Going Home

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.  – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.  – Billy Graham 

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.  – Jane Austen 

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.  – Confucius 

Home Sweet Home – Poem

What do I think about, when I think about my home?

My home is where I eat and sleep.

It’s where I relax and put up my feet.

But, that’s not all I think about.  My home is so much more than that.  My home is where I live with my family.  They go together in my mind.

Mom, with her personality 

and even her mentality

completely opposite of mine

However, we get along fine

Conflicts are frustrating 

Yet, resolutions bring understanding 

Gwen, taking on adult responsibilities

Finding her place in a world of possibilities

Dogs full of silliness, bringing laughter

Their shenanigans making our days brighter

That’s what I think about, when I think about my home.

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Brown Recluse Spider in my House

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I found this Brown Recluse spider in my bedroom.  The Brown Recluse is a tiny spider, but it also deadly.

As you can imagine, the Thaler’s are not happy about this intruder.  A call was made to Cook’s Pest Control to ensure it doesn’t have any relatives taking up residence in our home.

I am usually the type of person that will not kill spiders.  If they are outside, I don’t bother them.  If they are in the house, I might kill it or I might take it outside.

However, the Brown Recluse is a different story.  This is full on chemical war.  There will be no enemy survivors, all Brown Recluse spiders on our property must die.

Amazing Accomplishments

To me it seems amazing that anything is ever accomplished in the Thaler household.  We have a mix of extreme introverts and type B personalities, which makes things interesting.

Common Conversations in the Thaler House:

  • Thaler A – Can you do such and such?
  • Thaler A (days later) – How come you didn’t get such and such done?
  • Thaler B – You were serious about that?  I thought it was a suggestion.

 

  • Thaler A – Can you do blah blah tomorrow?
  • Thaler B – It depends on what time I wake up?
  • Thaler A – What time do you plan on getting up in the morning?
  • Thaler B – I don’t know, it depends on how tired I am.

 

  • Thaler A – We need to complete the whatever project today.
  • Thaler B – First, I have to lay on the couch and psych myself up for that project.
  • Thaler A – Cool, I’ll check back with you in 30 minutes.

 

  • Thaler A – We have to reschedule the such and such appointment.  That will make three appointments in one day and I can’t deal with that much human interaction in the same day.
  • Thaler B – Agreed, I will reschedule the appointment.
  • Thaler A – Cool

The amazing thing is we do actually manage to get things done and take care of all our responsibilities.  It’s baffling, but true.

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Homicide House

Twenty years ago, there was a quadruple homicide in this house.  The victims were teenagers and they were killed for accusing a young man of stealing a cell phone.

The guilty individual, as well as his two accomplices, were convicted and the house was eventually abandoned.

I drive by this house all the time and this week I was compelled to look inside of it.  It’s hard to describe how I felt entering the house.

There was a mixture of sadness and grief, due to the senseless murders that happened here.  I can’t even imagine how those poor teenagers felt as they realized their lives were coming to an end.  Also, I felt angry.  How can someone be so evil and callused?

I didn’t know the teenagers, but I feel for them and their families.  I wonder what they would have accomplished if their lives were not taken from them.

I left the house with a heavy heart and a lot of questions.