• how to know it’s october.

    In oatmeal, cinnamon. On tablecloths, beeswax. In the crisper, apples. On stoops, pumpkins. In doorways, spiders. At bodegas, mums. On minds, costumes. Underfoot, leaves. Against fence posts, cornstalks. Near trash cans, honeybees. In pockets,…

    October 1, 2018 14 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. these chocolate chip cookies. {and feeling well enough to eat them.} 2. these clean sheets. {sometimes you just really need a mid-week sheet change.} 3. this…

    September 28, 2018 8 Comments
  • make your own: ginger tea.

    It’s a good day for taking extra special care of yourself. Recovery from a stomach bug notwithstanding, there are lots of reasons to feel more than a bit queasy today. Ginger to the rescue.…

    September 27, 2018 12 Comments
  • sharp knives, fresh bread, and (good) timing.

    The notes of the grinding truck bell rang through our open windows just as I’d taken my first bite of peanut-buttery toast. Clang, clang, clang. Clang, Clang. I left my breakfast behind, sloshed my…

    September 24, 2018 13 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this bowl of grapes.  {for being on our table again, just like clockwork.} 2. these works in progress. {and a good way to put this lunch…

    September 21, 2018 11 Comments
  • waste not: veggie fried (leftover) rice.

    Waste Not is a collaboration with my friend, Carrie King. The premise is simple: Carrie, a food writer and editor, shares a recipe highlighting at least one particular way that we can curb food waste.…

    September 19, 2018 13 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #175: Look to what you have. This weekend I found myself mired in a new project. It’s one I’ve been wanting to work on for ages—putting collected scraps of fabric together into something…

    September 17, 2018 17 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week: 1. this chair cushion. {and one day, hopefully soon, when we can leave our highchair days behind us.} 2. this new dust pan. {found at this new…

    September 14, 2018 7 Comments
  • to do list.

    I’ve been given myself a breathing week. A take-a-step-back-from-the-desk week. A wander-the-farmers’-market week. A dive-into-the-archive-and-remind-yourself-what-you-love week. (A rest-your-aching-back-for-heaven’s-sake week.) It’s been something like an impromptu Reading My Tea Leaves staff retreat, except of course,…

    September 13, 2018 83 Comments
  • make-believe: rainy day.

    On a very rainy day, a make-believe version of the same with something for outside and something for inside: Outside: A coverall for splashing. A pair of boots for most any kind of weather. A…

    September 10, 2018 16 Comments