Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings

Tax season cometh

Hey there — it’s tax season again, so I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging to pay my dues to Uncle Sam before spring break hits next week. I’ve set up a few short posts and some of our … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Parenting Fail

Dateline: March 28, 2012 The Five-Year-Old, under her breathe: “[mild expletive, mild expletive], our phone is broken. [mild expletive, mild expletive].” I knew the day when The Five-Year-Old started using that particular expletive was bound to come. Still, I wasn’t at … Continue reading

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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 reading 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 Marathon (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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