The Attic Addict

Ruminations on Remnants


Texas, United States
May 01
Aspiring writer. First-time blogger. Bilingual. Christian. Wife. Parent. Free-Ranger. Intrigued by old items. Recovering hoarder. Prefer my coffee black & my beer cold & accompanied with a shooter of rum. Perpetually rooting for the underdog. ********************************

Read Part I here.


I’m sure you’re familiar with the “Job Description of a Stay-at-Home-Mom” that seems to be in constant circulation on the internet.

   Dare It goes something like:  I’m not just a stay-at-home-mom.  I’m a tRead full post »

The Office

I would like to address a few of the questions posed by this SAHM to her husband and “other office-bound parents” in her blog post.(SAHMommy-blogger’s questions are in black. My responses are in red.)

1.  When you walked into work this morning andRead full post »

Chapter 1.  Chapter 2.  Chapter 3.

Attic Puzzle Finale   

Part 1


Adam completed the forest area.  Some gaps remain where pieces are missing, probably forever. 


Attic Puzzle Finale Attic Puzzle Finale 


All that’s left is the blue sky area.  I saved that part for… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2012 5:30PM

The Attic Puzzle - Part III

 Read Part I here.  Read Part II here.

found fragment

Day 6

Spent a good two hours working on the puzzle.  Uncovered brown, hilly area near tree in left corner.  New strategy:  group together the pieces with similar colors.  Then work them as several… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 10:54PM

Love Advice from Mom

Ugly sweater 

Early in my freshman year of high school I developed a crush on the guy who sat in front of me in Algebra.  He had a nice body, passionate green eyes, beautiful brown hair, and luscious lips.  He hung out with the “skaters” (the rebellious kids) but… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 5:55PM

The Attic Puzzle - Part II

I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting to see what happened with the mysterious puzzle I discovered scattered in my attic.  (Read Part I here. )  Never one to leave a project incomplete, no matter how futile, read on to discover if I let this challenge… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2012 11:32PM

The Attic Puzzle - Part I

I dig old houses.  I really dig old houses with character.  My grandmother’s house oozed character.  It was like a second home to me.   When we first laid eyes on our 30+ year-old house, with its tiny attic window nestled between two slanting eaves, it was love at first… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2011 4:08PM

Merry Christmas! Here's some trash....

I’m giving trash as Christmas gifts this year.


I suppose the accurate euphemism would be: upcycling The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality.  Ok, so I’m not sure about the better quality/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2011 11:59AM

The Quiet Death of the Kids' Table



I stare out the car window at the dull, grey scenery passing by.  I’m not looking at anything in particular since I already know it all by heart.  The gang’s all here: Dad in the pilot seat, Mom in the navigator seat, two annoying sisters crammed next to me/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 28, 2011 5:13PM

How my baby helped me conquer my fear of the dark.

Haunted House  

True confession:  At the ripe old age of 26 I was afraid of the dark.  Mom always said I had an active imagination.  I believe in spirits and the supernatural.  I believe in energy lingering in places, so even though our house was brand new, I stayed away from/… Read full post »

One of my favorite activities is people-watching.  And now that I have an iPhone, I am perfecting the art of stealthily snapping pictures of people.  Never in a malicious, mocking, sort of way; what I enjoy is witnessing moments—from the mundane to the extraordinar… Read full post »

Practically everything written on early childhood development advises to “listen to your children; really listen to what they say”.  No matter how busy you are, you should give them your undivided attention when they speak because it’s how you show your love to your child. Read full post »

 As I sat in the darkened theater with tears streaming down my face, two thoughts were running through my head:

1.  What the hell is wrong with me?

2.  That. spoke to me. resonated to the core of my soul. carried me with it. was ethereally familiar. was. so.… Read full post »

I’ve been on hiatus from blogging.  What’s holding me back?  I fret too much about my writing.  I worry about being boring, about offending, about bitching, about saying nothing.  Will anyone read it?  Does anyone even care?   If I can’t produce th/… Read full post »

TeenGrandma still believes in marriage.  Mr. TeenGrandma and I come from old-fashioned roots: Our parents are still married, and we are trying our best to follow in their proverbial wedded footsteps.  Today we celebrate the ten year mark.

To many this accomplishment may not be all that impr… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2011 10:22AM


About a month ago I brought home a precious bundle of joy.  We spent a week together holed up in the house getting acquainted.  I was elated, enamored, enraptured as I caressed her delicate features.  Friends told me to kiss my free time goodbye.  They said I’d never again g… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2011 3:52PM

what i 'member 'bout the fire

 fire truck       

Me and Mama and Wiz were setting on the porch lookin’ at the big, big fire truck.  It was making a funny noise and had a stinky smell but Mama said don't worry those lights mean we’re safe.

Gramma called from the living room ev… Read full post »

 I have a nasty habit of reading the newspaper at the dinner table when my husband is away and I’m in the company of my two young daughters.  On a recent evening I flipped the page and stared at a large black and white photo depicting the aftermath of a suicide/… Read full post »
MARCH 5, 2011 12:12AM

10 things i Love about Mardi Gras


1. Drinking beer out of a plastic novelty cup.  At 10:00am.

Group Pic

2.  Costumes are for everyone.

Face Painter

Painted Faces

3. Parades =













And here's how you know when the… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2011 11:46PM

The week I crawled out of a hole

This week’s episode of Intervention told the story of a woman who had been drinking heavily for only a few years yet she had the classic symptoms of late-stage alcoholism and was near death.  When she revealed during her interview that she had lost not one, but two children, the thought… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2011 11:59PM

Scenes from an elevator

 “…yeah, Kaden will be at his dad’s this weekend, so…”

I couldn’t stop staring at her feet.  The absurdity of painted toenails in the winter time, peeking out of open-toe heels, was almost too much to contemplate at this early, frigid hour.  Self-… Read full post »


Because it's Icemageddon Round III.  Because school is closed for what seems like the 34th day this month.  Because I'm frantically uninspired of late.  Because I'm holed up at home every evening seeking intellectual stimulation.  Because these days I'm perpetually… Read full post »


My fascination with all things utterly random turned to momentary disappointment with the reveal of the Piano Bar's composer.  This charming tale tickled my fancy for proof that real life is truly stranger than fiction.  Frankly, I'm a little sad that the answer to the mysterRead full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2011 1:14PM

Icemageddon II - Snow?

flip flops

Day 4 and we're downright dumbfounded.  It's not that we don't see extreme weather here in North Texas; but rarely do we see frigid conditions that last this long.


Our terrain is in shock and we're in awe.

pond 1

pond 2

Lordy, I hope my fish… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2011 5:13PM

'Round these parts it's Icemageddon...


Poor fella....didn't even see it coming.  Like a true Texan this weather just knocked 'em for a loop.

In these parts we rarely get the white stuff others call "snow".  We get ice rinks that crop up over our roads and driveways overnight.  The lucky folks call in to… Read full post »