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Home Improvement Retail Recovery, a Work in Progress

May 2, 2011 |

Home-Depot-SalesHome improvement retailers are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel after the longest drought in sales they’ve ever experienced.  Both Lowe’s and Home Depot reported an increase in same-store sales in recent months, a sign that a long-awaited recovery is around the corner. But executives are tempering their optimism with warnings that the housing market will take years to truly recover and that improvement will be slow to come.

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Remember Rubik's Cube?

April 11, 2011 | 1

Were you ever to save that annoyingly addictive puzzle? I couldn't do it, but my brother could.

It was a fun game, but I don't think I'd like it immortalized on the wall of my bedroom.  However, a friend of my family is trying to convince my daughter that she should do exactly that when she chooses a new paint color for her room.

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Don't Try This at Home, Vol. 4

March 2, 2011 |

It's a good thing winter's almost over.  Snowy winter weather can bring out the best in people, like the ones who use their snowblowers to clear the sidewalk for the whole block.  It can bring out the worst in people, ... Read More

Hole in the Wall Gang

February 25, 2011 | 1

Planning to rob your neighbor's house?  Be careful what you use as your entry point.

My local newspaper detailed the antics of one petty thief who thought it would be a good idea to steal some jewelry and electronics ... Read More

Snow Much Snow

January 29, 2011 | 1

According to the local TV news on Thursday morning, my area got around 15 inches of snow overnight on Wednesday.

Some meteorologists were calling it "Snowtopia."  Good Morning America called it "Snowverkill."  Whatever you call it, this kind of storm ... Read More

Let Your Light Shine

January 20, 2011 | 1

With only a year to go before incandescent light bulbs are phased out of the U.S. market, I've decided on a course of action.

I'm stocking up.

Yes, I've tried those compact fluorescent bulbs.  I've gotten different brands.  I've used ... Read More

Under Pressure

January 3, 2011 |

Do you have a running list of things you need for around the house?  Right now, at the top of my list, is a new extension cord for the Christmas tree.

I burned through two extension cords this year.  ... Read More

The Furnace Chronicles

December 23, 2010 |

Right after Thanksgiving, our furnace stopped working.  Naturally, this happened during the coldest early-December weeks in recent memory.

Where was all that global warming when I needed it?

We waited 12 days for a part, hovering around the three ... Read More


October 13, 2010 |

Fall weather around here is so changeable! This week, we had a sunny, 80-degree Monday, but today we're only expected to hit 62. At night, the temperatures are dropping into the lower 40s. And while everyone needs a jacket or ... Read More

Green Laundry

July 23, 2010 |

When the weather's nice (above 40 degrees with no precipitation in the forecast) I like to hang my laundry on my backyard clothesline.  And with the hot weather we've had this summer, it's been prime clothesline time.

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Color Scheme

July 14, 2010 |

It's a beige, beige, beige, beige world in my neighborhood.

So last month when the folks across the street had the old siding torn off their home and new siding installed, we were all wondering what it would look like.  ... Read More