All Squared Up

All Squared Up All Squared Up began as a way to generate interest in my quilt making, but has morphed into a general blog about life in Sacramento, vegan cooking, our silly mutt Molly, our fabulous neighbors, gardening in this great weather and day-to-day Sac life.

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Joy Sparkage

Joy Sparkage

IF we didn't have such a variety of stuff, and IF we lived in an apartment, and IF I had a huge chunk of time on my hands and IF I could just stop everything, I would love to clear out the clutter just as suggested in Marie Kondo's brilliant book. Her ...

Tidying up – it’s changing my life

Tidying up – it’s changing my life

Recently I heard from a friend about a book that she said completely changed the way she viewed her stuff. She went through her whole house and got rid of everything that didn't "spark joy." I do that all the time, I thought. I'm always getting rid of ...

A cabaña, but not mañana

A cabaña, but not mañana

The first rule of home ownership should be "First, do no harm." The original owner of our house never learned the rule, and his decisions are just a joy to discover. One brilliant thing he did was build a pool house that was lower than the pool. When it rained, the pool house pooled,...

Rub a dub dub, I made soap in a tub

Rub a dub dub, I made soap in a tub

I have very talented and resourceful friends who make gorgeous soap. Or is it more proper to say they make soaps? Cucumber, lemon, lavender, rose - these bars look good enough to eat. And they're almost too pretty to use, but I do. As much as I enjoy t...

One drop…two drops…three drops…more

One drop…two drops…three drops…more

What does a person who loves rain do during a drought? She waits. What does a person who loves rain but hates to wait do during a drought? She complains. A lot.This dry spell has been super hard on me. It seems like it has rained all of four times...

The Five Steps of Dog Vomit Mold Rehabilitation

The Five Steps of Dog Vomit Mold Rehabilitation

Just the other day I said to my husband, "Hey, we haven't had any dog vomit mold in the yard this spring." (These are the kind of statements that keep a marriage strong and vibrant, it's in all the manuals.) And then it rained. Not enough to help out t...

Three Quilts, Three Days

Three Quilts, Three Days

The mailing tape dispenser was working overtime last week. In three days I got orders for three quilts. It was in the middle of Allergy Season Central around here. Since for me that means about a 20% decrease in functioning brain cells, it was a nice d...

I don’t pull any punches

I don’t pull any punches

There was just enough time for me to swing by the Goodwill drop-off right around the corner from our house, and then race drive to make my meeting at 9:30. There is such a great feeling of dropping off junk gently-used items for others to enjoy. It's a...

Garden Grumblings

Garden Grumblings

This spring is way too dry and much too warm, but it is glorious. Things are blooming early and abundantly, and me trying to stick my head in our clay soil is not going to make it change. It's time to get out there and get some watering done (as pathet...

February is brought to you by the color yellow

February is brought to you by the color yellow

When my friend Myra gave me a big box of iris rhizomes from her Great Grandma Rosie, I had every intension of planting them right away. But we were busy painting the house yellow, so I put them aside. Then we got busy painting the inside of the house a...

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