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The Rains of Summer, Champion Leslie and Abandoned Houses

Posted by thedarwinexception on July 29, 2009

So what’s been happening all summer? Here? It’ rained almost EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s disgusting. Makes it nice for just staying in the house without looking like you are are a hermit, but I hate the rain. I like to walk with Milo downtown during the summer, but that’s been nearly impossible, since it’s always raining. 

Paul has been getting tattooed all summer. I think he’s addicted. Luckily, it’s because a friend of his has a tattoo gun and fairly good skill at using it, so it hasn’t cost anything, but it’s still annoying, because Paul still has that high school mentality when it comes to tattoo’s and they are all stupid and juvenile. The latest one is a chain around his wrist and upper arm Stupid, right?

And did I tell you Malone Leslie is moving? Yup, leaving the state. That sucks for me, but, unfortunately I can’t hog tie her and make her stay. So now she will be Champion Leslie – something she can’t be in Malone, I guess. 

O, I’m just nervously awaiting bringing my stuff to the fair. I’m second guessing everything now – that’s’ what I do this last week before the fair starts – sit here and reconsider everything and worry that it isn’t right. I did finish the little girl’s sweater, finally. So it’s ready. 

In other news. Have you seen this site? It’s 100 Abandoned Houses – with all the houses being in the Detroit area. I’m thinking I should do a “100 Abandoned Houses” using houses in Malone. We have some nice ones. And I could also use abandoned businesses – and the Flanagan Hotel. And the deaf school. And pretty much every store that’s ever once been here. Good God.

In home news – I still don’t have a bed. Paul hasn’t finished the headboard yet. Well, he used the headboard for the footboard – so we *have* a headboard, it just isn’t on the correct side of the bed. So it looks funky – because the bed looks like it’s facing the wrong way. And the pipes aren’t all strung across the ceiling yet – but I’m thinking that’s a good thing. The sewing room is a complete disaster because last weekend was the First Annual Malone Town Wide garage sale – and I went. I only went to one house, though, because that was the one that advertised that they had yarn, and well, how could I not go to that one first? And they had yarn all right. I got 11 huge garbage bags absolutely stuffed full of yarn – for $10. *AND* the lady threw in all the knitting books I had grabbed for free. She jut said “Oh, you can just take those.” So I have 20 or so garbage bags of yarn sitting in the middle of the sewing room floor. And I have absolutely no place to store them. No place. Every nook, cranny, shelf and horizontal surface in the sewing room is piled high with yarn already. So it’s a disaster area. I need some Martha Stewart type to come in here and organize everything for me. I don’t know how you look that up in the phone book, though. 

Things I’ve been ranting about: 

Televisions. Do you know you can’t buy little 13 inch TV’s anymore? My TV in the computer room finally shit the bed, and I went looking for a small 13 inch TV to replace it. Not happening. Does no one buy these things anymore? 

The Bells of Malone: For some unknown reason this one church in Malone (the one with the loudest speaker system, I guess – so they were elected), plays these religious songs and patriotic songs for hours at a time, non stop and at their loudest level. It’s downright tortuous. I don’t know why, and I don’t know who the hell to complain to – I mean, who do you complain to about a Church? God? 

Demolition Derby Man: The guy whose backyard faces our dead end street has been working all summer on this car he is getting ready for the Demolition Derby. All day and all night he revs the engine, bangs on the body of the car and otherwise makes all kinds of noise. I’m thinking if he wants to just fix up this car only to put it in the demolition derby and have it destroyed, well, he can just give me a hammer and I’ll go over there and do some demolition on the fucking thing. 

OK – so now it’s your turn. What have you been doing so far this summer – and what have you been ranting about – OH!! And that’s the other thing I’ve been ranting about – WordPress changed the Spam filter, I think, and a lot of you are having your comments go straight to SPAM. It started with Val, so I blame her. She emailed me and said “What’s happening to my comments?” And I went and looked in the Spam filter, and there they all were. So if your comments don’t show up, email me and let me know and I’ll go looking for them. And I’ll try to fiddle with the filter some more.


13 Responses to “The Rains of Summer, Champion Leslie and Abandoned Houses”

  1. HolyToledo said

    Toledo checking in. Sorry about your weather. Ours has been spectacular. Burned out on golf, match play, that is but championship is over and I’m not one. BooHoo.

    Tired of Michael Jackson’s estate, Sarah Palin and her family, Harvard Professor who is a over-educated goon, all banks and lenders, cheaters, scammers, wars, Birthers, faux tea parties, Senate, House, home maintenance.

    Thankful for health, no tomato blight on my plants, Dell laptop backup because Gateway went belly up yesterday, big screen TV, Channels 218 and 695 that show movies commercial free, restaurants in Toledo, Willow-my baby kitty who is a Ragdoll-blue eyes and gorgeous cream colored coat.

  2. Lisa Ann said

    Okay, I can’t let Scott read this entry. As soon as he finds out that Paul knows someone with a tattoo gun, he’ll be pestering me to kill several birds with one stone – “Well, I really want to go back to Rome and see where I grew up…and you keep saying that you want to finally go meet Kim and Paul…and hey, I can get my tattoo finished! And Paul and I can swap Harley stories! And you can get ideas from Kim on how to set up a sewing/knitting (in my case weaving/spinning) space!”

    The fair entries look great, Kim.

    Lisa Ann

  3. Niner said

    Kim! So nice to see you posting so soon!
    ALL your stuff for the Fair looks GREAT!!! You’ll definitely win most of your entries!!
    From Northern California – Summer here – HOT!!! Too HOT – I’ll give you some of our degrees… but looking better this coming week – mid to low 80s!!!
    Go ‘bang’ that derby car… LOL!
    And I would complain to the Church about those LOUD songs!
    Hope you get better weather! Poor Milo!

  4. Akua said

    i have no clue where you are, but it’s been a cold rainy summer in upstate ny, too. I congratulate you on your score!!! wow, I’m drooling for some new yarn, now!

  5. ginger said

    Glad to read you again! You are hilarious!

  6. Sandy in Colorado said

    Oh Kim…love what you have done with all the fair projects. I bet we haven’t even seen the best yet to come. Will be waiting to see all the ribbons.

    What the heck is with this year. I’m in CO and the weather has been wierd. Winter was lacking normal snow, but we had rain which turned to ice at night. Rain like crazy this summer too and was down to 49 last night. But today we are in the high 80s. Of course my garden is growing like crazy now and can’t keep up with it.

    So happy to hear from you again. My morning coffee is so much better tagging along with you.

    Sandy in CO

  7. Sandy in Colorado said

    Ooops..meant to make a suggestion about the yarn. Have you considered hanging it from the ceiling or on the wall. Simple thumbtacks comes to mind. As does the crazyness of this idea.

  8. Joloma said

    Kim, I had a “happy mistake” and found your blog…you are a RIOT! I spent a week going through all your archives…but then sadly you quit blogging on a regular basis. I hope you get back to doing it on a more regular basis. Of course I know that your health factors into that, so I am hoping that your health improves greatly. You are such a talented person…with words, with yarn, with your enthusiasm for life! I really admire your gumption! Good luck at the fair. Love from your “new friend” from Wisconsin

  9. Val said

    OH Janice’s rents have a bunch of guys that do the demo derby every year. They complain how loud it is. Im so thankful no one in our neighborhood is entering a car this year i might have to shoot them. can’t wait to see your stuff at the fair!!

  10. PatAZ said

    Temps here have been 110+ for a month now, but it is the Southern Ariona desert. It did rain last Saturday for about 15 minutes. The first time this year.

    Call the mayor’s office about the church bells/music. That seems disturbing for the town.

    Enjoy your posts. Good luck at the fair.

  11. Leslie said

    Good luck at the fair this year, not that you need it…
    Things are going well here in Champion, OH. Grace loves her new house and especially the huge back yard. Spending a lot of time with my sister and her kids. The weather has been fantastic so far- no rain- go figure.
    Drop me a line when the fair is done and things calm down. Tell Paul hello…

  12. Lynn said

    So we really have not met offically! I’am Lynn Pauls Bitch’s sister…..ILMAO on those fair pics. This fair I have to say is Shit compared to the fairs I have been to, But then agian this is the North Country…..Your right the Kids these days do not have any sence of style..
    Those pants remind me of something that would be used for sky diving with all those loop things…I would love to see your work at the domestic arts building.. I will be there on wed evening. Another thing that bothers me about this fair is that they do not have any wrist band days so the kids can ride all day for one price.. Rod my husband says that they used to have at least two days were people could bring there kids and they could ride all day for one price.. The fair officals who have said in the past years,they have been down on there numbers, are not seeing the big picture here… Number one the economy is down and at times like these they should give the public incentives, such as wrist band days… Number two the entertaiment has gone down hill….They used to have such a wide varity of music…Now maybe one good act..Oh the church music has been like that as long as I can remember..When I was younger and my family used to come up here to visit my nana Those church bells always creeped me out…Lol I remember seeing all old people up here and in my mind this was an old folks town…well I guess back then malone was an retirement town… Back in the 80’s.. Most of my mothers generation moved away from malone…We never had any kids around to play with…So the old religous type ran the town… I have never seen a town so religous like malone..I think things have changed some since the prisons arrived and brought more city folk…Although I was raised in Dutchess county about an 1.5 hr from nyc..Well I guess I have rambled on…. I can’t wait to see what you are going to write next…….

  13. Sedonia Sunset said

    Hi Kim!

    Re the unstorable yarn, you might want to consider using a vacuum sealer (I LOVE my Tilia FoodSaver) to store the yarns until you need them. It’s not just for food. Or you can get Space Bags. I just moved and sealed all sorts of things in the both kinds of bags. You’d be AMAZED at how compacted things can get, especially things with lots of air in them, such as clothes. Certainly skeins of yarn have an immense amount of air in them; they’d probably shrink down to little lumps. Once the bag is opened, they’ll plump right back up again.

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