Archive for January 2012

My Superbowl Gift to all Hosts

My Superbowl Gift to all Hosts
The big game is coming up, and the Dahl home will not host any festivities.  I can live with this, no problem.  Matt is moving into a new home this weekend, and I expect he will be busy, and Pat and Rachel will be with Steve in Florida.  So I will not be heating up... Read more »

Printers Row

Printers Row
I am not here to bite the hand that feeds me..and truth told, the honorarium that I receive for holding forth here would not feed a ferret for a month.  The Tribune is kind to host me.  They ask little, and have taught me much about blogging.  I never presume that I am a writer.... Read more »

Smaller dreams, easier goals

This year, I am aiming lower in my “Steveaway” goals. The warm week we just enjoyed encouraged me to do a thorough cleaning of the dog run, a priority which became more essential when the dogs’ messes melted with the snow.  I want them to use this 10 x 10 area which I have established,... Read more »
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Rear View: last year's ambitious project

Steve is attached to the lucky mirror- he records his weight on it everyday in dry erase marker.  The door with hooks is to the bedroom, the other is the closet.
I wrote a post last week about my ADD home remodeling, and here are the before and after shots.  I end up spending more than I need to because I re-use stuff, but I cannot pitch out good cabinetry.  This stuff was Wood Mode, and it was in great shape.  The result is that the... Read more »

Creature of Habit

Creature of Habit
In order to postpone my big project of organizing 33 years of Dahl photographic history, or of sharing the pictures I promised of last year’s project (a reveal in HGTV parlance) I am offering a detour.  I am as famous for my zigs, zags, and detours as Steve is for his straight lines. Mabel is... Read more »

Mini-Project 1-I skinned my I Pad

Mini-Project 1-I skinned my I Pad
Here is a self-indulgent project that took a few minutes and thirty bucks. My niece Erin had created a skin for her Kindle, and I was filled with tech envy.  But my Kindle has a cute pink case, and so I really did not need to customize it. My I Pad, on the other hand,... Read more »
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Projects and Solitude-part 1.

Projects and Solitude-part 1.
Last year Steve went South to Florida after a stint at White Sox Fantasy Camp.  This year, his fantasy was to get into the sun without having to chase fly balls.  He has been in Florida for a week.  I am not sure if this makes me the best wife or the dumbest.  We are... Read more »

Martin's Day

Martin's Day
I am a child of Detroit.  Suburban Detroit.  Eminem wasn’t wrong when he said there was a dividing line at 8 Mile.  In fact, that line had inched out considerably from the time when I was a kid in the Motor City. There were two worlds, linked together  by the Woodward bus.  I lived at... Read more »

How Lame am I?

How Lame am I?
I even tailor my coffee and creamer to the holiday season. During the Fall- I go to Pumpkin Spice.  For Christmas, Peppermint, Mocha mint, – any brand that features a festive image jumps into my cart.  Now that I am in the Winter doldrums- my coffee follows me.  I still have egg nog creamer, though.... Read more »
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Dark Days

Dark Days
I am generally a cauldron of optimism and contentment.  I have two breaches in my Pollyanna persona every year: when summer ends, and when Christmas is over. In my youth, both of these were associated to a return to school, and a loss of the free spirit I crave.  I hated school, with its rigid... Read more »