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the home tome

Home-n-humor from Nyack, NY. Owning a home is terrifying and exhilarating: best to laugh to keep from crying.

gnome news

Here is what Rob said when he spotted this billboard in the city last weekend. (He saw it first.) “Uh oh.” He knew that he’d have to pull over (he did) and that I’d want to take several photos (I did) and that there would be quite a bit of […]

props to the palisades parkway

It wasn’t until living in Nyack that I had the pleasure of driving on the Palisades Parkway. This 38 mile stretch leads north from the George Washington Bridge in NYC, through part of New Jersey, and back into New York through Rockland and Orange Counties, up to the Bear Mountain […]

Lamp Day by Matthew Zapruder

Our friend Michael recently organized a poetry night here in Nyack. About 25 of us (or more?) got together and ate delicious soups, made by Michael from the Staff Meals from Chanterelle cookbook. Then, we all shared a poem that we love. I appreciate when Michael hosts these events because […]

icing on the earthcake

Icing on the earthcake! Icing on the earthcake! Finally, there is icing on the earthcake! Translation: it snowed here in Nyack this weekend. My husband Rob coined this term last winter. After all, doesn’t snow look a lot like icing? (That donut above used to be our fire pit.) This […]

spam: not just canned ham

One of the great things about blogging is getting clever, pithy, informative, and generally supportive comments from kind readers. On the other hand, one of the weird things about blogging is getting spam, in other words, fake comments generated by…well, I don’t know exactly who generates spam – I think […]

faux flowers and…feathers

I was at that craft super-store, Michael’s, the other day (returning some materials from a holiday project that didn’t quite work out) when I got drawn in by the fake flower department. I have never taken the time to stroll through these aisles – that stuff is crazy! I couldn’t […]

carrot soup, with a warning

I made my favorite carrot soup today and I’m dying to share this recipe. But first, I feel compelled to issue a warning backed up by a real-life anecdote. IF YOU EAT A LOT OF CARROTS, YOUR SKIN COULD TURN ORANGE. It’s an actual condition called Carotenemia, usually affects your […]

the problem with relaxation

Wow, I have just come off some serious R&R&R&R. (Rest, Relaxation, Recuperation, and Ridiculous amounts of food.) And while it has been one of the more wonderful experiences of my life, and I highly recommend it, taking a break from your usually-busy life does come at a price. For example: […]

ready for christmas

Of course Christmas is an excellent time to celebrate the bigger aspects of life: family, friends, and everyone’s safety and good health. But there’s something to be said for all the details, too. We actually got ahead of the curve this year by decorating our house and trimming our tree […]

grandma’s scottish shortbread

Every year, as Christmas nears, I intend to whip up a few batches of my grandmother’s traditional Scottish shortbread. And every year, it’s the same story: time slips through my hands, I get a little too wrapped up in other holiday festivities, Christmas is suddenly about 10 minutes away, and […]

holiday chandelier

I hate to brag, but I think we have the coolest outdoor holiday chandelier on our block. (Note: there are no other outdoor holiday chandeliers on our block.) It is an Original Piece of Abstract Outdoor Holiday Ornamentation created by Elf Rob from wire, LED lights, and Christmas ornaments. It […]

loopy for lulu’s

How do you know if you have an addiction? At what point is a “pattern” considered an “obsession”? Does the fact that Rob and I have been going to breakfast at nearby Lulu’s Cafe every Sunday at 9:03 AM as if its church mean we have a problem? And if […]

stuffed 1.0

Turns out preparing a Thanksgiving feast isn’t rocket science. In fact, now that we’ve attempted our first one, I’m pretty sure that it’s more complex and labor intensive than rocket science. Fortunately, we had the good sense to call in a lot of help… For example, that gorgeous Pumpkin Pie […]

fall foliage blues

It would be nice if I could resist the temptation to quote the Mama’s and Papas right now, but that’s just not a possibility because “all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.”  The best word to describe the view from our windows now is Bleak with a […]