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Yard Sale

June 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Stuff

Every year our neighborhood has a mass yard sale. We have never been able to participate before, despite all the decidedly yard-salable goods we have amassed over the years. We have always had some kind of scheduling conflict. This year, however, we were free. I made sure well in advance that that Bob was available to [...]

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Squirrels and bunnies and mice, oh my!

March 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Animals on my planet, Venting

We live in the city so I am always surprised at the wildlife issues we are confronted with. To be fair we don’t live downtown, we live in area that is predominantly single family homes with yards, but it is the city none the less. Last year a family of squirrels took up occupancy in [...]

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And the living is easy

July 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Animals on my planet, Stuff

A friend once said that a Chicago summer is as if everyone was given just three months to live. The minute the weather breaks the lakeshore is busy with runners, bikers and roller bladers. The beachfront restaurants are open and the sunscreen is in the air. Women of all ages bust out summer attire that [...]

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Exactly what part of “budget” do you not understand?

June 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Stuff, Venting

Every summer there seems to be a project for our yard. And with every project there is a budget and an estimate. The problem I find is that the budgets and the estimates rarely have any relation to each other, which is weird because the budget is always disclosed to those who are doing the [...]

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The Death of a DVR

May 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Stuff

I watched with anxiety as the examination began. It really didn’t look promising. My hands began to sweat. There was definitely something wrong, but I knew that. It was the reason that I had called this man. I knew my DVR was sick: I just didn’t know how bad it was. Like most examinations, there [...]

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There’s a rose in the garden

November 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Stuff

I have a very laissez faire attitude about gardening.  I try not to interfere with the plants in our yard except to water them when it has been too long without rain. I can grow dogs, but not plants. Plants that live in my surrounding space do so in spite of me, but not because [...]

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