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LONG HOT SUMMER..

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AUGUST seemed to fly by..wish the winters did that!! Oh yeah it has been one here in Michigan and in much of our whole country this year. I have to say I have spent more time INDOORS this summer than any other summer. Avoiding allergies and the humidity levels really helped me get by this year. AC working overtime helped me out too. I celebrated my second year living in  a my place.  I sure do love it and hope NEVER to have to move. YES, I said it.. I love the laid back life here in my complex. We are back off the busy street up on a hill surrounded by trees. PERFECT.. I see deer often and smell critters who come from the woods sometimes too.  Bliss!   CIMG3934

Do you ever go to a store, not looking for anything in particular, and then FIND exactly what you want? Happened to me recently. When I moved in to my apt I needed furniture and little by little I added things to my place. Well a week or so ago I went to a store and found the perfect  Lazy boy chair for my place ON SALE..deep discount.. I was thrilled. They did not deliver so I had to find a way to get it home. Just so happened that my niece was at work and she loaned me her car. Still I had to get it INTO the car. Two young ladies saw us struggling with the chair and they offered to load it into the car. They lifted it like it was a feather..no way I could have done that!!.. I thanked them profusely for helping me out. Getting it out of the car was easy it slid right out.. but getting it into the building… not so easy but with my sisters help and a luggage dolly.. we DID IT. I can tell you a lot of things had to fall into place to be in the right time and the right place to get this chair. Things happen for a reason I always say and THIS WAS supposed to happen the way it did. Like a lot of items in my place they ALL have a story, a history.  The color of this chair is GREEN…my favorite color.. talk about luck or was it FATE?? GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT.. I waited two years..and I finally got it. It’s not a big deal to others but to me.. it was a really big deal. I had a smile on my face and still cannot believe the LUCK or FATE or whatever it was.

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UPSTAIRS…DOWNSTAIRS…

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updownSINCE moving to my new place over a year ago, I have learned that there are truly two separate kinds of tenants..the upstairs people and the downstairs people. Some would LOVE to be living downstairs but can’t because there were no openings at the time they rented. SOME took upstairs apartments and have not been happy since. Some rented downstairs, for many reasons, but are not happy because of WHO is living above them. You just cannot win sometimes. 

Downstairs people seem to commiserate over the noise and the fact that someone is always walking over the top of them. Upstairs people complain that it is too hot “up here” and the tenant downstairs runs their heat high or tv too loud. It is always something. 

stair-clipart-STAIRSWhy can’t people just be tolerant of others? Who knows..but if I was not happy  I think I would just MOVE some place else. I would not sit and complain over every little thing. I hate packing and moving though..just hate it and would avoid it at all costs. I unpacked right away..when I got here. I don’t know where everything is exactly but I think I am getting a handle on it now. What brought this whole thought on was a person from another building who stopped me in the parking lot. She said “How are you doing with your new tenants? Mine are nice.” I said..”Fine..it is what it is, you get what you get.” “Well if they cause you any trouble, report them to the manager.” She has lived here a long time and I guess she has seen a lot of people move in and out. She knows what things occur. I say don’t look for trouble..just go with the flow until something happens. THAT is just what I am doing.

CAN you guess what I am an UPSTAIRS or DOWNSTAIRS person??? (some of you will know 😉 )

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY–ONE YEAR

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ONE whole year since I moved into my place. How hot and steamy I recall that week.The smell of the fresh enamel,and new carpet. It was a joyful time. Wondering how I would furnish this new place, gathering things one by one, it became HOME. I have redone the cabinets and the closets at least twice. I am still finding lost items since 2011. It was a thrill to know I still HAD some of them. DSCN6573   I got on a nautical theme while shopping for a painting to go on my pure white walls. It changed everything..I loved the sea so I brought it inside with me. DSCN6724I was reading a Fung Shui book which told me that shells were very good and brought good luck so I placed them everywhere and made my place more beach friendly.I got candles and arranged displays and it all came together nicely. CIMG2290 I never dreamed that within that year I would deal with two more managers, a flooded bathroom and bedroom, a broken window, and  having to replace the garbage disposal. Birds who refused to give up nesting under the siding beside my patio and dive bombing me every time I stepped outside.The maintenance man Aaron started calling me “troublemaker” after his third visit to stop the birds from nesting.  Seemed no one else was having as many problems as me. The lady who lived in my apt stayed here for 25 years, and she rarely let anyone keep things going so lots had to be redone. Good for me I got all new things, bad for Aaron. quakehousegraphicAnd then there were 2 very unusual earthquakes. It blows my mind. We never have those in Michigan but now we do. Walls and cabinets rattling it reminded me of my years in California. Yes, life here is full of changes and change is good, it keeps me on my toes. Today the manager called and I get my new window tomorrow. It has been two and a half months since this whole thing started. Now I have to deal with all that duct tape I put on it to keep my air conditioner in the window. Well at least that is an easy fix. Wondering what is next…guess I will wait and see.

SEEN THIS WEEK

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CIMG2506This series of plates I saw at the Goodwill store and HAD TO HAVE.. Lyrics to Amazing Grace. Love the clouds.. I dedicated it all to Beth Marie and they hang in my dining area.

On the same trip I bought a candle.. an EMPTY candle. It was big enough that I could replace the inside with another candle. I am really “into” shells right now so this large one I could not resist. It smells like vanilla.

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Mostly all I saw this week was 3 days and nights of  loud machines and wet carpet and plenty of work cleaning up a big mess.My apartment was the only one with a lot of damage.  Plumbers took 8 hours to clean out a tree root lined sewer that clogged up our entire building. It was HOT, noisy and stinky. Glad it is over and I did not have to pay the huge bill!!

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OCTOBER UPDATE

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October is here and where have the days flown? So much going on. I am now more settled in and believe each day when I wake up that I am HOME. There for a while it felt like I was in a motel or something. You just have that feeling of uncertainty. One night while standing in my kitchen washing dishes, I thought to myself, I know where most everything is now. It will be there from now on…I AM HOME…It sure felt good. If you have had the journey I had over the past 3 years you would KNOW how good that feels. I am now getting used to the fridge that pops and rattles really loud at night..(it’s a 1995 model), I am getting used to the people who live here and can tell almost by a door slam or a footstep who is coming and going. It’s a daily routine. I get joy out of the LAWN guys mowing and I don’t have to.( Oh it is wonderful.) Those hard days are over. I like riding the bus and seeing sights along the way and talking to people. It is a real eye opener. I wish my camera worked better. I have had a little luck here and there but it takes a lot to make it act normal again. I did manage to take this shot of the trees.  The colors seem really bright this year and not all dull like last fall. Are you all ready for Halloween?? I have no idea what the residents do here in this complex but guess I will find out. There are many apartments here that are decorated outside. Will be fun seeing what costumes the kids are wearing this year. 

 

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Here is one I took of the trees behind our complex…all different colors.DSCN6594

Here is one from our parking lot looking toward the road. It really is a beautiful fall here this year.

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HAPPENINGS…

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So many things have taken place since my last update here. We lost an icon in Joan Rivers death. Sad and shocking all at the same time. It felt like she would be here with us a lot longer. Such a warm, nice, funny lady, she was smart and had a tongue and humor that could cut like a knife if she wanted to. I will miss her humor and presence in this world. Rest in peace Joan and you and Robin make Heaven roar with laughter. 

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I finally got all moved into my new place and despite all the hours of unpacking I still cannot find things and have no idea if I even HAVE things anymore. Confusing to say the least. This week the cable company was hired to upgrade the cable system here. It had not been done since 1990. WOW… talk about OLD>.. it worked though. Can not say the same for the new yet. They are still at work doing the three buildings here. What we did not know was all the cable connectors now have to be installed on an inside wall so EVERYONE here has to move all their furniture around to accommodate the new installed connections. OH MY..that is not setting well with those who have been here some 15-20 years!! I along with everyone else moved things. Guess I will get used to it though. Cable companies DO NOT provide any extra cables if you need them you have to buy it. I told the installer well, no bother I sure don’t care to have the cable running in front of my patio doors..not a good idea.I have time to change things thank goodness..others do not. They have been established a long time so sorry about that.

 

DSCN6484LETS talk about GAS…well you know almost ALL my life in all the places I have lived I have had GAS STOVES..yeah and now I have electric. Getting used to it slowly but YES I have scorched a lot so far…takes time to get used to.I forget that all apartments now days are electric based. I LOVE my new place don’t get me wrong.. I am sooo happy to have it.. just adjusting to the neighbors noises, the bumps in the night that you are not used to. I feel like I am living in a motel most of the time so far. YEAH it’s that new to me. I don’t have photos up and pictures of family and etc.. that will come in time. I just am at the baby stage of apt living I guess. I noticed recently that ANYTIME a person raises their voice or makes a ruckus.. the whole complex is a BUZZ with curiosity. It is quite comical. When I was moving load after load in the car into the new place, I always got stopped with questions and comments. IT’S a community here…YEP.. they all know each other and I have to GO with the FLOW…a new neighborhood. So far they all know my first name and where I lived before and I have a sister and some friends.. I don’t have a car and well that is about it. OH yeah.. the smells coming from my place are yummy…because yes indeed.. I DO COOK.. I may not eat it all but I do cook. I have had to tone down my cooking for one now…but I do enjoy baking..oh yessss. I made some cookies for the cable guys… always good to have them on YOUR SIDE and remember you! I do know how to make an impression.. they were great..considering the electric oven etc…whew..               

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WHILE we are here let’s talk about INFORMATION…I don’t even have a phone book for where I am now..thank GOD for the internet and you can find things in a hurry..but changing the driver’s license address..oh myyyy it’s in another town.. I just have to find a way to get things done I guess. Change of address stickers and forwarding at the post office etc. Thank Goodness I don’t get a whole lot of junk mail and such. I heard there is a FEE to pick up mail if they are holding it for you. All things I have to check into. I know the town I am living in kinda well but as to streets and which way to get around NO. Learning is fun… if I had a way to get around better I think I would already know more. This town provides a dial a ride.. and that is why I am living here. I have to get out and that is the way I am going to do it. When I think of how much I am saving it is MIND BLOWING.. When I get into a warm bus in the wintertime and not have to heat it up or worry about driving on roads etc.. I am thrilled. This town is maybe 2 miles long..maybe more.. so it is not a large city but just big enough for me. I feel it is WHERE I AM SUPPOSED to be. It may not mean sense to anyone else….but to ME…I am happy with it. More stories later.. I have to run there is a ruckus in the courtyard.. I bet those cable guys started it.. LOL   

 

 

 

BAD BOYS…

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OH NO…

Just then.. I heard noises and screeching tires and it was like out of a tv cop show right in front of me. The suspect car sped off with shots fired and cars following him. I could not get to my camera fast enough. It was all happening with lightening speed.  The road ahead of me was long and flat and I could see the cars speeding down it following the suspect. NO police left at my  intersection..I sat there stunned until the lead car in the line decided to leave. The road they went down is the one I usually take out-of-town. A two-lane 55MPH speed limit road, with many curves and hills in it. I could just imagine the trip the suspect was taking. When it came my turn at the intersection, I had to decide to go that way, or go to the interstate.

WHICH WAY TO GO??? Knowing me, I love the excitement and want to know what’s going on. There was someplace I HAD to be though and  I could not just be delayed with all this. In a split second I decided to keep going and see what there was ahead of me on that road. Now everyone who knows me, knows that around Labor Day I get VIBES.. and not so great things have happened in the past. I was thinking the whole thing over in my mind a little as I drove down that road. I couldn’t see or hear any sirens so I knew they had either stopped or were long gone ahead of me. The suspect car was not a junker so he had speed on his side. Many side roads cut off that two lane and some are pretty scary. There are a lot of semi’s and large grain trucks that use them to go to the interstate. The fields are changing color now, corn is turning brown and roadsides are full of early yellow goldenrod all over. That ride out-of-town is usually calm and peaceful. As I rounded the turn in the old road, I saw the suspects car aside the road in a ditch turned on it’s side. At least 4 police cars were all around it.  I stopped my car and started for my camera. The wheels were still turning on the car. I couldn’t see the suspect as the car was facing the other way.  An officer came up to my car and told me to turn around and go back to the nearest side road. Do you think I did? OH YEAH.. I passed the ambulance coming from town as I returned to the side road. My mind raced wondering what went on there on the side of that road. I knew I would hear about it later. That was two days ago..I haven’t heard one word about it. Most of the arrests, in our little town you hear about right away. The ambulance or tow truck drivers will let people know what went on. NOTHING.. so I wait to hear and will let you know as soon as I hear.There was no report of a fatality in the news, at least not yet. Will be watching the arrest reports to see.  It was pretty exciting for this small town that I come from.  Just like cops and robbers when we were children. I was ALWAYS the cop!!

WHICH ONE WERE YOU???

Well, I hope we don’t have any more excitement for this weekend and things are nice and calm.

Sending prayers to all those in the gulf states affected by the hurricane. Stay safe.