Hotel Swap 3x5

The Hotel Swap

Have you ever checked into a hotel that you booked on line, entered the room, and been so grossed out that you turned around and left?  That’s what just happened to me at Safari Inn. So here’s the back story (isn’t there always a back story with me?!).  I’ve decided to take an early retirement…

Sisters in Crime Spring Showcase 2014

On Saturday, June 7, we gathered in Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael for the Spring Showcase of NorCal’s Sisters in Crime to hear nine authors read from their books that had been published in the previous six months. What a great showcase it was! New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell took to the podium…

Snarling Dog 3x5

Prevention of Dog Attacks

About a year ago, one of the employees at my work was attacked by a dog as he approached the front door to notify the owner that we would be working on the power pole in the rear yard. Fortunately our employee got away without injury, but the incident made it clear that we needed…

Unseen Resident Part 7

I’ve mentioned before that the activity in the house seems to settle down quite a bit when Janice is away.  This trip for her is no exception.  As I was sitting on the porch last evening, I was finding it easy once again to write about what’s been happening here.  But while it’s easier, details…

Emergency Preparedness

April is Earthquake Awareness Month in California, which is rather fitting – if chilling – considering the devastation that Chile is experiencing right now with multiple massive quakes hitting their county.  Going back years before the Loma Prieta Quake of 1989, I’d kept a complete earthquake preparedness kit.  I have been asked by family, friends,…

Crawl Space Creepers

Do you have a crawl space or basement under your house?  How can it be accessed?  How easily can it be accessed?  Do you know who has been down there?  Could someone be down there right now without you knowing?  Can they get into your house from there?   Most people don’t even think about…