This D*mn House
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Saying Goodbye to the Moose
- Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Authors: NVDuring the past few months, I’ve become accustomed to being awakened by a breathing alarm clock, emitting either a solid series of barks or a shrill, urgent yipe.
This morning, neither these sounds nor the digital alarm clock stirred me. I awakened to silence, five minutes ahead of the alarm.
As I’ve also become accustomed to doing, I p...
The Driveway Debacle
- Published on Monday, 24 October 2011
Authors: NVDuring many afternoons in the past few weeks, I diligently repaired the driveway in preparation for sealing. Hard to believe, but it has already been THREE YEARS since the last time!
Rain and/or temperature drops and/or abbreviated daylight hours impeded my progress. I finally finished early last week. Or so I thought. (But more on that...
- Published on Friday, 21 October 2011
Authors: NVI know I am!
Lately, life has been one spiraling ball of confusion, though, not all of it has been bad. But while I generally thrive within chaos, it's been exhausting -- even I’m ready to wave a white flag.
Apparently, it was Get Organized Week earlier this month. Who knew?!
Well, Emma did. She wrote to let me know that she had put up 50...
Tuesday ToolTalk: EasyCanvasPrints.com
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Authors: NVTechnically, a canvas print isn’t a tool. It is, however, a great way to turn one of your original photos into a piece of art. (Never let it be said that at This D*mn House,we don’t talk about a multitude of ways to decorate your walls.)
I love photos. I love art work. I love Ozzie. So being asked try a free canvas print for a chance to...
Awaking from the Silence
- Published on Monday, 17 October 2011
Authors: NVHi. Remember me?
Just because the blog's been quiet, doesn't mean that things have been quiet at This D*mn House at all. In fact, that's the largest hunk of the reason why the blog has gone so dark lately. I've been trying to eke out every second of the good weather we've been having because I know it's destined to end all too soon....
Homeless in St. Louis
- Published on Friday, 07 October 2011
Authors: NVI frequently write about the beauty of downtown, the skyscrapers lined with incredible architectural features. Unfortunately, at ground level, some of the sights are not so exhilirating.
The pre-dawn hours in downtown St. Louis are when you are most likely to smell them. The odor of urine permeates the air outside the parking garages...
A Day Away
- Published on Thursday, 29 September 2011
Authors: NVI know I've been away a lot longer than a day ... but yesterday was my "escape it all" afternoon.
I should have been at home, plugging away at a freelance project I'm wrapping up and at my other part-time job I managed to secure last month. But I wasn't. The mother and I went to exercise a little retail therapy.
Instead, we spent a few...
Ends … and Beginnings
- Published on Thursday, 15 September 2011
Authors: NVI haven’t written in a while. Suffice it to say that I’ve had a lot on my mind and that I’ve got even more on my plate.
Things continue to deteriorate with Ozzie. He is in remarkably good shape considering that each and every day brings the discovery of a new tumor or of a new gland that has swelled. He continues to eat like a dog three...
A Hammer, a Ladder and a Coupla Nails
- Published on Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Authors: NVI hadn’t even set my stuff down yet when I heard the mother from the next room: “We need to go help R,” she said. (R is the husband in the couple who live next door. They are a few years older than the mother. R has been battling cancer for quite some time. He’s a shadow of the robust guy he once was and now relies heavily on a cane.
Establishing the SDS
- Published on Friday, 26 August 2011
Authors: NVWhat time is it? What day is it? Who am I?
These have all been key questions during the past few weeks that I have found myself trying to answer almost every night, sometimes more than once a night. That’s because, at least in part, what I am experiencing has to be akin to what every parent caring for a newborn experiences: intensive s...