A Houseplant is Dying

2016-09-02 A Houseplant is Dying

After we lost Nelle, I was sent a beautiful plant as a gift.

It was from work.  My boss actually asked me if I wanted flowers or something else, and I suggested a plant.  Something that would keep living.  I really have a hard time keeping plants alive, but I was determined to take care of this one.  I carefully watered it. Continue reading

What The Desk Thinks

2016-08-19 What The Desk Thinks

I am a black desk. Sturdy. In an office with an unfortunate shade of yellow walls.

I knew the plan. The office was going to be turned into a nursery. There was talk that the walls were going to be repainted, maybe with a coral and teal theme. A baby dresser moved into the room, and I knew it would not be long before I was relocated. Continue reading

Advice to Myself

2016-06-16 Advice to Myself

Pursue the authentic-decide first
what is authentic,
then go after it with all your heart.
Your heart, that place
you don’t even think of cleaning out.
-from ‘Advice to Myself’ by Louise Erdrich

My month-long self-imposed spending hiatus has not been going well.  Instead of buying for myself, I started buying for the house.  Little things that had bothered me for a long time suddenly seemed intolerable.  I cleaned out Ger’s entire closet and rid him of decade-old shirts and pants, and then went to the outlet mall to outfit him with a new wardrobe – something we had been discussing in passing for year, but never got around to.  I had an appliance repair man come out and fix the burner on our stove that has not been working for over a year.  I turned an old sandbox in the backyard into a garden bed. Continue reading