DIY Oversize Woven Paper Baskets - Tree & Star Designs, with free printable template

Hello, December! Hello Friends! How are you? Ready to tackle the last month of the year?

We have a full weekend ahead of us. Today, mother-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law are flying into town. They are coming to see our kids in Scrooge. The last 3 performances are this weekend — tonight, and two shows tomorrow.  And we’re hosting a little hot cocoa bar at our house tomorrow between the matinee and the evening show. Which means today is errands and cleaning the house and making sure everything looks and feels festive. : )

We’re also planning to decorate the Christmas tree this weekend, which I’m very much looking forward to. How about you? What’s on your calendar?

I need to turn my attention to my house, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

I’m not ready for the redemption of men. (NYT)

– Replacing some of your tech this month? I just heard about Decluttr. It’s a buy-back site for your old unwanted smartphones and tech. Maybe a good way to get some extra cash this month.

– Whoa. For real? Just 15 of the biggest ships emit more oxides of nitrogen and sulphur than all of the world’s cars put together.

Ok Go’s new video.

– Females inmates pitch a plan to rehab empty houses. “Women in prison aren’t thought of as public policy experts. But who knows more than they do about key issues like domestic violence, inner-city ‘food deserts,’ & what it takes for a mother to survive with her children on the streets of Indianapolis after she is released?” Thanks for the link, Mom.

Tiny treehouses in houseplants.

DIY woven paper baskets.

– Domestic work is done overwhelmingly by women of color and immigrants, we need to remember them as the #metoo floodgates open.

A library of sketchbooks.

Where lives are auctioned for $400.

– Another gift idea: a simple way to give stock. Cool for teens or tweens (and adults!)

– This is an old article about diamonds, but it crossed my path again this week and it’s still fascinating.

– Does your family have a favorite lullaby?

What self-care really means.

I hope you have a marvelous weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


P.S. — Oscar woke up with a cough today. We’re concerned about how to help him (and his voice) feel good through the weekend while he finishes up his role as Tiny Tim. If you’re a theater person or a voice person and have any advice, I’m all ears.