Break on through to…my house

First of all, my coffee machine is broken.

Leak
It's doing this leaking thing that I was trying to ignore, with my propensity for denial, but that denial is getting harder and harder to conjure as the leak becomes more obvious. Please also note the string near Talu's foot. The dogs AND cats took down the curtain ties and shredded them.

My house is nice.

Anyway, my birthday is this month if anyone was flummoxed about what to get me. And I like the kind with the thermal pot. Thanks. Oh, wait. Didn't I ask you all to get me a bulldog puppy? Okay, I want both. Is that so much to ask?

And I know all my coffeemaker churns out for me is decaf, but it's psychological. I still think, Oh, I'll feel better after I've had this coffee. See "denial" paragraph earlier.

In other news, Peg had a party last night. Peg is my neighbor and she had a deck built by an extremely precise man whom I met last night and asked, "How do you know how to build decks?" and he is still telling me.

Henreeglare
So even though I wanted to stay home and let Henry glare at me regally, I headed off for the long commute to Peg's.

Bigcommute
Here is Peg's fence. To the right, there, barely visible? My driveway. Every time I leave Peg's I say, "I'll call you to let you know I got home okay" and I think I'm hilarious every time.

Deckpartay Peg's new deck is delightful! Delightful! How old am I that I get excited about a deck? But really, if is on an angle that opens out to her yard, and look at the cute benches, and also, see the window with the shelf under it, near the people?

Convenient It opens right to the kitchen! So you can pretend you're an ice cream shop or whatever! And look. Peg had a Mason jar with sparklers. Who is the cutest?

Mepartayyyin One of Peg's friends insisted I get my picture taken with my iPhone and then of course she couldn't figure out how to take my picture with my iPhone. Here is me straining to be patient while food was just out of my grasp. And by the way, I was one of the first to arrive because I live so far away. Eventually the party was full of people. I didn't want you to feel sorry for Peg.

Bottles
These little bottles in the trees had candles in them! Peg thinks of everything.

At any rate, I stayed till 10:00, and my friend the Other June was there, and I said to her, "You wanna come with me to walk my dogs?" and she said sure, because what was she gonna say. But when we got to my house? I had locked myself out.

Nice.

This is something that never would have happened had Marvin been alive.

So then I had to go BACK to the party, after making such a delightful exit with my funny "call when I get home" line, and say, "Can anyone break into a house?" And frighteningly? The deck guy was able to do it with a credit card in about seven seconds. He said had my deadbolt been also locked he wouldn't have been able to break in, but since it was just the doorknob, the plates are uneven or my plates are broken or I have paper plates.

He said he'd fix it, because apparently there is nothing more exciting to fix-it men than helpless women.

I just want you to know Marvin would ALREADY BE at the hardware store addressing this issue. In fact, if he reads my blog today in Michigan I guarantee you he will bring it up to me. "So, you…getting that door fixed?" You know, in case a bad man with a credit card is randomly trying doors.

So that is the story of Peg's bash. And my tectonic plates. And Henry. What are y'all doing for the 4th?

P.S. I almost forgot! At the party was this adorable old lady, who had lived in Peg's house in the '50s. She knew the people who lived here and guess what. They were super extra weird. The husband used to read the entire Sunday paper in his car. They grew tomatoes in my back yard, all along the length of the fence, but when she asked for one, they were all, "Well, there may not be enough."

The clincher was, this woman had a dog, and the people who lived here were unloading Christmas gifts from the trunk? And her dog ran over, GRABBED A DOLL from the trunk, and took off with it. That was the last time the people here ever spoke to that cute woman.

What a group of crabby appletons. The woman also told me that another time her dog stole a baby Jesus from a different neighbor's nativity scene. I kind of love that woman and the ghost of her bad dog.

237 thoughts on “Break on through to…my house

  1. Sadie will be having a staycation, too. That appears to be so normal these days that it was given its own name. Pickle, are you on your way home? Dinner is ready. says:

    Pamela SS #2, you certainly know how to party. Sounds like a terrific location for your vacation.

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  2. Sadie will be having a staycation, too. That appears to be so normal these days that it was given its own name. Pickle, are you on your way home? Dinner is ready. says:

    Pamela SS #2, you certainly know how to party. Sounds like a terrific location for your vacation.

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  3. Ask Talullah – maybe she knows where Pickle went.
    Missing puppy fingers crossed for you and Pickle Kate – doggies should be with their humans! Always!

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  4. Amish Annie AND to top it off, I have to clean bird poop off all my crappy lawn furniture before anyone can sit on it says:

    Between Sadie’s neighborhood party and Pamela SS#2’s deck, my crappy piece of lawn with chairs thrown about doesn’t seem so festive now. Ima going to Sadie’s and Pamela’s for 4th of July thankyouverymuch.
    Siren, are you a January birthday? Capricorn?

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  5. GardenGirl ......who admits that she is w-a-y sentimental, but really....who wouldn't be affected by their childhood home being torn down? says:

    Oh good. Glad you straightened that out, June. Dates-0-plenty this weekend. Good. We’ll be standing by for the de-briefing.
    Re: The house tours when you are going back to see the house you grew up in? My parents sold that house about 8 years ago. The person who lived next door to it purchased it, and then *razed* the house to make a large side yard. Honest to god, I cried like a baby when I heard that. Who does that?

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  6. Pamela Soul Sister #2 and I have been watching a hell of a lot of HGTV's "Curb Appeal," "Yard Crashers," and such. says:

    Oh Garden Girl! That is soul crushing! Who does that, indeed!!!!
    Anita, it’s the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari…or something like that…and I’ve been trying to avoid taking my kids there each season. I am running out of excuses! But I’m afraid the animals won’t look well cared for and it will be devastating…or it will be cheesy and I will be pissed. It’s included in our season passes though.
    Yes, Sadie…we love to partay up in here!
    Come on over, Amish Annie! But I bet we could turn your patch of lawn into a little patch of heaven with the right stuff!

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  7. Pamela Soul Sister #2 and I have been watching a hell of a lot of HGTV's "Curb Appeal," "Yard Crashers," and such. says:

    Oh Garden Girl! That is soul crushing! Who does that, indeed!!!!
    Anita, it’s the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari…or something like that…and I’ve been trying to avoid taking my kids there each season. I am running out of excuses! But I’m afraid the animals won’t look well cared for and it will be devastating…or it will be cheesy and I will be pissed. It’s included in our season passes though.
    Yes, Sadie…we love to partay up in here!
    Come on over, Amish Annie! But I bet we could turn your patch of lawn into a little patch of heaven with the right stuff!

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  8. Pamela Soul Sister #2 and I have been watching a hell of a lot of HGTV's "Curb Appeal," "Yard Crashers," and such. says:

    Oh Garden Girl! That is soul crushing! Who does that, indeed!!!!
    Anita, it’s the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari…or something like that…and I’ve been trying to avoid taking my kids there each season. I am running out of excuses! But I’m afraid the animals won’t look well cared for and it will be devastating…or it will be cheesy and I will be pissed. It’s included in our season passes though.
    Yes, Sadie…we love to partay up in here!
    Come on over, Amish Annie! But I bet we could turn your patch of lawn into a little patch of heaven with the right stuff!

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  9. Garden Girl, I hate to tell you this, but where I live people do that all the time – buy the yard next door or behind them and tear the house down. Here’s why (at least in my hood): our land is FAR, FAR more valuable than the house. In fact, a cleared lot is worth more than a lot with an old house on it. We have kinda small lots being that we are an urban area. To be able to own two lots next to each other – GOLD! When the house next to me went on the market I desperately wanted to buy it, but we were newlyweds and poor and we could barely afford the house we had!! Maybe someday.

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  10. Pamela, it was a bit cheesy but the kids were little and they loved it. We only lived in NJ for a year so it wasn’t too bad. I don’t remember the condition of the animals but just how they came right up and looked in the window!
    I just got new lounge chairs so I’m fluffy up the patio by the pool. I may just sleep out there now.

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  11. Oh, Pickle, come home! Don’t make your momma cry! I know there will be biscuits and bed snuggling and all sorts of treaties waiting!

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  12. Pamela, SS#2, I’m in Gloucester County! Nice to know there’s another Jersey girl reading June’s blog! I may have to de-lurk more often now!

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  13. Anita,
    We are moving from our garage apartment into our newly built house. Just a few feet out the door.
    The moving company was so puzzled when I told them I didn’t need a truck – just the muscles.

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  14. Sadie's neighborhood cookout will be at the picnic grounds. Yes, I'm bringing the watermelon, feta and mint salad as my dish to share. says:

    Amish Annie, it is the company that counts, not the yard furniture. We also have to wash bird poop off of my mother’s lawn chairs before we use them so I’m use to that.

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  15. Sadie's neighborhood cookout will be at the picnic grounds. Yes, I'm bringing the watermelon, feta and mint salad as my dish to share. says:

    Amish Annie, it is the company that counts, not the yard furniture. We also have to wash bird poop off of my mother’s lawn chairs before we use them so I’m use to that.

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  16. Sadie's neighborhood cookout will be at the picnic grounds. Yes, I'm bringing the watermelon, feta and mint salad as my dish to share. says:

    Amish Annie, it is the company that counts, not the yard furniture. We also have to wash bird poop off of my mother’s lawn chairs before we use them so I’m use to that.

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  17. Oh, Sadie, I got the w-melon, mint and feta today. We are looking forward to your salad, as we always tend to go with the old standbys on 7/4. This will add a little something different, so thanks!

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  18. I heart Peg and her deck. I wish I had fun neighbors like that.
    June, how did you get to Talu to come back? Was it dirty laundry on your porch? Maybe Pickle’s mom could try it. Please update us when Pickle is safe at home.
    Also, Hulk, you made me think of something funny when you mentioned Pinconning. It’s only funny in my head though because I can still hear my hubby’s cousin in her nasally voice with her Michigan accent saying “Let’s go to Pinconning to get some cheeeeeeese.”

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  19. Pamela Soul Sister #2 and I just ran to Barnes & Noble and they were out of "Three Dog Life." Must be popular! says:

    Hey Suzanne! Sounds like you are somewhere west of me! NJ really is nicer than its tv portrayals! I hope you de-lurk often!
    Love how you did that expansion on your property, Texas Kari…sounds like you are quite the land baroness, indeed!
    Anita, I think my kids would love the all-up-in your-faceness with the animals…me, not so much but we’ll give it a whirl. Enjoy your poolside lounging.
    I am definitely making that feta,watermelon, mint salad on Sunday. Thanks Sadie! And you said it right…it is the company that counts!!!! And the best company couldn’t care less about wiping some bird poop!

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  20. Pamela Soul Sister #2 and I just ran to Barnes & Noble and they were out of "Three Dog Life." Must be popular! says:

    Hey Suzanne! Sounds like you are somewhere west of me! NJ really is nicer than its tv portrayals! I hope you de-lurk often!
    Love how you did that expansion on your property, Texas Kari…sounds like you are quite the land baroness, indeed!
    Anita, I think my kids would love the all-up-in your-faceness with the animals…me, not so much but we’ll give it a whirl. Enjoy your poolside lounging.
    I am definitely making that feta,watermelon, mint salad on Sunday. Thanks Sadie! And you said it right…it is the company that counts!!!! And the best company couldn’t care less about wiping some bird poop!

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  21. Pamela Soul Sister #2 and I just ran to Barnes & Noble and they were out of "Three Dog Life." Must be popular! says:

    Hey Suzanne! Sounds like you are somewhere west of me! NJ really is nicer than its tv portrayals! I hope you de-lurk often!
    Love how you did that expansion on your property, Texas Kari…sounds like you are quite the land baroness, indeed!
    Anita, I think my kids would love the all-up-in your-faceness with the animals…me, not so much but we’ll give it a whirl. Enjoy your poolside lounging.
    I am definitely making that feta,watermelon, mint salad on Sunday. Thanks Sadie! And you said it right…it is the company that counts!!!! And the best company couldn’t care less about wiping some bird poop!

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  22. June, of course Henry remembers you. Cats, you know, it’s all about (the) pride.
    Pamela – I don’t blame you for wanting to avoid the animal attraction.If it were me, I’d do some research first about the animals’ treatment there, and then boycott it if it’s not up to snuff. I can’t bear to go to “zoos” in third-world countries, either.

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  23. Sadie doesn't add salt because Mr. Sadie covers everything on his plate in salt anyway so I seldom add salt in the kitchen. says:

    For Letha and Pamela, I googled the watermelon salad and found several versions. I do not see the point of adding an olive oil dressing to it. This link shows lime juice and another one I saw added balsalmic glaze instead of the lime. I haven’t used either, but both sound interesting. I’ll decide when I make it in the morning.
    http://whippedtheblog.com/2008/07/17/watermelon-salad-with-feta-mint-and-lime/

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  24. Sadie, thank you for doing this! It does help, because I had a question about how to cut/chop the mint leaves, and this clears it up. We are always light with the salt, but I do have some of that pink salt that the recipe mentions, so I will try it. And will def use the freshly ground pepper!

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  25. GardenGirl ......who admits that she is w-a-y sentimental, but really....who wouldn't be affected by their childhood home being torn down? says:

    Texas Kari – I totally get the land value dynamic ’cause I live in southern california, but trust me, this house of which I speak? It was located in a one-stoplight-town in rural western new york that saw it’s high point sometime in the 40’s-50’s. There IS no land value, so to speak. Just a beautiful, 100 year old victorian house that is no more, and in that little village, beyond it’s prime 30 years ago, there will never be anything else built on that land. Ever. Because there are no jobs there. But I’m not bitter or anything. :/

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  26. I lock myself out a few times a year but I have given my boyfriend a spare key to my house. Rather than TELL him I’m locked out and get the “keys should have one place where you put them automatically blah blah blah” lecture I rock up at his house like I want to spend surprise time with him, steal my keys while he makes me a cup of tea (mwahahaha) and return them the next day. Like a stealthy ninja.

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  27. I lock myself out a few times a year but I have given my boyfriend a spare key to my house. Rather than TELL him I’m locked out and get the “keys should have one place where you put them automatically blah blah blah” lecture I rock up at his house like I want to spend surprise time with him, steal my keys while he makes me a cup of tea (mwahahaha) and return them the next day. Like a stealthy ninja.

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  28. I lock myself out a few times a year but I have given my boyfriend a spare key to my house. Rather than TELL him I’m locked out and get the “keys should have one place where you put them automatically blah blah blah” lecture I rock up at his house like I want to spend surprise time with him, steal my keys while he makes me a cup of tea (mwahahaha) and return them the next day. Like a stealthy ninja.

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  29. Garden Girl – your house story is sad. There won’t be many 100 year old Victorians left before long! The houses getting torn down around here are 70 year old post-war ranch styles with very little character. No one will EVer miss them! In fact we hosted a fun block party to watch ours get the bulldozer. Totally different circumstance.

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  30. Sadie wishes everyone a happy 4th of July weekend and hopes Pickle will soon be home safe and sound. says:

    With your social life, June, we have no choice but to talk among ourselves.

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  31. Never mind talking among ourselves. Sometimes I come here just to talk to myself alone.
    Me: Hey, Siren! Why are you having such trouble finding an analogy for how wrong it is to roast marshmallows over a gas grill?
    Me: Well, Self, I think it’s because I just don’t know enough about the possible ways to abuse cooking utensils.
    Me: Maybe Diane is right — maybe you need to learn how to cook.
    Me: Now I hate you.

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  32. Hoping the update is sweet and not dill/sour.
    Dogs are the bread and butter of life.
    I relish my time with them.
    Pickle, COME!!

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  33. Maybe Paula was asking what you thought, Anita!
    Now I’m in a pickle trying to figure it out.

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