A Layer of Mulch

Weeds abound in our yard. They snake under and through the bushes. They migrate to our potted plants. They pretend to be grass. Our new yard guy has some big shoes to fill. The previous yard guy parked in front of the house every two weeks or so pulling a trailer full of equipment. Not…

Air Filter

The price of filling the car’s gas tank has gone down but the price of using electricity in my house has gone up, up, up in the last few months. I almost choked when I opened the last bill. In an effort to do what we could to lower our usage, we checked doors, windows,…

Let’s Hear It for Hot Water

We lost our hot water on one of the coldest days of winter. We could not figure out why the water was coming out ice cold! My hands were so cold after rinsing the dishes that I had to warm them in front of the fireplace in order to feel them again. We discovered that…

Timber!

Though our house is in the city, we have a ton of trees on our lot. It was a sad day Thursday when we had to cut one down that has probably been here for 65 to 75 years. It was in danger of falling during a storm, though, with the projected angle of descent…

“Why Do I Live in the City?” You Ask

A friend asked if I liked my neighborhood in the city. I am a city girl. I love being within 10 minutes of church, shopping, and restaurants. I grew up in southern California, where I could walk or ride the bus anywhere I wanted. The idea of living in the country with wild animals and…