Just for Fun

·

Neighbors

Last week I visited a small town in Missouri. The closest neighbors were out for their morning constitutional. We eyed each other warily. How do you get along with your neighbors?
·

What Was in Your Kids’ Easter Baskets?

When I was growing up, my Easter basket always contained a toothbrush and toothpaste. The Easter Bunny continued that tradition with my children, and sometimes added other useful items like socks. My children complained, of course. Particularly when the Easter Bunny kept the toiletries coming through their college years. But one year after my daughter was on her own, my husband and I met her over Easter weekend for some spring skiing. The Easter Bunny didn’t leave her anything. “Where’s my basket?” she asked. “I was counting on new toothpaste.” What did the Easter Bunny leave your kids this year?
·

It’s Still March Madness

Wowza! My alma mater is still going in the NCAA men’s college basketball run. I didn’t fill out a bracket this year, but the top spot always goes to the Jayhawks! 🙂 Fingers crossed for Monday night! Rock Chalk!
·

A Working Puzzle Clock

For Christmas, my daughter bought me a working wood puzzle clock. It only took me 1/3 of the year to finally get around to attempting the challenge. Assembly was quite an adventure. I spent half of a Saturday building this intricate project. And it almost kinda works. Success! -ish
·

Oldest Formula 409 Bottle in America

I’m not sure this is something to be proud of, but I believe our family owns the oldest bottle of Formula 409 cleaner in America. (If anyone can prove me wrong, please feel free to do so.) My husband is a firm believer in the powers of 409 cleaner to handle almost any household messes. The only things he’s found that it won’t clean are adhesives that require a very powerful 3M solvent he also keeps on hand. But everything in daily kitchen spills can be handled by 409. Formula 409 went on the market in 1957, which means it