May 31, 2014
“Your friends are all really different!”
“Yeah. I’m pretty sure I could start a devastating worldwide conflict if I managed to get them all in the same room at once.”
“Oh. Well, then I guess it’s a good thing you hate to throw parties. Canapé?”
I like to crochet. My grandma taught me, but I’m not very good because I haven’t done much of it over the years. I started trying it out again recently. Part of crocheting, at least for me, is knowing how to follow a pattern. When a pattern has errors, it can cause some frustration, even…anger. …
My grandmother passed away while I was living in Japan. We were close and it was hard not being home to say goodbye. It’s Memorial Day on Monday here in the United States, and I thought it would be fitting to talk about her memory, why I chose the image for my header, and why …
May 20, 2014
Thou shalt never call thy mother when she’s watching 24 or she will hang up on you so she doesn’t miss anything. I love my mom. She makes me laugh. And any day I can laugh is a good day.
I can’t take credit for this idea. I got it from my sister, and she got it from a friend, and it’s probably one of those ingenious things everyone knew but me. It’s perfect for people who love a good shake but hate cleaning blenders. So here you go because I’m sure I’m not the only …
So I may not be Superwoman, but the sentient house of doom (s.h.o.d. for short) definitely has my form of Kryptonite. It’s green, it’s alive, and it’s a definite weakness of mine. When cut it inevitably results in a streaming nose, watering itchy eyes, and what feels like imminent death by allergies for me. I …
Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful. I caught the latter half of this terrific documentary last night on PBS. It was a fascinating look into the life of a really amazing woman. Touching on a personal level and interesting from a historical and cultural perspective, I recommend that you check it out if you have the opportunity!
May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014
Sounds like a button you push to start the engines of an inter-galactic space shuttle right? Wrong. It’s the little doohicky in your furnace that interacts with the gas flow to create heat. It’s basically a small heating element. They’re more common in newer furnaces, replacing the thermocoupler design, but they last from three to five years and mine gave out, hence my previous post.
The bad news is that I had to cool my heels, literally, for a couple of days while I waited for the part to arrive. The good news is that I fixed it, and at a fraction of the cost of a service call. Everything I’ve learned about home improvement has come from my dad or brother, with an occasional assist from YouTube when they’re not on hand for demonstrations. Of course you’ll want to check your brand and serial number to see what type of furnace you have should you encounter the same problem I did, and if this great tutorial by Danny Bishop will work for you, but I thought I’d share my experience because who doesn’t like to save money? Think of all the good books you could buy with that extra cash!
PS: Remember to be safe by turning off the electricity before mucking about in your furnace and replace the panels when you’re done. Replace the furnace air filter while you’re at it and it might ease some of your allergies as well.
You’ve heard it. I know you have. That old creative writing standby of write what you know. Just between you and me this is what I know. My house is out to get me. That’s right. It’s alive and it doesn’t seem to like me very much. My furnace died which ordinarily wouldn’t be an issue in …
Inspiration. Writing always starts from that beautiful flash. That moment when a character, plot, setting or idea takes form and shape and demands to be written. For me that moment can come from anywhere and become anything. So if you’re interested in my inspiration, from the mundane everyday to the happenstance unusual, follow along. Who knows …