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Quick tip:

If you live in a super old house and you want to add insulation to the attic, know that there will be coal soot.


There’s a thin layer of coal soot coating everything upstairs (and a thicker layer on the floor). I will be wiping and mopping for the rest of my life.

At least I’ll be well insulated.



One of the things we discovered AFTER we moved in (and you’d think the inspector would have mentioned it), is that there is precious little insulation in the attic. And none on the walls around the cubby space in the attic.

That’s getting fixed today. They are also installing gable fans that turn on when it gets super hot up there. We’ll be a little more energy efficient -and cooler- by tomorrow.


Nap Time

Doll beds are the best beds.

William Henry loves all things pink and little girl. He has napped in all of Ellie’s pinkest and foofiest things since we’ve had pink and foofy things for her.


Yard Work

I’ll make up missing last week by posting each and every day this week. Because that’s totally the same.

Yesterday, we had all of the GIANT boxwood and holly removed from around the house. These plants had to be 60 years old – they were overtaking the house.


Washington liked watching. I think he wanted to drive the excavator.

Happy Labor Day! Here’s a little Labor Day history. Here’s a little more from The Washington Post – the first parade was in Manhattan in 1882 – with 10-20 thousand marchers (crowds are tough to count with all the moving around). Hi5s to American Workers of all shapes, sizes, colors, union affiliations (or not), and immigration statuses. Thank you for keeping this country always moving toward.

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I blew it.

Aw man. After 8 months of once a week posts I forgot last week.

I don’t know what happened. It’s not that I never thought about it, I just forgot.

Boo, me.

Here’s a rabbit head.

For a returning customer.


Our new town experienced 95% totality in today’s solar eclipse. We moseyed down to the park to watch it with the rest of town. Sadly, all the commemorative t-shirts were sold out long before we got there. They had planned a light show (the park’s fountain dances and lights up – they do a show each night), but it didn’t really get dark enough. Even when 95% of the sun is covered up, it’s still pretty bright.

Special edition eclipse donuts from Krispy Kreme for breakfast.

My favorite thing is how all the leaves act as pinhole viewers. Hi, little sun slivers!

Here is the colander making lots of eclipse images.

Our solar glasses came from the local Astronomy Club. That’s our Pringles can viewer to the right.

When we got back, the leaves were still making eclipse images on the kitchen floor.