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Bored this summer?


Try solving a mystery!*

When we moved into our house last August, we met our neighbor D, his wife M, and their 18-month-old daughter A. They’re very friendly people, and we get along with them just fine. Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen D and A more frequently than M, and we don’t really talk to them, outside of the usual pleasantries (“Hi, how are you,” “Nice day,” etc.). Last week, Paul said to me, “What’s the D and M’s baby’s name?” I looked at him like he must be crazy and said, “It’s A, you know that.” “No,” he said, “not A. Their baby. They have an infant. What’s its name?”

All I could do was stare. What on earth was he talking about? “D and M don’t have an infant. I think we would’ve noticed that.” “Well,” Paul said, “I saw D walking in with a baby…carrying…thing…from the car.” “A carseat?” “Yeah, I don’t know what they’re called. Anyway, I definitely saw him walking in with one.” “Well, they could be babysitting for someone–maybe it was their niece or nephew or something.” Paul kept insisting that M was pregnant when we moved in and that she looked like she’d recently lost weight. I didn’t agree. I never remembered hearing/seeing that she was pregnant.

This ridiculous conversation ended by Paul telling me that it was my job to discover if D and M really did have an infant. So, for the past few days, I’ve been keeping an eye out whenever I see M go out into the backyard. Several times, I’ve seen M and A in the backyard playing during the day, and I’ve seen D and A outside playing in the evening. But no babies. Tuesday, when I was pulling out of my garage, I noticed a stroller in their garage and was so focused on deciding if it was for an infant or a toddler that I forgot whether or not I had closed the garage door and obsessed about it for the next 4 hours (no worries…I had). Sunday, I thought I spotted a double stroller in the garage, but couldn’t be sure.

Tonight, however, I finally admitted defeat. I was sitting in the living room when I saw M walk by carrying an infant. Is it possible that it’s just a niece or nephew? Yes. But I suppose all the evidence points to them having an infant right now.

Our next mystery is figuring out just how many teenagers are living in our other neighbor, V’s house. We think she just the one daughter, but the hockey equipment, boy’s mountain bike, and punching bag in the garage suggest differently….


*Please note that solving a mystery could cause suspicion, preoccupation, stalker-like tendencies, and memory lapses. Consider contacting your local law enforcement agency before taking on mysteries involving crimes.

Hi again…


My repeated apologies for the lengthy hiatus from the blogosphere. Things have been rather hectic with the new house. We’ve been painting and moving and painting and installing closet shelves and painting and cleaning and painting and buying furniture. I might have forgotten to mention that we’ve been painting. I don’t know. What will it feel like to finally have this place DONE? I really can’t imagine it. I’ll let you know in 5 years.

I’m kind of trying to decide in which direction I’d like to take my little blog. I’m feeling lately like I  don’t have anything worthwhile to contribute to the ol’ Internet. I feel silly posting pictures of outfits (I chalk it up, in part, to extreme self-consciousness), and I’m seriously doubting my cooking abilities as of late. So what do I have to offer? Or maybe I’m trying to hard to put myself in a box as far as blogging is concerned.

In the meantime, expect to see some before and after pictures of the house sometime soon, as well as a couple of culinary endeavors. I’ll try to get back to some regular blogging, now that we’re moved in and painting is under control…sort of. 🙂