Joining the Club

Yesterday, I went to Lowes (gigantic box of do-it-yourself tools and supplies) to take down some item numbers of the various parts and pieces I will need when I close on the house. (Though the house isn’t a complete fixer-upper, it does need a little love). Although I experienced a twinge of “stuff lust” again […] Read more

Jesus in Tehran

I have been working my way through Reading Lolita in Tehran for the past several days and have been intrigued by Azar Nafisi’s life in Iran during the Islamic revolution of the 70s and 80s. Yesterday, I finally got to the part where she and her academic colleagues were forced out of the university because […] Read more

Stuff Lust

This weekend, I went to HH Gregg and picked out a new refrigerator for the house. It was a surprisingly easy choice after the shingle incident. While I was there, I decided to price microwaves. Mine, afterall, probably belongs in the Smithsonian. I have an 80s model that still has the dials for the time […] Read more

Thoughts on Plastic

What did we ever do without plastic? Glance around my kitchen and you’d probably think I’d starve without plastic. I have plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic bowls, plastic bags. My flour, sugar, and salt come directly out of their cardboard and paper containers and into my plastic storage bins. You know, for freshness. And even […] Read more


Choosing shingles is not as easy as I thought. Nor are shingle colors as homogenous as I imagined. On my way to the wholesale supplier, I decided to look at the shingles other people have on their roofs. You can get red, green or blue shingles. They can be smooth or rough. They can be […] Read more

The Fine Art of Auntship

Next weekend, my nephew, Dylan, will celebrate his 6th birthday. I’ll be at the birthday party, along with Dylan’s sisters (my nieces), Katie and Lizzy, eating cake and ice cream, admiring all Dylan’s gifts, and hearing stories about the first days of the new school year. My niece Samantha, will have her 6th birthday the […] Read more

A Blessing Not A Burden

“No doubt about it! God is good— good to good people, good to the good-hearted. But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness. I was looking the other way. . . .” Psalm 73:1-3, The Message Today, as I began fretting over the house again, I had a beatitudes moment (realizing that something that […] Read more


Today at 11:22 a.m. I started the countdown — 2 hours, 38 minutes until my home inspection. Then I’ll know. Either I’m buying a house or not. No more telling people, “I think I might be buying a house,” and them asking, “Well, do you have an area in mind?” and me saying back, “Well, […] Read more