Home Safety Concerns

One of my neighbors is an older widowed lady. She just called me, upset that someone backed into her driveway and then came knocking on her door. She was afraid to answer the door, as she did not know this man and was not expecting anyone today. She watched from a window and stayed quiet and eventually he left.

No one in my neighborhood opens their door to strangers anymore. It just is not safe and it is not acceptable social standards. If you are going onto a person’s property in today’s world, you should have an invitation to do so and the property owner should know in advance that you are coming. That is just the way it is now.

It is bothersome to me that the man backed into her driveway. That usually indicates a desire to leave quickly. I suspect he was up to no good and she was right to be concerned. I hope he doesn’t come back. I told her to stay vigilant and that I would also be on the lookout for the white, late model Chevy pickup truck.

Perhaps installing a motion activated camera at the front door might be wise. They don’t cost much anymore. A couple years ago I had to put in cameras; they all show on a monitor in the living room and record for 48 hours. I don’t pay a monitoring fee to a security company. My son installed the cameras in 10 minutes and they even work well at night. Just a thought – especially with all the problems with porch pirates stealing packages off the porch now. One camera at the door might bring┬ápeace of mind to her and anyone else concerned about home breakins and porch pirates.

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Goodbye Summer

This weekend was Labor Day weekend, which means that summer is over for a large part of the country after today. If you live in an area that didn’t start the new school year in August, like they do here, then by Labor Day you are certainly going to be heading back to school next week. I don’t know of any public school systems that starts later than the week after the Labor Day holiday.

I like the way our schools worked with students and their parents on going back to school All you need was a haircut, a new pair of school shoes and a lunch box if your parents preferred to pack your lunch rather than buying the school lunches served in the school cafeterias. We showed up with a 3-ring notebook filled with lined notebook paper, a couple of sharp pencils or pens, and that was all we had to buy. But around here all the kids are given long lists of school supplies that change depending on what grade you will be in. The lists are very specific and include items that will be shared by everyone in the class – not for your own use. I don’t like that idea at. I would much rather have my own things and then donate money for kids who are needy and can’t afford to buy their own supplies.

Anyway, this weekend means a lot of the outdoor swimming pools will be closing after the Labor Day holiday. That always bugs me, because we have hot weather well into October and we could easily get another 4-6 weeks use of the swimming pools. But they close them anyway, especially the ones who depend on students to work as lifeguards. I know that the college kids have gone back to college and the high school students are in school during the day, but do we always need lifeguards?

Why can’t someone provide a service that sends an adult around to each of the pools that sign up as customers to check the chemicals, clean the pool of floating debris, and make sure everything is tidy? Why do you need a full time lifeguard to do those things? I think this is a good business opportunity for someone who knows about keeping pools cleaned and maintained.

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Menu by the Day

Is there a certain food that is associated with a particular day of the week for your menu planning? In a lot of homes where I grew up, Fridays always meant fish, because the Catholics observe the tradition of no meat on Fridays – just fish. Even the schools respected that tradition, the Friday public school lunch was always a fish fillet, with different starches and veggies throughout the month.

In my home now, I have made Wednesday night my “Italian Night.” That means some kind of pasta and some kind of sauce. I love Italian food and never seem to get tired of it. And there are so many variations of pastas that each call for a type of sauce that works best. This has gone way beyond the traditional spaghetti and meatballs that my mom used to cook two or three times a month. I like baked pastas, I like cream sauces as well as red sauces, and I use different meats, such as ground beef, ground sausage and chunks of chicken. And I love toasted garlic bread, too!

My grandparents always had a ham on Sundays for Sunday Dinner after church. In the summer they would have potato salad or macaroni salad for the starch and then other fresh vegetables from the garden. In the winter, my grandmother would make scalloped potatoes or macaroni and cheese instead of the salads, and the vegetables were either broccoli or canned green beans from her garden.

When my brother worked at a pizza place for a part time job in high school, he would bring leftover pizza home with him to share with the family. His biggest hauls were usually Saturday nights, so Sunday evening meant reheated pizzas for us.

How about you? Did your family have special meals on certain days of the week? I always love to learn about other people’s traditions. Please leave a comment and tell me what meals were special for you.

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Extended Halloween This Year

Don’t you hate it when Halloween falls on a night in the middle of the week? I sure do – it screws up everyone’s parties and late nights, because we still have school and work the next morning after the holiday. Thanks to really bad weather, though, the kids around here got an extended Halloween this year.

While the grownups had last weekend to dress in costume and party their asses off for Halloween, the kids were supposed to do their trick or treating on Thursday night. But we had severe weather on Thursday, with the worst and most dangerous storms predicted for 6:00 pm until midnight. And, let me tell you, the storms were crazy bad. We had high winds – up to 50 mph. The wind was so strong it blew me backwards about 5 feet when I stepped around the corner of the house to take out the trash. It was bad in front of the house, but as soon as I stepped around the corner, I got the full blast and since I was turned half sideways and off balance, it blew my ass across the driveway and halfway to my neighbor’s fence!

So, most places canceled trick or treating for Thursday night and were telling everyone to stay the fuck home and be safe in case of tornadoes. A few old timers said the kids should go anyway and just suck it up and be tough. But that’s kinda stupid when it’s about having fun and there’s not damned law saying the holiday HAS to be on Thursday night. But some place did tell kids to go ahead and get it over with on Thursday. And a little boy was killed when a tree blew down onto a power line and the kid was electrocuted by the downed power line. So sad and so unnecessary.

So a lot of places had trick or treating on Friday night. AND some places said, fuck it, let’s just do it Saturday night. So, even with the bad weather, depending on where you lived and whether you were able to catch a ride, you had an extended Halloween this year, with some kids actually going out all three nights and getting triple the candy!

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A Nice Cuddly Robe

The weather has turned chilly at night and this has me wanting a new bathrobe. I want something warm and cuddly and soft. I want to get some new slippers, too – I’m not worried about sexy slippers – I’, m going for comfort and warmth!

I don’t know about you, but my electric bill is killing me. I am going to HAVE to keep the thermostat down this year. Face it, I’m not even home during most of the day, so I’m heating an empty fucking house except for the 4 hours that I MIGHT be home cooking dinner and hanging out before bed.

I’m going to go shopping for a cuddly robe and new slippers this weekend, and try extra hard to keep the electric bill down this winter.

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