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A Rainbow of Children

You may not know this, but my kids are different colors. No, it’s not an ethnic thing. It’s an organizational necessity. Somewhere along the line between child number 3 and child number 4, I learned that the abundance of used drinking cups was going to drive me batty. Each child, concerned that he would get […]

Home Ec 101: Planning a Big Dinner

May 1998 --- Fresh Peaches --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Many of today’s women don’t know the ins and outs of home making. Most schools no longer teach home economics. And if your own mother worked outside the home, chances are you may not have grown up with much teaching in the way of housekeeping and meal preparation. These are not obsolute skills, no matter […]

How to Retrieve the Mailbox Key From the Storm Drain

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1. Reassure sobbing FishBoy that it is okay, and he is forgiven. It was a mistake to swing the key so that it flew into the sewer. One that he won’t do again. 2. Call your brother who doesn’t have to go to work or school too early in the morning. (FishPapa leaves at 6:30 […]

Just Hanging Out: Classic Laundry Management

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When we moved from Kansas to California late last month, we were without a clothes dryer for several weeks. It’s a long, boring story why that is. But, the point is that while I could clean clothes, I couldn’t dry them with the push of a button. Not a good thing when you have up […]

Toddlers and Trouble

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Isn’t she cute?! That’s my FishChickie. She’ll be two next month. She is just adorable with her angel halo hair and big brown eyes. She loves to cuddle with me and play with my hair. It’s her little comfort mechanism and instantly puts her to sleep. She’s my girl, and I love her fiercely. But, […]

A Necessary Accomplishment

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One of my favorite sets of books is written by Louisa May Alcott. Eight Cousins and its sequel, Rose in Bloom, are sweeter and more romantic, I think, than the Little Women trilogy. In Eight Cousins, a young heiress named Rose is cared for by her bachelor uncle after the death of her father, his […]

How Do You Do It? What Do You Let Slide?

Woman Cleaning Toilet ca. 1999

It can be so tempting after we read a blog or magazine article or talk to an aquaintance to compare ourselves and think that somehow we are lacking. Some other mom has a cleaner house, a bigger budget, is a better cook, or seemingly “has it all together.” This just isn’t true! Every mom has […]

How DO You Do It?

Swing on Porch ca. 2000

Awhile ago a reader asked me to share how I “do it all” and stay sane by the end of the day. I haven’t exactly figured that out. I think I’m sane, but I’m not sure how much I’m actually doing. In some ways, I’m kind of surprised by the question. In the same way […]