Little Man goes to school: Dear World…

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It's a big day in our family. Little Man starts school!   Although he's spent half-days at preschool a few days each week, today begins "the real deal." Today is the first day of the K-12 Experience—the one that brings a new lunch box, new clothes, new school supplies.  New friends, new teachers, new influences.  New subjects and new choices to discuss 'round the family dinner table. That multi-year experience that foresees smiles and laughter, disappointments and challenges, and character-building opportunities.   Plenty of character-building opportunities.   If you're feeling a little teary-eyed about now, you probably know a little one heading off to school this year, too...   Wasn't it "just yesterday" I ... Keep Reading...

It’s time to start thinking about holiday linens

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I just can't help myself.   When these images start dancing before my eyes, my mind starts thinking about the holidays. Yes, I know it's 90+ degrees here in Tennessee this week—and no, I don't really want to think about the holidays yet—but it's just the way I'm wired.     And thinking about the holidays makes me think about holiday linens.   Apparently I'm not alone. Last week there was a run on Restoration Linen Cleaner in my Etsy shop. Some of you must be taking advantage of these final weeks of sunshine! The rest of you needn't worry...  My shop is restocked and ready for you!   Here at My Place, the holiday linens are already laundered, but all of the Restoration sales reminded me ... Keep Reading...

Living with pink…

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I can't remember the last time I joined the party at Pink Saturday, so I decided not to miss another chance to share with you a few of the pinks that have been in my world lately. I'd love to see yours, too!   It's hard to believe almost two weeks have passed since I was here. I've reeeaally wanted to be, but Life kept happening... so I let myself go with the flow. I'm learning it's much easier that way.   So what's been going on at My Place? Here's a peek...   Writing design guidelines for our local too-long-neglected historic district ... and explaining them at a public forum The old downtown district is where Renaissance Man's office ended up after its cross-country move. We've seen a few improvements in ... Keep Reading...