Friday, July 27, 2007
This is the house I grew up in, again. I'm just so totally amazed at the craftsmanship in this house, all the little drawers & cupboards up in the attic (the blue rooms, and God knows how many other rooms in the attic & basement & the first and second floors!)
And the stained glass window is on the landing between the first and second floors.
This house was a happy place to grow up in. And I'm thinking a lot about it today, because Mom was going to come over & pick me up so I could go see her cancer doctor with her, and listen to what he's saying, because Bro & his family & I have talked a lot about stuff like this lately, because Mom just hasn't seemed quite 'right' lately, as far as her memory, her hearing, and it's getting to where we're all wondering if she should still be driving, even if she does only drive in the daytime...
This really sucks. I always knew that I'd have to face this part of life before my friends, being that my parents were about the age of grandparents when they had me.But, Mom's appointment was at 11 am today, I tried to call her at 10:45 to see if she was on her way, and she was still there, just getting ready to leave to come & pick me up...she said she'd had to bring in the mail first and look at it...huh! So she got here right at...11 am. She was at the door when I opened it, and I said, "Why don't you call them & tell them you're on the way?". She did, and they said no, it'd be too late if you showed up now, let's change it to Monday at 10:30 am. We agreed to that, and then we just sat here and talked about books and stuff...she's the one that taught me to read when I was about 3/4, and took me to the library a few times a week, and bought me a book almost every time she went shopping! (which was, mind you, a sport for her!). I mentioned the fact that I had just received a book off eBay called 'Atlas Shrugged'. And she totally threw me for a loop by saying, 'oh, that's by Ayn Rand, isn't it?' That's so odd!! She said she never read it, but she knew the name. She is where I got my memory power from, I guess. I also want to check on eBay to see if I can find the book, 'The Egg & I'. I know Mom has that book around in her house, probably in the basement, and I don't want her to do the stairs. Anyway, if anyone's looking for something light & hilarious to read, this is for you! I read it for the first time when I was about 6 or 7, and I STILL love it!!
Bro called me today, and I told him we hadn't gotten to the doctor today, but I had her make another appointment for Monday. He kind of sighed, because we're both finding it difficult to deal with her, but, we love her...it's just....hard.Then Bro said he'd talked to Psycho last week, and Psycho said he's having a hard time too, which is kind of a surprise to us, cuz Psycho's so unbelievably close with her! But we're also both glad that Psycho still lives in this town, and isn't married, or has a girlfriend, or anything, and he and Mom are so close. Because I can't drive, and she lives too far across town...Bro has his construction business to run, in this state, and all the way out to California. Bro said he, Psycho, and I have to get together next week to decide if we're going to put her in a retirement home, or something. It's our opinion that she probably ought to be somewhere like that, she is 84 years old, and lives alone, and Psycho works down in Columbus, so he's gone all day. So if I'm not around for a few days, I have an explanation...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
And the other one is a picture of just an awesome big house down the street a couple blocks away from where I grew up!
I went out riding around today on my scooter. It's amazing how much I pay attention to what the weather is going to be like for the next few days, now that I don't drive a car. Huh...you don't know what you got til it's gone...oh well, I have even more now than I did, does that make sense? It started sprinkling/raining on my way home from the Family Dollar store (I love that store, #1, it's so cheap, and #2, everybody that works there or shops there when I'm there is so unbelievably nice!). And the only thing I could think of was.. "I probably should have mud flaps on here!" Maybe I could find some Yosemite Sam ones...but, I will NOT get the ones that have a naked woman sitting on 'em!!
Anyway, I got all kinds of stuff there today. I'm almost ashamed to say...Goobers, Raisinettes, Hershey bars with almonds, Snicker bar with almonds, peanut bar, Andy Capp's hot fries, etc. I can't keep going, I'll totally humiliate myself. And everything was only like a dollar or two. But at least I made it home before it was full-out rain! It WAS thundering, though! I backed the scooter into the house like I always do, luckily, I keep it in the back of the house, in the laundry room, there's indoor/outdoor carpet there, not my thick gray carpet! It was kinda wet, so I was drying it off, and all of a sudden realized I hadn't been so 'meticulous' with a vehicle since my RX-7! I damn near detailed it!! haha!
I was kind of thinking about back (forever ago) when I was a cashier and produce manager at grocery stores around Ohio. A lot of the people that used to shop where I was a lot, used to be very 'huggy' people, and, yeah, I always used to hug them back, especially since I was usually the first person in the store they'd see (being as that's where the produce aisle usually is!). So, in conclusion to the long road to nowhere....have you ever wondered if you've ever shaken hands with/hugged someone who killed someone? That's gruesome, I know, but, some of the people I met in my public work...well, if ya saw them, you'd know exactly why I wonder sometimes. And I'm not talking about in a war, that's totally different.
I guess I was thinking about stuff like that because the other day when I got up, I came out here, and I know I'm the only person here, and I sat down at the computer and noticed the mouse was on the right (we have a cordless one, cuz I hafta use my left hand, it's the one ms hasn't gotten). I was the ONLY person here!! Yeah, my big gray cat, Truman, but, as far as I can tell...he has no thumbs!! haha! I finally gave up wondering yesterday, and called Tif, and asked her if she'd been here Sunday night/Monday morning while I was asleep, and she said yeah, their internet wasn't working, she need to use mine!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This is the triangle corner with a huge church in the middle; straight across the picture, on the left, is the office where my orthodontist was (I ALWAYS hated going there, didn't everybody who had to?.) My old house was halfway between the water company, and this church.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
This huge white house was the beauty parlor right across the street. My mom used to go there once a week to get her hair 'done'. I don't know what they 'did' to it, it always looked the same to me! This beauty parlor is still there, and popular with the older ladies in town still. Jim (the owner...still owns it!), when I was little, had one of those little black jockeys as a lawn ornament out in this front lawn...hmmmmm...wonder where that went?
Okay, well, I haven't done much of anything today, just ate toast with crunchy peanut butter for breakfast, did my physical therapy exercises (retch!), ate a banana, took a shower, fed the cat, & took numerous naps between everything! No, I didn't go anywhere today. But I'm pretty proud of myself so far...I STILL have a 'family size' Hershey's chocolate bar with almonds out in the kitchen 'junk food cabinet'...+ a 'family size' Almond Joy....the reason for those quotation marks is, when you see 'family size', that means 'Libby size'! And I stay 108 lbs, no matter what...cool! Oops, I really hafta go...now I hear an ice cream truck coming down the street...see ya!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Okay...these pictures are from the same corner...obviously, it's my favorite corner in the world, even including the other states I've seen, and London, and everything! The huge building (ok, Lucy, 'ginormous!) is the back of the Central Christian Church (formerly, Kings' mansion), the fountain is across the street at my back, bluestone manor is also across the street, right in front of the fountain, the house where the guy used to yell at us for being on his lawn is across another street, and....the big old white house is across another street (obviously, it's a corner!) has, forever, had a bigtime reputation for being haunted!! As a matter of fact, I wish so bad I still had the pictures Joe & I took in the windows 20 years ago! Because (back when I was single in the late 80's), Joe was my very best friend, and we saw that this house had a "For Rent" sign in the front door. Given, we were riding around town drunk (somewhat...no, Tif wasn't with me, she was staying at Grandma & Grandpa's that night). But, we seriously talked about renting it for the 2 of us + Tif. That would've been so fun! But, I guess it was 'childhood dreams' or something...we never followed up on calling the number. But we did get a whole bunch of, well, scary looking pictures in the windows...especially into the basement, which also had one of those outside cellar doors, which in themselves give me the creeps! And this big house is diagonal from the church/mansion. Which kinda feels creepy sometimes too! Cuz I rented an apartment across the other street from there after my first divorce (at age 19/20!) for myself & Tif, who was 1 1/2 at the time and just getting good at wallking! It was a 2-story apartment, part of a house, that was divided into 4 apartments. It had an attic, too, but that's another story! Suffice it to say...the attic door was always closed...and locked! It actually had a padlock on the outside of the door! I'll post a picture of the outside of that aparment later.
I don't know what it is, I just seem to 'attract' ghosts' or something wherever I live or work! Good thing I'm all interested in 'em, huh?
I dunno...I get caught up in thinking about 'then' when I look at these too long, and here I was gonna talk about politics...huh...go figure!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
This is the 'Bluestone Manor', that was around the corner from the house I grew up in, and I always wanted to live here! (still do!)
Another shot of it....
I was out riding around with my camera for 2 hours yesterday, and it was AWESOME!!
Ya know what? I never realized how much I liked taking pictures of stuff I'm interested in! I took about 60 pictures in the 2 hrs I was out yesterday, and I had so much fun!! Yeah, okay, it might look weird to people driving past, but ya know what? I don't care! I've got a great camera with an enormous memory card, and a way to get around, and free time that most people don't have, so I'l take advantage of it!
I'm going up to Findlay Sunday, cuz my cousin Ky and his wife & kids are having a huge family reunion at their house...his sister & her husband & and kids and grandkids (!) and his mom (Mom's little sister) & her friend are coming up from Florida for the weekend! Now, that is really gonna be neat...this is the group of my Mom's family that I haven't seen since last year at my dad's funeral. It'll be great to see them at a happy occasion! Tif was supposed to take me, but she didn't get the day off, damn! But, Bro is gonna take me, and that'll be fun. He mentioned yesterday that he wished Mom & I could live together, he thinks that would be good for her. I do too, but, I know it wouldn't ever work, and he agrees with me, cuz Psycho has too much of a hold on her. He's way too jealous of anyone that talks to Mom, or spends time with her...it's really bad. He's a very big 'downer' for her, and only talks about his life, and how hard shit is for him "but I'll get through, Mom, I'll be okay..." How can you bitch about your life being hard, to your Mom, who has lung cancer?? He truthfully sounds just like Eeyore!!
All right, enough of that...time to get back to being Tigger!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
No, I'm sure there's a one story house around somewhere that I'll like (not that I'm looking or anything...), I just like the way a 2 or 3 story looks...I think it's for the aesthetical reason, that they just seem to look more friendly & solid!
It was a gorgeous day outside, wasn't it? The brick house is right across the street from the one I grew up in, and it's got kinda a 'haunty' reputation...looks like it's well deserved, huh?
I didn't go anywhere today, and that's weird for me lately! But I still had a good day. Cleaning, going thru stuff, I have a feeling my trash pile out by the curb next Tuesday is gonna be pretty big...I'm just tired of "stuff" that we don't need, don't want, most of the time we don't have any idea it's there, or where it came from!!
But I did do something kinda weird today...but it's seemed to work. I've been having a hard time getting the back door to shut without really slamming it, and it's hard to open too, cuz it sticks at the edge. Well, so after I thought about it for awhile, I went and looked under the sink and found what I was looking for...WD-40!! And, yes, I DID spray it on the wood edges of the frame & door! And that was around noon, and it's seemed to work...(I'll find out if I close it later for the night, and then can't open it tomorrow, I guess...).
I was sitting here reading other blogs awhile ago,when somebody knocked on the door...that was different, cuz my back is to the door while I'm sitting here. So I got up & turned around, and it was a guy (kinda geeky lookin') with a bunch of pamphlets & stuff. I went to the door, and he was telling me that he's getting ready to open an Edward Jones investment place in our area, so he's going out in the neighborhood, introducing himself & investments...We talked for a while, found out he also had gone to that little elementary school down the street (difference was, that was 20 years earlier than me!). But, how coincidental is this?? I had just been posting awhile ago, about how much I wanted to learn about the stock market & investments...and he is magically put in front of my door??? Freaky...but, he really is nice, and he's not a big brute-lookin' guy...as a matter of fact...I could probly take him, even with ms! So I gave him my phn # and he said he'll be in touch, and he'll explain a lot of this stuff to me...I said, 'But I really don't have anything to invest right now", & he said that's ok, he'll help me for when I AM ready!
Life's just been weird like that lately....
Monday, July 09, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Holy CRAP!!! OW!!!! It's too early in the morning to look at this!!
I bet this didn't feel too awful good either, but, of course, I personally wouldn't know...I'm a girl, so the first reaction I have is riotous laughter...
But, this poor little bunny almost makes me cry to look at it!!
I've been running around town on my scooter for the last couple days. I went the regular way down towards Tif's house the other day, then went the other way about 8 blocks down by my old house I grew up in, and all the other big houses down that way (geez, do I miss that neighborhood!). And it was kinda funny...it started sprinkling while I was out by the garage at my old house, and I remembered exactly where to stand so I didn't get rained on!! Wow!! A 35 year-old memory!! Then it quit sprinkling, so I took back off down the street, to the ice cream stand, cuz I wanted a couple chicken sandwiches and a strawberry milkshake...how-EVER...since it was the fourth of July, it was closed!! Grrrr....Oh well...I rode over next door to it, to the new mini-mart, that used to be a Lawson's, then a Dairy Mart. It's just a kinda little junk food store, and deli meats, and cigarettes, some frozen food...it's just the kind of place I like. Not so much for deli stuff, but, they have every kind of candy you ever thought of! I actually found a little 2/$1.00 pk of gummy sharks, remember those? Bright blue & white?? I never liked 'em, but Tif used to beg for 'em every time we saw them at a store when she was 2 or 3!! I told her last night that I found a bag for her again, when she called, and she was like, "WAHH-HOO!! I'll be over to get 'em in a couple days!!" heeheeheehee!!!
Anyway, they were kinda busy, and I'm glad to see that! I was pretty much laughing, cuz the owner is a middle-eastern man (looks like it, anyway...), and he and his wife were so nice to me! Every time I went around a stack of 12-pks of pop or a rack of chips or something, he'd run out from behind the counter, and move all the stuff, even though I said " You don't need to do that...", he'd just give me a huge smile, & say, "It's no problem!!" The funniest thing was....he was BAREFOOT!! haha!! I know a lot of people'd be yukkin' about that, but, it just kinda made him more human!!
So I spent probly $8.00 in there, on a can of peanuts, gummy sharks, candy necklaces, strawberry cookies, Take 5 candy bar, Fritos...all kinda stuff...holy crap! And, yes, it's gone already! Shut up! How long has it been since you've been in a candy store?? You'd do the same! Oh, and I got a can of Rockstar pop, but I haven't tried it yet...
I have a question...how do people get so behind on their income taxes, like, $35,000.00?? I hardly made that much when I was single!! And these don't look like 'rich people' either~! Just like the people that go on cruises, and they don't look rich, either! How does this happen? I've never gone on a cruise...or owed $35,000 to income taxes...and people that are single & keep having kids? One was all I could afford!
I was awake all night the last few nights, and saw lots of stuff on tv I haven't seen for awhile..."Good Times", "The Jeffersons", Cheers", "Roseanne"..."Blind Date", and, of course, my favorite...."Cheaters"!! There was a big black woman on there who was wanting to catch her big boyfriend cheating, and they caught him in a restautant with the girl he was cheatin with, and his girlfriend chased him into the men's room, and beat the SHIT out of his face with her shoe!! Then there was a white guy trying to catch his girlfriend cheating....he caught her having sex in the back of a car with a guy, the guy took off running, and went in a porta-potty...the boyfriend went up beside it, and just pushed it over!! The 'other guy' came crawling out of it while it was on its side!! OMG, was that FUNNY!! I'd love to bust someone with the 'cheaters' people, but I would never have the guts to...would you?
Monday, July 02, 2007
You know, I usually put pictures of people doing stupid things on here...but, these won today!
If anybody's been watching the news this weekend, well, I hate to say it, but it almost seems like the 'jihadists' are making big steps toward the west, seeing that they've
easily gotten to Great Britain, & now Scotland. Thankfully, the British are on the case, and have arrested at least 7 so far.
In my opinion, these people don't seem like 'true AlQaeda' groups. The biggest clue for me would be that they actually didn't kill anybody, and the 2 guys driving the Jeep at Glasgow airport didn't stay in the truck and 'martyr' themselves. I actually would think that these are 'sleeper cells', that would like their groups to get admitted into the AlQaeda group. And, basically, I think, both tries were "failures" for them. AlQaeda seems like a 'franchise', that you earn your way into, don't you think? Unfortunately for most of us, they seem to be well-managed. At least more outside this country. I REALLY hope that our security is as tight as MI5 in England! High-fives to them all!!