to paint the bedroom. It won’t take long and what a lift it would give to the space. But then you discover that you need to get more paint and more dropcloths and paint trays … Continue reading

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(W)Right here in Rogers Park

It may be December, but there are three new buds on our rose bush in the front yard and the mint is flourishing all over the garden. The temperature is in the mid-60s. Beautiful day. After my qigong class, JB … Continue reading

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My mother’s refrigerator

Refrigerators are those unique places in people’s homes where usually images of family and friends, shopping and to do lists, recipes and favorite sayings often appear. You can often read the intimate heart of a home by the informality of … Continue reading

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