smooth shelves

Quick post!

I wanted to tell you something I’m very excited about.

I found a guy on Etsy who custom makes these really beautiful shelves. He used repurposed wood and treats them with the worn-but-solid look. Well loved.

The best part is the edges. I hate too many sharp edges in design. I know there was the whole “modern” design fad, and I’ve been in many homes that are fully decked out with right angles and wirey lamps and hard plastic chairs that look like science experiments. That’s just not my style.

So the edges of these shelves are soft and textured. They taper and curve as if water has been shaping them for years.

I can’t wait to show you pictures of them once they’re mounted on my walls and stacked with beautiful books. As of now, there are piles of books all over the house, and I can’t wait for those surfaces to be free and clear again.

Anyone out there a carpenter? That’s one skill I would love to learn someday. It would be great to have a picture in your head of a shelf or table, find a nice piece of wood, cut, it sand it, laquer it and do it all exactly as you desire. It really is one of the basic human needs, isn’t it?

Perhaps in retirement I will get a woodworking studio.

Or maybe I’ll sign up for a class today.


army brat presents for inspection


  1. (slang) A son or daughter (at any age) of an active military service army brat(pejorative slang)
      A child; especially, one who is regarded as mischievous, unruly, spoiled, or selfish.
  2. (obsolete) A rough cloak or ragged garment
  3. (obsolete, Britain, Scotland, dialect) A coarse kind of apron for keeping the clothes clean; a bib.

I don’t like the connotation most people have for the word “brat.” It was strange to grow up with that label, because I am a generous, sensitive person and always have been. Alas, “brat” is what I was called because I was in a military family and had the privilege to live all over the world meeting fascinating people and getting a great education.

I like that one of the definitions of brat is an “apron for keeping the clothes clean.” I like to think I contribute to a clean and happy world.

What is Home

Home is my abracadabra. My white whale. My golden snitch.

This site is about what it means to MAKE HOME in a changing world.

Now that I am an adult, people often come to me for advice when setting up their homes. This is because I have had to do it so many times.

I would like to start this first post with a few pointers.

  1. Have a housewarming.
    1. Nothing like having people over to make you notice what needs cleaning and where a few comfy chairs would make a big difference.
  2. Get some houseplants.
    1. They keep the air fresh and give you a reason not to wander off without attending to your new home.
  3. Choose a few pieces of art to put on the walls.
    1. And do it soon. Once your favorite images are out for you to see, you’ll have happy memories.
  4. Diffuser
    1. An essential oil diffuser is a home’s best friend. It’s a great way to make the air clean, aromatic and set the mood.
  5. A well-stocked fridge.

My father is coming over for dinner now, so I’d best be off. Go fluff some pillow and smile!