Books, hearths, snow, and other happenings

Books, hearths, snow, and other happenings

I’ve been reading some awesome books lately, which is, I think, the loveliest way to snuggle up in the living room on a winter night with a new slate hearth and surround setting the stage for the blazing fire. I’ve always loved reading 18th- and...
Fall, sweet fall and other musings

Fall, sweet fall and other musings

People say fall is the prettiest on the east coast, but how could it be prettier than east Tennessee? Here’s the view out my dining room window this morning (as I sit here and struggle to make Derek’s laptop PC laptop do what I need it to do after months...
Strategy, soul, and Lutheran fiction

Strategy, soul, and Lutheran fiction

Yesterday the girls and I played Monopoly. The outcome of the game is pretty clear from the picture, but read on…. Jonathan was my business partner. I’ve been reading real estate books, all of which talk about the strategy of Monopoly, and I warned the...
Planning ahead

Planning ahead

I just ordered my 2014 wall calendar, that $32-priced piece of paper covered in plastic worth $3 at most that could probably be replicated for pennies and much cuter if I spent enough time on Pinterest. But I don’t, and I love to plan, so there it is. But why...
Thumbs down for East of Eden

Thumbs down for East of Eden

I finished East of Eden last night and–are you laughing and saying “I told you so” right now, dad?–it was seriously disappointing. I haven’t read the book in ten years, since we were actually living in California and I was probably...