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I’ve had a number of emails recently, as I’ve written here, at The Chatelaine’s Keys (Yes, I know the site is down – there was a billing mixup that required a fax to fix – we don’t have one at home and we got a foot and a half of snow on Friday, too much…

Chore Time

Note: I wrote this piece in 2009, when my boys were younger. By now they chop food for dinner, Isaiah can indeed use the hatchet and Simon and Isaiah have their own flocks of birds, and the sale of any eggs they raise. The general principles are still the same. We still don’t give allowances…

A Day in My Life Redux

This will be a quiet week – I’ve got my Dad making his annual visit, a talk, a short trip, and then a slew of guests arriving for the weekend for Simon’s 9th birthday party and Simon’s first Torah reading (he’s too young to read in the main synagogue, but he’ll be the youngest kid…

I have a vivid memory as a teenager of yelling at my Mother, “I didn’t ask for two mothers! I don’t need two mothers! I don’t even want *you* and you got me this other one who won’t leave me alone!” I was 14 and about as revolting as every other fourteen year old, or…

We’re Staying

We almost did it. We really did. We went so far as to get mortgage pre-approval, meet with a builder about the costs of repairing the barn and the house, and make an appointment to make a written offer. And we decided to stay here. There were several reasons for doing so. The first was…

Have I Completely Lost my Mind?

It might have been Serendipity – we happened to be driving by, just Eric and I on our brief solo trip. Or it might have been the survey ribbons that went up across the road a few weeks ago – the suggestion that our neighbors who have been building a 5000 square foot house with…

Giving Care

For someone in her mid-30s, I have a fairly large experience of being someone’s caregiver. In high school, ‘I began working in a nearby nursing home. I can’t remember quite what drove me to seek that work out – it was not the kind of work that most teenagers I knew did. I think what…

At my house today it was 82 and humid. It is hot, but there’s a breeze, and shade from the trees. The air is heavy and moist, but rich and green and earthy as well, and my house stays cool downstairs. In New York City today, the temperature was above 90, and I can still…

Nine years ago today we moved to our farm. We brought with us some boxes of stuff, some furniture, four cats, our then 15-month old son (Eli, now 10 and 5′ tall), Simon, packed conveniently in my pregnant belly, and my Mom (who went home after a day or two of helping us with the…

On (and In) Crawdad Creek

When we bought the property, the creek was frozen over, and from the property survey, we weren’t entirely certain that it would belong to us. We never realized that the pretty little body of water that passed along the north side of the house would become the center of four worlds. For the first few…