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Reading: A Cure for the Annoying Things in Life

November 6, 2014

Our Midwest little house on the prairie stands proudly sporting a For Sale sign that has become a permanent fixture in our lawn. Our New England little house in the big woods waits for us to become its permanent residents. Last week we hauled another load of things to make our periodical visits to our new home more comfortable.

Building a house while living halfway across the country had its ups and downs. Before we closed, we did the walk through. Surprise! Surprise! We discovered a list of things the builder and his contractors had missed.

How did cork flooring end up in the laundry room when we ordered tile? And you would think that if you can’t change a light bulb in a bathroom fixture because it’s too close to the ceiling, the fixture should be installed the other way around. And what about the obvious gouges in the hardwood floor and the thermostat that has a mind of its own? All of these things are annoying, but they can be corrected. There was one major thing that put me over the edge. I call it the washing machine incident.

Before attempting to do any laundry in our new fancy-dancy washer, I carefully read the instruction booklet. I followed the directions. I stood by to make sure the washer was working the way it should. When I felt comfortable, I left the room. BIG MISTAKE! Within minutes of my leaving, the washer began to empty water from the machine to get ready for the rinse cycle. The water from the washer went into the hose, down the drain, and came right back up into the laundry room. Soapy water covered the floor and spilled into the mudroom. It was making its way to the hardwood floor in the hallway when my husband’s urgent call for HELP brought dirty clothes, towels, blankets, and anything else we could get our hands on to sop up the water.

What caused this mishap? The pipe the rinse water drains into was capped off just beneath the floor of the laundry room. The plumber failed to connect it to the septic system. HELLO! WHAT WAS HE THINKING? Words I don’t normally use spewed from my mouth that day!

We are back in the Midwest. We stare at the For Sale sign in our front yard and continue to wait for someone to buy our house. It’s very discouraging! To drown my sorrows, I decided to immerse myself in one of my favorite pastimes – reading children’s books. At the library, I picked up a combination of fiction and non-fiction picture books, a poetry book, and a few chapter books.

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Come to me, my lovelies, and fill my head and heart with all things good!

The Rest of the ABC Travel Tale

October 11, 2011

New England is gorgeous in fall. When you experience it with family and friends, it’s even more so. The past few days, we walked our little tootsies off. We talked nonstop. We laughed until it hurt. Impressive sights, gourmet delights, and incredible memories topped off the long weekend.

Let me start again and give you the ABC lowdown.

 

Apples Galore

Boston Harbor

Covered Bridges

Duck Boats

Elizabeth among the Mums

Fall Colors in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Glen Ellis Falls in New Hampshire 

Hooker Entrance

Institute of Contemporary Art

John Kerry’s Residence (2 for 1)

Lobster

Movie Set for R.I.P.D.

North End

Old South Meeting House

Pumpkin Picking

Quincy, MA

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Seagulls

Treasure Trove of Colorful Trees

Umbria (Food!)

Vintage Lounge (Libations!)

Waterfall in New Hampshire

XV Beacon, a Boutique Hotel in Boston

Yacht

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge

That’s it! My ABC travel tale is finished. I’m tired out and I’m lettered out, but I still have a huge smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart.

If you’d like to peruse an autumn ABC book, check this out.

A is for Autumn by Robert Maass (Henry Holt and Co., August 2011)

An ABC Travel Tale

October 7, 2011

“A” is for American Airlines.

“B” is for Beautiful Berkshires.

“C” is for Culinary Cravings.

What’s this travel tale about?

I’m bound for New England to visit family and friends. Along the way I’ll be taking in the autumn beauty of the Berkshire Mountains, the White Mountains, and Boston Harbor. It’s a short trip, but I’m determined to see it all and find the rest of the travel tale alphabet.

Log in next Tuesday to see what I found. In the meantime, mind your p’s and q’s and check out this cool alphabet book.

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker (Beach Lane Books, 2010)


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