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Notes from a Rebel With a Label Maker
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I know a lot of you like the name. I know Gary likes the name. But the only posts I write that are appropriate to a blog named "Hummingbird Homemaker" are the ones complaining about the name Hummingbird Homemaker. Also, only INSANE people would take homemaking advice from me. Or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Yesterday, tiny childhood tragedy struck. The kind that's not tragic to anybody else, but is an Injustice of Huge Proportions to the kid. Anthony saves up for Webkinz, which are these little stuffed animals you buy that have tags that let you wander around in Webkinz land on the computer,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
This is exactly what happened, pretty much word for word. Unlike with my usual adventures, this one has 911 tapes to prove it. Just before seven Saturday night, I heard a shrieking of tires like you sometimes hear when I am driving, except I was in my living room. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
We are now really starting to make ourselves at home at the new house. For me, "making myself at home" means breaking things. You know to expect this when you move into a house that the realtor says "has character". But we didn't use a realtor, we bought from Reader... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
It's is a complete double standard, because he is married to someone else. Which I probably should clarify, now, since I've never actually explained this part on the blog. Be warned, it's not particularly funny. Even though it sounds like it might be, from the description. Gary and I met... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
So, I was at the farmer's market a couple of weeks ago, and I ran into reader who is not named Polly as I was buying tomatoes. This happens all the time, because Polly is the person who sells tomatoes. Polly: I keep reading your blog and thinking "better you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Recovery is humming along over here. I am not in pain--I'd describe it as "tenderness" and by that I actually mean tenderness and not like when they say childbirth involves "discomfort" which is code for "being ripped in half". I am shocked by how tired I am, though, needing many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Wednesday I had my operation for my legs. Don't worry, it was a small operation, according to Gary, who is clearly thinking of it from the other end of the scalpel because in my world anything involving two needles, four sticky monitors and a gas mask is a big operation.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Saturday was officially our last day in the old house. Farewell, old house. Things Gary will miss about the old house: Now, even if you have never been to our house, you can picture where we lived for eight years. Actually, now you can picture it only if you have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Normally, I do not do product endorsements. Well, one time I considered putting a "pesticide free" sign on our lawn, but then I realized that might be taken more as a warning than as an endorsement. But I have to say, if you are looking for an exterminator in Saskatoon,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Most Talented Photographer Ever, I would like to say... Also, the officiant was not bad... <grin> and did not mention bed bugs one time. Okay, once, but it was before the ceremony and I was not mik-ed. Although, my sister declared pointedly that I don't need to be... An excerpt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
I am writing to give you all the juicy details of the bed bug extermination, because I'm sure you're dying to know. I'm sorry it took me so long to blog about this (even if you aren't). It's hard to keep up on computer stuff when you live in a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
We have gotten into a flea treating groove over here. Every morning we wake up very early before the heat of the day, and we wash all the bedding and dust and vacuum all floors and soft furniture. You need to understand that between the mass of insects and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
I promised you before and after pictures of the new house. I have proportionately few… Before: After: Turns out, it is hard to remember to take before pictures, so these are really "halfway through" pictures from careful angles. Also, I'm not really done, so really what we have is two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
As you may or may not know, we are moving into a new house! I will be posting many before and after photos as I unpack and decorate rooms because 1) I am sure you are reading this blog because you care about home decorating, and 2) I am sure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
If you know my partner, you will be happy to know he is nowhere near Madrid. This morning, I woke up to an email from him saying he had to make an emergency trip to Madrid which I thought was kind of wierd because today was the day he was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
One day in University, my room mate who is not named Bat-boy whizzed down the stairs and burst dramatically into the kitchen. There was a pause. Then his shoulders slumped and he sighed. "My life would be so much better with a sound-track." he said. Life's tiny injustices. My youngest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
I am plagued by kids who want to eat frozen vegetables. I have this vision of our family sitting down to dinner together with the holy trinity of meat, potato, and veggie, asking each other about their day and sharing love and insight. What I have is a family whose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Anthony: When you get to be a hundred, if you want to live forever, you should drink a cup of soda every night. Me (in my head): Why wait? Anthony: Seth's grandpa did that and he lived for eleven more years. Eric: I'm talking to dad about that. Anthony gives... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
I am branching out into carpentry, which I have wanted to learn to do ALL MY LIFE. Okay, not all of my life. There was a time when I was a kid when my dad has a full workshop of tools and wanted to teach me carpentry--I didn't want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
My father once told me that faith can move mountains. My father is a deep believer in science, so I was surprised to hear him say that. “You don’t believe in faith.” I said—because this was back when I thought that faith and science were opposites. “When this country built... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
Continuing in the thread of Ninja Parenting... On a recent visit to the West Edmonton Mall, Anthony discovered the joy of tubing in the wave pool. I could just as easily describe this as "the tube discovering the joys of Anthony-ing in the wave pool", since each one of them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
So, I am learning to use tools. My sister who studies monkeys-and-stuff tells me that the ability to use tools is a key marker of intelligence. She also says a lot about opposable thumbs. So does Gary. He says something along the lines of how people often lose them by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
This is the house that my kids will always refer to as “Len and Joanna’s house”. For the first six years we lived in our current home, Len and Joanna were a constant presence--offering a friendly word or an afternoon spent picking crabapples from a tree full of fruit. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker
My sister’s baby has arrived! She is seven pound something (the baby, not my sister) which I think is a perfect size for a baby. Small enough to fit comfortably through the, um, arrivals gate. If you get my metaphor in that sentence. The metaphor was “comfortably”. Also, seven pounds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Hummingbird Homemaker