When it Rains, It Pours


I don’t think I’ve talked about this on Frenchville yet, but we were worried that there might be something wrong with the foundation of our house. There’s a crack in the garage which was getting bigger. We reported it to our insurance company who brought out some engineers to do an assessment. Their conclusion was that it was just settlement of the house. However, they did suggest we fix some of the drainage problems around the house. We’ve been having a lot of problems with our grass and some of the soil around the rain downspouts has been leading to some of the soil to wash away. So, it’s looking like we are going to install some drains and re-sod at least the front lawn. We are relieved that it wasn’t something more serious, but re-sodding a lawn isn’t cheap.

Then, last weekend I decided to clean out the closet in my office since it was the last thing that was left in a cluttered state since the office remodel this past summer. This is when I discovered the carpet was damp under a bookcase. It so happens this closet is right behind our master bedroom shower. I pulled the bookcase out and now we are going to have to reset some of the tiles in the shower. This is Jennifer’s department, but she’s busy with school work. We are just going to use one of the other showers in the house until she can get around to redoing some of the tiles. Sigh.

Girl Scout Cookies


It’s that time of year again. The time when our house fills with Girl Scout Cookies. The past couple of years Jennifer has helped out with the distribution of the cookies. So, there’s always a wide variety of cookies to munch on.

This weekend I helped the girls get their cookie orders distributed throughout the neighborhood. With Abby’s help, we put the boxes into piles labeled with the house they went to and how much they owed us. We ordered the boxes and left our house walking around the circle delivering the cookies. It went very smoothly and we only had one house we couldn’t deliver to. I was surprised how much work it was. Which leads to how the Girl Scouts can have such a low cost of goods on their distribution: a child (and parent) workforce which will work for near nothing. Only 14% of the sale of each box goes to the troop.