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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Old Dog, No Tricks

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’ve gone back to work.  Full-time.  In a real office.  Doing something I like.  There are many pluses—obviously a paycheck is nice.  I have my own office, and apart from the usefulness of having a place to do work, it also affords a place to decorate and make welcoming for volunteers.  And, of course, I’ve been able to add to my wardrobe a bit, too.womanwithbagsL_A4

So far, the negatives are traveling in a rental car for four days of training in a rather unattractive location led by a rather uninspired presenter.  And, as one might expect, there’s been a little bit of office drama for the new “girl.”secretary I think I mentioned that I hadn’t worked full-time for 17 years, and to be honest, I’d forgotten how women sometimes treat other women in the workplace.  It pains me to say that—it really does.  But being almost (gulp) 50 makes it all a bit easier to swallow.

You see, this little anecdote sums up well the perils of messing with “an old dog.”  Regrettably, I could not find any attribution for this tale, although it has been published multiple times.

One day an old Collie starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that she’s far from home. Wandering about, she notices a panther heading rapidly in her direction.collie

The old Collie notices some bones on the ground close by, and she immediately settles down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old Collie exclaims loudly, ‘Wow, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?’

Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack and slinks away into the trees.panther

‘Whew!’ says the panther, ‘That was close! That old dog nearly had me!’

Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he

The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.

The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, ‘Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that canine!

Now, the old Collie sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, ‘What am I going to do now?’, but instead of running, the dog sits down with her back to her attackers, pretending she hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old Collie says…

‘Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!

Let’s just say I’ve identified the panther and the squirrel, and wisdom, skill, and kindness will prevail.

Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?  Job 12:12

Have you ever encountered workplace drama?


  1. Thank you so MUCH for the smile tonight. :)

  2. This was very cute. Gotta keep those panthers and the squirrels close, you know what they say about keeping friends and enemies! I agree its sad about women in the workplace and the unspoken rivalry that ensures in almost every environment, but its a reality and good that you have recognized who the characters are and know this upfront to be on guard. Good luck, I am sure you are going to be just fine.

  3. Wonderful!!! I needed a good smile today!

  4. Ei yi yi. Yeah,our panther is older than me and the squirrel is about my age. The young gals in my office are not savvy enough to worry about.

  5. Love this! I dont love that you need to deal with it!

  6. Congratulations to you for being so brave! I haven't heard that story and I love it. I've been out of the fray for 24 years but had my share of the panthers and squirrels when I was President of a HS booster group. Working with women can be brutal. Why are so many women so insecure? I wish in that regards we could be more like men. At least when they are the panthers they walk right up and say, "I'm here to eat you." ;)

  7. Shoot, who hasn't? If it isn't women, it's men. In any event, thanks for the laugh.

  8. Love this and can SO relate!
    I deal with this nonsense on almost a day basis teaching in a building with all female teachers. Oh, the drama!


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