Facing My Fears

One thing you may not know about me is I am a big fat chicken. I do NOT like being scared. I don’t watch scary movies, hate roller coasters, and have zero desire to visit a haunted house. So it goes without saying that dark, cobwebby basements are not my favorite.

With that in mind, it was not without hesitation that I spent my first weekend of home ownership cleaning my super scary basement. The house is almost 100 years old so you can imagine the cobwebs and other creepy crawlers hiding in the corners. Armed with a four-foot extension wand on my new (WARNING: Workplace plug) Garage Pro, I got up close and personal with every scare foot of concrete and beams in the dark recesses of my house.

While wedged between the furnace and some weird metal posts, it struck me that it’s probably a good thing that I crept into the nether regions of Hooville. Because I get scared so easily, being unfamiliar with what’s making strange noises could be my undoing, but by facing my fears I’ll be able to focus my overly active imagination on more important things––like who’s hiding in the shower.

(Note: I totally did not intend to write “scare” foot. Talk about Freud in action.)

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. Amy Sue Nathan

    Mexico, Michigan, cobwebs in the basement…you make all of you adventures fun to read about! It’s amazing what we’ll do when the house is “ours.”

    Good luck, Melanie!!

  2. Jason

    The great news: you get to know every inch of your home that way. Every wire. Every crevice. Every bit of it and then it really becomes yours. Nice conquest. Look forward to hearing more.

  3. It looks like you made great progress! All tidy. Now you know you’re not hovering above the shreddy debris of decades. The building is truly yours now. All the dander in this house will be from you and Owen and approved guests.

    I’ll be right over to shed on the carpet.

  4. Get some bright paint for the scary basement. No one is ever haunted, stalked, or chased by evil clowns in an aquamarine room. In all seriousness, congratulations on your purchase and your bravery. Homeownership is ugly business at times, but it is all well worth it in the end.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *