The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley

The pains of home improvement


May 14, 2020


The pile of lathe and other wood parts removed from the editor's home office and laundry room dwarfed his 1-year-old daughter, Cecelia.

There used to be this novelty candy in the Nineties called a Wonder Ball. It was a spherical chocolate shell filled with more candy and other surprises like stickers. I never ate one, but I remember the commercial jingle vividly.

"Oh I wonder, wonder, hmm, I do...what's in my Wonder Ball? Who knows what surprises a Wonder Ball can hide? Yummy Nestlé chocolate with candy bits inside!"

I was reminded of that tune recently after plunging my crowbar into our home office ceiling. The surprise on the other side of the plaster and lathe wasn't candy, but a face full of ancient vermiculite insulat...

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