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TWTW October 7th through the 13th: I See More “Wildlife”

Jobu getting brave
Somebody is storing up for winter
Don’t leave

TWTW September 30th through October 6th: I Visit Parks

There’s a lot of parks in suburbia and animals don’t seem to be afraid of people

TWTW September 23rd Through the 29th: When It Rains It Pours And Breaks My Stuff

I don’t know what sort of weather system it was, but on Friday it stormed and poured rain for hours. I’m talking like 8 hours of near-constant downpours.

Bud didn’t care about the pouring rain he just wanted my cookie

The first casualty of the storms was my Playstation 4. A close and loud blast of lightning caused the power to blip. This short lost of power and networking seems to kill my video toy machine. (Days later I did manage to fix the playstation by taking the harddrive out and restarting the thing).

As I was coming home from my Mom’s, I saw that parts of the neighborhood were flooded. The town had some trucks out blocking the roads. Luckily, or so I thought, for me, they were not blocking the road to the house. I noticed that the street was a bit flooded. It must not be to bad. I drove into the puddle. It wasn’t a puddle. The water slammed into my car and started to creep up the hood. I powered through the flood and emerged victorious on the other side.

The next day as I drove around a heard a scraping sound when I hit a bump. I assumed I had got a branch or something stuck under there during my drive through the flooding. When I finally got down on my belly and looked under the car. There was a thick piece of plastic hanging down low enough to hit when I went over a bump. It appeared to have been ripped out of place when I drove through the flood.

I drove the car up on some ramps and took the plastic piece off when I removed the screws holding it up. It seems good enough to put back though one of the screws is missing. I don’t see what the point of this under engine plastic is. You have to take it off anytime you need to change the oil or work on the engine.

Some cool clouds during my long commute on Monday

TWTW September 16th through the 22nd: I Have A Long Commute

As I’ve mentioned I have moved. I moved about two hours away from where I have been living for the entire life of this blog. I moved back to the area I group up. I still have the same job. Luckily, they are letting me work remotely Wednesday through Friday. This means I have to be in the office Monday and Tuesday. That makes for a long commute.

Commute was very foggy this week

My alarm goes off at 5:40 in the morning. Until I moved I didn’t even know there was a 5 in the morning. I drove through the countryside in the morning light. I have been staying in a hotel on Monday night to make the stay easier. Don’t know if I am going to keep doing that. It can add up.

A nice path near the place I am staying

TWTW September 9th through the 15th: A Stubborn Dog Makes Me Miss A Comeback

I was at my parents watching the Chicago Bears game. It wasn’t a very exciting game but the Bears were winning by a touchdown. The Denver Broncos were driving near the end of the game with only a couple of minutes left. Bud the dog needed to go out. My mom was going to take him so I could watch the end of the game. He got all excited when she put his leash on. He got all confused as I stayed in the chair and my mom took him toward the door. I was supposed to walk him. He refused to go outside. I took a break during the two minute warning and walked toward the door like I was going to walk him. I opened the door and him and my mom went out. I closed the door and went back to watch the end of the game. He wouldn’t leave and just looked at the door. So he came back in and just stood near me as the game wound up. During a weird sequence at the end of the game the Broncos scored and were going for two points to try and win the game. The got it and I was so upset that the Bears had lost and were 0-2. 0-2 teams don’t go to the playoffs. I grabbed the dog and took him for a walk since I didn’t wanna handle the Bears losing. As I turned a corner I heard a bunch of people in the neighborhood cheering. I wondered if there had been time on the clock left.. no way the Bears came back and won. I checked my phone and sure enough they somehow did.

So Sad I was Leaving

TWTW September 2nd through the 8th: Jobu Gets Brave Then Has A SetBack And I Aint Afraid Of No Ghost

I have mostly moved in. The boxes have been emptied or put in their place. I am still sleeping on a mattress on the lower level to keep Jobu company during the scary nights in a new place. It’s scary for a cat in a new place. There are new smells, new sounds, new monsters, and ghosts. After a few days, Jobu started to get braver. He even would venture into the main level and sniff about a bit.

One night was downstairs with Jobu. I played some cats sound out of my phone which got him all excited trying to find the kitteh friend. He suddenly jumps up and spins around. He hides behind me staring a the stair up to the main level. He puts one paw on me as if to confirm that daddy was there to defend him. I laughed. He just kept staring. After about 5 minutes I got worried and looked around upstairs thinking maybe the raccoons were back. I didn’t find anything. He has slowly been recovering from this horrifying incident.

Near the end of the week, it was dark but not that late, perhaps 9 pm. I went up to the main level which was in darkness to put something in the fridge and throw some Jobu fur away. As I turned the corner to walk into the darkened kitchen I heard a small crash behind me that sounded like it came from the empty upstairs. All my hair stood on end and I thought this is creepy. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. I threw the Jobu fur away and all my hair stood on end again. Being the brave soul I am I marched upstairs looking for maybe something that fell over. I didn’t find anything and slowly the creepy feeling faded. I went back downstairs to a terrified Jobu. That’s when I noticed that the dustpan I had put on the end of the broom had fallen off. I had been sweeping out the bathroom. I laughed.

TWTW August 26th through September 1st: I Move

I have lived in the same apartment for eleven years. I didn’t even have a smart phone when I moved in, that’s how long ago it was. For family reasons I have had to move a couple of hours away to be closer to my parents.

On Wednesday I loaded the truck up with even more of my stuff and made the two hour drive and loaded some more of my stuff into the abandoned house. I didn’t have time to really find a place for most of the stuff so it just sat in the living room or the garage.

Friday was the big day. I loaded some stuff into the car. I tricked Jobu into his carrier. He didn’t mind at first. He thought he was going on a adventure. He sniffed at the exciting outside air, but then I put him in the car. In the car meant vet. He mreowed urgently. I climbed into the drivers seat and open up the carrier which confused and relaxed him. I petted him as we drove. About a half hour into the drive he realized we weren’t going to the vet. He also realized it was really boring. He went to sleep.

When I got to the house I put him and his liter box in the downstairs bathroom with some water. Unfortunately, I had to take care of some stuff and I had to leave him alone in the terrifying new house for a couple of hours. When I came back he was hiding behind some towels. I managed to coax him out with some treats. By the end of the night, he seemed to be settling in. Not wanting to leave him along that first night I slept on the couch near him. He bothered me all night long. He kept waking me up to reassure him and protect him. At one point during the night, I woke up with him climbing and sitting on my face.

On both Saturday and Sunday I brought up two more loads in the pickup.

I did experience a couple of horror movie moments in the early nights. Some of the lights weren’t working in the lower level. I thought it might be the breaker. The breaker box is in the farthest corner of the basement from the door. As I used my phone to light my way into the spider infested corner I thought if this was a horror movie this is when I would get it. It wasn’t a horror movie and I quickly had fixed the lights.

The second horror movie moment came the second night. I was still sleeping downstairs and Jobu was still waking me up a lot. Every once in a while, on the very edge of hearing, I swore I would hear someone talking in the living room upstairs. Every time I convinced myself that I was imagining it I would hear it again. When I got up to go to the bathroom( old man prostate) I decided to find out once and for all. I climbed up into the living room. There’s a nightlight plugged in up there that seems to be going bad. It just flickers. So I am walking up there in the flickering light at like 3 in the morning straining to hear talking. And then I heard it, a commercial for a vasectomy. For years my mom has had a radio on and tuned to a talk radio station to make people think someone was in the house. I had been standing near it earlier when my mom called me and I had turned it down but not off. So whenever a commercial would come on it would be just loud enough to barely hear.

TWTW August 19th through the 25th: A Change Is Gonna Come

Friday afternoon a friend and his stepsister picked me up in her car. We headed south through Illinois fields. Eventually, we ended up in roads I know by heart, not by name. I new around that corner was were great grandma lived. Back that way an old farm my grandpa used to till. We picked up my grandpa’s old truck. My friend and I drove it back north.

On Saturday I loaded up that truck with the first of a few loads. I then drove with a subset of my worldly good further north. A change is coming.

TWTW August 12th Throught 18th: I Get Assaulted By Insects

This is the latest I have ever posted a TWTW. I have less than an hour left until I should post the next one. I’ve been busy.. That’ll be the focus of next weeks TWTW.

I went to bed and wrapped myself the blanket, making sure to cover all exposed skin. I would not be assaulted this night. At some time during the night my right foot must have slipped out from under it’s protection. I had 6 mosquito bites on that foot. I did a lot of itching.

On my left arm I had what started out looking like a mosquito bite. Then it got bigger. Then it turned yellow in the middle and some stuff oozed out. It barely hurt or itched. I think a spider bit me during the night. I am under assault by insects.

Music Monday: Tim Schaufert & CASHFORGOLD – Gold

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