Witkem House

a Crown Heights house-in-progress

September at Witkem House: garden harvest, podcasts from Austin, costumes & performances from the 3rd floor gals, and a wedding in the works! The construction of a giant sukkah two doors down means noisy (sleepless) nights.

This morning Tumblr sent us an email congratulating us on our 2nd anniversary.

Two years blogging also marks two years here at Witkem House.

Out in the back, what once was a mosquito-infested trash heap is now a little oasis. The winter rose sent up new stems and has been blooming throughout the summer - bright pink fragrant flowers! A volunteer cherry tomato plant has sprouted up with such enthusiasm that it’s nearly taller than me. And Weedy, the little weed I stuck in a spare pot when we were excavating the back last year, has now become a beautiful shrub.

Inside and out front, Witkem looks less and less like a work-in-progress, although it always will be (because where’s the fun in never changing a thing?).
Having indoor space and a back yard in NYC means that we’ve hosted a large number of friends for dinners, brunches, weekend visits, and extended stays, and our lives are so much richer for that. Our Witkem family has grown to be much larger than the six of us who live here. Winding down a long day by sitting in the backyard with friends & family, watching the sky change colors and the stars emerge, eating delicious food - that’s just about as close to bliss as I can imagine.


The Witkem House crew & friends escaped the heat of Brooklyn to celebrate the 4th on the 6th with Mendel’s family. We worked up appetites in a tied softball game, were treated to a delicious feast (like a Witkem House BBQ on steroids), and watched an epic backyard fireworks show created by Mendel and his crew! There were lots of kids (of all ages) throwing water balloons and lighting sparklers. And of course a game of Scottish Reach.
stay cool!