A Winter Reading List

Winter Reading Ideas

Hello from the frozen tundra that is Kansas City. Our fireplace is getting a workout, I’m drinking at least one cup of hot chocolate a day, and I’m spending a lot of my spare time with my covers piled high and reading, reading, reading. Here are my winter-themed book suggestions. I’d love to hear yours. […]

4 things I learned about Creating a Life in 2014

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It’s a gift to have my family under one roof. I know these days will be fewer and fewer and, honestly, the almost empty nest has its advantages too, but for this year, Christmas 2014, all four of us have been under one roof for two full weeks, with two weeks still to go, and […]

The Happiest of Holidays to You

Piano and Christmas tree

Wishing you health, happiness, and all the peace of the season.

Christmas at Kansas City’s Union Station

Kansas City Union Station Christmas Tree

Grant took the train home from St. Louis for Thanksgiving and he said it was so neat to walk from the train and through Union Station all decorated for Christmas. Actually I’m sure he didn’t use the word neat. He probably used sweet or sick to describe it. If you have a teenage boy, you know what […]

On Nightstands

Nightstand closeup at Creating This Life

I’ve haven’t talked a lot about our bedroom on the blog. That’s because it’s a room in transition. My main goal has been to make it less matchy, starting with the bedroom set we bought 28+ years ago when we were still engaged. The bedroom set is a nice one; sturdy and well-built and in amazing […]

Weekend Links

Rome doorway at Christmas

Hello and happy Friday! I hope this end of the week finds you well. Every now and then I like to share some links that I’ve bookmarked in case you find them interesting or inspiring too. I’ll get to that in just a minute but first I wanted to take a look back at what […]

Greenery Around the House

Statue with greenery and pinecones

Yesterday I posted this picture of a bunch of evergreen branches on Instagram. I’d like to tell you that I went on a hike and found all these live greens along the way, but the truth is I stumbled across them at Home Depot while looking for an evergreen shrub. They were being sold in bunches, […]

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you reading in the US. I hope you’re enjoying this holiday week. My parents, sister, and brother-in-law are all in from Florida and we’re enjoying a lot of fun family times. In between I’m planning menus, running to the grocery store, and getting ready for the big day. I’m sure all of […]

Living Room Tweaks

Living room at CreatingThisLife.com

Until recently, our living room looked like this. And I liked it. I thought it was mostly finished. But then my mom gave me a beautiful leather sofa that was a much better fit for this room size-wise. I liked the darker color of the sofa in the room too; it seemed to ground it. So […]

English Marmalade Jar

Keiller Dundee Marmalade Jar

Most of my antique/vintage/secondhand shopping has been done at estate sales and antique shops. I like the houses I see, the people I meet, and the thrill of the hunt. But recently I began going online to pick up some things that I’m not likely to run across by going to an estate sale or two […]