I’ve been in this FUNK for the past 2 months. I know that it’s not without reason, as we’ve had so many deaths in the family, extra bills piling up thanks to the annual HOA dues and termite bond, the step-parent adoption process, dealing with Styles’ occasional (soon to be ex-) parent, having an extremely high maintenance 1 year old, blah, blah, blah. I could go on and on.
I’m thankful and blessed to have some wonderful women in my life and I have been doing my very best to spend time with them every day. Today, as I left my house to spend time with a friend that I hadn’t seen in quite a few weeks, I noticed a huge heap of junk sitting in front of a house 10 doors down from me. I pulled up next to a utility van with a man sitting in it and asked him if the family living in that house had left. He said, “Yup! They’re being evicted by the police today. I’m waiting on the sheriff to arrive so that I can change the locks.” He then explained to me that he and his colleague had just hauled that stuff the the curb and that the family was long gone. I told him that I wanted the Step2 slide sitting there and he said, “I didn’t see anything.”
I popped the hatch of my minivan, stowed 2 of the rear seats and shoved that sucker right inside. I then surveyed the other goods, decided I also wanted the enormous chiminea sitting there, and figured that if it was still sitting there when I returned from my play date that I would nab that as well. I also briefly wondered whether or not the red electric scooter was in working order. This heap was seriously impressive.
As I got into my van, the guy driving the utility van assured me that the owners of the house would not be coming back any time soon because there was a warrant out for their arrests.
Apparently both parents were wanted for Possession with intent to sell. Right in my little neighborhood. 10 doors down. People with KIDS! I couldn’t believe it. Not entirely shocked but surprised nonetheless. I still wonder what type of drugs they were intending to sell. I also wonder how many children in this neighborhood they were selling drugs to. By children I mean high schoolers, maybe even middle schoolers. Really frustrating.
I went to my play date, came home, and found that the chiminea was still there. It is a rusty cast iron chiminea that stands about 5 feet tall, and there was absolutely no way it was going to fit in my van without making a huge mess. When Kyle got home, I told him about it and our neighbor was gracious enough to let us use his truck to haul this thing home. I can’t wait to get it cleaned up with my new botanical stain remover.
In any event, thanks for the new slide and outdoor fireplace, druggies!