No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Have you ever regretted volunteering for something? That’s the position in which I find myself this week.

As a member of the homeowners’ association board, way too much of my time is currently spent trying to navigate the petty disputes that constantly crop up between neighbors.

While I’m sympathetic to the concerns being raised on both sides of the latest kerfuffle (and deeply grateful to my fellow board members who share this thankless job), I am bone-tired of trying to be mom/cop/shrink/legal interpreter to a bunch of adults acting like whiny children – especially since I’m only actually qualified in the first category. Arrgh.

In between e-mail barrages, phone calls and meetings, I’m putting the stress to more productive use by pounding some dough.


My weapon of choice!

Current baking challenge: the definitive buttermilk biscuit. Two recipes down so far, each pretty good but in need of adjustment.

Plus, more decisions to make: Cookie sheet or cast iron skillet? Butter, shortening or a combo? Baking soda as well as baking powder? Rolling pin or flatten by hand?

At least they don’t talk back.


If anyone has a recipe they love, please share! xxxx

5 thoughts on “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

  1. harrietvane2

    My sympathies! Your nabes should simply thank you for your service, defer to your good judgment, and give you a family-size tin of baking powder with a bow on top. Meanwhile, if that biscuit tastes as good as it looks, you’re on the right track.

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  2. Ona Hamilton

    I know what you mean about HOA duty. I am on my HOA board also – latest incident: I look out my window and see the 12 year old kid from down the street casually peeing in the storm drain in front of my house. Had to call the prez to take care of that.



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