Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Simple Paint Job

First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript October 23, 2014


It began with some chipped paint in the summer.
So, I called a guy. A painting guy. As we walked around the chipped deck, we realized that a few boards were, let’s say, moisture compromised. What if we replaced them with something that wouldn’t take it personally when they were buried under ten feet of snow? A composite of sorts?
So, we called our builder guy. We imagined composite decking, with freshly painted trim, in mere weeks.
Until the painter guy politely knocked on my door, “I have some bad news.”
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Can I Get a Sample of Fall

First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript October 3, 2014

It’s officially Fall. I dragged my heels (just a bit) but it happened anyway. So I will embrace the hearty mums and pumpkins and clothing in shades of falling leaves. The good news is that it’s about to get stunning around here. There is no place I’d rather walk Blue Ears than the roads of Boxford in October.
The bad news is that the business of life is Full On. All the glint and ease of summer is gone. We are in grind-it-out mode here at Casa Baird. There is homework and practices and music lessons and clubs and . . . meals.
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