The Ugliest House on the Block

Photo: Foamy stuff. Foamy stuff that dripped from the roof to the ground, leaving a trail of foamy stuff allllllllll the way down the front of the house.   One of our animal neighbors is a woodpecker. He’s…aggressive. He found a particular spot on the house, just above one of the second-floor windows, and decided…

Blessings in Disguise

Photo: There is one less tree in the world today, and I’m sincerely sad.   I find that a lot of my conversations with my husband as of late are simply regarding logistics. We always need to be in two places at once. This weekend was full of that. I’m sure some of you Dear Readers…

If the Walls Could Speak

Photo: The Husband had to remove everything from the boys’ room in order to get started on the wall repair. It echoes and feels weird to be in there when it’s all out. It adds about an hour to the process to take all the stuff out of the room and then return it back…

Please Pass the Advil

Photo: Red cement pavers. Probably best used to make a patio or something. We’re using them as walking stones between the driveway and our front door. We don’t want to have a big heavy formal walkway. Instead, we want stones that sort of sink into the grass and become part of the ground. Intuitive, practical,…

What? It's Wednesday? Since When?

Photo: I was parent-helper in Minor’s class today, and they are preparing for the big auction that is next weekend. A teacher painted the kid’s feet with blue paint and had them stomp around on a poster, making a fun and interesting design. I’m sure that it will go for a high price. Anyway, watching…

And Now, We Plan…

Photo: The melting from the roof seems to be over and we have come away from it all with very little damage (or so we think. We haven’t found much evidence of it). A small ice dam in the attic above the master bedroom created a leak big enough to make this stain. That stain…

And Then He Turned Four…

Photo: Weren’t you an infant five minutes ago? What happened here?   His favorite word to say right now is “taco.” He thinks it is the absolute funniest thing that a person can say. He loves to drive his brother crazy by replacing regular words in sentences with it. His second favorite word is “poop,” especially…

Tabula Rasa Pars II

Photo: Ain’t I a stinker? Focusing on the carpet when you only really care about the paint. So mean of me… How long has it been, really? It has all been such a blur. So, too, was the installation of the carpet in the playroom. The men were in at 3:20 and out by 4:30….

Buggy Bugs, Leaky Leaks, and Messy Mess

Photo: My living room at the moment. They are taking my house down to the studs! My Lord, I am so tired. Just to the bone tired. The Husband and I were up at 5:40… and not my usual “I’m up before everyone else and I’m going to take my time to get ready for…