Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings

Five years gone already?

Well, you’ve done it again. Spent another year reading Caterpickles, and I am profoundly grateful for it. It struck me this week that I’ve been writing this blog for five years now, and I thought an interesting way to close … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

We still can’t quite believe it really happened. Thanks for┬áreading Caterpickles this year. Related Links: More Christmas posts on Caterpickles Santa posts on Caterpickles

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Classic Caterpickles: “Why do some people call Santa Kris Kringle?”

While we were driving through Orland Park one fine December day in 2014, we passed the Kris Kringle Haus, a holiday pop-up store specializing in European and American-made Christmas goods.* It was obvious to The (then) Seven-Year-Old that this merry … Continue reading

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It’s December, must be time for some Classic Caterpickles

I can always tell when Thanksgiving is over because the searches for my Santa posts go through the roof. Most years, I repost the Santa questions on Mondays as Classic Caterpickles, which let me get through the holidays without doing … Continue reading

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It’s hot

We were having an A/C outage and a heat wave on Friday when I sat down to prepare today’s post, and consequently I very quickly became too hot to hold a laptop as long as it would take to produce … Continue reading

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Your Friday Construction Update: Gaslights

This week, while swapping out the cloth-bound electrical wiring in our new bathroom for something a bit newer, my contractor paused just long enough to show me this:  That copper-ish colored pipe sticking out of our bathroom ceiling is a … Continue reading

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Caterpickles Central has become a construction zone

Somehow I had failed to appreciate the extent to which remodeling the bathroom next door would affect my office.  See that black screen under the dust wrap? Yeah, that’s exactly what you think it is.  Foolishly I had expected to … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

We’re taking a day off today for a Family Togetherness It’s a New Year Movie and/or Holiday Fun┬áMarathon (I’m not really sure which we’re doing since I’m typing this up in advance). Regardless, I know we won’t be posting anything … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Thanks for sticking with us for another year!

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Teaching The Eight-Year-Old to be a savvy spender, Part II

Here at Caterpickles Central, we believe that everyone in the family works together to keep our household functioning without expecting any particular compensation beyond having clean silverware to eat with, the ability to walk through the house without tripping, and clean clothes to wear.

So when we decided four years ago that The (then) Four-Year-Old was old enough to receive an allowance, we didn’t ask her to do any chores around the house to earn it. Instead, we decided to use the allowance simply to teach her how to manage money. Continue reading

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