Home 'n' hearth

By - 11/3/07 - 3:07 pm

Today, I'm taking a break from posting about Boston's politics to blog in something different. Here goes:

Much has been noted, and said about the force(s) of nature kicking back when people have shown little to no respect for it.

Nature, I believe, is a very strange, if not intense and exciting phenomenom that frequently works in various, if quirky ways. Nature can be... Read more

By - 10/31/07 - 1:55 pm
By - 10/21/07 - 12:07 pm

Kelly needs help identifying whatever it is that started coming up through her basement floor yesterday, because she's not going down there again until she knows what she's dealing with.

By - 10/20/07 - 10:48 am

When Caity and her roommate realized they'd locked themselves out of their house, they started walking to the neighborhood hardware store to see if there was any sort of tool they could buy to break in. But then they passed their local fire station:

... The fire fighters sitting out front said hello, saw the look of panic on our faces, and asked what

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By - 10/14/07 - 4:25 pm

Any advice on how to deal with neighbors' volume control issues without enduring too much wrath? My plates are rattling in the sink.
Landlord has already sent neighbors letters and talked to them about it, nothing he has done has been too effective. Of course, he doesn't have to live with them.

By - 10/12/07 - 9:17 am

What do you do about a neighbor who is both impressive and annoying at the same time?

By - 10/8/07 - 8:49 am

Maureen Rogers ponders nascent efforts in local leafy suburbs to fight McMansions, and considers John Henry's plan to tear down the $16-million mega-house in Brookline he recently bought from never-will-be Sox owner Frank McCourt:

... It should seems like a shame that, for a measly $16 mil you can't find anything decent in Brookline. ...

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By - 10/4/07 - 8:52 am

Fabulously Out There reports on her rude awakening.

By - 9/17/07 - 8:59 am

Harold M. Clemens writes; says Hispanics seem to own all the apartments in the 'hood these days:

... lord knows I'm tired of grinnin', cracking fake smiles, and putting on an affected accent just to find a place to rest for the next few months. I'm even more tired of being second guessed. one palito bitch asked me, "You make $40k?!" in visible shock

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By - 9/10/07 - 11:05 pm

Amy discovers her new next-door neighbors came equipped with banjos - and very healthy pipes:

... As I stood waiting for someone to answer my loud and impatient knock, I heard more clearly what was happening. At least four people were in the neighbor's apartment singing a song about Jesus. Loudly. I waited for a while, but I was chilling in my hallways in

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By - 9/6/07 - 12:12 pm

Jenny discovers a solution for the neighbor from hell with the all-screaming, all-the-time kids. Classical music and speakers pointed out the window are involved.

By - 8/28/07 - 1:51 pm

Jenny has them - bad enough to force her to flee her own apartment just to get some sleep.

By - 8/22/07 - 10:21 am

Alyssa Boehm thought she could live and let live with the groundhog in her yard. Until she went outside and discovered Hoggy likes her tomatoes:

... And so it begins. Let loose the dogs (or cats) of war. I gotta find some mothballs... and maybe Bill Murray.

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion.... Read more

By - 8/21/07 - 9:00 am

From this to this.

By - 8/20/07 - 10:06 am

Mike Ball goes on a tour of JP houses with built-in garages:

... They were the first in the Boston area, maybe in New England. These narrow and short rooms nestle under the compact houses. When they were included in the houses in the 1920s, they were perfect for the reigning Model-T Fords. Yet quickly as Americans emerged out of the Great Depression, their

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By - 8/14/07 - 8:30 am

Apparently, B Street is now the Seaport District.

By - 8/5/07 - 9:24 pm

Nobody messes with Moe's garden. So when woodchucks started feasting on it and moth balls failed to keep them away, Jeff got all Caddyshack on them:

... I poured tiki torch fuel down their hole and set it on fire. Then I set some mothballs on fire and rolled those down the hole too.

While I didn't manage to start a forest fire, I

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By - 7/30/07 - 1:37 pm

Boston Condo Guy provides an overview of a $15 million unit in Trinity Place at 1 Huntington Ave. The unit actually consists of two previously separate condos that were smushed into one giant unit with 8,500 square feet, eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four entire parking spaces - they were consolidated by some guy who spent a bit under $8 million for them back... Read more

By - 7/24/07 - 9:38 pm

Jane confronts one at eye level and the results are not pretty:

... Now my bedroom wall is adorned by centipede guts that I can't seem to clean off! ...