The Flying Hammer and the Cleaning Lady

Many moons ago, when I was the mother of three young children, my husband (now ex) said, “Let’s remodel the kitchen. I stupidly agreed, not realizing that I would be the one to suffer through six weeks of no kitchen sink and six weeks of feeding my family with no way to cook anything except… Continue reading The Flying Hammer and the Cleaning Lady

No New Year’s Resolutions for Me

Today’s the day I am supposed to resolve to do better, work harder, exercise more, and eat clean.  Guess what? I learned long ago to do things in baby steps. It takes twenty-one days to form a new habit. Sometimes I can do it if I don’t think too hard about it. Like yogurt. I… Continue reading No New Year’s Resolutions for Me

Two Days in Paradise

What could be better than a handy woman who can saw, paint, clean, and fix anything? And she comes down to your house with her daughter, and you get a surrogate grandchild for the weekend? What if your handy woman is strong enough to move couches and love seats from one room to another, and… Continue reading Two Days in Paradise

Do You Want a Cookie, Little Girl?

She ran a personal ad in the Contra Costa Times:  Single white female looking for single Asian man.  Her two previous boyfriends had been Asian.  James called and left a message with his phone number on a Friday night. The next morning Pam checked her phone messages. She liked his voice as she listened to… Continue reading Do You Want a Cookie, Little Girl?