Gwen Rockwood

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Renovation project to be continued

Subscriber onlyTom and I have a problem. Summer television is mostly reruns, so lately we've been binge-watching episodes of Fixer Upper, Property Brothers and Love It or List It on HGTV. Continue reading...

Knit 1, pearl 2, slow down

Search for stillness doesn’t mean new hobby

Subscriber onlyThis will sound weird, but lately I find myself fantasizing about learning to knit. Even though I'm not a "crafty" person, I can't get this image out of my head -- me sitting serenely on the sofa, yarn in hand, needles at the ready, just knitting. Continue reading...

Indoorsy and proud of it; writer embraces great indoors

Subscriber onlyAmerican culture likes people who are "outdoorsy." Society sees it as a healthy, wholesome way to live. Outdoorsy people are generally considered to be adventurous, energetic and down-to-Earth. Continue reading...

Things work out

Saving single socks for return of match

Subscriber onlyIn our laundry room, we have a small bin for "lost socks." The irony here is that the socks in the bin aren't lost at all. We know exactly where they are. It's their twins that are missing, wandering around out there in the domestic black hole where I assume all lost things go, if for no other reason than to torture us. Continue reading...

Netflix zombie attack

Late-night watcher admits to problem

Subscriber onlyIt's not culturally sophisticated to admit it, but I love TV -- always have. I loved it ever since I was a kid and Fred Flintstone heard the whistle blow at 5 o'clock and slid down the back of his dinosaur bulldozer. Continue reading...

Chick flick genetics: Daughter enherits sentimental gene

Subscriber onlyChick flick genetics Continue reading...

Lights, camera, life -- Facebook fodder

Special moments now Facebook fodder

Subscriber onlyRemember that time you went to your high school prom and there were exotic birds, paid performers twirling fire torches and a caged live tiger at the center of the dance floor? Continue reading...

Ode to icemaker

Appliance kaput

Subscriber onlyDear Ice Maker, Continue reading...

Rinse and repeat: Here comes the sun

Subscriber onlyBurnout. It's not just for middle-aged workaholics anymore. Sometimes even teenagers get it. Continue reading...

Un-bee-lievable: Middle-aged queen gets unusual visit

Subscriber onlyLast Saturday, we saw something we've never seen before. A large, black cloud of swarming bees appeared in our backyard, hovering over the deck like a chaotic storm. We spotted it from the kitchen window and watched as they clustered on a wood railing. Continue reading...

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