This Old House

Make Like a Tree and Leave

Make Like a Tree and Leave

“Don’t you love fall foliage?” A friend of mine asked as we watched brilliant leaves of red, orange and gold waft down from the trees. “It’s such a beautiful time of year.” I rolled my eyes. I had no patience for the leaf lovers, the autumn enthusiasts, the fall foliage fanatics. I had bigger fish to fry. I was a…

Sofa… So Good.

Sofa… So Good.

“The sofa has left the building,” my husband said to me over the phone. I jumped up and down. My husband had decided to upgrade his leather office couch, and the reject was coming home to go in our playroom. Until now, the playroom had plenty of room to play, but no place to sit. When they were tired of…

The Day the Suburbs Stood Still

The Day the Suburbs Stood Still

Scene:  In the dark of night, a tiny object plummets invisibly to the earth.  Glowing with the searing heat of the Earth’s atmosphere, it arrives on the planet as a tiny fireball before slamming into the ground in a suburban backyard. It’s flames immediately extinguished by the tiny impact, it’s arrival goes undetected by the slumbering people in the house. …

Attack of the Pumpkin Lovin' Squirrels

Attack of the Pumpkin Lovin' Squirrels

“The squirrel’s ate my pumpkins,” I moaned to my husband. “Is that a secret code for something?” he wondered. “NO!  I had a whole bunch of pumpkins on the front stoop and the squirrels massacred them.  Look!” I pointed out the window to our front lawn.  There lay three pumpkins… or what was left of them.  They were strewn about…

How to Paint a House in New Jersey While You Are in Iceland

How to Paint a House in New Jersey While You Are in Iceland

In the midst of my husband’s 50th birthday celebration, my daughter’s sweet 16, my son’s graduation from high school, and a trip to Iceland, we decided to have the entire inside of the house painted. While some people might find this to be strange timing, we actually thought it made a lot of sense. All the messy stuff would be…

What's Hiding in Your Junk Drawer?

What's Hiding in Your Junk Drawer?

I am the queen of organization. But the one place in the house that defies my vast organizational skills is the junk drawer. The junk drawer is that place in everyone’s home that becomes the final resting place for every pen, penny, tchotchke and doohickey that doesn’t belong anywhere else. The problem with the junk drawer, of course, is you…