Good morning…

A better photo of the color of my new carpet. I like it. It’s nice to squiggle your toes into.

My sunset a couple nights ago. I just thought it looked like a huge bird coming in for a landing.

My neighbor was going to throw this. She made the right choice re-homing it with me. I call it my ‘fire lily’ and I think she’s beautiful.

The only thing I miss about THIS floor? It was easier to push the vac around.

I’m rich!!!!


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Please check this out….

According to the civil rights leader Julian Bond, recalling his parents’ use of the Green Book, “it was a guidebook that told you not where the best places were to eat, but where there was any place”.[46] Bond comments:

You think about the things that most travelers take for granted, or most people today take for granted. If I go to New York City and want a hair cut, it’s pretty easy for me to find a place where that can happen, but it wasn’t easy then. White barbers would not cut black peoples’ hair. White beauty parlors would not take black women as customers — hotels and so on, down the line. You needed the Green Book to tell you where you can go without having doors slammed in your face.[31]

I found it fascinating. I never knew it existed until she told me about her trip.

A.L. was a joy. We sat and talked for over an hour. And I don’t always spend my time ‘entertaining’ my guests as I am not required to. But I could talk to her for hours.

Last Saturday night, A.L. stayed with me in my AirBnB. She was doing a road trip following this book.

The Negro’s AAA map is what she called it. It really brings home the discrimination against black people.

She let me look through it for MN, WI, and IA to see what I may recognize for towns. I was amazed how FEW places they could safely stay. So few.

When she left, she asked that I sit in front of my house so she could take a photo. She would be putting sketches in the book she is compiling about her trip.

She sent me this. I like…..

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Looks a little different eh?

Friday Morning.
Located under big window. The reason I couldn’t really refinish this floor
And it begins ….. tack strips all around…
Tie up the curtains and put down the underlayment pad.
First roll of carpet……Lighter than I thought but ok…..
Well CRAP! Now I have to paint the walls….. or put that bookcase back there. (hint…the bookcase went back there.)
I really LOVE how this room was transformed….

Well? Does it look ok?

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Pre- carpet….

As of this morning. Looking pretty bare in there. I moved the trunk out this morning. And the floor needs far too much work to be ready. I’m going to redo the dining room tho. It’s looking pretty worn now.

This is another reason I won’t finish this floor. WHY the guy didn’t take the square out of the closet instead is beside me. He also did this on my bedroom floor.

This is right under the huge window. So it’s not like I can hide it. Except under carpeting.

I’ll post photos Monday of the finished thing…….lol.

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And it’s getting there….

Tomorrow afternoon, the new carpet goes in.

Ry stayed over last night. That 14 yo stinker is now taller than me. By 6″ or more!! Anyway, he helped carry a bunch of stuff upstairs so the living room is ‘getting there’. Some things just slid over into the dining room but hey, it’s clearing out.

Yes, that is my cat. He is twice the size of Louie.

That damn book case to the right? The back has come off. I have to find somewhere else to put all my cookbooks and booze!! lol Because it’s going outside for $5. My desk, stereo, TV etc…are all going to get slid into the dining room.

My living room is 16′ x 25′. So I get a seam somewhere. Yay!

But I will have ONE downstairs room with a warm floor come this winter.

I can’t wait.

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Hot and humid again today, with a high of 97F at the La Crosse airport. This broke the old record high of 96F, set just 6 years ago in 2015. It also marked the 7th day in a row with a high of 90F or hotter.

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Dearest Lori;

Dammit Girl. GOD dammit girl!

Do you have ANY idea how many times I have grabbed the phone and call you since May 8th?

And I can’t. And every time I think about you I drop to my knees. You were my dearest friend. I could tell you ANYTHING. I don’t have that anymore because we go way back through so much STUFF that only you know about.

Can you imagine my mind when Jacquie text me ? “Hey, Lori Mattes died last night. Heart attack.” I was like ‘no.’ No, that didn’t happen. She’s 6 months younger than me. She won’t go first….. After all that had happened the week before, Lori would have told me she was not feeling well. That was always part of our 3 hour phone conversations. No. You weren’t gone.

Then I called your phone and your sister answered. Your sister. Not you. When I told her who I was, she started crying. I knew then it was true. And I couldn’t breathe.

My mind has been a mess ever since. I cry at the drop of a hat. I can’t remember things. I have NO patience. I even got upset with my young g’daughter. That is NOT me. I need to get away. I need people to do as they promise.

Two of our mutual friends are coming for a long weekend mid July. I can’t wait. I NEED this. I think it’s the only thing keeping my mind on track right now.

You know when people post all that SHIT about ‘If you feel such and such, I’ll be there for you.”


I’ve told several people my mind is wobbly. That I’m not doing well. And not a ONE has stepped up to give me a hug or ask if I want to talk. Really? I want to throw plates at the wall. Scream. Hit someone and believe me, there is a list.

I miss you. There are days I cannot BREATHE for thinking about you being gone. This is just not right.

And in your honor? I will NEVER ever eat at a BoJangles. Not after what they did to you. May that bitch Rhonda rot in hell. NO excuse for that treatment and disrespect.

I miss you woman. I love you and I miss you SO much. I’m sitting here at work, writing this with tears streaming down my face. I’m hoping getting this out of my head will make me feel better.

Wish me luck on THAT one.

I love you.

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