What We Hold Dear


Look, there is nothing great about moving during a heat wave in Phoenix. Nothing. The silver lining on this one is sweaty — a damp, humid, hot and quickly cranky perspective. There is nothing like working outside in 110-plus weather to make me want to cry. In a pool. With something frozen to drink in my hand.

At one point, I drove to Costco just to stand in the produce freezer. Seriously. I stood there among the two-pound plastic clam shells full of blueberries and spinach, soaking in the cool until the goosebumps on my arms rivaled cherry tomatoes. My teeth chattered. I skipped back to my car.

But here is the thing: precisely no one thinks I deserve a pity party for deciding to move in June in the desert. So, grab a cool drink, slap on some SPF 45 and rest in the shade — I’m am delivering the bit of good I’ve gathered from the last week.


1. Organizing. This is every organized person’s delight. I spent three hours on Sunday consolidating spices and singing along while I worked. (There were no blue birds singing along, but their joy was present.) Also, I made a gardening chart for the new owners of my Tempe home. They are gardeners, and I wanted to emphasize a few critical points: NO MIRACLE GROW. And, PLEASE WATER.

2. Minimizing. My realtor mentioned she was happy there wasn’t much clutter when listing the Tempe home. And while I’d love fall over patting myself on the back, there was still so, so much to give away to Goodwill. Do you read this minimalist blog? I am enjoying it, and learning to live with far less.


3. Prioritizing. There are items I own that I love, and I can’t precisely explain why. Milk glass, for example, holds a kitschy, country chic spot in my heart. And there are those items that I simply will not do without. My mom’s quilts are at the top of that list. I am loving matching linens to beds with freshly laundered quilts in this new home. (Everything is remarkably more colorful.)


4. And of course — love! Why else would you move in June? Love, man! Lots and lots of love. But that is another post entirely.

Back to the unpacking. The “we’ve moved” cards have been ordered. If we regularly exchange letters, you’ll likely see one in your mailbox mid-July.

Hope you are well, friends!






10 Replies to “What We Hold Dear”

  1. We moved in the middle of an Australian summer (Feb 20 to be precise) — TWICE within three years! Idiots. The first time was out of a house where we’d lived for 16 years. We filled a dumpster with ‘stuff’ and sent an awful lot to charity organisations, but still we filled a large removal truck with our stuff AND had to rent a storage unit too. The next time was three years later. More purging, though not so much as the first time. This time we got rid of bigger things, like old mismatched wardrobes as the new house has built-in robes and a walk-in robe for the main bedroom. All sorting and packing was done over Dec, Jan and Feb — the hottest months of an Australian summer. If I move again, I’ll aim for June!

  2. So excited for you! May many cool glasses of lemonade be in your future. And a new garden?

  3. My kid and I worked on cleaning the garage for 30 minutes this past weekend, and it felt like HOURS. I was soaked, so I can’t imagine the drama of a whole move in that heat. Yikers!
    Still, on to exciting new adventures! Can’t wait to hear all about them. 🙂

  4. So so happy for you and WNM! I’m excited to do some nesting of my own as soon as we can secure this dang house! Fingers crossed we’ll know this week.

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