the home tome

what happens at home, stays at home… unless I write about it here

commemorative mushroom…commemo-shroom?

So my girls, Sara, Susan and Sandra, hosted a super-fun baby shower for me in the fall. It was a delightful affair complete with excellent food, adorable gifts and a … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 11 Comments

cold day, warm salad

A blizzard blew through, dumping about a foot of snow. Fortunately, our bookgroup was still going to meet – in fact, our gathering was fast approaching and we were all … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 10 Comments

magical mobile

In honor of upcoming Valentine’s Day, I would like to share how much I heart this mobile we hung in Ian’s nursery. Rob picked it out on etsy. It’s by … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 23 Comments

from the new new newness department

We are glad to welcome Ian Fletcher Strati as the newest addition here at the home tome headquarters.  He “started” December 28 at 3:02 AM and has been heading up … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 54 Comments

holly jollies

Let me start off this otherwise lighthearted holiday post by saying that I hope we can bring our baby boy (due Dec 26) up a country with less access to … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 25 Comments

why oh why did our christmas tree turn yellow?

It’s a tragedy. It’s a mystery. It’s a crying shame: Our artificial white Christmas tree turned an unfortunate shade of yellow. Of course, a white Christmas tree is meant to … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 38 Comments

candy corn salad and the chipless wonder

(image source here) Due to Superstorm Sandy, Halloween was weird this year: no costumes were worn here at the home tome (we weren’t in the mood to don the nifty … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 23 Comments

we’re getting a roommate!

Well, it’s a crazy thing to do, especially at this age, and especially after not having any for so long, but we are getting a roommate! We don’t know much … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 44 Comments

diy: gettin’ twiggy with it

Super Storm Sandy: Check. Power back on: Check (though it has flickered several times, in fact twice while I was trying to post this, and many in our area haven’t … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 21 Comments

diy: confessions of a napkin addict

I have amassed an embarrassing number of paper napkins. A whole mountain of them, all with a different theme: holiday napkins, striped ones, napkins featuring cartoonish slices of watermelon. My … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 24 Comments

saturday scandal

I don’t know who is more at fault here: YOU (whoever you are) for thinking that this little decorative pumpkin trifecta was yours for the tasting, or ME, for assuming … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 26 Comments

vintage: our almost-tulip dining room chairs

When does a person develop his or her design sensibility? I’m not exactly sure, but I think my own interest in mid-century modern stuff was born at a fairly young … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 23 Comments

memo: to the groundhog

To: Groundhog From: Jocelyn and Rob We have been observing you for quite some time now. We see you across the street on our neighbor’s lawn. We’ve also seen you … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 24 Comments

vintage: candle holder from hanova of pasadena

This funky candle holder was purchased by my mother somewhere in Wisconsin (probably in Madison) sometime in the early to mid-70’s. I remember it hanging on our back deck. Our … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 29 Comments

moon, meteorite or mushroom?

This Sunday, Rob and I had one of those days where we intended to get 50,000 house-related errands done and ended up staying home in our pajamas instead. Not that … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 19 Comments

apron ambivalence

When I got married, several people in my life very kindly gave me aprons. I got some floral aprons and aprons with polka dots. Some had frills and one was … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · 27 Comments

some thoughts on ironing

1. Nope. 2. No thank you. 3. Yes, I know that my mother is a master and could win the World Ironing Championships in the categories of Competence and Thoroughness. … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · 40 Comments

smoothies solve everything

I have always been a big fan of The Smoothie: I have purchased and concocted many of my own in my day. But the past few months have really been … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 16 Comments

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