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09 Apr, 2017

A “no trespassing” message from Piper

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Misc. life

Now that the snow is finally receding our gardens are once again revealing themselves. Mind you, everything is still frozen, but you can spot some green here and there amid all the brown. A couple of summers ago I buried a few locally grown strawberries in a small patch of garden that gets some afternoon […]

22 Mar, 2017

I might be a little crazy about our bed linens

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

I bought a new cotton sheet set. I’ve been waiting to buy something for over a year because of our Shopping Embargo and the pledge we made not to buy anything deemed non-essential. As far as I was concerned, as long as our old sheets still had life in them, new sheets were not a […]

17 Mar, 2017

The joy of throwing stuff out… gradually.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Did anyone else out there buy a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? I did, annnnnnd I never read it. In fact, it’s sitting in a pile of books by my bed, just staring at me. I get that it’s a best-seller but I just can’t […]


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