Expected Guests: setting up a guest room and entertaining

When it’s done right, having house guests can be a delight. When it’s done poorly, however, it can be a nightmare for everyone. Avoid the major pitfalls with some simple planning.


Unexpected Guests: A Battle Plan

When I was a little girl, my mother would insist on cleaning the house from top-to-bottom before any out-of-town trip or vacation. Her reasoning? “Well it’s nice to have a clean house to come home to. And also, if I die unexpectedly, there will be all sorts of people traipsing through here, and I don’t … Continue reading

Spring in the Middle of Winter: Planning and Planting a Vegetable Garden

Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. ~Stanley Crawford The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer.  I should say winter had given the … Continue reading

Faking Good Breeding: The Quagmire of Flowers

Your choice of flowers is like your choice of stationery – a fingerprint, a signature; it should remind people immediately of you before they open the card. Likewise, the flowers you use in entertaining in your own home should also be given careful attention. I’ve outlined all these in categories below: Developing a Relationship with … Continue reading

Making Your Closet into a Fashion Plate for $50, $100, $250

clos·et  (klzt, klôzt) n. A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing. First thing’s first: without your clothes, your closet loses its purpose. The clothes always come before the apparatus, and the best and easiest way to take care of your clothes is two fold:

Water, Water, Everywhere

So this morning, I have packed Jack off to work. I am sitting on the couch, minding my own business, trying to read my BBC news in peace, when I hear distinctly Niagara Falls-like sounds from the guest bath downstairs. And I don’t mean like, that sound of water when you’ve left the faucet in … Continue reading

A Room of One’s Own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; it is necessary to have five hundred a year and a room with a lock on the door if you are to write fiction or poetry…That five hundred a year stands for the power to contemplate, that lock … Continue reading


So I read the following passage today at a friend-of-a-friend’s blog: Sometimes I am so excited to marry him that I can barely contain it. Every day it seems my love for him grows – as I learn more about him; as I learn more about myself. Sometimes I wonder who I was outside the … Continue reading