Day 19 in Villisca

We won’t with the intention of getting a lot done. The brother was ill most of the morning but by lunch he felt better so we decided to splurge the last of our pennies and bought a chicken dinner from the grocery store.

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Yum

It was good and only $3.99. Then we got to work, he priming the bathroom walls to skim coat and me tackling that laundry room closet.

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Ugh

And then Dad came for a Sunday visit and kidnapped us. A person can’t tell their dad no after he’s driven 45 minutes, so we headed off into the wild blue.

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We hit Walmart in Shen because dad loves Walmart.

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Too cute!

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The bird is watching

Had dinner at Mondo’s, then came home.

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New bloom!

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Pretty

Dad had to scuttle off because he doesn’t see well once it gets dark, and he left so fast we forgot to pawn our laundry off on him – he is going to the laundromat tomorrow – Lol! Seriously though, the bath towels could use a real wash. As it is now we do laundry in the bathtub and line dry it and though that’s working fine for my work tank tops and scrub pants, the heavy towels need something a little extra.
Anyway, I got the shelves removed, closet cleaned and a first coat of paint on it.

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Painted

Though of interest while I was cleaning it I found some random things like a hat, a couple bottles of flea spray and these:

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Just think about the poor, poor mice who may have suffered on these. Boo. Hiss. Boo. Speaking of mice we have one upstairs so have put out a live trap for him. He’s cute but can’t have him chewing our wiring.
Also a bizarre thing is the new mop. I finally opened it to clean the closet floor, used it once and this happened:

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The sponge came loose....

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This is what it should look like

Luckily I bought an extra but what the heck?
Tomorrow is going to be even less productive on my end because I have to work on book covers. I’ll try to think of something fun to post though.
And with that I am cutting this off because it’s Midnight. We already started up until after two am last night thanks to the creepy noises in the kitchen, which I am pretty sure turned out to be the air-conditioning cooling the floor tiles and such because it stopped when we shut the air off at two and it started again in the daytime when we turned the air on, so mass hysteria for nothing Lol! Things like that are why I hate sleeping at night. Better to be busy and then have that lay-awake-and-think time while the sun is up and the ghosties can’t get you.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

Day 18 in Villisca

Today was better than yesterday, so that’s good, Lol! In regard to my earlier post for yesterday, I will give hubby one point on his tirade and that is that the cost of living is very different here than Bolivar and those two dollar meals here are under a dollar down there, so if we were in Bolivar he’d be right and eating out would be a waste.
Now that that’s settled, on to today. First thing we did was put up our house warming solar light. We had to use the box to collect broken glass the other day so I couldn’t find the directions. However the stake was easy enough to assemble. Then I noticed the battery was floating around inside the lantern.

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So I did what anyone would do: carefully unscrewed the bottom of the lantern, popped out the silver plastic and put it back together. Then we discovered that the top just pops off. Surprise. Lol!
But it looks great next to gnomey.

Gnomey is looking cool

Gnomey is looking cool

On the front porch was our mail! Including my paparazzi shipment! I am addicted to this stuff! It’s only 5$ each, so it doesn’t break the bank and I buy then at FB parties so it’s fun too. Anyway party of the fun is they all come wrapped so it’s kind of like Christmas.

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The four stacked bracelets are kiddie sized but I already have one each so I am going to restring them to make them big enough for me. Sadly they are sooooo close as it is, but just a little too small so they’re uncomfortable. But once I’m finished they’ll be perfect.
After that it was lunch on a budget.

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Then on to painting the trim and doors in the laundry room.

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You can see the great job the tape did *sarcasm*

We need to do a second coat and touch up still but it’s better. We also need to address the laundry room closet but that’s for another day.
I then got some yard work done. There was a casualty, one I had actually thought about keeping in this mad bird house infested place.

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I trimmed on the pink rosebush some more. Still not done but almost.

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Then I cut some of the tree mess out of the flower bed.

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I realize without a before picture it’s not as dramatic but all that empty place was full of baby trees. It’s sad to cut them down but they need to go for the sake of flowers. And I love flowers. It still makes me a little sad. Just as bad is cutting the green parts off the roses but sometimes it needs to go for the sake of the plant. I just remind myself of that. Oddly enough I have been enjoying my “gardening” which is odd as I have never enjoyed it before in my life. I imagine the novelty will wear off once it’s no longer a matter of doing things that make a big difference like they do now. I guess we’ll see.

After I cut that out I discovered some lovely large rocks.

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Another fun thing is our driveway. I think it’s near to see little remnants of the people who were here before.

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Now that we have power we realized it was time to vacuum. We have my dad’s wet/dry vac but it had no attachment so we tried to make our own.

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It even kind of worked.

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And with that the kitchen is making very creepy sounds so looks like it’s going to be a night to scare ourselves. Fun. Fun.

Have a good one,
Jo :)

Day 17 in Villisca

I was going to do this last night but mom was chatty and hubby called and we were trying to watch anime (a series called Place to Place that reminds me of Seinfeld in so much as there is no overarching storyline). In fact we were late to bed (1:30 a.m.).
Yesterday was mostly horrible. I love my family but sometimes… My brother was on one and everything I said he blew up, until it culminated in a screaming blow up where he kicked over a can of soda and a plate of cookies and various other things. He cleaned it up, but by then my good mood was ruined. At that point the electrician came back looking for hubby – who is in Missouri still and will be for another week – and when we told him that he said no biggie, he’d draw up a bill and send it and just have hubby call him sometime.
So stupidly I called hubby and passed that along. Hubby panics, calls the guy immediately and tells him that we’ll give him the 600$ ( which is actually a really good deal considering we had three men for four hours here plus travel time – it’s a shame this guy is retiring because he’d be my go to electrician for life) that night if he stopped by, which is awesome except we only have 600$ and need food for the week as well as more tape (it took two rolls to mask that room) and stuff like that. So when I panic hubby of course blows up and shouts that we’ve wasted all the money because we bought sandwiches. But when a can of spaghetti-os is 2$ and a sandwich is 2.29$ which would he go for?
Long story short he hung up on me and dad, who was already making a run to Walmart, loaned us 50$ to buy some necessities with. And then, the real kicker?
The electric guy never came for his money.
I don’t blame him for not wanting to drive here to get paid. I wouldn’t. I’d say “send me a check”. I still blame hysterical hubby. I love him, and we’ve made up, but a spade is a spade, Lol!
Anyway, we got nothing done – well I got nothing done. The brother got the kitchen ceiling repaired while I was with dad.

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I took a few random photos

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I want this!! It's Toad from Mario Kart - this is who i always play

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Between Atlantic and Red Oak. No idea.

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Just cool clouds

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The free gift with my Piaf's - a tampon holder. Say what? Lol!

When we got back dad took us to Casey’s for ice cream, I think to make up for not taking the brother to McDonald’s (since he wasn’t with us then)

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And then we started the debacle of trying to make the central air work. I know, most people think it’s easy, but I’ve never had to start a unit from nothing. We got the thermostat put together (hubby took it down to strip wallpaper) but nothing happened. So I texted hubby who said ” the batteries are dead.” What? What batteries? It’s wired into the wall! Doesn’t that power it? But apparently not. So two batteries later the thermostat works but nothing else will come on. We google. We run up and down the stairs, look at the unit outside, open panels on the furnace because even the blower is not on, check fuses and breakers and then, as I’m downloading pdf owners manuals, the brother looks up and notices a random light switch stuck to a beam next to the furnace. Since we’re still learning what all the switches do, he reached to, gives it a flick and – roar- the air-conditioning springs to life! So crisis averted.
Of course by then it had cooled off enough we didn’t need the air anymore, but we used it anyway.

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It lights up!

We also found the secret to the outside lights. They come on with the laundry room light. Including one aimed at our neighbors that is as bright as daylight.

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I did not use flash

So something needs done about splitting those lights up to different switches before the neighbors hate us.
And then we watched anime etc. Etc. Not very productive but at least it’s over. And now I need to get something done today.
Have a good one.
Jo :)

Day 16 in Villisca

Yesterday was a good day. We started by a trip to city Hall for info on what to do with all this yard waste. Turns out there’s a free site just outside of town so add that yep to the to do list. While we were there one of the the always-closed antique stores was open, so we popped in. It had the same generally uncomfortable air they all have and had some good stuff. Including the perfect kitchen table to match my chairs.

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But at 350$ is going to keep looking perfect in their shop Lol! Also just because they were cute: cows.

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After that jaunt, Mel (my best friend from high school) and her daughters came for a visit. As my brother says we now officially live here as we have had compost come who is not related Lol! And she bright an awesome house warming gift!

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I think my Scooby doo keys from Sherry will look awesome on that keyring!

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These came in the mail a couple weeks ago.

Her children are surprising workaholics and kept shouting “let’s work!”. They did an awesome job helping with the laundry room.

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Harlie painting

Poor Jen got covered in paint and we learned that Mel is a taping ninja. She seriously did a beautiful taping job, though a side note on the tape. We bought the blue stuff that is supposed to be like frog tape. I don’t know if it worked as good as frog tape, but I do know it didn’t work for crap and not only did it tear some of the paint off the wall today but it also leaked paint under the edges. Oh well. Some repair work with a tiny brush will fix it.

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Looking good until the tape comes off Lol

We got Casey’s pizza for lunch but someone, somewhere decided we didn’t need any crust.

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I’m not sure the picture captures the paper thin quality but you could see through it.
After they left I did a bit of trimming on the rise bush but it’s not done. I hate to cut branches with flowers on them but the whole thing was dead except one little spot. So I saved the flowers at least.

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Also the red rose is blooming

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This marked night number two with electricity. Woot! Though I have to day that mini fridge is friggin noisy. Since we can we had microwave food, but for the price – $3.59 for mine – we could have gotten cafe food

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And it wasn’t even very good.
Anyway. Have to go have lunch now and get on with it. Have a good one.
Jo :)

Day 15 in Villisca

Today was a productive day and I feel better, like we might actually get things done. Maybe it was the break at dad’s house or else it’s because Dad have me a million dollars.

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No it's not real...

Or maybe it was the yummy breakfast.

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From Vaughn's in Clarinda

It certainly wasn’t the broken ceiling roller.

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But it might have been the two finished ceilings

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Bathroom ceiling looks good

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The laundry room ceiling

Or maybe the pruning job I did on the roses.

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I feel like Rosepetal Place

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Or the new writing the electrician did yesterday

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But I think mostly it was that the electric inspector came today. First he passed the house, then he went to the power company and tips then he passed it and then….

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We have power!!!
Yes, we now have all the basic necessities of human comfort. Though to be honest, other than the lights and the refrigeration issue I haven’t really missed it. Odd I guess. I think it’s because we’ve been kept busy doing stuff that didn’t require it like drywall and painting and all that. Oh, and I did miss air conditioning on those two really got days but today it cooled off and right now, in fact, I’m chilly. Figures, doesn’t it?

And now after watching 7 episodes of Baka and Test, I am ready for bed. Have a good one.
Jo :)

Day 14 in Villisca

(Wrote this yesterday but then had no signal).
This marks the two week anniversary. And to celebrate, the electricians came!

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The trouble is officially fixed so we just have to wait on the fire Marshall to inspect is again. Then we can get power. Yay!
It was so hot today we didn’t get much done. I ridged through the local free paper:

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Fun advertisement

Said hello to a spider

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Drove past a cool car

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Looked at the roses which have started blooming

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Then we came to dad’s to enjoy air conditioning.

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It’s been a pretty boring day. We have to run into Walmart in a bit but I doubt that will be exciting. Nothing wrong with boring though, except it makes for boring blogs.
Think we may need to rearrange or schedule some. Hubby is supposed to come next week but his work won’t let him have it off now, despite his having put in for it on time – apparently the lady in charge of these things was out for the week and so when he filed, the replacement didn’t want to mess with it and so didn’t file it, which is not his fault. He was tempted to tell them to stick it since it’s the job in Springfield and he’ll have to find a new one here anyway, but I’d like to keep the dental insurance a couple more weeks so he’s going to tell his boss he’ll compromise for the first week in August instead but if they again refuse then I guess he’ll quit early. So that leaves me and the brother here alone an extra week and gives us one less week to pack and move during. Yikes. I guess it will work out in the end.
That’s all I have for now. Have a good one.
Jo :)

Day 13 in Villisca

I know I skipped a couple of days, but I had nothing to say. For every step forward it feels like we’re taking one back. All we had left to do on the bathroom was plaster holes and skim coat and – surprise – the bathtub needs yanked and the plumbing redone because the people who did it screwed it up.

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It’s a long sordid tale but suffice to say this has to wait until hubby is here because the brother and I can’t do that by ourselves so we’re even further behind now. We have started on the ceiling though.

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Just a first coat and need to do edging work

The laundry room has been “ready to paint” for days -

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This is not paint, just where we washed. Ewwww.

- but then we find something else – holes in the ceiling that need filled, woodwork that needs puttied etc.etc. But I think tomorrow after we sand we can finally get on with it.
We did get the new mailbox up, so that’s something.

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Blah blah.
The electrician is supposed to come tomorrow but don’t hold your breath. I’m not.
In the name of eating we have been bouncing back and firth between the grocery store’s lunch counter and the cafe and I have to say in some instances Villisca Foods wins. Like the tenderloins.

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Yum!

We did go to the cafe Sunday for lunch but it wasn’t as good as it had been, though it looked okay.

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They have a habit of undercooking potatoes which I am getting used to. In fact we’re heading there for dinner shortly as it’s too hot today to do much. It’s going to be even hotter tomorrow so may sit with my feet up ( my ankles are puffy and need to drain anyway – it’s a med i’m on), and do some writing. I dunno. We’ll see.
Oh, I did get the cupboard doors painted with a couple of coats:

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Looking good

So at least one thing in the bathroom is working out. Knock wood.
I know I should not get discouraged – I kind of spazzed on FB last night and called the previous owners complete morons. They weren’t complete morons, just not very good diy-ers. Or at least not good at doing it right. And it just gets tiresome after awhile. But chin up, it is what it is and ask that pap.
I’m back. We went to the aforementioned cafe and it was better tonight.

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Bbq bacon cheeseburger

I also tried the flavor burst ice cream.

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Which was fun. But I have to say this place is so small town it feels forced. We were waited on by the cook’s grandson, who looked all of 16 and is playing football this year, if you wanna know, while the senior citizen club player skip bo at the back tables and farmers discussed tractor and cows. We left to find unaccompanied children playing football in the village square (okay, it’s the park, but that sounded cooler) , returned the waves of the couple sitting on a bench in front of the vets’ place, and drove the three blocks home (we’re lazy today) past the idyllic churches and the local drug store and the tiny medical clinic and the home owner hair parlor, until we reached our own little peeling paint house where kids on bicycles sailed past, chattering in the summer evening, and the distant sound of late summer fire crackers popped. I feel like I’m in a movie set. I’m considering checking the place for cameras, lest we end up ala The Truman Show.
Anyway, posting this and gonna play cards with the brother. Have a good one.
Jo :)

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