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Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn and Back to School

Leaf Walk

Crisp fall days are the perfect time to get out with the family for a "leaf hunt." Whether you opt for a hike in a nearby woods, a stroll around the block, or just some time in your own backyard, gather up some of nature's bounty to use for these fun, fall activities. A Nebraska mom said, "Once we were out, the boys (9 and 11) didn't want it to end. It was a great time to talk about 'things' and to enjoy the crisp weather and leaves underfoot. We took turns describing the sound of the leaves underfoot. Potato-chip crunch and cellophane were two."

This week's tips: Moving closer to fall
When it's time to say 'no' to after-school activities
It's as 'real world' as it gets

From Our Archives

Take a Family "Mental Health" Day

I still remember my surprise and delight. "We're going where?"

My mother laughed, "We're going to Burns for Dinner. The Pineroom."

Now, this statement would not have been so surprising had Burns, Oregon not been about 125 miles away. The food was delicious and the drive was lovely. But the most precious memory was the way my parents surprised me with unexpected time spent together.

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Summer scavenger hunts