Category Archives: Home Improvement

Stories from Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement

September 25

“It Looked So Easy” by Heidi Griminger Blanke

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  I’ve always dreamed big when viewing myself as a do-it-yourselfer. Even as a college student, long before the Internet, I culled pictures from magazines, copied instructions from books and planned for all the fabulous ways I could incorporate these ideas into my life. […]

Summertime blues…

Yes, we all get them, those summertime blues. I did, for sure. I took some time away from the office to rejuvenate my soul and visit family. Thus, there were no posts from our wonderfully funny Not Your Mother’s Book (NYMB) series. Story postings will resume next week. NYMB books make the perfect gifts for […]

May 29

“Kill a Watt?” by Sheila S. Hudson

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  The summer of my discontent began early, in May. But the season of ironing with a flashlight in my pocket is forever ongoing. It was not always this way. When we remodeled our entryway, the piece de résistance was a sparkling new chandelier […]

April 10

“The Powderless Powder Room” by David Martin

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  We recently renovated the bathroom in our nearly 50-year-old home. At the same time, we had a new half-bath built in the basement. My wife and daughter are thrilled with the renovated bathroom. I, too, have to admit that it’s a pretty spiffy […]

February 27

“Anyone Can Do It” by Tracy Winslow

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  “Anyone can do it!” they said. “It’s so easy!” they exclaimed. “If you have a pulse, you can DO THIS!” Well I’m pretty sure I’m still breathing, although one glance in the mirror may discredit that belief. So I bought into the hype. […]

January 02

“Where Real Men Hang Out” by Ernie Witham

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  New Year’s resolutions never seem to work out for me. For example, a few years ago, I resolved to make the workplace better for everyone by offering my boss a few timely suggestions on how to run the organization more efficiently. I’ve been […]

November 21

“Thou Shalt Not” by Shari Courter

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  Several years ago, my husband bought me a weed-whacker for Mother’s Day. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. My Mother’s Day gift was a weed-whacker. It’s not that I’m complaining about being the one who did all the yardwork. And I’m […]

October 28

“Stick-to-itiveness” by Beth Bartlett

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.” We live in an old home, so gaps and breezes are part of life. But when our cats came and went as they pleased, even though we didn’t have a pet door installed in the home, I became suspicious. In the storage room, […]