#95: Domestic Potential

#95: Domestic Potential

While there was a lot to commend it, a downside to the house I wanted to buy was its complete lack of any working appliance. There were gaping holes where the fridge and stove should be, and while there was a dishwasher where you might expect a dishwasher, it produced buckets of brown water and loud […]

#94: On Empty

#94: On Empty

Hey there, it’s been a long time. How are you, internets? I’m attending a cooking class at Bread Becker’s, the store where I buy my supplies to grind my own wheat and make all of our bread. (Yes, we live THAT far out in the country, and I also wear bonnets and read by oil […]

#88: The Value of Vanilla

#88: The Value of Vanilla

Saying my grandmother was fond of pound cake is like saying the Titanic had some “issues” with an iceberg. She baked one almost every week of her long life. She offered it as a dessert, enjoyed it as a snack, and even relied on it for an occasional meal. Her preferred method of preparing a […]

#86: Grace and Salt

#86: Grace and Salt

My faulty memory is well-documented on this website, so it’s always curious to me what I do remember. Embarrassing things that happened, no matter how long ago, seem to stick like glue, and in unguarded moments will play in my mind’s eye on a continuous loop. But there have been a few moments of success, […]

#84: The Battle of Ever and Never

#84: The Battle of Ever and Never

I recently ran across some old pictures from when I was about five years old. I made the typical observations – I can’t believe my hair was ever that blond! I look so different without glasses! Gotta love those seventies fashions! Those are the things I would have said aloud, had anyone else been in […]

#83: My Total Money Makeover

#83: My Total Money Makeover

A few weeks ago, I was out to dinner with the girls. The conversation was flitting from one subject to another, as it tends to do when we get together, and at one point, something came up pertaining to finances. I don’t remember what it was precisely, but I seem to recall launching into something […]

#82: The Downside of Outdoor Living

#82: The Downside of Outdoor Living

One of the nicest features of my house is the large deck in the backyard. When I moved in though, the deck walls were weird- 6 feet tall and painted white on both sides. I don’t even want to know what happened back there that required so much privacy! One of my biggest projects after […]

#79: Find Another Way

#79: Find Another Way

I am in the middle of a failure. There was this thing that I wanted to do. So I approached it intellectually, did my research, weighed my options, and embarked on the journey. This is what I do. It’s all up here for a while at first (you can’t see me, but I’m making crazy […]

#70: The Plumbing Diaries – Blowtorch Edition

#70: The Plumbing Diaries – Blowtorch Edition

When I embarked on the glorious journey of homeownership 15 years ago, I did not own a drill or a toolbox or have the slightest idea how to fix anything. My real estate agent informed me of a delightful option known as a Home Warranty, a service providing me with a phone number to call […]

#68: On Girl vs. Toilet

#68: On Girl vs. Toilet

When I first moved into my townhouse and encountered my first running toilet, I called a plumber. It was my first year of living in the house and it was under a home warranty, so I figured the plumber wouldn’t be too crazy expensive. He came and about 5 minutes and $60 later, the toilet […]

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