Tagged: The Castle House

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Let’s Get This Party Started.

Today the contractors finally showed up to start repairing my kitchen. The original plan (yes, original plan, be afraid…) was to just demo one wall, the one with the leak, and rebuild it properly. It’s an outside wall that was an addition onto the house. They walled in the porch in the 60’s and turned it into the kitchen, but this addition does not match the build quality of the rest of the home. At all. Today I stood there and...

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A Visit From Splinter.

For f*cks sake I am never touching anything with milk ever again. I am so miserable. It takes forever to get out of my system. WHY! The charcoal does help the immediate gas bubbles and cramps, but I still feel awful. I’ve still pooped 80234 times in the past two days. I’m relieved to know it’s milk though. I mean it’s obvious, the same thing happens each time I stupidly try to eat it. Two hours after eating it I feel...

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I need more Zantac.

I have what I shall refer to as Anxiety Stomach. This is some sort of hereditary torture during which my stomach feels like it’s full of acid, and I may barf acid out of my nose if I move to swiftly. (It’s similar to morning sickness actually.) My dad gets the same thing, upset stomach from stress. My kitchen. I don’t know why it’s stressing me out so much. I mean it’s not the end of the world, but I can’t...

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I will go down with this ship.

And I won’t put my hands up and surrender There will be no white flag above my door I’m in love, and always will be It started last night while I was putting cookie dough on a pan to bake. I was standing in the kitchen in front of the stove and I heard a strange scuffling noise. It sounded almost like a mouse. We had a mouse in the kitchen last year when we first moved in, and the cats...

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Sing to me the song of your people, tornadoes, and other unfortunate messes.

The other night we had scary weather. Tornadoes all around us! One to the west, one to the north, and one to the east. In October. Why? Very weird. The hail was huge. This is a picture of melting hail that I grabbed between tornado warnings. It was actually golf ball to baseball sized when it came down. I’ve never seen such large hail in my life. Some people experienced a lot of hail damage, but luckily we didn’t have anything...

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The Japanese Came.

Everything went really well last night with the Japanese guys! Tyler said they had a great time. They stood up when I entered the room and bowed to me, and thanked me profusely for the wonderful meal. I am like a princess. I should have married a Japanese man! (Just kidding.) Tyler wanted to serve them American Thanksgiving food because they had never had those foods before. They’ve had steak and typical nice restaurant foods during their stay here, but not...

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The Japanese are Coming!

Apparently we are having the Japanese business men over for dinner on Sunday. They expect a classic American meal with an ample amount of liquor. Cue panic. So I decided to start in the most logical place: Rearrange a few things so that it doesn’t look like an insane tribe of feral children live here. Beginning with the living room. Dear God, it’s not going well. Part of the problem is that we can’t afford adult furniture. Please tell me I’m...

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Sweaty Milk.

Nothing much exciting is happening here at the moment. My refrigerator decided to die. For the past month or so I’ve noticed that sometimes things in it don’t feel that cold. Then I would check it again a few hours later only to find food frozen. I was beginning to think I was crazy! But this same thing happened to our refrigerator last year at the cabin. (Oh Lord, remember that saga?) It leaked water from the top of the inside...

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My Castle House.

There was snow on the ground this morning. This is the view from my kitchen window in the morning. That barn roof is normally black. Today it was white with snow! Later we got hit with some crazy, crazy sleet while we were at the art teacher’s house. Rosie takes homeschool art class taught by a local artist in his studio on Tuesday afternoons. There are three other kids in her class. She loves it! They do painting, pottery, drawing, basically...

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Meet Hans and Kristoff.

I called the property manager and told him how the ashes exploded out from the fireplace. Except I didn’t mention I pulled off the pink foam board…I sort of glossed over that part. Ahem. He said he didn’t mind if we had the chimney professionally cleaned and unblocked as long as we paid for it and didn’t ask the owner to pay. I’m down with that. Exciting! It’s the end of the season, but I will have a functioning fireplace next...