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  Hey – here comes summer! On Memorial Day weekend I still had the heat on!   I am very upset with the chilly and wet spring in Chicago, and I’d like a refund. If I can’t get any money, I’ll take whatever is in the big box, Monty.   I was even more upset […]

ice skating at wrigley … a post from my husband mike


On Saturday Molly and I went ice skating. Sam and Linda said they didn’t want to go, so it was just the two of us. I told her that she would probably do better than I would, as I had hardly ever skated since I was pretty young and my skates then were so mis-fitted […]

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In life, we sometimes stumble across milestones before we know we are coming upon them, just as Rob Petrie kept tripping on his ottoman. Last weekend, I stumbled happily over two.     On the Friday after Thanksgiving, as is my obsessive tradition, I wanted to put up our Christmas lights on the outside of […]

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Are there blogs for haircuts? I am now aware of blogs for all sorts of things, such as painting and ‘board-and-battens’ and candles and dust ruffles and perhaps even silent butlers. But I don’t know about blogs for haircuts or the experience of visiting a real barber shop.   For those of you who read […]

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  A few years ago Linda organized a block-wide yard sale. By ‘block-wide,’ I mean maybe three of the neighbors, Linda included. Linda’s goals were to sell off some of the stuff we no longer needed or played with, make some money, and (I am guessing here) make room for more things she could use […]

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I don’t know if the week before Labor Day weekend is depressing for you, but it always was for me. As a kid, the day after Labor Day was the First Day of School, so the heavy and echoing countdown to school began in evil earnest right before Labor Day. It put a pall on […]

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There are many things we expect to see on St. Patrick’s Day: Green plastic bowlers (so funny every single time!)… … 22-year-olds vomiting green Miller Lite at 11 am…and oh-so-original “Savin’ O’ the Green” ads for cars, groceries and sofa-beds … I didn’t count on seeing a house in our neighborhood with a strand of […]

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Linda is updating our son’s room these days, which is about time. That’s no knock on Linda – she’s been prodding him toward wanting a new room for some time now. The room was very nice and appropriate when he was five or eight…but just the other weekend I bought him a razor. I thought […]

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I am happy that Linda is part of – and may have begun, it really is hard for me to decipher how this stuff works – a link party or two on her blog site. She is dedicating a lot of effort into it, and seems to be enjoying the experience.  It makes her happy, […]

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Our sponsor – my husband Mike – has a little diy tutorial for you all today … *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * Despite the […]

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Looks like our sponsor (my husband Mike) has Spring Training on the brain … perhaps a result of the balmy weather we’ve been experiencing here in the Windy City … Enjoy! When I committed myself to having a page on Facebook – the first in my immediate family, I might add, the crazy, headstrong, trailblazer […]

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Happy New Year!  Today we kick-off 2012 with a guest post from our sponsor … my husband … and the man who funds this thing called our home.  Enjoy! I grew up in the 1960s in a house full of women. All I knew of or cared about napkins were the ones set out at […]

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That’s right, while I try to get our holiday cards out and bake some cookies, this blog’s major “sponsor” – my husband Mike who works full time to fund this thing called our house – offers up a guest post … Take it away Mike … I love my wife Linda, my kids, my life […]