Do NOT be nice to me

You know how I admitted yesterday that I’m hopeless with social niceties? Well, that’s just the tip of a very big, nutso iceberg. I’m also really uncomfortable about receiving gifts. And compliments totally freak me out. I absolutely love giving gifts, coming up the perfect present, buying it and seeing the delight on the receiver’s […]

Yep, I’m a weirdo

A few years back, the therapist who helped me through my marriage break-up did a “schema” test that revealed I was “normal.” It was a bit unsettling because I’d spent my whole life convinced I was a weirdo. Why? Because I don’t notice changes to people’s appearance, I’ve had to train myself to perform social […]

Another one of life’s little surprises

I really shouldn’t be surprised by what happened while I was having a chat with my friend Sue in the shallows at Maroubra Beach yesterday. We looked down to see something vibrant and not-quite-right lying on the wet sand. “What’s THAT?” my startled friend asked. For a moment she thought a tropical fish had washed […]

Keeping secrets

I feel a bit guilty when people congratulate me on keeping the blog “real” … because there’s a vast chunk of my life that I don’t write about. Some of the craziest “real” stuff that happens never makes it into print. I choose not to go there because I don’t want to hurt others or create […]

It’s World Puppy Day!

It seems like there’s a day for everything now. I don’t care much for most of them. For example, I won’t be celebrating World Tripe Day on October 24 … But World Puppy Day is VERY cute. And, of course, I have two of the cutest puppies in the world …   Plus, here are […]

Time for a makeover

A bit like me, HouseGoesHome has been looking a little old and tired. I might not be able to afford to nip and tuck for myself, but I CAN do a DIY job on my blog. I haven’t given the site a makeover for YEARS. I’ve been very slack, I’ve been so busy with work […]