Category: Daily Life


By , September 12, 2018

Michelle got up at 4:30 a.m., as she often does in order to get ready for work and hike out to arrive on time. As usual, I lay in bed a bit longer, half dreaming, listening to her move quietly around the cabin.

Spice, our cat, cried as she often does, mournfully, unnecessarily, almost as if out of boredom. Michelle chose to put a positive spin on it, then called her by a secret name:

“Are you saying thanks for the yummy breakfast, Cat-who-eats-before-me?”

Well, if that doesn’t sum it all up, I don’t know what does.

sleeping cat

“Cat-who-eats-before-me takes a postprandial nap that will last almost all day (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

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Gray Water Muck Out

By , August 15, 2018

A week or so ago, our shower drain clogged. That’s not a big deal; we keep a plunger in the corner of the shower stall, and one often gives it a few plunges in the middle of a shower. This time, the clog came right back. Soon, we had standing water in the stall, with only slight draining.

We had a problem!

gray water system

Mark hit gray dirt…er, pay dirt! (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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