If the clouds suddenly unleash a fury upon the BBQ grill—rain pelting the house like angry, dead crows shot from a cannon—grill that steak anyway. Gather the following supplies: Steaks, an umbrella, and Nate, and send them outside! Nate is the most important thing on that list, though. The determination. The skill. The grit he… Continue reading Steak-In-The-Rain

Kitty Cat Bathtub Bar

Unwinding after a long day of tearing through the house and slipping (rump first) off the newly polished furniture, is absolutely necessary if you’re a demanding and aggressively affectionate cat. But finding that special place to unwind can be challenging. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: the soaking tub (or any tub) in the bathroom. Just… Continue reading Kitty Cat Bathtub Bar

DIY Mother’s Day Tea

Today, my most outrageously festooned hat, upon which a ten-inch-high stuffed swan of multicolored feathers is perched, has been mistakenly served as the main course for someone else’s Mother’s Day tea, so I’m wearing a baseball cap and pajamas instead. I plan on sauntering out into the yard and indulging myself in a low-key “tea… Continue reading DIY Mother’s Day Tea

Polka Dot Plant

Mangled houseplant season has begun, and I sense I’m already off to a killer start. Sometimes, I can get plants from kits to grow—and they do really, really well—for a while. Then, I forget about them, hoping that Nate and Alex will hear their desperate cries for help—and rescue them from Dr. Bonkers the Butterfingers… Continue reading Polka Dot Plant

Cookie Hack

Lately, something strange has entered my gleaming glass cookie jar, and I can’t stop looking at it, every time I pass by my otherwise neat and tidy kitchen. While there are still a half dozen happy little cookies that cling to the sides of the jar and say, “Here I am! Look at me!” another… Continue reading Cookie Hack