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Don’t be cruel

I have come to the conclusion that I am a cruel person.  Not as cruel as some of you, perhaps, but more than enough for a guilty conscience. The revelation came to me after an innocuous Facebook conversation about our least favorite insects.  Sometime after our one-upping each other on the copious amounts of insecticide… Read more »

Crimping my style

What determines style?  Why does that determination so often conflict with usefulness? For many years now, towels have been manufactured with those useless “crimps” at the end of them.  They don’t absorb anything, they’re rough and uncomfortable and they shrink and wrinkle in the wash, making a flat fold or hang of your towel nearly… Read more »

I mean, it’s only a BBQ…

Ugh. My aversion to (despising of?) cleaning must now face the head-on battle with my upcoming birthday BBQ.  That means, as I stare out my sliding glass doors into my patio, I see great evil in my future. The first issue is the grill.  I don’t grill every day, but I grill every week, often… Read more »

Ready, Set…Prepare!

It’s the week before the week before my birthday BBQ, and that means I have to get started preparing right now! For many years, I have been hosting a BBQ on my birthday.  These have run from the extreme to the really extreme to the ordinary, though for some reason every attempt to “scale back”… Read more »

What’s in my wallet?

Right now, nothing. A little over five years ago, I embarked on a remodeling/facelift of the inside of my home.  After several estimates, I settled on a contractor and the work began during my Christmas vacation in Vegas and finished about three months later. During the time they were working, the contractor and a few… Read more »

Your place is so clean!

I hear this is a lot.  Of course, it’s not true.  As regular readers know, it can’t possibly be true, so what these people must mean to say is “Your place appears so clean compared to mine!” Yes, I know this is an odd topic showing up without warning, but I just finished mopping and I… Read more »


I had to laugh when I watched “Up!” on cable last year.  The Dog character’s freezing in mid-sentence every time he sensed a squirrel nearby was almost identical to my behavior around my home, down to the shouting of “Squirrel!” out loud at the little furry creatures. I’ve become more familiar with my squirrels since… Read more »

Nothing says cleaning like party!

It’s birthday BBQ prep week, so most of the posts will likely be self-absorbed ramblings of little interest to anyone (and that’s different from other weeks, how?).  On the plus side, I’m pretty busy, so they should all be short. One of the most important tasks in preparing to host 20-25 people inside and outside… Read more »

It’s not the heat…

…it’s the ants! “Quirk week” continues on the JMD blog; now, read on… I keep all sorts of stuff in my refrigerator.  A good amount of that stuff has no perishable need to be refrigerated.  A tour through my refrigerator will uncover such novel items as cereal, crackers, bread, tea, sugar, salt and raisins, to name… Read more »

Rooting out the problem

For some reason, the only “altercations” I have had with my homeowner’s association over the 16+ years living here have been around trees and landscaping. I pay my fees on time, do the repainting, cleaning and fixing without complaint.  But come green stuff, welp we just don’t see leaf to leaf. Previous posts have detailed… Read more »