Tuesday, October 6, 2015


This is a quickie post to document the yard at the Little Blue House Junior BEFORE. These pictures were taken on different days, even different months, so clearly I'm already doing a poor job in terms of documentation. OH WELL.

Da house.
The day we offeeshully owned da house. Plus dogs.
Front bed.
Other front bed!
Stone circle surrounding former tree.
Mangy bed on side of  house. By the time I started working
in the yard, they all looked like that.

Sneezy survived the relocation unscathed.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Here are some things about Boston!

Fun facts I've learned since moving to Massachusetts.
  • Boston smokes too much. 
  • Boston is friendlier than it thinks it is. Cars actually let you into traffic, or stop to let you cross the street.
  • Nobody's in a hurry to get off the train.
  • Luckily, there's actually time to take your time getting off the train.
  • Standing at the top of the stairs is a thing?
  • Apparently "stand on the right, walk on the left" is not a thing. This would get you killed in D.C.
  • The Boston area is awash in ice cream. Had I known, we would have moved here long, long ago.
  • Every menu has fish and chips and steak tips.
  • Nobody can tell you what steak tips really are.
  • The fried fish at the lowliest pub is generally better than any in D.C.
  • Also, fried clams.
  • Raspberry-lime rickeys are a thing.
  • Roast beef sammiches are a thing.
  • At Chinese restaurants, white rice doesn't come with your meal, but you often do get rolls and butter.
  • Nobody gossips about national politics. "How about that Boehner resignation?" is likely to get you a blank stare.
  • Summer is fabulously bearable.
  • Dunkin Donuts is ubiquitous.
  • Italian bakeries are not rare.
  • The ocean is RIGHT THERE.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Potato Queen and Mulch Boy: Boston Edition!

Does anyone even remember that there was a Potato Queen? It's been so long since I wrote, I forgot what the masthead looked like.

I don't feel guilty for the silence though. We entered 2014 hoping that it would demonstrate marked improvement over 2013, which was chock full of hospitalizations and family crises. Alas, 2014 decided to do its best to make 2013 look like a cakewalk. And so we find ourselves in July of 2015, wondering where the last year and a half went.

Actually, we know where it went: to the hospital, for four extended stays. To the ER, at least seven times times. Even once to a nursing home for rehab (an experience that can only be described with extremely graphic profanity).

All this to say that Mulch Boy was very sick and it wasn't pretty. There were three surgeries--one planned, one emergency, and one to put everything back together after a long and difficult recovery. There were infections and drains and IVs and open wounds and 911 calls and crying and swearing and pretty much everything short of pianos falling from the sky on our heads.

The good news is, Mulch is in one piece and well. It was a very long road to wellness, and I think we'll both carry the emotional scars for a while.

But 2015 has been about healing those scars and putting our lives back together. We've started that by moving up to Boston this past winter to be near family and have a fresh start. That's meant squatting in a one-bedroom apartment while we sold the Little Blue House in Virginia and look for a new house up here.

And now, finally, we are almost settled: The Little Blue House in Virginia is sold (long live the Little Blue House), and three weeks from now we'll be moved into...  ANOTHER Little Blue House, in Peabody (PEEbuddy unless you want to be corrected), Massachusetts.

Alas, that means no garden this year. But I am thinking of Moe and Forky, in storage in Maryland till moving day, and beginning to imagine us in our own home again, plotting where the vegetable garden will go, scouting the best location for blueberry bushes, and looking forward to that first cup of tea on the porch.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Who wants to buy a little blue house?

PROBABLY anyone who ever read this blog thought the Potato Queen had dropped off the face of the earth. In fact, I'm still here! But last year was a terrifying and horrible year that sent this blog into hibernation. A long story for another day.

But I'm back now... in Boston! Yes, Mulch Boy and I have just relocated to the Boston area. And as a result, the little blue house in Falls Church is for sale. Know anybody looking?