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  • Better Homes & Gardens, c’mon over!

    We’ve got a mouse. I used my mad detective skillz to figure out we have a mouse because someone chewed through the bag of Fritos, right before I made chili. So, you…

  • There are no adults. It’s just us!

    It’s a Thursday night, and our neighbors are having A Grown-Up Party. Luxury sedans line the street, and a gaggle of folks are enjoying their hosts’ lovely brick patio and brand-new outdoor…

  • The week that was.

    MondayMonday is trash day. Big whoop, right? Well … it has a special significance now. My Guy and I have realized we never see our neighbor Creepy Chuck putting out trash cans.…

  • Adventures in fashion and furnace repair.

    You know how once you get really cold in your bones, it’s nearly impossible to get warmed up? Yeah. And you’re super-cold because your year-old furnace is out and you can’t sleep…

  • Marital first: the ER.

    I was excited about our first Christmas as a married couple. And every time I introduce My Guy as “my husband” is still a trip, even after 2 and a half years.…

  • How to break a microwave.

    At the news of the sad, sad loss of my microwave, reader Leesa asked, “What’s your secret for breaking a microwave? I’ve been trying to break ours for years in order to…

  • Sadness and despair!

    Last weekend, I helped my brother and his wife with some last-minute home-improvement projects before their baby arrives. Mrs. Poochie is a glowing 34 weeks, and Poochie is, well, a little freaked…