The Lighter Side

The Lighter Side: The 2020 holiday letter of gloom, doom and gratitude

Every year my husband and his siblings look though my mother-in-law’s holiday cards and letters to catch up on the lives of extended family and old friends. She used to get these truly amazing holiday letters from a former neighbor who has since passed away. These...

The Lighter Side: Ghost in the house? Could be nice, but maybe not

This is the time of year – when the heat is cranked up – that one hears all kinds of creaks and groans in old houses, which I always live in. One time a woman said to me, “I could never live in an old house. I mean someone probably died there.” I thought, so what?...

The Lighter Side: Unwanted houseguests: Mice and squirrels

The Lighter Side: Unwanted houseguests: Mice and squirrels

It’s that special time of year. It’s the time of year when temperatures drop and snow falls. It’s the time of year to snuggle up in front of the fireplace (if you’re lucky) with some hot tea and a good book (okay, Netflix). It’s the time of year to watch a field mouse...

The Lighter Side: Quarantining At Home: Are We Sliding into Hibernation?

Our old cat Poppy has taken to sleeping even more than usual lately. I think she’s going into semi-hibernation from the lack of activity in our house. She’s a social critter (orange tabbies are people lovers), and is use to my husband and me having family and friends...

The Lighter Side: Evacuation Planning: What Stuff Do We Take?

The night the CalWood Fire started, my husband and I stood at a second story window and watched in horror as the bright flames burned on the north end of Boulder. I wish I could say this was an unusual surreal experience, the first of its kind. But, no. Actually, it...

The Lighter Side: Best Color Names: House Paint Verses Nail Polish

Like most couples that have been together a long time, my husband and I like to play the game “Who is Right,” just good old-fashioned we-spend-way-too-much-time-together fun. Some fact will arise where we have a differing opinion of the answer, like who the actor is...

The Lighter Side: Real Estate Junkies in the Time of COVID

Man, has it been stressful lately. Here we are heading toward month seven of the pandemic (with all the other related horrible happenings as well), but I think it’s the fires that have put people over the edge, mood wise. It just feels like new disasters are constantly being heaped upon us. What next? We all need to do what we can to relieve stress. For my husband and me this means looking at real estate.

The Lighter Side: Musings about Houseplants: From Hipster to Horrendous

The Lighter Side: Musings about Houseplants: From Hipster to Horrendous

It’s funny that certain houseplants – and houseplants in general – are now considered in style. Every creative hipster has a few in their well-designed abodes: usually one in a glass orb hanging from the ceiling, a couple of structural succulents on table tops, a fiddle-leaved fig in a corner, and some vine-y plant tacked to a wall, usually behind a bed frame. I love it all!