Surviving Kitchen Warfare on the Homefront

There is seemingly no end to the things that can tax a marriage if you let them, and in my household, for a long time, food, especially “what to have for dinner” was another version of shoes left in the middle of the hallway (or, pick your spousal pet-peeve: dried toothpaste in the sink, hair … Continue reading Surviving Kitchen Warfare on the Homefront

Zen and Managing “Type A” Expectations, a.k.a, “Pele’s World”

I’ve felt for quite a few years that I had conquered my “type A” personality: as I consider it, probably not surprisingly, I think I’ve felt that way for about as long as this house project has been going on (go figure!). For fun, let’s call my “type A” personality “Pele” after the Hawaiian goddess … Continue reading Zen and Managing “Type A” Expectations, a.k.a, “Pele’s World”

Parenting the Parents, Part V. Expect the Unexpected.

Unless you work a job with very strange hours, a ringing phone at 5:45 a.m. rarely signals anything good. Our cell signal at home was perfectly awful, so I should have been keeping our regular landline phone in the bedroom, but I wasn’t. Both of the portable handsets were somewhere downstairs. Normally I woke up … Continue reading Parenting the Parents, Part V. Expect the Unexpected.