Junk
Apr11

Junk

I love taking junk and turning it into something useable. I have no doubt that I inherited this characteristic from my father. Just this week, I walked into his garage and saw he had a shiny new trailer. “Where did you get that?” I asked. “I made it!” he said. Of course, he did. He had cobbled together parts: the steel sides of an old truck he had owned 30 years ago; the fenders he picked up at a flea market 10...

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Home
Apr09

Home

About 15 months ago, my home was pulled out from under me. I have lived in this house that I call home since 2001. The house was built by my aunt, who called it home for 40 years and raised her family here. It is the only home my daughter remembers. And while it is too much property for me, too much space to tend, too old to keep up on repairs, too much house to clean, it has always felt like mine. Kind of like your first stuffed...

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‘K’itchen – at least that’s what the assessor’s office says
Apr13

‘K’itchen – at least that’s what the assessor’s office says

I have a kitchen. Of course, I do. I have a house and houses have kitchen. If I didn’t have a kitchen, we’d have to refer to it as a cabin or a rustic lodge. But I have a house, therefore, I have a kitchen.I must keep telling myself this. I have all of the parts of a kitchen: oven, stove, sink, fridge. I even have a dishwasher and a trash compactor. I have countertops and cabinets. I have a really cool pantry that seems to...

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It’s just a couple of cans of paint …

In order to commemorate my interview with CR magazine and my future blog stardom, I promptly stopped posting. I know. It sounds like a wildly unorthodox public relations plan. Bear with me. At my day job, I’m a self-proclaimed marketing genius. There are good reasons. The evening of my last post, I began what shall come to be known as the “Samantha is coming to town let’s paint the living room” makeover of...

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State of the Maynard Household Address

Troy told me I had to post something. He suggested a State of Maynard Household Address. It’s been an up and down couple of weeks. Very up and very down, as a matter of fact. I hate to bury this first downer, so we’ll start with the bad news. First and worst of all, a child in Colleen’s kindergarten class died Dec. 15. His death was sudden and unexpected. We were told “something respiratory” and that he...

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THE DECK IS DONE!!!

Our deck is done, our deck is done. Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo! I will post pictures soon. Prepare yourself. You may get jealous. Everyone is invited to come over and sit on it. Our house is on a hill above the lake, so on the deck, you feel a little like you are on a cruise ship. Yes, I did the “I’m king of the world” thing immediately. And, even bigger news, Colleen lost a tooth at dinner tonight! We aren’t...

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