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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 »

I just saw my first ant!

Some people get aches.  Some get headaches.  Some get stuffed up or depressed or all sorts of different early warning signals.  I see ants. When it’s time for our rainy season to hit in earnest, it’s almost always preceded by the exploratory rambling of a sizeable ant.  This lone adventurer often serves not only as… Read more »

Word association

Annoying. That’s the word I most associate with my Homeowner’s Association. For those of you who have never had the pleasure, live overseas or are visiting from a nearby solar system, Homeowner’s Associations are groups of people who are (sort of) elected to (sort of) govern large groups of homes all sharing the same builder… Read more »

Dust epidemic

From time to time as I ramble through my rambling rambles, I will go into a moaning about cleaning, usually in general and occasionally to the full extent of a single post.  I think we have to consider this one of those, even if it doesn’t specifically qualify as me whining about cleaning. In fact,… Read more »

Hand me downs

I was going through my semi-annual cleaning last week (ok, ok, I clean a bit more often than that, but I can dream, can’t I?) and used my usual assortment of “Grandma” towels in the process. This, of course, got me to thinking how many items of legacy I still own.  Granted, de-threading towels are… Read more »

Leaf me alone!

I swept “The Slab” today.  And the day before.  Also, the day before the day before.  And I don’t need to continue since you see the pattern. First things first.  “The Slab”.  This is my loving appellation for the concrete square in front of my house (but behind a tall wooden fence).  If it was… Read more »

Razor’s edge

My aversion to cleaning is legendary; I’ve detailed some of it here in this blog (you can track down the post in the increasingly useful “Categories” section under the “Home” category entitled “A home filled with love…and hate”). However, despite all preferences to the contrary, I do actually clean my home.  My only other alternatives are… Read more »

Welcome to the jungle

Okay, okay, I’ll get to it already. I’ve mentioned in the past my (normally) attractive landscaping out front of the house.  It’s filled with surprisingly healthy and unfortunately fast-growing plants and trees.  It’s a source of great pride and equally great grief. The last time I ventured into this forest was prior to my Washington… Read more »

Clearly garbage

Today’s post is garbage.  No, really, it’s all about garbage. I’ve had the distinguished task of taking out the garbage since I reached a height in excess of the garbage bags.  “Back in the day” (gosh, I really must be getting old because I am using that phrase so much more), it seemed like taking out… Read more »