For years, DIY meant making little curtains, slip covering a few pillows, slobbering over paint colors. The fun and easy stuff. Now it’s all about vise grips, power tools, respirators, sanders, and a little screaming and crying. Everybody I talked to said that scraping a popcorn ceiling was simple if you sprayed it with water [...]
A marriage can handle just one hysteric. That would be me. I only make this cake once a year, at Christmas. It’s a major production, for me anyway, because I give it as a gift to friends and I need six or eight of them in a short span of time. This year I decided [...]
The children were hungry, we had stayed too long at the park. This may be California but here in the north when we get a sunny day in the middle of our rainy winter we roll in it like happy pigs. The park is just out my back gate and a short walk down a [...]
Jim and I were once again in the kitchen where physics is so often under discussion. Maybe because that’s where we keep the wine. “I bought two books, “Alice in Quantumland” and “The Wizard of Quarks” I said. “And I read a little bit about string theory.” “But?” he asked”. “BUT I DON’T GET IT!” [...]
Just when I think I’m smart something happens. We were cooking together and I started to put two pieces of bread into the toaster but Jim had gotten there first. I said, “Oh. Here we have some physics. Two objects can’t occupy the same space.” I was terribly proud of myself, having lived so long [...]
“What’s my drill doing in the trash?” my husband asked. The look on his Man Face alerted me to the fact that he was desperately searching for a reason he might likely understand. And he was holding his drill as though it was a priceless work of art, in two hands. My problem with having [...]
We live in a bubble somewhere?! I don’t even know where. Since I find that idea so disturbing and since I don’t understand warped geometry, I decided to let the children help tell this story. Why not? They don’t get it either so we make a great team, ignorant but artistic.