Category Archives: Spirit

Friday Things: The Eclectic vs. Purist Edition

House Plans - Jim Jennings

It’s been a while since I shared any remodeling news.  That’s because most of the interior work we wanted to do on the new house is done and we’ve been enjoying a respite from projects beyond the ongoing purging and organization of stuff.  But an early spring is upon us and a wedding party is [...]

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Friday Things: The Valentine’s Day 2015 Edition

Valentine's Day Cookies 2015

Happy Friday the 13th/Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend everyone!  Wow, that’s quite the mashup.  Not sure what image would really capture that — chocolate covered scorpions wielding teeny-tiny American flags? I’ll stick with sparkly sugar cookie hearts and share some other sweet things to savor when you get a moment. The romance of a pink sofa. [...]

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Friday Things: The Pink Bathrobe Edition

Lady in a pink robe - San Francisco, CA 2.5.15

Achew! Pardon me while I reach for another box of tissues.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had the kind of cold that keeps me up all night and napping through the day, but this week a doozy of a virus reminded me why it’s decongestants and not diamonds that are a girl’s best friend. I [...]

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Friday Things: The Shrinking Newspaper Edition

HI signs from the Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Feeling redundant this week after being told that the Home & Garden section for the Bay Area News Group is going away.  I suppose it was inevitable. Anyone reading (or writing for) newspapers has seen design coverage diminish drastically over the years so I won’t bore you with sad talk about How it Used to [...]

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Friday Things: Saying Goodbye to Old Cars

Early this morning we said farewell to a member of the family fleet.  We bought this used Audi A6 when Claire was in high school.  She wanted something cooler to drive than the family mini-van or M.J.’s dented Camry. But fourteen years later (and probably close to 150,000 miles–the odometer broke some time ago) the [...]

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Friday Things: Wordplay

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Like many this time of year, I’ve been indulging in some personal wordplay.  I’ve forgone New Year’s resolutions and instead chosen a single word to focus my intentions for the year.   Last year, knowing that a move was in store, I chose Brave as my guiding word. Finding, buying and remodeling a new house [...]

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Tidying Up

Over the holidays I discovered that I am was a sock torturer.  M.J. broke the news to me in bed by reading aloud from a book I’d given him for Christmas called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  by  “tidying consultant” Marie Kondo. “This lady says to ‘never, ever [...]

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My Favorite Things in 2014

This was a busier than usual holiday season with all the kids and spouses (and a new fiance!) home.  So I’m just now taking a few moments to ponder some favorite things from 2014.  Perhaps you too are finding this Friday more about retrospection than resolutions.  If so, you might also be thinking about some [...]

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So Long 2014!

San Francisco Bay - New Year's Eve 2014

It’s a cold, blustery New Year’s Eve here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The forecast says we’ll hover around freezing, but I suspect it’s a little colder than that up here in the Oakland Hills. When M.J. was washing the car this morning for our big kids to take to Palm Desert a thin [...]

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Travel Gift Ideas

Love this "fly away" feather wrap from Paper Source

Every year for Christmas my eight siblings and their spouses draw names for gift giving around a particular theme.  Some years the themes have been practical – “emergency supplies” or “favorite cooking tools,” for example. Other years we’ve shopped for entertainment items like an Oscar-winning movie from the year the recipient graduated from high school–which [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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    • Starting another month of photo challenges with @susannahconway. Today's prompt is My Morning View.  After several years reading scriptures on my Kindle I've returned to my old paper edition (unearthed in the move.) Love the tactile and visual elements this brings to my morning ritual. #aprillove2015 #Easter