Returning To My Roots

I’m going back home.

Ten months ago we packed up our things and left the city of Chicago behind. This past ten months has been a series of fits and starts, fits and starts. But we’ve finally landed. We are very much in suburbia, but we are still apartment dwelling. It will be a little while until we realize our dream of home ownership, and that’s okay.

So I tried my hand at a new phase of blogging here at, but I’m not quite there yet, so I’ll leave it be. Where I’m supposed to be is back where I was, at Apartment Farm. I fell into a common trap at here – I tried to reinvent what I was doing and then I just stopped. It takes a lot of work to reinvent something. And I’ve spent so much time worrying about “content” and taking amazing photos that blogging became this really stressful concept in my mind, so I stopped doing it. If I wasn’t going to do it perfectly, then I wasn’t going to do it at all.

As it turns out, I’m human. And I’ve been missing the point. I’ve got a good life – reliable job, nice apartment, enough money to make ends (mostly) meet, health insurance for the whole family and always, always enough food on the table. I’ve got an amazing husband and a wonderful son. But the stress has literally started to eat me alive. Again, I’ve been missing the point. I’ve set the bar so high for myself that there’s no way I can clear it. So I’m coming back to square with my life. I’m going to work my job and when I clock out I will be done. As soon as I step off the elevator, my head will be clear. I’m going to start doing the things I enjoy, even if they don’t turn out perfectly and I don’t photograph them so they look amazing for the blog.

And I’m going back to Apartment Farm – for me. I started it thing so long ago as a journal of sorts, to connect with others and share my little slice of the world. I’d like to start doing that again. But you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t have incredible pics on every post and mind-blowing, inventive never-before-seen projects for you to try. I’m going to go back to being me, and I humbly invite you along for the ride.

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Radio Silence…

I’ve been MIA for a good reason lately. We’re moving into our own place again! The foray into residing with relatives is drawing to a close – on Thursday we’re packing it all into a truck and moving back into our own place. Not a house quite yet, but a spacious, newly renovated apartment. It’s a beauty. It’s back in Elk Grove Village, the suburb where we first landed and took a real liking to. It’s got two big bedrooms, the master with a nice walk in closet. It’s got good lighting. Brand new cream carpeting throughout, with new tile in the kitchen and bathroom. All new fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen, as well as brand new appliances, including a dishwasher and microwave. I don’t go in for microwaves all that much, but the dishwasher will be amazing to have. It’s got an eat in kitchen, plus a small dining “area” just off the main living room, but we’re going to use that as an office area since it also functions as the main thoroughfare to get to the bedrooms. The kitchen has a pantry, so I can’t wait to get on top of getting it organized – I’ve got to keep my eyes peeled for some more bulk storage bins.

This apartment is the biggest one we’ve lived in to date – it’s about 900 square feet. Our last place was a little over 700 square feet, so I’m excited about all of the space we’re going to have. It’ll seem a bit smaller after we get all of our stuff in, I’m sure, but it’s still a ton of space. There’s only one big drawback to this apartment – there’s no private outdoor space. No balcony or patio where we can hang out. I will certainly miss it, but there’s a big green area where the kiddo can run around, and a nice playground within walking distance. And I’m certainly experienced with indoor gardening after my Apartment Farm days. So we’ll make it work.

As soon as we’re settled there’s a lot to talk about – almost time to get some seeds planted, and there are a ton of new food projects on the horizon. Wish us luck!