A Day with Dad and then Some

My dad may be seventy-ummmm something, but he is independent. Which is why it was surprising when he called needing us to give him a ride to Shenandoah. Was his car broken down? His health bad? No, he’d just gotten a cancelation notice on his insurance and didn’t want to drive uninsured.
Lol!
So hubby and I headed out.

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Cloudy days again

We took him to the insurance company where it came to light that a payment had not gone through, so he paid to reinstate the insurance and now he’s legal again. Hurray!
We had lunch at the ever tasty Mondo’s, bought some stuff at Walmart, then went back to his house where we found these near his back door.

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Chupacabra prints! Lol!

We then hung around for awhile and looked through some of his DVD collection, wherein we found old vhs tapes that just have hours of random stuff on them circa 1996. He pawned them off on us, so now we have to dig out a VCR and look through them some time. Should be fun.
As you might guess, hubby is in the market for a job, so since he has a CNA license and experience in boy’s homes, I suggested he check out Clarinda Academy and the rest of the complex. It was too late to ask if they were hiring, but we did drive through it all – and surprisingly I managed to find it without GPS. (This is a miracle for me as I can’t find anything and in fact get turned around even in the doctor’s office and can’t remember which direction I came from). We then took an insanely back way home. And found some prime candidates for photos. Assuming we remember how we got there.

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Blue skies and a gravel road

While we were gone, my brother peeled the tape from the bathroom…

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Ta-dah!

Only….

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It pulled the primer away from the walls!! What the heck????

Yikes. Which means we had to cut the bubbles off with an exacto knife or else the wallpaper border won’t stick.
Speaking of border, the brother picked out a discontinued pattern of which there was only one roll available.

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We thought “well, if we skip the windows and are really, really careful it will be enough.” Only, we forgot to skip the windows. Meaning we’ll be waiting on another roll to come along on eBay. We might be waiting months. And yes, i signed up for alerts via eBay, but there are two palm breeze patterns, this one and one that my brother hates, which is the one that is usually on eBay and amazon, so I was not optimistic about the latest alert. But, to quote Gomer Pile, surprise, surprise, the newest alert was the right one and should be arriving in a few days. Yay!
I have to say I feel a bit glum because productivity has slowed. A lot. The brother got more done when he was here alone than we have. Part of the trouble is we get up late – falling right back into that night schedule – and once it gets dark no one wants to work anymore, me included. Then throw in some family drama, and the only thing I got done Tuesday was to take the planter hooks down off the side of the house.

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No more mismatched hooks!!

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The hooks which will be used for something else eventually

Oh, I guess I did get one of the bushes almost trimmed too.

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Gone but not forgotten. I need to haul all the branches to the burn pile.

Hubby or the brother need to go in with the saw still and cut the really thick branches because my clippers won’t.
Other than that I ate lunch:

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Chicken sandwich and shortcake ala Villisca Foods

And cooked dinner.

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Boiling pasta on the hot plate!

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I love the twibbly noodles!

The brother got the template made for the laundry room floor

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Nice template

But then it was too dark to cut the flooring, (the driveway is the only place big enough) and besides the cracks between the boards need filled with putty first anyway, so it’s just waiting. The kitchen walls need finishing and sanded and then painted. I could work on the cupboards except they’re full of stuff and frankly I have been stuck on the laptop working on book covers to make the money to buy the putty and other things. And if I’m doing that I can’t very well be plastering or sanding… Bah! There’s just not enough time in the day!
On a happier note, Oreo has finally made a limited edition cookie I like.

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They're pretty close to the picture too

Do they really taste like cookie dough? I dunno, but they’re tasty, so I’m not complaining.
Another thing I have been remiss about in all these blogs is mentioning the basement. Yes, it’s Iowa. Basements ate compulsory here.

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Though the photo did not do it justice, the walls are sea foam green

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Look! It's a basement!

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More basement

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A mysterious old home that's been filled. No idea.

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And this photo makes the consortium of the bricks look waaay worse than they are. Not that they're great but there not that bad.

We will eventually have to tuck point most of the basement and replace bricks and…*sigh*.
Okay. Now we need something cheerful. How about a scruffy caterpillar?

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Wow he's scruffy

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Despite popular belief, he is dagger moth caterpillar and should not be squashed just because he looks scruffy.
Also we finally had to hang a curtain in the front room because the sun shines right on my laptop.

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Stylish

The sad thing is we have some nice curtains but have not bought curtain rods yet. Ha ha!
Oh, and hubby finally shaved his beard.

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Count the gray hairs....

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Much better!

What prompted this? The afore mentioned job hunting, of course. So cross your fingers for him.
Even though he had the arduous task of removing all that hair, he managed to smoke chicken and baked potatoes for us on Wednesday.

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Yummy

He’s such a good hubby.
And that’s it from me. I am now officially caught up on the blogs! Yee-haw! Let’s see if I stay that way.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

There and Back Again, a Jo’s Tale

Sunday seems like the perfect day for a trip. Not that we planned a trip. We were just running to Red Oak to get screws for the front porch light, closures for the sink cabinet doors, ranitidine, and some milk.

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It was a sunny day

But while we were buying milk a cupcake called to us. It said, “Buy me. Take me to the park. Eat me.”
So we did.

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The chocolate addiction cupcake

The park in Red Oak had a huge, huge shelter that the phone was unable to really do justice to.

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Huge.

After we shared the talkative chocolate cupcake we decided to run to Sam’s Club for other necessities, including the ranitidine which cost an ungodly fortune at hy-vee. The nearest Sam’s to us is in Council Bluffs, as far as I know, and Council Bluffs is not that far from Red Oak. At least if you don’t take the scenic route, which we did.

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Pretty

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There's even a bird flying in this one

Meaning we detoured to Glenwood because hubby has never been there. What’s in Glenwood, you ask? Well there’s a nice park with a cool owl tree.

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Hoot! Hoot!

There’s a cute Asian place.

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I want to eat here!

And there is a…

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From the side

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I can't imagine living in one of these...

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You can click this to make it bigger so you can read it

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Pretty grass

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Behind it is a bridge that looks ready to cave in.

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Care to cross this?

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The creek it spans

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Last chance...

Despite the invitation, I only took a few steps then turned back. Hubby made it to the spot with no railing before he came to his senses and we got back in the car.

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When we got to Council Bluffs, Sam’s club was already closed (that’s what happens when you stop to look at Earth Lodges), so we ended up just going to the huge, huge Walmart. Where Halloween items are out.

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Gwahaha! I will eat your soul!

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Notice the thin girls version had a short about a foot shorter

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Crazy skeleton

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Okay, I kind of want it

We purchased our ranitidine that, once you figure in the cost of gas, was now just as expensive as the hy-vee version, and left to find the sun setting.

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Pretty

With our shopping done, we backtracked to something we’d passed on our backwoods way to the store.

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Hmmmmm

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Train!

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Another train

Of course it was closed but I have looked it up – http://www.thehistoricalsociety.org/Depot.htm – and we’re going to have to visit it sometime, especially since hubby loves model trains.
We cruised around a few blocks and saw some interesting buildings.

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One huge puddle. Should we showed up and drive through it?

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Of course we should! (That is the water spray on the right

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Cool fountain

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Very cool building

My phone did pretty good in the low light, thanks to that HDR update, but it could only do so much, so we headed the hour plus home where we used a hot plate borrowed from dad to make some tasty, tasty potstickers and rice.

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Yumminess on a plate

And thus concludes our exciting adventure, and though we did not vanquish a dragon, on our return we did not need to argue with the Sackville-Bagginses to get our silver back. Lol! So it all worked out.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

And Now the Fun Begins…

If you want to call it that. Please enjoy a photo montage of the last few days.

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September 11th was cloudy

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Very cloudy

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But I had a donut from Hy-Vee. Of note, that is not whipped cream, as it appears to be, but rather frosting. I was disappointed.

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And we got the kitchen ceiling painted

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And the first layer of plaster repair

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And the final coat of bathroom paint

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September 12th was also cloudy

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Very cloudy

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We had to go to the courthouse like good little home owners and pay taxes.

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The Red Oak courthouse reminds me of the one in Clarinda.

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This is an awesome building

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More clouds. These are taken to annoy hubby who consolations about all the cloud photos I post on Facebook

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The clouds are breaking up as we head to my uncle's house

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Where we ate pizza and watched WWE Smackdown

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We then went shopping at Walmart in Shenandoah where we found this cite little minion looking for a home

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With all the food we bought, we now had to set up that refrigerator we went to Missouri to get.

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This took much longer than you'd think, bit finally we for it through the doorway and had to peel away six tons of tape.

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Saturday the lady across the street brought us sandwiches and brownies left over from a funeral and incurred us to the Methodist Church. We're not exactly Methodists but we may give it a shot. They make very yay funeral sandwiches (the kind with ham and cheese and butter) and i have not had the like since i was a kid at the Episcopal Church in Shenandoah.

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We direct Saturday tidying and such. We got the mess on the deck cleaned up.

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The laundry room organized

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The front room arranged

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And put mom's wicker chairs under the Poe tree, so cashed because it looks like a tree from an Edgar Allan Poe story. And though some factions want to remove it, the Poe tree shall remain!

And that’s enough excitement for one post.
Have a good one.
Jo :)

The Exodus Day 7 & 8

On Monday hubby brought mom and the rest of the cats and we officially said goodbye to Missouri (more on this later). Since mom can’t climb the stairs easily it meant we had to get that bathroom floor in ASAP so we could get the toilet in. The brother and I made the template and….

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It's a floor!

Yes it looks like wood but it’s just rolled linoleum that we got from our trip to Lowe’s. Hubby and the brother then put the toilet in.

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Ta-da!

I realize that when I say it this way it leaves out all the shouting, fighting, arguing, and otherwise aggravating things and makes it sound like we live in happy cooperation fairy land, so just imagine lots of strife whenever I mention us doing anything.
Tuesday we had a list of things to do, but it was decided that the refrigerator should be our next big concern. We’ve been living from a mini fridge, and that was fine for a couple people, but mom has to have a ton of frozen food because she’s a vegetarian and will only eat certain picky, weird things. The problem? The refrigerator was still in a storage unit in Missouri. So….

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Road trip

We stopped for gas in Marryville. While hubby was inside paying there was a loud crashing noise….

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No one was hurt but it gummed traffic up a bit.
Now for some random trip photos.

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Um...just no.

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Hello bridge - AGAIN!!

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KC

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This photo was taken in the daytime... Weird huh?

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What it should have looked like - this is Truman lake

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It's sunny in southern Missouri

When we got to Bolivar (five hours later), we did a quick trip to Springfield so I could make the w6r contact and get one of those cool cards, and stopped at Steak n Shake.

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A final final final hurrah

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Cheddar burger.... No, I could not eat it all

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Hubby says "nom"

Then it was out to the storage unit to get the fridge. Of course the fridge was on the back so we had to dig it out and about that time along came a deputy. This is not unusual when you’re taking things out of storage at 11pm. So we showed him our ID, showed him that we had the keys to the lock, and he then helped us load the fridge into the back of the pickup. Seriously. Then he pointed out how windy it was and that it might be a better idea to lay it down rather than leave it upright (meaning it would be at least 24 hours after we turn it upright again before we could use it.) At first we didn’t want that time gap – the mini fridge was full of vegetarian food and we needed to buy groceries for the rest of us – but since there were severe storms north (the father called during our steak and shake meal to tell us they had a tornado warning) we decided to follow his advice. Alas, the deputy was gone, so we had to do it ourselves.

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Packed up

We added some other stuff to the load, filled the truck, then stopped at the sister in law’s for a bit.

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Kathy and Jack say "Hewwooo!"

Then we headed home to Villisca.

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Bye bye Bolivar. AGAIN.

Half way up hubby got tired so we stopped in Garden City.

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Halloween candy!

But the Casey’s did not have an awning we could park under – a storm was coming in- so we pulled into a closed gas station farther down the road so he could nap. Though the wind picked up, the rain waited until after we’d rested up and pulled back onto the road to start up. Luckily the tarp worked well and the stuff on the trailer was water proof-ish. Though there were some funny noises, so we stopped at a rest stop to be sure, not that we could find a place to park…

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Lots of trucks

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I feel like i am in an orphanage... Or a state home...

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We were there!

All was fine and the sun was up when we got home, so we happily unloaded and went to bed. Yay for sleep!
And in celebration, go take a nap yourself.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

The Exodus Day 4, 5 & 6

Yeah. It’s day 4 part 2.I need to catch up on these.
Anyway, so we made it here to find everything was muddy, meaning when they parked the uhaul in the yard they left giant ruts.

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But we had help at least. My uncle Dave came down from Elkhorn.

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Poor uncle Dave working hard

And we unloaded boxes….

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Getting closer to the end...

Until well after dark, when we finished up in time to go to Mel’s house warming party.

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Mel says "yo".

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Jess says "hmmmmm"

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The men say nothing

Which was a lot of fun, but involved things like Tequila Rose, Jauger Bombs, and Black Velvet. It also lasted until early morning.

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Foggy morning

Hubby caught some sleep then headed back to Missouri to get Mom and the pets, and I hit the hay. I woke up a few hours later still drunk, ate a chicken sandwich and went back to bed. It wasn’t until evening that the brother and I set up the really important part of the house.

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Tytania on TV

And had our dessert

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Vanilla raspberry cupcake

Hubby meanwhile was at the Route 66 Ham Radio Special Event in Springfield, where he had a lot of fun. The coolest thing is I got to design the QSL cards for it.

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Pretty snazzy, huh? There were actually five but this is the one I think they picked.
Anyway, day 6 wasn’t much either, in fact I don’t think there’s even a photo of it. Dad came over and we watched more Tytania – which is a good series. The bad guys are all super hot, the hottest being Idrice – or something like that – who is the baddest. The general plot is the future, a bunch of planets are ruled by the Tytania clan who live in this floating city. They have ruled for a few hundred years unchallenged. Then they attack Euria. The mayor has made a secret deal with Tytania, promising they will lose to them, and so they appoint Fan Hyulick, who is a nobody with no experience, as Admiral to guarantee the loss. Except, he wins. He gets kicked off the planet and all the various little resistance groups all over are trying to recruit him, but he won’t join because he doesn’t really care about Tytania. Anyway, it goes from there and, as I said, it’s good.
We also watched the new Dr. Who, Inside the Dalek. Peter Capaldi reminds me very much of the old doctors, and in fact I have accepted him much faster than I did Matt Smith. I’m glad to see the romance dynamic gone. The Doctor should not be the hero in a romance, and that has bugged and irritated me since Rose. Not that he probably hasn’t had a romance or what not, but frankly Romana was the best candidate for that. I’m waiting to see what they’re going to do with this whole Promised Land/Missy thing. Also interested to see what everyone else thinks of the new doctor as I imagine he’s not popular with the women who I think are the main watchers in America. And they were watching for the “hot” doctors, which this guy isn’t.

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Blinky watches TV with us

There was some other stuff, but it was boring, so I’ll end here.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

The Exodus: Day 3 & 4

Remember that free motel room I mentioned? Yeah, we ended up there all day Thursday. With a cat and a dog.

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Fido had never been in a motel before...

Here’s some random motel photos.

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Sunlight!

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Pretty marble-esque counter

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Looks like mustaches

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Coffee!! It's always exciting because i don't get coffee at home since we lost or coffee pot. And when i say lost, i mean misplaced..

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Just a cool shot

Every since our honeymoon, motels make me want pizza, so we went on a pizza quest.

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A pizza place

Though this was only two miles away it took forever to get there in five o’clock traffic. We weren’t smart enough to call ahead – mainly we had no idea what their menu was – so we had to have out. Luckily there was am office supply place nearby.

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I love office supplies!!

I resisted buying anything, we picked up our pizza, and headed back.

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Spicy sausage......yuuuummmmm

Where we ate and watched Big Bang Theory. I wrote a little. The brother watched anime on his laptop. Fun was has by all.
We were woken the next morning by uhaul telling us that our truck was done. Hubby and the brother picked it up while I packed. Turns out it was the cam shaft sensor. An important piece of equipment.

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No dead bodies in the bed

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Bye bye free motel

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Hello uhaul

From there it was smooth sailing – or driving as the case may be. Enjoy more random photos.

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On the road again

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A cute place in St. Joseph

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I don't remember why i took this

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Fido riding with hubby

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Cool clouds

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More clouds

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Iowa!

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Pretty yellow

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River is up. Probably because of all the rain they've had.

And we made it.

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Ta-da!

This is photo heavy, so day 4 part 2 will come later.
Have a good one.
Jo :)

The Exodus: Day 1 & 2

I’m late in writing these because I’ve been lazy. That’s life.
Day 1 started with what should have been my final walk to the park.

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Goodbye alley

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Goodbye big mosy tree

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Goodbye girl scout park

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Goodbye faithful duplex

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Goodbye.. Oh look. A pretty leaf.

Then a quick trip to Springfield for my final teeth adjustment and my last pineapple whip.

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Oh mysterious and delicious pineapple concoction

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Another pretty leaf

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Goodbye random Missouri road...

Then it was time to work.

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And work. And work. And work. Luckily we had some help.

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Steven and the brother working

But, despite our best intentions, by 5 a.m. the uhaul was not done.

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Why were we so behind? Why were we not pulling out as scheduled with both a uhaul and a trailer? Well, the reason involves a lot of step-in-law-family drama that thankfully we will never have to deal with again. And no, not Kathy, though she did stop by for a bit late that night, which was awesome by the way! I am going to miss her and the kids *cry*
So we had to unpack the bedding so we could sleep. Luckily the need was never disassembled so we weren’t bad off, and e slept in the adjustment we were never supposed to see again.
Wednesday we got up and got back to work. Okay, no, first we went to eat at the Red Apple.

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Goodbye tasty Chicken Parmesana.... Maybe...

Then we got to work. And worked. And worked. And finally, about 9pm, we rolled out.

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Goodbye Bolivar, for real this time

I was so grateful to finally be leaving – a day late – that the melancholy was completely gone. Replaced with the concern of driving through Kansas City. But luck was with us and there was no traffic.

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Blurry but you get the idea

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Pretty bridge

So that was replaced with the worry of being able to unpack everything in Villisca before the uhaul needed returned Friday a.m.
But those concerns disappeared when the uhaul refused to start in Platte City. So, we bought donuts and waited to see if it letting it sit would help.

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It didn’t. So we spent the next six hours playing phone tag with uhaul people and waiting.

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La la la....so sleepy

Finally the tow guy arrived.

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Now THAT is a tow truck

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Tilting the uhaul. I can hear everything shifting from here. Crash! Boom! Bang!

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A good Samaritan helps get people the f*** out of the road

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The sun is coming up!!

Now an interesting thing about the tow truck. Though we had two people in the uhaul, only one can ride with the tow driver. One. Now let’s suppose you have a pickup truck with you that is fully packed and includes a dog and a cat in the only remaining space, meaning there’s no room for a passenger. What happens? Have you guessed yet? It means that the passenger has to ride under the cat and dog. All the way back to Kansas City.

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Hello bridge. Again.

We ended up in Kansas where the row driver dropped the uhaul at the uhaul repair yard.

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Wonder if these run?

And then back to Missouri.

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KC at sunrise

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Under the bridge

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Just a cool building

All the way to the motel.

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Can't beat a free motel!

Where it took an hour to get checked in because the uhaul people had gotten us a room in…. Springfield! Yes, Springfield MO, where we’re from!! Ahhhhh!!! But eventually it for worked out and we got our room.

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So clean... So tidy... So bed shaped!

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All tucked in

More later.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

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