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First day of winter...

This song is 51 years old. How is that possible? Nah, must be Kent State math or something. Released in '66 though.

This and that...

...busy stitching, well obviously not right now, done for the night as I'm tired and that's when you're apt to make errors. Had to rework a portion of the pattern I made before I started stitching that area today.

Had a doctor appointment today. My doctor told me, while we were discussing something, "You're becoming more profound with age." We both sort of found that frightening and slightly bemusing. Mostly frightening.

Picked up my glasses from VMAC after the doctor. Got a pair with my newest RX---just got left lens replaced in them; as the ones I'm wearing are my old RX from like 4 years ago and my left eye changed a bit. Also got bifocals, which I've never had before, but I'm sick and fucking tired of lifting my glasses up, or taking them off, to see well close up as I have 20/20 vision close up. Plus, prescription sunglasses and FUCK YES!!! It was sooooooooooo fucking awesome to drive home on the highway with SUNGLASSES!!!! Prescription sunglasses are expensive too!! I need to love these, not squeeze them, and name them George. Though they have a 1 year guarantee no matter the circumstance of the disaster. Still though, I don't want to have to use that. Sunglasses actually, now that I think of it, cost more than that other 2 combined. Fucking worth it!!! Totally fucking worth it!! Suppose to start the bifocals in the morning since I had been up so long by the time I got there today. Okie doke.

Needed to stop at a Giant Eagle but Melon is ill and I didn't want to be out longer than necessary so I went to the one by Montrose VMAC and damn is that a weird one. All the carts are outside, then they don't have standing freezers--like with doors you open; the freezers are waist high and open. So you have to sort of wander around all these open freezer aisles looking for what you want. Thought of going down about a mile to the jewish Giant Eagle in Fairlawn but wanted to get home to Melon and the Montrose one is close to the highway. Why call it the jewish one? Cuz they sell a lot of jewish food items, as they are catering to the neighborhood. Good marketing on Giant Eagle's part. The Marc's around the corner from that Giant Eagle sells a lot of jewish food too. Sort of like the Save A Lot up the street here is the mexican Save A Lot, as spanish the predominate language and there's a lot of mexican food. I noticed the Montrose GE had Vegan/Vegetarian stuff marked really clearly, which the Howe Ave GE--one I go to usually---doesn't do. That would be a 'Montrose' neighborhood thing. Pay attention to how a store is slightly different in different cities/areas. Or not. I'm just observant and can't turn that off.

Melon went to the vet yesterday as her virus, which they can't do anything about, turned into an upper respiratory infection. Poor girl has a right nostril snot faucet and no appetite. She got an antibiotic injection, and IV fluids. Lungs sounded clear, so it's all upper. Not much appetite today, though she did slowly finish a 'lickable treat' pouch when I got home with a huge selection of them. At bedtime I'm gonna run one under warm water to maybe make it more appetizing for her. Windsor was being a good friend and hung out with her next to the bathroom register on her fleece blanket but his back is covered in her snot. No good deed goes unpunished. Or something.

Someone should be here tomorrow to clear off my back porch roof cuz I am DONE doing that shit. I did it the other day when we just had like 3" of snow, since then we've gotten at least 6" more. I got totally frozen and almost fell off the step ladder next to the gutter downspout several times. Then there's the 16' extension ladder against the porch I have to climb to clear off snow then toss on calcium chloride on the roof then into the gutters. It's fucking ridiculous and I no longer buy nor accept the theory that heat from the pantry makes the snow melt on the roof above and cause an ice dam because the pantry is ICE COLD. I have blankets in front of the pantry door and had a bag of potatoes on a shelf in front of the pantry door in the kitchen and the ones up against that door FROZE. Ice dams were forming above the back porch too, and that rules out 'warmth from below' as there is none. So no. Fuck you J Russell. Double fuck you for not telling me ice dams would continue to form and instead making a big deal, and big charge, about adding an ice dam guard to the roof when it was rebuilt.

Obviously J Russell is not coming out tomorrow. I want the place coming out tomorrow to clear it and then make arrangements with them to come out and clear it whenever we get like 4"+ of snow. Like a snow plow service, but for my roof. And then in the spring figure out how to prevent this shit! I still think it goes back to gutters. Most houses around here have flat back porch roofs, so that's not an anomaly for my house. Maybe I need to research how back gutters were placed on a 1926 bungalow style house. Yeah, thinkering while blogging, think I will try to find something out along those lines. There has to be books or something. Will add to my 'to do' list.

Big cross stitch project is 67% finished, then need to do medium project---by I'd say Wednesday next week. HAHA! Also have one mission I must complete for something I'll announce when all things are in place; then one other thing to do to get something else done. THEN I need to work in 3 rooms of my house. Kitchen, bedroom, and in here. Have a timeline too, cuz of what I'm not saying right now, though if you know me I will tell me. Just contact me however you usually do.

Got one of those ninja auto IQ systems. Think I'll try the pad thai recipe first, that sounds really good. And I got magnet bracelets. Maybe it IS a placebo affect, but magnets help me. Now if I could get a MRI every couple months that would be fanfuckingtastic. I seriously wanna volunteer to be a MRI test subject for training MRI techs. I'd need no compensation at all! I uh, really enjoy MRIs. They alleviate pain, anxiety, and make me feel 'well'. No, I'm not wired right. Magnets worked for a grandmother and great-aunt, might be hereditary? Like no grey hair yet? A great-aunt never had grey hair and no, she didn't dye it.

Alright, not that much this and that cuz my mind is wandering. Subscribed to the New Yorker and got my first issue today in the mail, so I'm gonna read that til bedtime.

Magical Mystery Tours

Oh the camera is next to me yet looks like it weighs a ton so I can't get the memory card out at the moment. Besides I'd have to move from my comfy contorted position. Stitch free evening as I got my right arm aching yesterday cross stitching on perforated paper. The worst part of it is having to pull the floss all the way through--that's what killed my arm, whereas if you're stitching on fabric, it's all scrunched up and you don't have to pull the floss as far. Perforated paper you cannot scrunch. Easy to stitch on though. Two other worst parts of stitching on perforated paper: 1. keeping the back neat and 2. cutting out what you stitched. Haven't got that far to cut out yet. Worked a bit on my big project today and will get back to perforated paper once that, a small project, and a medium project are done.

Soooooo lots of magical mystery tours. My google map stalker is disappointing me cuz they aren't listing everywhere I've been and I've been places man. Before I go thru my magical mystery tours, I got Pan a new outdoor squeaky ball last week, that I'll be bringing in probably tomorrow as I think a heavy frost would kill it--and I'm also gonna try to find her a red squeaky ball, as that has the heft and grippage that makes it great for outdoor fetch. I ordered her one on amazon but they sent me a 6" one when the description said it was 4", she tried and tried and DID pick it up but it was difficult and she couldn't make it squeak. Amazon refunded my money and said I didn't have to send it back, so I took it over for Hammie. I'll look in a couple stores for the red ball of obsession and if that fails I found a properly described one on amazon.

If you want to see what Poli is really like, skip to like the 5 minute mark where I put the camera on the table and you see her be a jumping bean, which is her usual self. She also had mild Picasso face that day. Some days it's worse. I'll get to that below somewhere.



First magical mystery tour was Wednesday. 7 stops. First was BJ's. Then next door to Giant Eagle to get gift cards, cuz they had double points towards cents off gas with gift card purchases. Slight kerfluffle with my bank card. Said denied. WHAT?! Tried again. Denied again. DAFUQ?! You know every cashier has heard "there's money there!" I try it as a debit, and it went thru. Uh, dafuq?! Get to the car and call them. Well security put a hold on my account cuz I had spent so much at BJ's and it wasn't my normal shopping pattern. And yet did security call me? Email me? NO! Did I not have the money in my account? Yes. So??? They removed the hold. I get cash back if I use it as a credit, not as a debit, so obviously I prefer to use it as that.

That cleared up I went across the street to Target. Was looking to see if they had a Grinch ornament as they usually do. They didn't have any in stock and their Christmas area was a disaster. Got a few things there, then proceeded up to Hudson to go to JoAnn Fabrics. I was in there an hour and a half. Thought it would be totally nuts and crowded in there but nope! VERY nice!! Also while in there I got a phone call about my flaming hoop act and was told the absolute correct information, no contortions, no flaming hoops, just one more form. One I had never heard of before.

Back down Route 8 to Stow VMAC, Krieger's--where I went in for 5 things on my list and came out with 4 grocery bags full, no idea how that happened!! Then to Pet Supplies Plus where they had a $5 off a $30 purchase and I got a thrilling purchase!! A dog poop scooper that is tall enough I don't have to bend or stoop at all. Probably helps that I'm short. [Side note, used it today and it was great!! Nature's Miracle Jumbo one].

Thursday I went back out for another magical mystery tour. My first stop was to do the required form and nope, not saying a word yet about that--if you know me personally I of course will tell you, email me, call/text, DM, etc. Then I went to the Stow Target to see if they had a Grinch ornament and YES!! they did! Only one left. Hit up Goodwill next. It was suppose to rain, THEY said afternoon. Well, 12:01 it started to pour! Technically after noon.

Left Goodwill--lots of blankets for the critters and I got an awesome sweatshirt--and my driver side windshield wiper is jiggling. Cuz OF COURSE IT IS. So I go to Autozone. Ask if that's the wiper or arm. Oh it's the wiper. Now, I'm the queen of driver side windshield wiper fuck ups, having obviously highly offended the driver side windshield wiper god in a previously life; but I have NEVER had this problem before. It was still wiping fine. But I get a new wiper. The guy puts it on in the pouring rain. BREAKS MY OLD ONE IN HALF---before I could say I was going to keep it---then tells me to try my wipers. Still jiggling. Oh that's your arm that'll need tightening or replaced. And you fucking broke my old wiper, and said it WAS the wiper and now you do this shit? Just to get a sale? You don't think I see your name tag and know how to contact cooperate dickweed? [Side note: I've no doubt I'd need a new wiper this winter, and I could understand if they didn't know if it wasn't the wiper or arm; but he said it was the wiper. Fucking prick. Yes, I sent cooperate a pithy email.]

Left there annoyed, then continued my last 2 stops of the day. Dollar Tree and then Dollar General. By the time I got up here, having had to change my socks as my feet had got soaked by stepping in a puddle, it had stopped raining for the day. Eyeroll.

Friday, back out again. Oh wait, land of misfit toy side note but I have to get a pix off my camera and oh fuck it, that can wait. Panacea had an appointment for her vaccines. Discussed Poliahu's facial drooping and that's just the nerve damage with the facial paralysis. What the doctor doesn't understand though is why her facial drooping is so cyclic. One day her face is at her 'new normal', as her left side does has facial paralysis that you can see; but then the next she's a Picasso face as her left side around her eye is drooping so much. Then the next day--or even later the same day---it'll be back to her 'new normal'. For now, we're attributing that to the fact she's my dog. Cuz if a cat or dog is gonna have something weird, odds are they reside [or resided, RIP] here.

Brought Pan home then ran some more errands. Back to dollar general for a couple things I forgot, then klein's, and giant eagle. Thanks to all the gift card points I had I filled my gas tank for $4.56. Then the post office to get stamps. So I pick out some neat looking stamps. The guy behind the counter asks if my hands are warm. Uh, no. He puts them between his hands and they change! Most awesome stamps ever!!!. No, no it doesn't take much. Came home and I've been HOME since then.

Back out tomorrow and I need to make a list with a direct route of where I'm stopping in what order. Have a meeting and I want to do that last, so I need to figure out my stops, time, etc. I'm also finally getting bifocals since I'll be out that way tomorrow. Hopefully VMAC has some decent $9 frames. If they have some decent cheap sunglasses frames I'll get a pair of RX [non-bifocal] glasses. Since I can't wear contacts anymore :( and have to remain nerd girl from beyond forever more it seems.

Plan on hitting up Pet Supplies Plus to see if they have that red ball [Eddie got it there or VMAC, as Pan has Hammie's hand me down squeakerless red nerf dog ball]; Dollar General; Kleins and shit, I can't go there first if they have my prolia ready cuz that has to be refrigerated. Just realized that. Maybe I'll ask them to hold on to it. My doctor appointment is next week anyway. I hate those shots, hurt like fucking hell and burn for days afterwards. Dollar Tree; and I think I'll be good. Of course obviously VMAC. Glasses and then over to pets to look for the red ball of power.

And I have no clue why LJ has made blog fonts smaller, just noticed that. I'm gonna see if there's a setting or something I can fiddle with.
No, no I haven't posted my 2 blimp pix and of course accompanying commentary. Things have been, um, weird? That's 'normal', right, so weirder? I'm pretty drained today so no blimps this evening. I mean, the typing, plus my camera is like 6" from me and I have to pick it up, take out the memory card, go thru pix, and gosh that's just EFFORT. Effort and energy has drained away and been replaced with inertia.

I could vent about my two diametrically opposed phone calls today but that would reveal somethings I don't wish to at the moment. Only when things are set up will I do so and heads up trolly ann, you're gonna be PISSED! Today's calls, for now, deviated from at 9am-ish me having to do gymnastics thru flaming hoops. Then when I called back around 3pm to ask about proper contortionism, hold on, no, I'm seeing you don't have to do a flaming hoop act. Wait, what? That's great, but what? Hold on. There's a comment in the system, you're all set. If you have to do gymnastics we'll send you an email but it doesn't look like it. Wow, thanks. Until I get confirmation that things are 'clear' [without any Scientology magic] I guess I should start limbering up, to be prepared.

Pix I have access to from my phone, are my hooligans.

Panacea at the vet for an ear infection. Totally healed now.

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Poliahu also at the vet, different trip, for her vaccines and an eye issue. She's such a total wiggle butt it's hard to get a pic of her so this was a great opportunity. Her eye issue, the eye in the shadow, is related to her facial paralysis. It appears her eye isn't closing all the way at night, so she wakes up with her left eye being all squinty but after a couple hours it's back to it's new 'normal'. Her left side of her face is slightly droopy but her eye looks smaller. She can blink with it, but it's not shutting fully over night. So we struggle with ointment at bedtime. She does NOT like it, so we struggle until Pan gets fed up waiting for bedtime treats and helps corrals her in while I'm trying to hold her still.

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I had a concern about her possibly having vertigo after our vet trip but thankfully she did not. YEAH!!! Don't want her walking like a drunk again, that was just pathetic, though she kept happily wagging her tail.

No cross stitching was done today and fffffuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk cuz I'm a procrastinator extraordinaire I'm maybe? 1/2 way thru a bigger sized project I wanna give as a christmas gift, then I have, I think, 5 other things to make. Which, of course, I haven't start yet. But hey! One required a pattern and I've made that!! The bigger sized project required me to make the pattern too. I do this to myself. I dunno why.

I'm too tired and drained to stitch anything tonight. Maybe I'll dig out some other floss colors I need. That sounds semi-productive and I might be able to handle that, before it's time to crawl into bed.

Tomorrow when I get up I'm gonna try to conquer part of my email inbox. Did I just jinx it? Hope not. Have to be able to start making daily plans and not having things bugger 'em up. Life happens, of course, but damn, does it happen a lot around here. What should I expect from the Land of Misfit Toys? If I owe you an email you can always phone or text me--not fond of texting but I will a bit, also think I have skype have to check. Of course I dunno who has my latest phone # cuz gosh I had one # for 16 years, now I've had 3 or 4 since then. Ridiculous.

Yeah! I procrastinated hitting 'post' cuz I got occupied in another tab and I found my floss except one color. I can get ready for bed soon. I shall try again tomorrow.

Land of Misfit Toys Thanksgiving

No buffay this year. Stayed in the Land of Misfit Toys and went to over to the couple I cat sit for. I brought the pie, cool whip, and made rolls; Eddie brought turkey, stuffing, and gravy; and they made sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rutabaga & turnip mash, salad with lots of different greens with apple and black olives topped with walnuts and feta, homemade cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, and lemon bars.

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One must have the same portion of cool whip as pumpkin pie. Think it's a law or something.

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Food comas were had by all!!

And yes, yes I am aware I haven't blogged in awhile and of course I have plenty to blog about! I'll eventually get on a blogging spree.

Land of Misfit Toys Police Reports

Believe or not, I'm posting these BEFORE I post photos of TWO BLIMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! flying together! I got 90 minutes sleep last night, not consecutive, so I don't want to fiddle with photo upload issues cuz 'roid rage is REAL! Probably due to lack of sleep. A month too soon for kenalog--yes a steroid that buggers my sleep a bit but NOTHING like the pills I was prescribed--not a pred pack either, higher dosage than that! FUCK! Oh yes, yes I shall keep taking them cuz one, allergies boom, gone and two, it might help with the tonsil stone playing hide and go fuck yourself.

Now for one funny, yet sad, police report and one somewhat disturbing, yet reassuring that people will not go down without a fight, one!

This one happened July 30 and no, no I was NOT aware of it until the other day when I was doing a timeline for an assistant prosecutor for a court case that if it's not settled I'll be testifying in---Eddie too. I haven't written about Carrot Head yet, and shan't until aforementioned court case, just in case, so I'll just say he was the 'new' landlord of Wendy's and pretty much forced her out. Oh, side note, new tenants [Carrot Head evicted a month or so ago by REAL owner] had pest control out today cuz gosh, nothing was ever done about the rats. RATZILLA!!!! I did obviously see the broken windows in the attic and heard about this, but not all these details--one detail they leave out, she was peeing on the porch roof after she broke out the windows.

Okay, commencing police report transcribing. I shall not name her. This is a public record and if you live around here you know what house I'm talking about. It was far enough from me there was no chance I'd wake up. Eddie had his window AC in so heard naught. This is funny, and yet sad as obviously they have an addiction/mental health issue. Commencing transcription now, as I'll cut a few things I don't think should be published--though it is a public record:

Occured from 7/30/2017 02:34
Synopsis/How committed: subject was at risk of harming herself because she was upset
Hair length: long
Hair style: messy
Complexion: dirty
Teeth: rotten
Speech: Loud
Drug usage: Suspected drug user
Alcohol usage: Suspected alcohol user

Officer Narrative:

Officers responded to the above location reference a female on her roof breaking windows and screaming. When officers arrived on scene (med 7 already staged down the street), we observed all the upstairs windows smashed out. Inside ... we heard [name redacted by me] screaming. [She] was yelling, "Fuck you! I hate you!, and other vulgar language. When we tried talking to [her]from the backyard, she was stating that she was mad at Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. We observed [her] tie a shirt around her neck, in attempt to choke herself. [She] then threw herself at the east side window, while yelling at officers.

At that time we entered the residence, we located [her] (still screaming) at the top of the stairs. We told [her] to come down stairs with us, so we could get her help. [She] complied, but was still upset and cursing at officers.

We transported [her] to Akron City Hospital ... . While being transported to the hospital [she] said she was going to "blow her brains out", and repeatedly smashed her head against our cruiser cage.

/End transcription

Okay, it's funny about Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. I mean, DAFUQ?!?! The rest is just sad. She never returned to the land of misfit toys and I hope she got the help she needed.

Onto the NEXT one. This happened October 5, 12:25am to 12:39am. Around the corner. I won't give the address, nor name the victim. If you live around here and haven't heard about this contact me or if you see Eddie ask him, as he's the one who first told me about it. He didn't hear/see anything, he was talking to someone related to the victim.

I'll transcribe the officer narrative, of course extracting the victim's name, but again, this is a public record. Transcription commencing now:

Officer narrative:

Officers were dispatched to the above location reference a fight with weapons. On scene, officers spoke with the victim [name redacted by me]. He stated that he was robbed at gun point. [He] stated that he pulled his vehicle into the driveway of his home. He stated that he was playing on his phone inside his vehicle. [He] stated three unknown black suspects walked up to the driver side door. [He] stated that a tall, skinny young black male had a large hand gun in his hand and demanded he get out of his vehicle. [He] stated that he got out of the vehicle and quickly grabbed the gun out of the suspects hand. [GO DUDE GO!!!!!!] [He] stated that he pointed the gun at the suspects and yelled at them to leave him alone. He stated that the suspects began yelling at him and walked toward him. [He] stated that he ran into his home. He stated that the suspects attempted to take his vehicle, but were unable to because it is a manual drive vehicle. He then stated the unknown suspects took off running west bound.

While on scene officers recovered two firearms. One of the firearms used was a green and black air soft hand gun. The other gun recovered was a large silver BB gun revolver. This was the weapon in the hand of the suspect at the time of the incident. [He] stated that while the suspects were inside his vehicle, one of them took his wallet.

/end transcription

There are BB guns that look like real guns AND the victim's driveway is pitch black. They wouldn't have been able to tell. But FUCK YEAH!!! GRAB THAT GUN!!! Oh yeah, people will say don't do that, but if someone has a gun the odds are good you'll get shot. GO.OUT.FIGHTING!!! And how frustrating, and funny, is it that they couldn't steal the car cuz none of those mofos could drive stick?!?! HAH! So if you live around here, after dark, BE CAREFUL!!!

If it wasn't cloudy and I could have seen the full moon I was gonna walk up to Columbia the other night. I was gonna take a golf club with me. Never underestimate the power of a titanium golf club!! And I'll be damned I live in fear in the land of misfit toys!!!

Land of Misfit Toys motto....take it away Tyler!!!

Phone calls with Edward

EDWARD has called me TWICE today and the last one was PAINFUL!!!! First, was the program to save battery life turning off the music playing on his phone? [since he's using the phone as he's computer is no go--the battery needs replaced, that hell will be done in a few days, it's an internal battery so please pray/send good thoughts to my friend who's going to do that for him] I DO NOT KNOW--TRY IT!

Second call

What's my yahoo password?
I dunno
It won't let me in
Isn't it _____________?
No
I have no fucking clue
Don't you check my email
At times yes
On your phone?
Oh fuck no, not your mail
You check mail though
MY gmail account
It said it went to gmail when I didn't know it
WHAT?
It switched to gmail when I didn't know my password
What do you mean?
Yahoo switched to gmail when I didn't know my password
You said that, that's impossible
They asked if I had access to your email but I don't
JFC they sent a code to me, that's NOT SWITCHING TO GMAIL!!
Same difference
NO IT IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[I look and there IS a code but it's expired, so I log in to his yahoo mail and change the fucking password for him]
I've changed your email password to what you thought it was
What was it before?
I have no fucking idea
How do I get access to your gmail?
You have access to ME, for now, so therefore you have access to it. Did the password work?
Let me try
[jeopardy music]
I don't like how yahoo looks on my phone
IDGAF did the password work?
Yes, I'm in it
Fine, I'm out [click]

RIP Tom Petty

Saw the video for Refugee on 20/20 in 1979 during a report on new laser discs and became an immediate fan.



I'll have to go thru my 45s. I know I have a red Tom Petty 45 but I can't recall for what song on the A side. I know on the B side it's "Night Watchman". Pretty sure it's the red one that has that b side. I have quite a few of his 45s. He has so many great songs. And he was one of those people you never really heard anything bad about.

Breakdown



How could I NOT post this one?



End of the Line

What's going on?

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and now a mass shooting. What's going on?! Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused massive devastation for hundred of thousands of people and many will never be able to return 'home'. I watched some periscopes of weather people in the midst of the hurricanes and I cannot even imagine going through that. Unfathomable. And then some were hit with another hurricane days later. There's people still waiting for clean water, food, and medicine.

Mexico had a very strong earthquake with collapsed buildings and hundreds dead. Again, I was watching a live feed, of Univision, and the people immediately jumped into action forming chains to clear debris to search for trapped people. They do train for earthquakes; but one would 'assume' they'd be in shock for a bit before able to function. It was incredibly impressive to watch how they worked together so quickly to try to save others, and they did. Without that quick action more lives would have been lost.

Then last night was an unimaginable mass shooting on a concert in Las Vegas. One person killed over 50 and sent over 500 to the hospital. How do you begin to wrap your head around this? Would it be easier if there was more than one shooter? That's a horrible thing to consider. But just one person caused such chaos and carnage. There's never any reason for doing such a thing. The families of those killed will never fully be able to understand or comprehend 'why?' Those wounded physically and psychologically will never be able to grasp the 'why'? either.

With natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, there is a why for loss of life. Though, of course, that doesn't lessen the pain of loss. When it comes to a mass shooting there's no why and it makes a loss or injury even more painful. Humans try to find answers and sometimes there just aren't any.

As with any disaster or attack, humanity has shown it's overpowering light of goodness. People have donated to and volunteered in areas destroyed and affected by the hurricanes and the earthquake. Already on social media people are sharing links where people can donate blood for those in Las Vegas. Goodness and love ALWAYS conquers hate. That doesn't stop things happening that leave scars on our souls though. Nor does it stop us from asking what's going on?!

So Wingfoot One is here while their area in Florida recovers from Irma. They've been taking One and Two out separately, one one day, the other the next. I've had some blimp sightings in the distance--over Rte 8, but only one over my house. Until today. Once. Twice. Trifecta--which has happened only once before. And then the rarest thing of all: QUADFECTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was ready to go in for the day, heard the blimp and OH DEAR JACK LORD THEY'RE COMING OVER HERE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I uh, get a little excited about the blimp. There's something truly magical when it's going over you, your house, and neighborhood. It's awesome seeing it flying out and about elsewhere; but at home? The magic, happiness, and awesomeness is increased by at least 100%!

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When the Florida crew returns they might do a tandem flight. Last time, it wasn't announced, my blimpologist friend texted me but they didn't come over by me. If he gets a heads up this time or knows they're taking off, I'm going to go to the park across from St. Thomas to get some pix of them downtown then rush home and HOPE they come over the Land of Misfit Toys! Yes, I will send them a suggested route map!

Today was the bestest blimp spotting day EVER!!!!!!

Yes, I have lots of things to blog about, including video!, but BLIMP QUADFECTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Driving day hell.....

This is from, um, 2 or 3 Saturdays ago. Last time I went down near Columbus. I can't be bothered to look on my blog to see what day I posted I drove 5 1/2 hours, but it's that day. So...I took 71 instead of 77 to 70 because 1. it saved 30 miles and I was low on gas and 2. it saved like 15 minutes. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Instead of 2 hours 5 minutes it took 3 1/2!

My first sign that I wasn't in Kansas anymore was when traffic went to one lane due to construction, hey that happens, but THIS truck was in front---no other vehicles in front of it--and the speed limit was 55 but they were going 35! Took 20 minutes to go 6 miles. Part of me was getting pissed but then part of me was sort of okay, cuz if they slammed on their brakes, um? How secure were those pipes?

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Then, since I left that other 4 letter state Iowa, this was the first time I had seen a military convoy. Seriously!! Almost 30 years! Would see 'em all the time in Iowa. I saw TEN DIFFERENT ONES along 71. DAFUQ?!?! I almost pulled over to check twitter to see if war had been declared or something.

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So google maps told me to TURN RIGHT at this one exit and I'd be on E. Broad. I turn right, see a street sign and confirm it's E. Broad. Suppose to go 6 miles. It gets more residential whereas I should be out sort of in the boondocks. Saw the Columbus Country Club.

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Continuing on, passed some beautiful homes, and oh look, I'm almost in downtown Columbus. So I pull over and call my friend and yeah, google maps fucked up, I should have turned LEFT. Had to go back down E. Broad, which STAYED E. Broad on the other side (weird) and got to watch airplanes swoop down over traffic landing at the airport. Left my house at 9:30, got there at 1pm.

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Hot, humid, storms approaching. My friend and others took loads to the new place and I stayed at the old place packing stuff. I'd take occasional breaks and I went out front and someone was blasting Francis Scott Key. Then it went into a Beastie Boys songs. Alrightie then. Another time outside an elderly man was on his cell phone, speakerphone, discussing his wife having "green bowel" the past week, and no, they hadn't gone to the doctor, is "green bowel bad"? The woman he was talking to said "That doesn't sound good." I wanted to interject "DUDE!!! Unless she's just eating spinach get her ass--literally and figuratively--to the doctor!"

Being in a rather rural area, with pockets of developments, it was interesting watching one side get severe storms and then one area just be sunny as can be. I got to see where the rainbow ends too.

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Driving home I took 70 to 77, cuz FUCK 71!!! Had to make a diversion to south Zanesville. Not only does Zanesville have a Rte 666, they have a Rte 555!! No, no it does not take much to amuse me.

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How many people get confused here??

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So if they weren't show cattle you shouldn't show caution?? Never seen anything like that before, hence pix.

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Then since I was getting tired, as it had been a long hot humid back hurting day, I phoned Edward when I was about hour away from home. I passed a sign saying 50 minutes to Akron. I got to the outskirts of Canton, we were talking about the football hall of fame--which I should have been passing in about 10 minutes---and then suddenly, in 20 minutes I'm IN AKRON. I asked Eddie to look at his phone for phone call length as I didn't want to do that while driving--hey, I'll fiddle with my camera, not phone. We had been talking 25 minutes. Um??? I told him where I was, approaching the Rte 8 exit on 77 and he asked how I got there and I said I had no fucking idea. I didn't pass the football hall of fame, none of the usual things in Canton, NADA. I was driving 65mph too!

Worm hole? Black hole? Time vortex? No idea. But I was grateful to whatever it was for getting me home quicker!!!

And it continues....

I was trying to enjoy my evening cup of cocoa when I got the grinch ring tone of doom. It was an amazon question. No, no Edward still has not mastered amazon. It was also being asked while the hurricane kids were there. My throat is killing me---I don't have strep throat, I have...tonsil stones! So Edward was trying to SEARCH ON AMAZON. I had to stop what I was doing--I was doing something else aside from drinking my cocoa, find what the fuck he wanted, and since I had emailed that to him at the beginning of July, I resent that email and then sent him a new one with that link. He has a habit of 'not' receiving my emails. It's more like he doesn't see them.

Then trying to say ANYTHING is next to impossible with kids and dogs. My head didn't hurt before, it does now. FFS.

Anyway, left doctor's office--oh she enjoyed the rat killing video--stopped at Giant Eagle and crossed Rte 8 to our section of Tallmadge avenue being a new layer of hell. For reasons only known to who?, Tallmadge is a 4 lane road until you NOW come to a section between Rte 8 and North Main where it's now 3, cuz fuck us? Dunno. It's stupid as fuck and traffic was already backed up really bad tonight.

The lines hadn't been painted on when I left but had been when I returned. Went to make a left onto Robinette and the dumb fucks put a traffic cone right smack in the middle where you'd be turning onto Robinette. Had to make basically a U-turn a little further down to get onto my street. They had the cones fine for Columbia (street before me). So I parked my car and marched down and moved the fucking cone. I have the camera facing up a bit cuz neighbors were at the stop sign and I'm respecting their privacy.




Later on the roof dogs were out again and I went upstairs to get a good view of them. As I say in the video, they've been out before--even in the rain---with the window shut; so um, hey, okie doke the window was open? Don't let your dogs out on a roof like that! They have a huge back yard, fenced in. Makes zero sense. Oh wait, this is the land of misfit toys. Alrightie then.



Have a call into the vet cuz Poli's mouth is starting to droop again. She's been itching her ears, shaking her head about 4 days now, and I noticed yesterday it looked like her mouth was starting to droop a bit. It is. So her facial paralysis is coming back. NO wobbliness YET walking. Head's a little more tilted walking though. She was on that antibiotic for 3 weeks, I think she needs more. She's been off it a little over a week now. It made a WORLD of difference. So I don't think she has a tumor or anything cuz of the response to the antibiotic. I think she just needs a longer course of antibiotics. And of course they're expensive antibiotics. Cuz OF COURSE.

I need to block amazon from Edward's computer. I DID mention tonight "Remember when you asked me if you'd be approved for an amazon card if you applied?" and YES!!! He did remember that! That was a pure hell call. I need to get those phone calls with Edward more accessible.

Right now I am gonna tally contest finalists for Vintage Ads cuz I'm woefully behind, then I'm gonna chill the fuck out. And type up a 3 day notice for my tonsil stones to GTFO before I file for an eviction. DAMN, I'd rather have strep throat!!!!

Mail call!

I got this fucking fear mongering political mailer the other day about how nuclear plants are clean, safe, and essentially if you don't vote for some particular bill in Ohio you let the terrorists win. No, no mention of terrorists, but if you aren't FOR nuclear power, why you've got to be EVIL!

Hi! I'm OEvilOne!!

The dumb fucks included a returned postage paid postcard which I defaced and sent back on their dime and I sent them an email too. They have no dox on their website for their alleged claims, and I know from the news the one Ohio nuke plant isn't in good shape and FirstEnergy is trying to get hundreds of millions from us to fix it up. CLOSE IT DOWN. I really think this group is a FirstEnergy front.

My email:

I don't know how/why I got one of your mailers; but I want removed from your mailing list. I don't support nuclear energy AT ALL. You also probably spent more money on marketing than accumulating documentation to prove the statistics you toss out because you don't give info on where to find those statistics. I don't believe the jobs or money claims. I also think this is a front group for FirstEnergy to get them more support/cash for their failing nuke plants.

Nuke plants need to be SHUT DOWN. I grew up close enough to one in another state where we'd get the warning book every year and the schools had regular nuclear plant drills. That plant is being closed because it is unsafe and had been for quite some time.

Your propaganda mailer makes me want to build an alter to Centralia, as it must make your little snowflake hearts cry to know that fire is still burning. IMAGINE A NUKE DISASTER! There was one in Russia within our lifetime and they are still dealing with horrible physical issues.

Disgusted by your audacious lying glowing green colored mailer (you should have included a 3 eyed fish on it, you could have got a point for that),

Miss Tia
571 Robinette Ct
Akron, OH 44310

(Yes, I'm a registered democrat. I want off the democrat mailing lists and had thought I had succeeded.)

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Yeah, I'm trying to get off all the fucking democrat mailing lists cuz I end up getting shit like that. Also, I'm still pissed at the DNC for their shenanigans and all in all the democratic party seems to have truly lost their way. ANYFEARMONGER, here's the post card I sent back.





I bet FirstEnergy HAS donated generously to her!! And I won't vote for someone who runs for their father's seat. A political seat isn't a 'legacy'. Though unfortunately it happens far too oft. Well, I'm not gonna cast a vote towards it.
Eddie calls me and tells me his neighbors have had another car vandalized. Apparently an ex-girl friend wants a DNA test? As all the car vandalism is DNA, squiggles, and DNA. This is the 3rd car she's vandalized.

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When I went over to snap a few picks of this, one of the Nepalese who live at the corner (Tammy's old house) came out and was talking to me. We were staring at the car's 'paint job' and they summed it up quite well "That's just stupid." Indeed it is. We discussed the eclipse and he wondered if I had got any photos of it and no, we could see it if we squinted but no pix. They said they thought it funny when I sometimes put a tripod in the middle of the street to take photos of the full moon. Haven't done that in awhile, but yeah, I've done it. It's a good place to take a pix and then it attracts traffic!

They took off and I noticed the vacant house across from Eddie's [actually that includes a whole separate post, that house, and that will include the temporary neighbor here known as Carrot Head, who's being evicted from Wendy's former place tomorrow] the living room window was open just a smidge. Enough that someone could open it and get inside. I called the number of the management company--sign in window---to report this and also saw a window in the back had been removed. They seemed sort of 'meh' about it; so I went in and fired off a quick email to the company, the insurance adjuster [for that company, yeah that'll be in the house/carrot head post], and the APD.

Stayed in for a bit, then came back out and wandered over to Eddie's where he's assembled whom we're gonna call the 'hurricane kids' as they mostly have names of well known hurricanes. I also make it a practice to not name chirruns here, or picture them. The hurricane kids like playing with the dogs. One of them is from 4 blocks away, but if one of the other kids isn't going that way when they leave, Eddie will walk the dogs that way. He also wanted to introduce himself to their parental unit, and give them his address and phone number.

So I'm there a bit on the porch, and am getting ready to go home--3 kids and 3 dogs on a porch is way too much activity for me! When here comes a police car that stops in front of the house across from Eddie's. Damn, quick!! I had sent that email just a few hours prior!

Went over and was talking to the officer and as Eddie and I had theorized, it didn't look like kids were going in there to hang out and party, as no beer bottles, spray paint, etc was visible. The officer denoted it looked like someone could be squatting, they saw paper plates and plastic cups in a corner. We have a theory of who it could be.

The officer goes on the front porch to call the same number I did to try to get them out to board it up VERY securely, and we were discussing carrot head, and suddenly BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started to laugh and said "Never boring around here." He agreed and went to see where it came from and what it was. Well, a juvenile thought it would be a great time to set off a firework. A very very VERY loud one. Officer was up there awhile, then came back down, called the place and it was suppose to be boarded up within 14-24 hours. I dunno if it got boarded up today or not, I know that's in the 24 hour perimeters, but it was after 4pm at this point, so I honestly would give them til tomorrow.

Officer sits in his cruiser typing up reports and carrot head is being driven to his 'til tomorrow morning' house and the car up the street it goes, with carrot head ducking in the back. Couldn't stop at the house cuz he has an active warrant. I didn't previously blog about carrot head because I didn't want to jeopardize any criminal charges he's facing. Don't think carrot head came back at all last night.

When I had the dogs out yesterday afternoon Poli was full of beans again, as she's been the past few days. Back to jumping straight up at me, charging around. Am only concerned she's itching at an ear again. Her ear is totally clean; but I'm worried about inner ear. She's been off the antibiotic a week now and was on it 3 weeks. That made a world of difference. I know before, she had been scratching her ear a lot--til she had facial paralysis. I'll just keep a close eye on her; but it's hard to get a good look at her, she's such a wiggle butt! Pan's skin is MUCH much better, with all her medications and she is feeling much better.

There's more neighborhood stuff to write about, but I am ALMOST finished with a cross stitch project, have a few things to do, have a doctor's appointment tomorrow AM (bonus schadenfreude, I think I have strep throat), and also tomorrow morning before my appointment, have to coordinate some work. THEN I'll finish my cross stitching tomorrow, wash it, have it dry, iron it, frame it Friday morning and take it to a city office to be given to the recipient. No, I won't post a photo until I know they get it. But I'll say that it's 18ct fabric and I'm using gold metallic thread. I thought 16ct and gold metallic was bad! I know, I did it to myself.

Oh today we just had the roof dogs. Yes, dogs on a roof. People put them out the 2nd floor window onto the flattish 1st floor roof, no railing, for hours at a time. They can't get back in until the window is opened. Why I have no idea cuz they have a big fenced in back yard. These are big dogs too. So yeah, walk out and the roof dogs started barking. Wait, I asked Rocky to help with something today, so we had that too. I'll get to that later, but it involves the rat situation and how the county and city departments won't work together and it seems impossible to get anyone to do anything! THEY WILL DO SOMETHING!!! If we have to start saving dead rats and send photos of the pile growing larger, dammit WE WILL DO SO!!

We might be the land of misfit toys, but we will work together to get things done, and we watch out to keep our land safe from dangerous misfits! (And as always, not everyone here is a misfit).

I have comments and emails to get to, and I foresee that happening tomorrow. Yes, for real. Well, current ones!

Typical day in the Land of Misfit Toys

Was going to write up about my Saturday (previous to this past one) but I stood up too much today and want to go lay down. So you can read about today! Just a typical day in the land of misfit toys.

So early this afternoon I went to sit on my bench and Tim came over saying there was a rat under the car. WHAT?! Hold on, let me get my proven rat killing kit: golf club and baseball bat (used at Wendy's previously and I have a lot of golf clubs, so now a designated rat one). I looked at the rat under the car and it hadn't been attacked by anything, it was very very diseased.

I think he worked thru some issues here, but ultimately it was a really diseased rat and had to go to the great cheese wheel in the sky.

Oh dear Jack Lord...

I drove 5 hours 51 minutes and 309.9 miles today. Round trip. Though on the way, I took a different route to save time and gas. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Yes, I shall share the schadenfreude. Though not this evening and actually probably not til Monday. I am tired as fuck and need to get up early tomorrow.

Dunno how I'm gonna function tomorrow. I need to walk A LOT. Yes, my happy place.

Hey you anti-scientology cult members...

...screen grab THIS! Whereas I still think there's hope for a few people--when they finally realize they're in a cult--I've come to realize most are too far indoctrinated. And besides, what would they do with those spare hours they spend screen grabbing and fair gaming people they don't like?

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Things on the road....again....

Back down towards Columbus yesterday. Stopped at a different rest stop. This one was before the 'Blue Star Highway' one.

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This one even had a history lesson too!

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A RV hauling a mini-van that was carrying a mobility scooter.

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Vintage truck from 1961. They drove like it was 1961 too, going 35 in a 55 zone.

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I wonder what they do for Tomato Festival. Throw tomatoes at each other? Showcase the many different ways you can cook/prepare tomatoes? I also like the 'cigarette butts are litter' sign, cuz yes, yes they are. And no area code on that sign to report littering? Sort of weird, cuz local calls require an area code now. Hmmm.....

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I got the Rushing Wind Biker Church sign!!!

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Now we know I have math issues due to being a Kent State grad, but I think figuring out mpg is a different kind of math hell. I had a full tank of gas when I left from there. The car gauge that tells me my mile range said I had 448 miles. The trip was 145 miles (one way). When I got home, I checked the mile range again and it said I had a range of 358 miles. Um?? My miles driven gauge shows I drove 147 miles. I'm certainly not complaining about my gas mileage but DAFUQ?!?!

Due to the house my friend is moving to not being ready until Tuesday, she got a reprieve til Wednesday to finish getting out. Suffice to say I'd have to be really really stupid to drive 4 1/2 hours round trip to go down again.

Hi, my name is really really stupid! No, I don't mind driving down there. I do need to start back home before 7:30pm though as I was tired last night. I also seem to be the only reliable person they have to help them. Several people down there had said they would help, then never materialized. Helpful hint: if you really don't want to help someone pack, then don't say you'll help them and then not show up, just say no, it's okay.

Best go start laundry and get some things done around here today.

Things on the road....

I really should be replying to an email from a friend about going to the zoo next weekend, but um, yeah, here I am. Went back down to play personal mover last Saturday. It was football hall of fame weekend in Canton and there was lots of tents and police set up around the stadium and hof. No pix cuz I don't care.

I saw this inspiring message on a mobile sign along the highway and simply had to snap a pix to share it. Yes, I can take pictures and drive on a highway. As a blimpologist it's a requirement to be able to do that.

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Isn't that inspiring?! Really makes you think doesn't it?

On way home saw Route 13.

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That beget the question does Route 13 bisect Route 666 at all? According to Mr. Google's maps, the answer is no. It's interesting that the bible thumpers down there haven't gotten rid of Route 666 and even Route 13. It's very much bible thumper country down there. Hard to get a decent radio station, flipping thru you hear "Jesus", "Lord God above...", "the next heavenly life", "Let us pray", and finally there's a station playing the devil's music, classic rock.

Passed a sign on the way home, no pic cuz I saw it so quickly, Rushing Wind Biker Church. Yep, real church.

When I was almost at my friend's house I stopped at a rest stop to put in eye drops and pee. Going into the women's bathroom was an older lady with 4 kids, oldest ones aged about 12/13 years boys. She told the boys to go in the women's bathroom because there might be gays in the men's bathroom. "Ma'am do you think gays are pedophiles?" "Yes I do" "Are you from Russia?" "I'm from here" "Besides the fact that 99% of pedophiles are straight, did you consider that there might be lesbians in here?" I walked away, I had to pee. I don't think she continued into the bathroom. She probably was calling the 1-800-Homophobe hot line to find out what to do.

My back STILL hurts from last week and I have a bonus rib cage dysfunction. I'd be really stupid to go help again. Hi, my name is really stupid. She has to be out tomorrow, so yes, I'm going to go help again. Last time I left my bottle with pills at home--I usually take naproxen, pain pills, muscle relaxer, valium, etc if I'm going to be gone all day, in case I need them. I NEEDED THEM!! Well the muscle relaxer and pain pills. The bottle is next to my phone and I have a note on the door "TAKE PILLS". Also will put caspian cream on my back tomorrow too.

There's other things I could write about, but I'm gonna reply to at least that one email tonight!

I'm someone's personal mover...

...that's what they called me. I helped them pack last time they moved, and I went to help pack today. It was a little over 2 hours away. I was almost to Columbus. Going back this week too. GASP! I went somewhere! By myself! I have friends! Clutch your pearls! That doesn't fit the narrative for some people. Oh whatever will you do? I suggest going to fuck yourself, or, go have a nice day. Same difference.

I don't mind ONE BIT and actually volunteered to help them. That's what friends do.

This was, um, well, the Blue Star Highway. A rest stop and might I say immaculate bathrooms and ice cold AC inside the rest stop.

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When Eddie & I went to see his sister who lives in Zanesville years ago, we commented on the Route 666 sign we saw and how it was up really high on a sign post. She said they were always getting stolen. Huh, dunno why. So I was prepared to snap a pix of a Route 666 sign, but on the way there, all I saw was what I snapped on the way home. No more Route 666 signs by themselves. What a sad indictment of society. Is nothing sacred?!

Get your kicks on Route 666, just not with a heavy truck.

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I'm a bit tired. Actually just my neck area and I think that was from driving. Need to change my sheets, as I didn't get that done this morning. I NEED to get a cross stitch project done by August 27. Have I even made the pattern yet? HAHAHAHA! That would be a no. I'll make the pattern tomorrow and dig out supplies. I finally figured out how I want the pattern to be, so plotting it out shouldn't be that bad. I'll post pix of final product after recipient gets it, as always.

Alright, sheets to be changed!

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