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January 04, 2005

Stream of Consciousness Post

We are in the midst of what is going to be the mother of all ice storms. I worked from home today because I'm about 40 miles from the office, and boy, am I glad - freezing rain for the past few hours - expected to continue until tomorrow night. I just hope not too many people lose power from transformers blowing and powerlines coming down.

Already, the trees have an icy coating that is thick enough to make it difficult for even the squirrels to climb up them. I admit, it's kinda funny watching our neighborhood squirrels try to scamper up a limb, only to slide back down.

I went to K-Mart this morning to pick up some toilet paper (we were almost out), and when I walked out of the store, there was a huge number of police cars from Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Leavenworth County, Lansing, Kansas and Leavenworth Kansas - sheriff's cars, state trooper cars - sirens blaring - going up 4th Street (aka 7 highway) not a whole lot faster than the speed limit. There was a lone jeep in between all these law enforcement vehicles. I have never seen anything like it. On my way home, I saw several more police cars flying down our street. John happened to call home, and I told him about it - it ends up that the jeep was a stolen car - stolen in Kansas City, Mo, and every jurisdiction along the way started 'chasing' the car. It was much like the OJ Simpson chase - and they did get the guy. But .. I counted 24 official law enforcement vehicles. 24. For a stolen car.

Now, don't get me wrong - car thieves need to be caught and property protected. However, it took 24 of them to catch this guy. 24. Twenty four!
I can't help but think that there might have been other crimes worthy of attention during this time. Was it necessary for each police department along the way to have a couple of cars included in the chase? So, police people - tell me - was this necessary? I will say that the chase was at a safe speed, thank you police departments in the Leavenworth/Lansing area!

Our house is finally becoming a home to me. I know, I know - John and I got married nearly 7 years ago, this is home. When John bought this house, he was still with his ex-wife, and even after all these years, I always felt like it was not really 'my' house, so I hesitated to make any changes. In fact, when I sold my house and married John and moved here, we just piled all of my stuff in with all of his stuff, and we've never gotten around to figuring out what to do with it all, or how to make our house more homey.

I am a terrible procrastinator. Awful, I am. There were things I wanted to do with the house, but I just couldn't get started. So I ordered some hypnosis cd's - don't laugh, I think they are working! In the past 2 1/2 weeks, I have turned our awfully cluttered and dirty mudroom into a mini-workbench area and a closet full of crap is now a pantry, and I went through every single cabinet in the kitchen and threw out all kinds of stuff we don't use, and gave away nice stuff we don't use, and I cleaned and I rearranged stuff, and I know have a kitchen that I really like a lot more - we need to paint the walls, and maybe the cabinets, and John suggested a border of some sort - he is right - but the kitchen is now really great. We even purchased a lovely Boos Block work table for a center work area. I'll have to take a picture, I can't find the exact table on the web anywhere.

Then I took an old butcher block table we got at an antique store, and put it in the breakfast area with a couple of old chairs, and it works as a dinette for two. I even found a 'throw' that makes quite a nice tablecloth for it.

Wow, I really feel like I have accomplished a lot lately! I really think that the hypnosis cd's are helping a lot. I also had John move the bar into the living room area, and he put up shelving in our computer room for all of our books, etc.

It has taken us seven years to get started on this stuff - pitifull, eh? But we are finally doing things we really like to our house .. our home.

Posted by Beth at January 4, 2005 05:38 PM