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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Made for Walking

I’ve been thinking about buying some new boots this season.

The classic LLBean duck boot comes to mind first.  Oh, I know it’s not fashion forward, and I have no plans to go duck hunting.  It’s just that I owned a pair for forever—all through college and young adult life, and then when I moved to Florida I got rid of them.  Mistake.  I would seriously only need footwear like this half a dozen times a year, so I guess it’s nostalgia that makes me crave a pair.  I tell myself that I would wear them to walk the dog through the woods.  And to pick out the Christmas tree.  After all, I have the khakis, the ragg socks, the Norweigan sweater, the plaid Pendleton scarf, and the field coat, for heaven’s sake!

I also already have a pair of riding boots, but they’re a bit low on the calf, and they are starting to bag around my ankles.  These beauts are from Ralph Lauren, and I think they’re awfully handsome.  Of course, they’re available in black, too, which makes for a difficult choice. 

ralph lauren riding boot

What about over-the-knee boots and booties? Um, no, that’s not really my style, but these Tony Lama boots for gals?   Well, Howdy Pard’ner.   

Aw, shucks.  Y’all know I’m not springing for these, but a gal can dream. 

I suppose I’m dealing with a midlife boot crisis.

As it turns out, however, I do get to buy some new boots.  Rather, a new boot, as in one, single boot.  Total up the dreamy pairs above, but write the check for one of these state-of-the-art pneumatic walking boots, and a complimentary fitting, of course.


Yes, Middle broke his foot, practicing lacrosse.  Not to worry, though, because as the Doc said, “He’s going to heal just fine.  His growth plates haven’t even begun to close.” Pause.

Doc:  “What size shoe do you wear, young man?”

Middle: “Um, fourteen.”

Doc: “And, you’re 15?”

Middle: “Yessir.”

Doc (to me): “Wow.  Gonna need a lot of groceries, Mom.”

Me: “Right. Thanks.”

So.  Maybe I will buy some new boots

—you know, just for kicks.


  1. Oh no! Poor Middle. I do hope his foot heals quickly!

    Okay, I'm a bad influence and feel free to ignore this advice...but I think you should get the duck boots (I love mine. They're great for all kinds of nasty weather!) AND the Ralph Lauren boots...haha. I know. I'm terrible. Not sure which color you'd prefer in the RL boot. Depends on what you think you would get more use out of. The brown is lovely.

    Again, heal fast Middle!


  2. I think you deserve some new boots now! I have been on the hunt for the new Sperry duck shoes!

  3. I am glad to hear that your son's injury is not too serious, hope he is on the mend!
    I love your picks, all three are classics to keep in your wardrobe for years but I have a very special preppie place in my heart for the good ole duck boot! You have to let us know which one you pick!

  4. I love the idea of a midlife boot crisis:).

  5. What happened to Middle? Please let us know.

    I think I would like those cowboy boots. Why? Absolutely no idea as I don't see myself rusting up any cattle any tie soon!

  6. Bless his poor heart (or maybe his poor foot). I have one of those "beautiful" boots in my attic ~ wish I could have sent it your way then you could have bought yourself several pairs of cute boots!! Hope his healing is fast and easy!

  7. Thanks everyone for your kind wishes for Middle. He's had little pain, which is why we didn't think anything was broken. When the doctor told us that his injury was "common to athletes," Middle lit up like a Christmas tree and was practically giddy on the ride home. Boys.

  8. Size fourteen !?! Goodness me, he's going to grow to an unfathomable height! Better get those boots asap, young lady...

  9. poor guy! so sorry to hear about his

    size 14 is portentous. my oldest wears
    size 13 1/2 and is 6'7"!

    your grocer is going to LOVE you!


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