Ever have one of those nights where you know it will do no good to go to bed because you just aren’t going to sleep?  Tuesday night was one of those nights for me.  For me, I was headed to bed at a reasonable hour – Vicki had gone to bed and I came out from the bathroom.  I heard a noise like someone pushing on a door or the wind rattling a door.  A little creepy but not disturbing until Sasha (the house guarding cat) sat down in front of the door looking at the door like she was expecting someone to walk in.  She does this when she knows someone is at the door.

I called Vicki to tell her Sasha was being creepy.  Then Sasha dashed to her tower – now normally she goes all the way to the top and stares out at her “kitty vision” but she stopped on the second tier and stared out sidewalk in front of our and appeared to watch something/someone walk towards the garage (away from the door). 

At this point Vicki is coming back upstairs and checking all the doors (one had been left unlocked) and closing any curtains.  I’m feeling a lot more creeped out.  We are having the discussion of should I call the cops or not?  When our motion detector light on the garage goes off.  I still haven’t seen anyone but that light you have to be fairly tall and fairly close for it to go off.  Then about five minutes later the neighbor’s motion detector light across the street (kiddy corner from us – directly across from the drug busted house) goes off. 

I picked up my phone and called the police.  I told the dispatcher I didn’t want to be a nervous – I stayed up too late woman who was hearing odd things but here is what happened.  She said an officer had been dispatched. 

Now the police have raided the house next door twice.  They also sneak through our yard to get to their backyard and use our trees for cover.  Want to know how reassuring that isn’t?  So the police are well aware of our neighbors. 

We had two very nice police officers stop in to tell us they had checked around the house, the cars, and the neighborhood.  One went out while the other took information for the report.  They were very nice and reassuring. 

Unfortunately, I was already creeped out and for the rest of the night every time there was a noise I woke up.  It was not a restful night at all but fortunately nothing more than a bit of a creeped out feeling.


This week I’m on a stacation as everyone is calling it now.  I’m not going in to work but hanging out at home.  Over the weekend I got some more of Stephanie’s afghan done.  I’m down to about two and a half rows.  One of my goals this week is to finish it. 

I’ve already written one article and found another that I want to revise for submission to a publication.  Plus I’ve been working on editing my manuscript.  I’m very close to where I think the second book will end.  I think just a few more chapters. 

Last night (I guess I should say this morning) I went to bed just before two because I was working on the editing.  I set my alarm for six hours.  When it went off I reset it for an hour later because I woke up with a headache and it was raining.  I love to sleep in the rain, it is very soothing and calming for me.

Sasha started whining and meowing outside my door after the alarm went off the second time.  Apparently she thought I’d slept enough.  When I finally got up she joined me in the bathroom for her morning pet (the second time as I was up at 6:30).  She is spoiled. 

Today I was going to work on my books but I think instead I’m going to work on writing.  I need a shower at some point- probably after Vicki is up.  I’ll make the most of the quiet time I get until she gets up. 

The exciting events of the day will be writing and maybe movie watching in order to work on Stephanie’s afghan.  It may sound boring to a lot of people but I’m quite excited to have the down time to do what I want, to sleep as I please, and to just be without demands on me.

Busy Weekend

I had a busy weekend planned.  Friday was errand day.  Vicki and I got an earlyish start and went to the Staples, Walmart, bank, mom’s, bookstore (for schoolbooks), two buildings on campus to check out some things, out to lunch, Sorgs, Janesville library, home to dump things, Woodman’s and finally a trip to the Dane County Humane Society. 

By the time we got home I was in pain from all the walking and exhausted.  I’m normally in a pretty steady level of pain so a bit more you wouldn’t think would bother me.  This time though it was really messing with me.  Sasha, Vicki’s new baby, decided to sit on my knee which was really hurting.  She spent a bit of time just laying on there.  Whether it was the warmth from her body or her purring when she hopped off my knee was no longer at an extreme level of pain. 

All right I know that when I have a day as jam packed as my Friday the judicious thing to do is relax the next day and not do much.  Nope, I was super busy yesterday.  We went over to Fort Atkinson to visit a cemetery there.  Both sides of the family are buried there.  So I spent a few hours wishing I’d brought my computer and writing information I’d found.  I will be going back. 

While I’m sitting in the office doing research on the family, Ken, Vicki, Beth, Alicia, Mom, and Jake wandered around the cemetery looking at graves, writing information, and taking pictures.  I was thrilled to find the gravestone of my great, great, great grandfather and mother’s graves.  There were also two of their children listed on the gravestone who’d died as children.  I have a lot of information to work through and some pictures to look at.  A cousin of mine requested information on some of these same ancestors so I’ll be forwarding them to her as well.

After the cemetery we went back to Staples (need more printer cartridges) and got lunch.  Then I hung out with mom showing her some of the things I’d found in doing research.  I also printed out some information for her. 

We talked to the Gin and Stephanie.  Mom, Alicia, Beth, as well as my household got to chat with them.  We think we have our vacation planned out. 

Ken and Vicki have been having problems with their phones so we went to get different ones for them.  After that we went to Mounds to get food for the cat and a few goodies. 

We went to supper with Beth before taking her home.  We tried to pick up some stuff from mom but they weren’t home.  It was home to take more drugs – oh yeah I’d resorted to drugs for the pain by this point – and hit the recliner in the hopes the pain would go away.

Sunday, I swore I wasn’t doing anything.  I was going to work on cleaning my desk and getting ready for school.  So I got up and started on my desk.  I got some stuff done.  I filled out some paperwork and a package all ready to mail, shared breakfast with Vicki and went off to run errands.  We went back to Mounds to get a few more things for Sasha, the grocery store to pick up some stuff we forgot.  Then it was home to make lunch.  After lunch was in the oven made deviled eggs.  Vicki also mixed up her pumpkin spice cake.  We also did prep for lunches this week.  I should be able to grab and go for the week. 

All of that leads to me probably hitting the recliner soon to read while listening to music.  Not sure as I’m sitting here the genealogy and my messy desk are calling to me to work on it.  I don’t think I could cram much more into my weekend.