That’s entertainment: Planning a dinner party

Hey Randi.

Here is the first post of the first series of “Messes.”

Sometimes I’ll visit someone’s house and they do something really well (they have the perfect lighting in the living room, or there’s a candle burning in the bathroom, for example) — or, more often, I’ll do something not-so-well when someone is visiting me (how many times do I have to remind myself to put a hand towel in the bathroom??). I’ll make a little note in my head about what works, and what doesn’t work when hosting guests. It’s not like I’ll pull this list out every time I have people over, but I want these things to become second nature, so that I’m not following the rules of being a good host … I just am a good host.

Phew. Does that make sense? Continue reading “That’s entertainment: Planning a dinner party”

Sister-in-law afghan: III


It’s finished!

And it’s lovely! Thick and soft and fluffy. I am satisfied.

It’s actually been finished for a while, but I just go around to snapping a photo of it.

Boooooy, did that attached icord give me trouble. I watched and re-watched this tutorial and this video, certain that they were missing a crucial step in the process. But I finally figured it out, and the rest was a breeze. Continue reading “Sister-in-law afghan: III”

Indoor diversions: Play dough


Do you remember mom’s homemade play dough? Always green and mint-scented. Always. For some reason I associate this with St. Patrick’s Day. Ring any bells?

I made the first batch of my own a couple of months ago and it had MM occupied for an entire hour while I actually got things done. It was magic, so I made more (a few different colors, no mint extract) and its facilitated plenty of quiet, creative play when we’ve been stuck in the house. Just this morning MM said she was making  play dough”coooookies.” Continue reading “Indoor diversions: Play dough”