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    Holiday after holiday

    “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

    Thornton Wilder

    Does anyone else feel as though they need a holiday to recuperate after a holiday? We went ‘away’ for the long weekend. We only drove 10 kms to my […]

    Nursing a gym-bag

    “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.”

    Diane Ackerman

    A load of laundry was left, forgotten, in the washing machine. I can’t even tell you exactly how long it stewed […]

    Starting Early

    “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

    Henry Ford

    Last month I wrote about Pip helping out with chores around the house. I posted photos of her folding laundry, rolling pizza dough and stacking wood. I did not, however, include any information about our little […]

    Dish-rag gratitude

    “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

    G.K. Chesterton

    You’re not going to believe this, but I had an epiphany yesterday while I was on my hands and knees, dish-rag in hand, cleaning the floor underneath Fig’s high-chair […]


    “Genius is one-percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

    Thomas Edison

    When I find myself drowning in the deep sea of household chores, I marvel at the fact that, in the fourth grade, I envied my best friend Nadine because she had chores. In my eyes, Nadine’s chores gave her a status […]

    Dirty-floor pride

    “Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.” Erma Bombeck

    It’s so important to have conversations with parents who are not of your generation. I was at a function and found myself talking to two people in their sixties, who were both stay-at-home parents in their early twenties. They had asked […]