Posts Categorized: Home

Learning from the masters

Home ownership is expensive. I don’t need to tell actual home owners this, but to you renters out there longing for a home of your own, it bears repeating. I rented for 11 blissful years in a small condo on the 4th floor of a 5-story building. I had an out-of-state landlord, but he was… Read more »

The nose knows

Conflate –  to combine (things, such as two readings of a text) into a composite whole. As in, I’m about to conflate several post references to a conclusion and an inanity. To start off, several posts ago I mentioned my battles with pesky and possibly reproducing flying pests commonly known as mosquitoes. Additionally, many times… Read more »

A pound of prevention

Halloween is coming! No, I’m not in a time warp. Neither are you. But, I am more likely preoccupied with Halloween than most any of you. While my plans for my big display this year are still percolating (trying to top last year’s Dead Thing Pen), there are some things I can jump on now…. Read more »

Battles in outer space

Or, more precisely, out of space. As I recently mentioned, I’ve given up on trying to read via an e-reader (in my case, a Kindle). That leaves me in an untenable position, however. Because, I don’t just like paperbacks (and hardcovers), but I like comics. More to the point, I like that comics are now reprinted… Read more »

Bugs can teleport?!?

I’m not a barefoot man. Just never found it comfortable, for lots of reasons. Chief among those reasons are that I don’t like sweaty shoes and I don’t like cold feet. So, I wear socks almost all the time, though, oddly enough, I don’t wear them to bed (because that’s what sheets and comforters are… Read more »

Well, gee, I had to do it anyway

Now that Mom Nature and I have reaffirmed our precious relationship, it’s time to review the visit of Hurricane Matthew as an opportunity, rather than a trial. For example, Halloween fast approaches. Along with that spooky holiday is the scary process of hosting my Halloween BBQ. While the cooking and setup can be wearying, it’s the… Read more »

Dispensing with the nonsense

Continuing on with my unintended but apparently thematic week, now it’s time to discuss my endlessly thwarted efforts to provide a stylistically and color-coordinated match for my guest bathroom in that most critical of items – the soap dispenser. Now I, like many of my generation, was raised on soap dishes and bars of soap…. Read more »

Repairmen at the gate

Owning a home is one of the most powerful and rewarding experiences in life. I can still recall the overwhelming feeling of pride I had when entering this house, 20 years ago, and inhaling that fresh sense of accomplishment. And in just 2 more years, I’ll actually own it! A little over seven years ago,… Read more »

Taking the plunge

“A rising tide floats all boats” is a phrase that gets used fairly often. It was often associated with the abnormally long bull market that made everyone’s portfolio look like a winner, so it’s a friendly and encouraging statement. A rising toilet, however, tends to be viewed in the opposite light. So it was with… Read more »

Getting a handle on it

There is no question that the level to which I can take my procrastination can reach legendary status. It both annoys and amuses me the way in which this character flaw reveals itself. Most recently, it was after some gutter work on the house. No, I am not so gifted that I can replace a gutter… Read more »