Thanksgiving “prep”

I’m going to get up in the morning at a time when nocturnal people should be in bed. I’m going to get food started and go back to bed. Nobody, especially the husband, had better wake me with the sound of rip saws, power screwdrivers, wires being snaked in drywall, fuse boxes slamming or screams […]

cleaning /= construction

Somewhere in my husband’s brain, the code for cleaning has been overwritten by the code for home repair and renovation projects can be fixed only by Can someone please patch it with a holiday loophole to correct this program on major holidays?

perpetual renovation zone

Me: “I think we should take the temporary room down tonight and have a clean living room for the weekend. I really miss my window.” SuperTween: “Nooo! That’s our indoor playhouse. It has to stay up until summer.” Sawyer: “Tear it down! Tear it down so Daddy can use the wood on my treehouse this […]

slap some paint on it

She: “Why did you paint the wall with the door and trim paint?” He: “I thought it would look lighter after it was dry.” She: “Didn’t the high-gloss make you suspect that you were using the wrong can of paint?” He: “Shut up.”

But they were nice

Despite my obviously high expectations about what clean-up should include, I do not have any complaints about the workers that the contractor tasked with repairing our house. They sang and danced to cheesy 80’s tunes. They joked with me. They played ball with the dogs. They were extremely interested in my 18-y-o daughter. Okay, EXCEPT […]

clean up, clean up

Lacking experience with professionals working on the house, I don’t know what I should reasonably expect from various home repair specialists when it comes to cleaning up the mess after repairs are completed. I understand the billions of bits of broken glass in the yard. I am less understanding of the broken glass on the […]

Evan says:

“We are never moving to Texas or anywhere. I never want to leave our house.” Prior to this week’s construction, Evan would periodically claim that our house is “too broken.” It was. In the winter, you could stand outside and watch the heat escaping the house. Inside the house, there was a noticeable breeze from […]