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Attack of the Zuccini

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Attack of the Zuccini

My worst (gardening) fears have come true. Our house is about to be eaten by a giant zucchini plant. It started back in April. “What are you planting,” I asked Katy suspiciously as she tucked her little seedlings into their soil cups. “Cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, and *cue ominous drumbeat* zucchini.” Naively, she wondered if she could make them grow. It was like she hadn’t been at the numerous social occasions we attended where some pale faced gardener walked in (to a non-vegetable event) holding an armload of zucchini like it was firewood and asking if anyone wanted some. “There’s...

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The Small Joys

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The Small Joys

“He’s physically and mentally exhausted, and he really needs a haircut.” My mom was talking about her standard poodle, Jake, who I’m relating to a lot these days. He just got back from dog care, where he’s been for a couple weeks, and his energy levels suggest he aged about 10 years. The last week has felt like a usual week in 2020. We got a flat tire with all three kids in the car on a hot day. I found out one of my friends might have to get their finger amputated after a small gardening cut got infected....

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EEG

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EEG

I don’t know if it’s possible to be brave when you’re 9 months old, but it certainly feels that way. At Emma’s December Doctor’s appointment, we asked about a little head nod she kept doing, which we first noticed in a video of her saying, “Da Da.” Our doctor said it was probably nothing, but after consulting with another doctor, wanted us to have it checked out right away, just a few days before Christmas. They were concerned she was having seizures. After driving through a snowstorm for a consultation with a neurologist, we scheduled an EEG for the day...

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Completion!

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Completion!

Our woods project is done! I’ve been working on this for months in 30-45 minute installments with the girls while Katy was making lotion. 20 bags of garbage, scrap metal, rugs, rusty camping gear, and a discarded porch hauled out and three trees saved from invasive vines, but the real question was what to do with the big pieces of slate, granite, and hundreds of bricks we found all over our hill. From the beginning, we wanted it to be a “re-arrangement” with nothing new brought in (albeit $5 of landscape fabric), and for it to have a Rivendell feel...

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Confessions I

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Confessions I

It was sometime around midnight. “I can’t sleep,” I said. “Maybe you should stop talking about Tupperware,” Katy mused. It was true. Sometimes Spring cleaning got out of hand and this year was worse than normal. Owning a business gave us control over our time, which magnified quirks other careers would have left unnoticed. This year I learned I was a hyper-organizer. Lying awake intensely focused on Tupperware was the climax of two months of purging, streamlining, and brainstorming ways to store things. I had emptied closets, cleaned out bookshelves, repaired old furniture, added a few hundred square feet of...

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