One reason I wouldn’t want to have an outdoor swimming pool is all the attention and maintenance that is involved with the darned things. Right now my neighbor is pricing electric motors for his pool that he is considering closing it down early this year, most likely next weekend. All of the public swimming pools close right after Labor Day, while folks with ones in their yards have the luxury of holding out for as long as they want to, some as late as December! So it’s sad to know that there won’t be anymore pool parties or late afternoon or night time dips that they have so generously consented for us utilize and take advantage of. It’s such a nice change of pace to have nice neighbors, having bad neighbors can just suck you dry.
I think someone has dumped an unwanted dog by the road near where we live. I have seen this strange stray dog wandering around the neighborhood for about the past week. I’ve checked with all of my neighbors, and they say they’ve seen it too, but don’t know who it belongs to. I’ve checked the animal shelter for reports of a missing dog, and looked around for “lost” posters, and they have no reports at all of the dog being reported as missing, so I really think that they dog was abandoned. The dog is a very good looking dog, I have to expect that perhaps there were some kind of behavior issues that resulted in it being dumped. I’m going to try to get the dog’s trust and see if I can coax it to come to me at some point so it doesn’t get into trouble. I know one of my neighbors raises chickens and they said if they catch the dog in their chicken yard they will shoot it, and I really don’t want that to happen!
My neighbor is a tad touched in various ways. He is nice enough and never gives anyone any trouble, he is just of a different sort. It is now the end of April and he still has his Christmas tree up and lit! It is still all decked out with the white led christmas lights and ornaments that any and everyone can see through his large living room window that faces the street. This is the first time that any of us have noticed something to this extreme and it has the neighborhood talking once again about the man in the red, white and blue house, that is right next to my house.
I remember one year he had his Christmas tree all done in red, white and blue, but he took it down in a timely fashion. I know that he alive. I see him coming and going enough to know that he is up and moving, so we can only speculate on why this poor four month old Christmas is still doing up, and decorated and lit. Maybe he will just keep it up all year so he doesn’t have to do it all over again next Christmas. It is only 8 months away at this point!
It always surprises me to talk to neighbors or fellow customers in town ad discover that they have a job in Washington DC. Although the distance on good roads is less than 60 miles, you cannot drive from here to downtown at 60 mile per hour. The drive, without rush hour traffic always takes at least one hour and forty-five minutes, and with rush hour can be anywhere from two hours to three hours – each way. I just cannot imagine spending 4 – 6 hours in the car to work for 8 hours. That just does not seem practical at all.
It takes 15 minutes to get from my house to a town of any size at all, and over 30 minutes to get to an area with a mall and big box retail stores. I am reluctant to even get in the car daily to go to town, and often find myself making excuses to put off a trip for a day or two. I surely cannot imagine driving farther than that every day for a job. If I have to drive an hour just to get to work, then I need to re-evaluate my living arrangements and find a way to move closer to the office or store.
Last weekend we bought a small artificial Christmas Tree at a thrift store, and brought it home and set it up. We had to re-arrange some furniture, and now walking through the place is a little bit more challenging, but we’ll make do with it for a few weeks! I’m hoping to have the time to decorate before this Thanksgiving. I have a pretty large collection of handmade ornaments that I like to put on the tree. Some were made by friends and family, some I made. Each and everyone one is full of memories, and that is why I like to decorate the tree – each ornament holds a memory that is very dear to me in some way.
When I decorate the tree I always put on the Christmas albums that only get brought out once a year to to play on my record player that only gets used once a year and that is to play the Christmas albums that I was given by my mother years ago. The same ones that she played on her record player each Christmas while she decorated the tree, the house, entertained friends, family and neighbors that would drop in for the holidays. I wish she had kept and given me the record player, but she got rid of that quite some time ago and she started getting getting into cassette tapes and eventually into DVDs. It broke one year and she didn’t want to spend the money to have it fixed so she tossed in the trash and never gave it a second thought.
In fact, her giving me these Christmas albums was the whole reason I searched and searched for a record player to play them on. This was over twelve years ago and finding a record player wasn’t an easy thing to do. But fortunately they have become popular once again and you can find them just about everywhere and albums are starting to come back as well! They say everything old becomes new again. In this case it holds true and I for one am grateful.