Aching Joints Caulked!

caulkThe home improvement project is one man’s dream and another man’s nightmare. My projects are prolonged nightmares because I rarely start and finish them in the same day, month or even year. It takes me a long time to finish because I start too many at once and they seldom go well. If you’re keeping count, the address sign do-over, the closet organizer that gave me a headache, the backsplash backbreaker, the exterior paint project that took 3 years, the garage door repair that didn’t repair anything and now the aching caulk joints. Get ready to learn something. I know I did.

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Architect Changes His Spots

leopardI’ve heard a leopard cannot change his spots, but an architect can change the color of his house. I don’t know where the leopard idiom originated, but I know where the architect phrase originated. It’s an absolute in every architect-designed home, every architect-remodeled home and every home an architect ever lived in. Our architect-designed and architect-inhabited home is no exception. After five years of living, WishingRock is slowly changing colors like the seasons. Continue reading

Cold Nights, Warm Dog — The Storm

Warm PuppyHappiness is a warm puppy…at least that’s what Charles Schultz indicated in his famous Peanuts comic in reference to Snoopy the eccentric beagle, who behaved more human than canine. Arguably, Snoopy was the most popular Peanuts character and was also my favorite even though I look more like Charlie Brown.  We have our resident character Hershey, the precocious labmaraner, and she makes Snoopy’s antics look bland. They are both dogs, they play on top of their houses, they carry their water bowl and they are omnivores, but the similarities end there. Snoopy is more resilient than Hershey. Even the changing seasons that normally persuade us to change our dress and a few habits don’t interrupt Hershey’s perpetual ambition to live life her way. When the weather turns cold we invite Hershey to sleep in her crate and we place it in the entry so she’ll be warm. Most outdoor dogs would be thrilled spending the night indoors, but our dog had other ideas.

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