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July 20, 2017

We live in an old house.

An old, small house.

With the boys growing every day, personal space is at a premium around here. Oh, they both have their own rooms, but there seems to always be a battle over the living room television – one wants to watch television while another wants to play a videogame while Larry is trying to watch the Red Sox.

Finally, over the winter we decided it was time to consider expanding our living space.  NOT BY MOVING.  By partitioning the basement and making part of it a playroom/living room. And adding a full-sized basement bulkhead for access (currently the exterior door from the basement to the yard is three feet tall).

The work began on Monday.

Here is the ‘before’ photo:

You can see the basement door at the far end, up the gray stairs.  The entire door is in the photo.

They estimate it to be about a three-week job. But we’re going on vacation for a week in a week, so it will take a calendar month. Give or take.

Stay tuned for progress photos!



July 17, 2017

Larson loves the woods so much, we took Sasha for a hike up in the Fells Sunday morning.

Then I went for a run.

And then, since I’ve been coughing nonstop for nearly three weeks, I took myself to the local PromptCare. An x-ray later, I have a solid case of bronchitis.  Happy that it’s not pneumonia, at least.

I literally have a fistful of prescriptions, so hopefully I’ll be on the mend soon.

The rest of the afternoon was spent quietly. We did blow paintings, the boys played (calmly) together. Perfect Sunday afternoon.

You know, except for the coughing.


July 13, 2017

Larson is at forest camp this week.



It has been sporadically raining all week.

The camp policy is that if it’s not an electrical storm, they are outside regardless of the weather (I should say here that it’s a half-day session). Twice so far he has come home soaked to the skin – even had to put his backpack and lunchbox in the dryer once – and he has been happy as a clam throughout.



July 10, 2017

It’s official: my eleven year old son is taller than I am.



July 7, 2017

We celebrated the Independence Day holiday as we always do, with a cookout.  This year we had I think 30 people in all.

I am happy to report that a good time was had by all – to such an extent that I didn’t take the myriad of photos that I usually do.

Here is a photo of the kids, taken after the squirt gun fight and before the water balloon battle.

I’d say that sums things up.


June 29, 2017

We just got home from a few days at Universal Orlando.

I haven’t been there in about 20 years; Larry and the boys had never been to Florida at all.

We met some real characters


Saw a few sights


And had some butterbeer

Home now, and ready to recuperate from a very active vacation. 🙂


June 22, 2017

It’s been quite a week.

Larson’s kindergarten graduation ceremony was Tuesday morning.


Wednesday was Alistair’s fifth grade moving-up ceremony; he will be attending middle school in the fall.

And today is the last day of school.