Looking for art in the midst of life, I pause to ponder the usefulness of this. The Guy Who Does Everything has finished remodeling an understairs closet, which provides us with useful shelves. We will call him Guy, since he is beginning a project of replacing our interior doors with new birch ones. Today we tested stains: Country White, Summer Straw and Country Peach. We have tentatively chosen the Peach, which adds a very slight blush to the birch. I feel silly making these decisions. It almost feels unlike a serious grown-up activity. More like play, maybe with Play Do. Or like fiddling while Rome burns . . .