Emotions aside, home is where your stuff fits
Carolyn Vibbert, Illustrator
Be careful what you wish for
It was never our first home—it was just home.
In my memory, the old cottage was massive.
piccalilli |'pika,lile’| noun (plural piccalillies or piccalillis) a relish of chopped vegetables, mustard and hot spices
People who spend a lot of time on a lake—whether year-round or every summer or for just one much-anticipated week every year—tend to feel possessive about it.
My husband calls them New Hampshire potatoes, the hundreds of rocks we pick from our garden every spring, heaved to the surface by winter’s churn of frost and thaw. We’ve been planting here for twenty-five years. My in-laws turned over…
Although I came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I have always thought of myself as a child of the Depression. My Depression-era mother schooled me in saving anything that could be used again and making do…
Last fall, a band of nimble men descended on our house. They ripped off crumbling shingles, tore up rotten plywood and installed a new metal roof, guaranteed for fifty years, considerably longer than I—at age sixty-five—expect to need it. Standing…
My last act of renovation—if it can be called that—will be to find a good steward for this house going forward.
As a forager from a long line of foragers, nothing pleases me more than finding wild berries. I will scale a small mountain for low-bush blueberries that ripen in high summer just short of the peak. Sometimes abandoned roads pass…
I used to be an herbicidal maniac. Woe betides any plant that found itself under the deadly-by-default care of my gangrene thumbs. Then, with the purchase of our home in 2013, my husband and I inherited a bountiful 50-foot-by-150-foot garden…
Last August as I was driving home, I got caught in a ferocious thunderstorm. The rain was falling so heavily, I could scarcely find a road I’ve taken for decades. The thunder was right overhead—it felt like you were inside…
At home in New Hampshire