Posts Categorized: Home

They lie!

And I’m steamed about it! I’m sure I’ve mentioned this once or twice over the life of my blog, but it bears repeating after another round of disappointment. Product packaging lies. No one needs any confirmation on refrigerated goods, with those deceptive “best if used by” dates. Especially dairy. How about, “best if it doesn’t… Read more »

Under pressure

Following yesterday’s chat about the high costs of home repair, we now jaunt off to that other favorite confection of modern homes – the HOA, or Homeowner’s Association. Once again, I won’t take this time to bemoan the dunderhead things some HOA’s do to homeowners, nor will I use this space to pick nits with… Read more »

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 »