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Molding vs Moulding

black mold vs decorative wood moulding

Is it moulding…or is it molding?

May the great molding vs moulding debate begin.

In the past, when I’ve needed to describe the beautiful stuff I like to put around doors and windows, and at the bottom of walls, I’ve scratched my head, taken a guess, and moved on with my life. But not this time! This time I need answers.


Let me start out by saying I love Google, but in this instance it completely failed me. I found sites using both spellings. So the question became, who out there is misspelling the word for wood trim? Which ones are the idiots, and which ones know their stuff? (I say this in the kindest way possible because I am often one of those idiots. Spelling is a real weakness for me and I live in terror of one day really botching something up by misspelling something really important, like the name of a company.)

Well today I finally decided to set the record straight and turned to my faithful friend Dictionary.com,  something I should have done ages ago.  Determined to find out once and for all who is spelling it right and who is wrong, I self-righteously typed in “moulding” and guess what?

They are both correct!

“Moulding” is the British spelling and  “molding” is the US spelling, like color versus colour.  (I’m sensing a trend with the “u”.) [Editorial note: Remember that spelling issue I talked about earlier. Well it nipped me in the backside again. In the previous sentence I originally used verse instead of versus. These u’s are really out to get me. Thanks reader LCM for catching it for me.]

So the question is which one do I like better? Since I’m American I should probably accept the “molding” version, and move on with my life, but I prefer the British spelling so as not to confuse my beautiful, decorative moulding

Front door moulding and baseboards
So Pretty!

with something growing black, fuzzy stuff (molding).


See the difference people? I sure do. Maybe those British know what they’re doing throwing an extra “u” in the word. At least in this case. Now color is a different story.

[Editorial Note: This post was originally published on Feb. 20, 2012. But today I went back and spruced it up a bit. Because I wanted to.]

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

While browsing through the books at Costco recently I came across The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Since I need a lot of help in this area I thought it was worth buying. My husband on the other hand thought he would tease me by handing me a twenty-dollar bill and suggesting I rip it in half saying, “It’s about the same as buying that book.” Well I took his snarky challenge and immediately started reading, determined this would not be just another self-help book gathering dust on a shelf.

It is actually a surprisingly fun and easy read and I found myself devouring each chapter saying to myself, “That’s right,” or “That’s exactly how I am,” or “I can’t believe I didn’t see this before.”

After the first chapter I was antsy to get started and gathered my first bag or two of junk to send to charity. It was a bit premature since I didn’t yet have the KonMari method (a name for Marie Kondo’s method of tidying created by a play on her name), but it felt so good to start making some headway on all the junk. After reading more I started doing it her way and immediately got rid of several bags of clothes clogging my closet and drawers. I did the same with each one of my kids too. With six kids this took about a week, but we did it and the back of the van started looking like this.

Van full of clothes for charity

One of several loads of used items taken to charity after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

In all, I ended up filling the back of the van three times, and now three loads to charity later, I feel so happy about our clothing situation. The kids still have plenty of clothes to wear, and in this last week the laundry has been much easier to handle. Amazingly, fewer clothes is translating into fewer loads of laundry. I’m not exactly sure how or why, because we are still wearing and dirtying clothes everyday, but there aren’t the piles and piles I used to battle. At least that has been my assessment this week. I’ll let you know if that changes, but so far so good.

Next on the KonMari method is going through all the books in the house. I’ve started to do a bit, but I’ll save that story for another day.


P.S. On Facebook I just saw a clip (Today Home video) featuring this book and Marie Kondo. Apparently I’m not the only one finding this book “life-changing” as it says in the title. And you can find the review by Meena Hart Duerson here.


Wisdom from Inigo Montoya Meme & I’m Back

Hunter Funny Face

Hunter pulling a funny face when I asked him to smile. He is such a little turkey.

Hi there!

So it’s been a while, I know. But there has been a lot going on. Let me explain. It all started way back when I got pregnant with my sixth. There was tons of morning sickness, and preschool teaching, and baseball games, and mountains of laundry, and good times and bad times, and … wait a second.

Wisdom from Inigo Montoya Meme

Inigo Montoya meme - Let me sum up

Actually, as the wonderful Inigo Montoya so expertly immortalized in The Princess Bride, “There is too much. Let me sum up.” Thank you Inigo Montoya for your great wisdom.

But in this instance, I actually I like this next version better.

Inigo Montoya Meme - There is too much to sum up

Sometimes there is just too much to hash through. Thinking about all that has happened in the last few years and trying to boil it down into one post makes me want to flit away and forget I even had the idea to start posting again. Perhaps I’ll share bits and pieces here and there. That is probably the best way to tackle a few years of being AWOL.

I’m interested in picking back up. There is so much to share and document. My kids, my projects, my life. There’s never a dull moment or a dull day.

So here I go.




Happy Birthday Buddy

This is an early shout out to my amazing Buddy. He is officially a teenager and has been for a while. He is a wonderful big brother, a great student, a good friend, and an all around awesome kid.

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