Posts about 'Home and Hearth'

I’ll never have to solve this again

Friday, November 4th, 2016

I’m getting to an age where I’m solving problems for the final time. Today, I’m getting the pipe from my basement to the septic tank re-lined, fixing 45 years of damage from grease and roots.

I asked how long it should last. They told me fifty years. Good enough for me!

I can run out the clock on this particular problem.

Seems like I’m getting more and more of those types of problems. Alas.

Blizzard 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

We had a little over two feet of snow here in Concord during the great Blizzard of 2013. At least it happened at the beginning of the weekend.

Six hours of shoveling yesterday, in which I got almost the entire driveway done. Probably another six hours today to do the end of the driveway (where the plows dump all the snow from the busy street we’re on), the mailbox across the street so the mailman can get to it, my mother-in-law’s car, the path to the oil tank and the path to the front door. Oy.

At least I got a couple of good pictures out of it. Here’s what it looked like when I opened the garage door to get started.

Sadie and Lucy liked going out in the snow. Lucy made sure to enforce the “If I go out and play in the snow, then I get hot chocolate” rules.

With any luck, I’ll be done shoveling by dinnertime tonight, just in time to get ready to go to work tomorrow.


Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I’ve mostly disappeared since spring. These things happen.

These things continue.

Eventually, life will resume. Emails will be answered. Calls returned. Touchdowns celebrated. Cats petted. Essays written, pictures posted, comments rescued from WordPress oblivion.

Ain’t happening any time soon. See you in October.

Marital Green Spats

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Susan, over at the Practically Green blog, writes about when couples fight over how green to be.

I’m sure some couples have serious green battles, particularly if one person is just starting to think green and the other isn’t there yet . I feel pretty lucky that our green differences seem to lead only to a few eye rolls and snarky comments.

Are fights over the goddam paper towels this generation’s version of fighting over the new set of golf clubs? I hope not. One of our resolutions this year is to be a little greener — not to upend our life, but to be a little bit better. My green living tag over at Serendeputy is helping me out…

Good for Jordan’s Furniture

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Lucy’s getting her big-girl bed this morning.

Jordan’s just delivered and set it up. They were in and out in under four minutes. Outstanding. That’s what we like to see.

This whole experience with them has been superb. Once we picked the bed we wanted in the Natick store, it only took us a couple of minutes to check out and set up the delivery date. We got the automated call yesterday telling us the delivery window. This morning went incredibly smoothly.

Jordan’s Furniture is run exceedingly well. That’s why we keep going back to them.

Fun date ideas

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

It’s great being a parent, suburbanite, etc., but sometimes I wish we had time to do some of the romantic things in this post. This may become my motto for the month:

When you’re really exhausted or hit the ocean, it’s time to go back.

Time to see if the babysitters are available anytime soon.

p.s., Might as well plug the site. I’d never really visited this site before, until it came up for me on my Serendeputy homepage. Private beta continues. Public launch coming Real Soon Now.

Libby and the laptop

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Someone is very happy with my new working-from-home lifestyle.

Libby in the window

Done shoveling for the moment

Monday, January 14th, 2008

I’ve really joined the cult of the ice melt this year. I laid out forty pounds on the driveway last night, and this morning went far more smoothly for the effort. My latest bout of shoveling was only 45 minutes, as opposed to the 90 minutes I expected.

We haven’t been able to come up with a name for the impending baby yet; I’m going to nominate Calcium Chloride Butler.

A bouncing baby something-or-other

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

I now know with complete certainty that we will be having either a boy or a girl.

We had a scheduled ultrasound yesterday, during which we were hoping to be able to find out whether the baby would be a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, the little baby wouldn’t cooperate, demurely crossing its legs. We’re going to have to wait until the big day itself to find out.

If it’s a boy, I hope he likes pink, because that’s what we got.

Quiet Saturday morning

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

If you feel a wave of bliss flowing in from Holliston this morning, you can thank Sadie. She decided to sleep until 6:30 in the morning, instead of the more traditional 5:00.

Everyone else in the house applauds this update to our schedule. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Hallelujah.

Another baby on the way

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Some exciting news to report! Towards the end of March 2008, Sadie will become a big sister. We’ll know boy or girl within a few weeks; that should help with the planning. We’re all pretty excited, though I think I’ve blocked out some of the uglier realities of the first couple months with a new baby.

And, who knows, maybe within a couple of years I’ll be find myself a nice comfortable rut — my first since late 2002. Since then, I’ve had at least one major life thing in flux at all times. It keeps you on your toes.

Because proposing on Valentine’s Day would be gauche

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Three years ago, she said yes.

Woo Hoo!

Embracing the stay-at-home lifestyle

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Dear Internet,

The little baby guarantees that I’m not going to get out of the house much this fall. If I’m going to stay inside, I may as well have a good television. My current TV dates from the early nineties, and apparently there’s been an advance or two in the last few years.

Any suggestions on things to look for when picking out a new TV?

Also, I’m thinking of DirectTV for the NFL Sunday Ticket. Anyone have any experience with them? I have zero allegiance to Comcast, but I want to make sure that I won’t have other problems with the satellite.


METCO Brothers

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Great article from Dan Shaughnessy about his son in the METCO program. Very heartwarming.

White smoke from the lawnmower

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Today I broke out the Briggs and Stratton for this year’s inaugural mow. I added oil, added gas, wiped off the blade, then fired it up.

After a few minutes of running, the mower started belching white smoke. I turned it off, let it cool and tried again. Again, after a few minutes, it started blowing smoke. I kept it running, and made it all the way through the yard, but I’m still a little worried, as I can’t imagine free-flowing smoke is a sign of a well-tuned mower.

I’m not a handyman, so I’m pretty clueless about the cause. I wonder if it’s related to my “anything on the ground can be mowed over” theory of yard care.

Our first unscheduled trip to Holliston Pediatrics

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Well, it was bound to happen, though I had three weeks on the over/under, not one. Yes, a mere seven days after starting daycare, our little girl was home today with a 102 fever. She has officially started her career as a plague-monkey (tm Kurt).

I got the first stay-home-with-the-sick-baby shift, but I was able to work in a couple of conference calls and a trip to the pediatrician between bouts of fussiness. You be surprised how quickly you can boil down an advertising model when a six-month-old is screaming in your ear.

The first day of the rest of our lives

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Sadie starts daycare today. In a few hours, I’ll pick her up and see what trauma her first day’s experience has caused. Of course, knowing her, she’ll be perfectly happy and will have charmed all the daycare workers. She’s far more social than I’ll ever be, and after an initial “it’s all new” screaming fit, she’ll be fine. She’ll get into a comfortable routine.

And maybe I’ll get one, too. Today, for the first time since the autumn of 2002, I’m not in the middle of a major life transition. From the job to the girlfriend to the engagement to the wedding to the new business to the new house to the pregnancy to the baby to the new job to A. going back to work, more than a thousand days have passed since I’ve seen steady state.

I’m kinda looking forward to it. It’s about time for a nice good rut.