Dead Lions?!

“Dead lions? You’ve got dead lions?” he exclaimed. “Yes dear I do, otherwise I’d love to go to the park with you and Mum and play Monster.” I turned from the sink and there he was, in the middle of the kitchen, staring at me, looking shocked and confused. I did...

Evicted By Termites

Our annual inspections of the house charted a continuing rise in the population of termites. Each year, we put off tenting the house for fear of the toil involved in preparing to be gassed by a scary fumigant as well as the inconvenience of uprooting ourselves and...

The Stench of Friendship

It would be several days before the stench began to waft through the house. Our friends, their kids, and a gaggle of college students had all settled in for a long weekend. On the last night I lit the back garden with candles and while the kids romped though my...

Girl Detective – Best Job in the World

I received a beautiful bouquet addressed to “Nancy Drew, Girl Detective” from a grateful family member. I have to change the names in this story to protect the guilty…or rather, to protect myself from the guilty and as well, to hide the identities of the innocent. You...

Taylor’s Fish and the Big Lie

The little guy finally did it. At seven years-old, he caught a fish after years of trying. I was in Minnesota and missed the event. Taylor froze the fish, happy to wait until I got back to admire his great feat. When I opened the freezer and took out the fish I saw...