Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

I Knew There was a Table in There Somewhere…

For months, our dining room has been full of boxes and piles of stuff. We had some dampness in the basement last fall and had to clear some things out so that the workers could rip out the wet carpeting and fix the damaged bits of drywall. We stuck the displaced stuff in the diningContinue reading “I Knew There was a Table in There Somewhere…”

Throwback Thursday: Why I Hate Garage Sales

The Saga of a Wasted Weekend This story that I wrote on June 24, 2009, just popped up as a Facebook memory. I had completely forgotten about the whole, ridiculous incident, but reading it made me laugh, so I thought it was worth sharing. Imagine if you will, that it’s 12 years ago today, we’reContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Why I Hate Garage Sales”

Friday Five: Heights

Apparently the Friday Five this weeks is called Heights because of a film that’s out with that name. I haven’t seen it and have no idea what it’s about. As much as I miss seeing movies in their natural habitat, I have no plans to be in a theater anytime soon with crowds of unmaskedContinue reading “Friday Five: Heights”

Photo Friday: Write-In

I posted yesterday about the April writing challenge known as Camp NaNoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). Most NaNos include write-ins. These are events at which a bunch of writers get together to write, each on our own projects. These are usually my favorite NaNoWriMo events, but the pandemic means we can’t hold them this time,Continue reading “Photo Friday: Write-In”

Photo Friday: Cardinal in the Snow

We had a mostly mild winter, and were hit with only a few days of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. There wasn’t even a lot of it — this is Virginia, after all — but the roads were sloppy, briefly, and I didn’t really want to go out. So I mostly stayed in on thoseContinue reading “Photo Friday: Cardinal in the Snow”

Photo Friday: Butler’s Pantry

No, it’s not really a butler’s pantry, but that’s how I think of it. This cabinetry fills a wall across from my kitchen. Having it designed and built was one of my first home-improvement projects after we moved into the house in 2019. When we first looked at the house, it was clear that thereContinue reading “Photo Friday: Butler’s Pantry”